Hi, one of my friends gave me a present of some kind of magic potion. I don’t want to use it. What should I do?
I think we need some context
Just throw it out of the House, don’t keep it with you,it an abomination and set apart for destruction.Its; against the First Commandment its a grievous sin.cut all ties with such friendship which leads to mortal sins or convince him or her to change for the better.
Deuteronomy 18:9 When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you must not learn to imitate the abhorrent practices of those nations. 10 No one shall be found among you who makes a son or daughter pass through fire, or who practices divination, or is a soothsayer, or an augur, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who casts spells, or who consults ghosts or spirits, or who seeks oracles from the dead. 12 For whoever does these things is abhorrent to the Lord; it is because of such abhorrent practices that the Lord your God is driving them out before you. 13 You must remain completely loyal to the Lord your God. 14 Although these nations that you are about to dispossess do give heed to soothsayers and diviners, as for you, the Lord your God does not permit you to do so.
Wolfe last Christmas a friend , obviously a new Agie, gave me a crystal with the associated documents for its use. Now to me, it was a poor example of a mineral.
I asked my Priest if he could bless it to get rid of all the New age paraphernalia associated with it. He asked me if I believed in it, I said no.
He said it’s just a mineral , and to thank my friend for the kind thought of a present.
Now if I had said yes , I am sure his response would be different,
I would tell them that you drank it and that you can now see through walls.
My friend gave me a bottle of “Cloud of Protection” potion as a gift. The bottle that says it “cleanses the space” and “clears negativity”. The ingredients seem to be essential oils from plants.
I had holy water I saved from Christmas Mass and I crossed her head and said a prayer for blessing for her. She said she felt something happen. She talked about doing magic. I told her I don’t think people are supposed to do that. I don’t know what else to do.
If you don’t believe in it, and clearly you don’t seem to, it really can’t hurt you. If this was (in her mind) a reciprocation for the holy water, I suggest in the spirit of friendship you explain what the holy water actually means and that her “magic” is actually offensive to you as being a violation of your faith. You should tread carefully here, as if you are too forceful you could end up closing her mind to real religion, but at the same time she should be respectful of your beliefs and giving you “magic potions” is not being respectful. Explain it to her, calmly, and then invite her to Mass if she is truly interested in learning more about your faith.
You must be careful only those who have the gift of deliverance should lay the hand on anyone, its very dangerous to do so, on other as it is mentioned in 1 Timothy 5:22 Do not ordain anyone hastily, and do not participate in the sins of others; keep yourself pure.which means don’t .lay your hands or bless which may cause you to share the sins and evil spirits spirit if she is affect by it.
If she a Catholic ask her to read the 10 Commandment in Exodus 20; 1-20.Speak and seek advice from catholic priest and ask her to confess them and stop all such magic
Ultimately I think this is just a case of ignorance on the part of your friend, as she draws a false equivalence between the two gifts, and she clearly holds pagan beliefs and is ignorant of Christianity. There’s no need to overreact though. You should see it as an opportunity to educate, while being mindful of your friendship. I believe God gives everyone a chance to find Him, and often works through us to give people that chance, but it may not be up to any one of us to save any given person 100%. We can nudge people in the right direction though and maybe down the line somebody else will help your friend get the rest of the way.
The important thing is just to ask her some questions. Ask her what the meaning of her gift was. Ask her why she believes the things she believes. If she doesn’t have much reason to believe in her “magic” (I doubt very much it’s helped her in any way), you can then ask her why she believes in something when she has no reason to think it’s true.
Of course she may ask some questions in return, about why you believe what you believe. That would be a good opportunity to talk about the many miracles in the Old and New Testaments, and how the many witnesses of those miracles made every effort to spread the word through oral and written tradition going back for thousands of years despite an almost equal number of years of persecution for it. I’m sure you have your own reasons for your faith and it would be good to share your personal story as well. It’s very possible she’s unaware of these things, or has only the faintest inkling of what it is to be a Christian. I wouldn’t preach at her, I wouldn’t push for an immediate conversion, but you may be able to open a small crack in the door for another person or a future experience to widen.
Do you believe in it?
Okay, I am not sure what’s going on with her except that she has been practicing some kind of New Age stuff. She said it isn’t magic, but I think it is occult stuff, not Christian. It seems like these kind of spiritual beliefs are getting extremely popular.
You should tell her that its not your believes,and your not interested in such things,click the link below.God Bless
The study is a provisional report. It is the fruit of the common reflection of the Working Group on New Religious Movements, composed of staff members of different dicasteries of the Holy See: the Pontifical Councils for Culture and for Interreligious Dialogue (which are the principal redactors for this project), the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
These reflections are offered primarily to those engaged in pastoral work so that they might be able to explain how the New Age movement differs from the Christian faith."
Laugh and throw it away.
Just tell her you don’t believe in that stuff, but you appreciate her thoughtfulness. It’s just a bottle of random new age stuff from the internet. It’s not really “magic” obviously
Maybe it’s for aromatherapy.
When I was about 4 years old I made a magic potion. It consisted of bread and water mashed together in a baby food jar. I thought it would give me magical powers. My cousin laughed at me.
He wasn’t laughing so hard after his hair turned green.
(just kidding about that last part).
Throw it in the trash. If the giver wants to know anything about the gift, tell them you would rather not say, as it will diminish the power of the experience. That way you won’t have to lie to save their feelings.
Or you could say you “feel lighter somehow,” which is true because you will have less trash!
LOL, A MAGIC POTION, IM DYIN!!
I cant even, oh boy.
It’s just plant oil. If it smells good or something, use it as an air freshener.
As long as you don’t believe it has magical qualities, and it’s not some voodoo or witchcraft business, then no harm in having it in the house.
I have crystals and minerals around the house because I think they look neat and they probably do have some physical properties like magnetics or vibrations, but I don’t rely on them in place of relying on God.
Unless you believe somehow in “magic” it’s just a bottle of essential oils. If it smells pretty throw it in a diffuser and enjoy your new air freshener. If not, dump it down the drain whilst holding your nose.
If I don’t share another’s beliefs, I don’t pretend I do, but neither do I question those beliefs without being invited to engage in a discussion on our respective beliefs. If she asks about the gift, you can just thank her for thinking of you. Whether you believe in her “magic” or not, she clearly does believe and in her earnestness chose this because she felt it would help you.
If you’re still unsure, imagine what you would want said to you if you gave a friend the gift of having a Mass said or told them you would pray for you, but they actually didn’t believe in the power of prayer. How would you want them to react to your gift?