Throughout history, “cutting” has often had connection with dark spiritual forces. The Bible says of the priests of Baal:
“So they cried aloud, and cut themselves, as was their custom, with knives and lances, until the blood gushed out on them.” (1 Kings 18:28).
We are told of those who dealt with demonic possession:
“And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.” (Mark 5:5).
One former Satanist has written:
“By this time my “friends” had already introduced me to the concept of self-injury, not just through starvation but also through cutting. Cutting is a very ugly thing. The moment I drew the blade across my skin, I felt a high that was impossible to ignore. It seemed to heal everything; it made life seem bearable again. But the high wears off after a few seconds, and the despondency that follows makes everything seem worse than before. The first time I cut myself I used a large needle. Alone in my bedroom, I thought back over my life; I was such a weakling, such a failure. I hated my life. Maybe I should be punished. No, I knew I should be punished. So I grabbed the needle and scraped it across my arm. This would be a kind of initiation. This would prove that I was strong enough to handle pain. And so I began to cut myself on a regular basis. With every red line I cut into my body, I never once thought of the punishment Christ had endured for me. I wasn’t interested in hearing that I was forgiven and loved despite my flaws. I could only long for that moment of ecstasy, which was always followed by crushing depression.” (Amber Rane, “A Satanist Who Grew Up In Church,” in Jeff Harshbarger, Dancing With The Devil: An Honest Look Into The Occult From Former Followers, 43 (Kindle Edition); Lake Mary, Florida; Charisma House)
The forces of darkness only want to hurt us. They seek to steal, kill, and destroy; but Jesus Christ-the Good Shepherd-wants you to have abundant life (John 10:10).
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