I was admittedly using a protestant interpretation, I mistook this as the universal christian view.
Your first and biggest mistake. Trust Protestants when they say Jesus lived, and nothing beyond that. By definition they aren’t really in touch with Judeo-Christian history
What sort of things have you seen exactly? Was it luck that I witnessed no success? Or was it a skeptical mindset? The people were proposed masters of the black arts, everything from voodoo priests to people claiming to possess the “true” necronomicon. All were imposters.
I wouldn’t call it luck, I’d call it the benefit of hanging out with charlatans. Personally I’m skeptical of ANYONE who claims to be able to call up and bind demons. The only people in Scripture who were able to command demons were the holy, and most people who walk around claiming to be able to do so aren’t paragons of Judeo-Christian virtue by any stretch.
In fact, Jesus specifically addresses the fact that the demonic can not summon and bind the demonic (Matthew 12). People can theoretically let themselves be the “devil’s plaything”, but they can’t make the devil be their own plaything. This is why, in Judeo-Christian theology, demons possess humans and not the other way around.
The reason for holding such people in disdain, beyond their obvious arrogance, is that they deign to even make contact with such beings in the first place, whether or not they are successful in the end. That’s enough reason for them to be mistrusted as far as Christians and Jews are concerned.
BTW, I find it funny that people claim to possess the “real” Necronomicon, and I’m sure Mr. Lovecraft would be too. He must be spinning in his grave whenever some twit claims to hold a real copy of his fictional, and self-contradictory, invention
Incidently, I’m a HUGE H.P. Lovecraft fan, and Jimmy Akin, a Catholic Answers (the people who run this website) apologist is also apparently a fan of his