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What is the difference between this and magick?

The use of burning incense for spiritual purpose...

Frankincense and Myrrh are both encountered for the first time in the Bible in God's instruc­tions for the services of the tabernacle (Exodus 30:23, 34). The use of frank­incense was commanded, both as a chief ingredient of the incense which was to be kept burning in the taber­nacle and also in connection with the meal offering.

David prayed: "Let my prayer be set forth before Thee as incense" (Psalm 141:2).

John saw "golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints" (Revelation 5:8). This surely gives us a clue as to the real signifi­cance of burning incense (especially its chief ingredient, frankincense) ris­ing up to God's throne.

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Asked by sugahmamma at 6:09 AM on May. 18, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Also,

    The priests were to be "anointed" with a divinely-designed oil, the main ingredient of which was myrrh. This type of special ritu­alistic anointing was also applicable to kings and prophets. For example, Samuel anointed Saul and later Da­vid to be king over Israel (1 Samuel 10:1; 16:13; Psalm 89:20). God told Elijah: "Elisha...shalt thou anoint to be prophet" (1 Kings 19:16). Myrrh is used in a striking way in Psalm 45, which eulogizes the Mes­siah ("the Anointed One").

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    Answer by sugahmamma at 6:11 AM on May. 18, 2010

  • Burning incense has no special properties, it just used in prayer. It's a way of focusing your attention on your prayer.


    Answer by RyansMom001 at 6:16 AM on May. 18, 2010

  • You asked for the difference.. You showed two examples of how incense is used according to God's word with God's people. Do you have an example of how its used in magik. ?


    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 6:25 AM on May. 18, 2010

  • Its used the SAME WAY in magick...Different incense are burned with different purpose(just as in the bible). Frankincense and Myrrh in particular are used in magick to purify, cleanse, bring about peace, and more. You can cyber search any wicca/pagan/witch/voodou/etc website for either too and you will get the same uses in magick. Try it. And let us all know what you come up with.


    Answer by sugahmamma at 6:47 AM on May. 18, 2010

  • well, nothing, really. but it doesn't make any difference to a xtian. magic and God do not go hand-in-hand, simply because scripture tells us. it may not tell you, but it speaks to xtians. i'm not sure what your point is with these questions.

    Answer by dullscissors at 8:13 AM on May. 18, 2010

  • There isn't one. But as you can see, some will always believe things are black and white in religion... And it never is!

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 8:30 AM on May. 18, 2010

  • Well those who believe in magick also eat food, garden, watch TV, play a musical instrument, sing, and many other things that those who don't believe in magick (or think magick is "wrong") do. It's rather superstitous to think that doing an action like burning insense is intrinsicly wrong - it's just a neutral action like driving a car. The difference between those who believe in magick and those that don't aren't specific actions - but the underlying beliefs. They both may burn insence to as a way of focusing on things - but they're focusing on different things with different underlying beliefs. So if you're point is that some people are supertitous in thinking that a neutral action is somehow instrinsicly wrong - I agree. But the question also glosses over the very real differences in beliefs.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:30 AM on May. 18, 2010

  • intent. just because someone puts up a christmas tree doesn't mean they intend it as pagan. just because someone lights a candle (unity candle) when they get married doesn't mean they are worshipping a goddess, etc.

    Answer by missbreezy214 at 6:45 PM on May. 18, 2010

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