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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 2 months ago

Can anyone explain what the witch trials and punishment of witches was all about? Was it based on beliefs/prejudices presented in the Bible?

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  • barty
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
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    They were based on "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live."

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  • 2 months ago

    the lies attached to catholicism mainly

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  • Joe
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    It was not based in Biblical truth or Christian teaching.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    There are no prejudices in the Bible. The Bible comes from the knowledge of God. You know, the ALL KNOWING God? How can there be prejudice if he knows everything? Can someone explain that to me? That's number one. Number two, the Bible says that you shall not suffer a witch to live, period. That's where it comes from. That is why anyone who even just so much as tried that horseshit was put on trial.

    Do you even know what witchcraft is? It's quite contrary to the stereotypical hollywood depiction. It's far more sinister and always shares one element. Witchcraft is the act of dealing with Satan in exchange for power, influence, money, and things of that nature. That's witchcraft. Typically, in order for you to get said power, because he's not just going to hand it over to you, you have to do horrible evil disgusting dark things. Hello Hollywood, many major world leaders, many founders of false religions... "I will give you all of this if you will just x, y, and z." Sound familiar? That's pretty much what Satan said to Christ, verbatim. 

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  • 2 months ago

    There have always been religious atrocities. It will never end until the last god-soaked moron drops dead.

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  • Buddy
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    2 months ago

    They were based on a poor translation of the word "poisoner" in the King James Bible into the word "witch".

    Good Christians were only too willing to burn people alive for their religion, which is ironic since the passage is in the Old Testament and the point of the New Testament that they claim to follow is to treat other people decently.

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    • Pyriform
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      But the Geneva Bible came before the KJV and used the word 'witch' too, and the vast majority of translations seem to say either 'witch' or 'sorcerer'. Surely they couldn't all have coppied the KJV. Do yuou have a reliable source for the claim that it meant 'poisoner'?

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  • 2 months ago

    It was particularly the King James version of the Bible. James I had a huge intolerance and fear of witches so he wanted his Bible to reflect that. The verse “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live”, Exodus 22:18, has been used to burn and hang witches through Britain and America although modern scholars consider the word "mekhashepha" to mean "poisoner", not "witch".

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    • Bob
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      2 months agoReport

      Putting a 'curse on someone' is an example of absolutely nothing at all. Cursing someone has NO EFFECT unless the person being cursed believes, THROUGH IGNORANCE AND FEAR, that it can have an effect. Otherwise, it's nothing more than empty words. You do understand this, surely?

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  • Bob
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    2 months ago

    Fear and superstition caused by religion and ignorance. When these four factors come into play, the outcome is never going to be good.

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    • Bob
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      2 months agoReport

      I'm confused. You appear to be saying that the with trials and punishments were a good thing because they got rid of evil witches. Have I got that right?

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