Why did God say that sorcery was bad? Was it because it is inherently evil, or is it evil to Him because it gives man another way of gaining power
(and possibly not feeling the need to trust in Him alone)? Strangely, a lot of people who aren't even Christians think it is evil or bad.
I started thinking of this because of what I read in the Book of Enoch. (Chapter 7 10Then they [the angels] took wives, each choosing for himself;
whom they began to approach, and with whom they cohabited; teaching them sorcery, incantations, and the dividing of roots and trees.11And the women
conceiving brought forth giants,13When they turned themselves against men, in order to devour them;14And began to injure birds, beasts, reptiles, and
fishes, to eat their flesh one after another, and to drink their blood.15Then the earth reproved the unrighteous.Chapter 8 1Moreover Azazyel taught
men to make swords, knives, shields, breastplates, the fabrication of mirrors, and the workmanship of bracelets and ornaments, the use of paint, the
beautifying of the eyebrows, the use of stones of every valuable and select kind, and all sorts of dyes, so that the world became altered.2Impiety
increased; fornication multiplied; and they transgressed and corrupted all their ways.3Amazarak taught all the sorcerers, and dividers of
roots:4Armers taught the solution of sorcery; 5Barkayal taught the observers of the stars,6Akibeel taught signs;7Tamiel taught astronomy;8And Asaradel
taught the motion of the moon,9And men, being destroyed, cried out; and their voice reached to heaven.
In the Book of Genesis in the Bible there is reference to some of what is in the Book of Enoch. (Genesis 6: 1When men began to multiply on the face of
the land and daughters were born to them,2The sons of God saw that the daughters of men were fair, and they took wives of all they desired and
chose.4There were giants on the earth in those days--and also afterward--when the sons of God lived with the daughters of men, and they bore children
to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.5The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every
imagination and intention of all human thinking was only evil continually.6And the Lord regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was
grieved at heart.7So the Lord said, I will destroy, blot out, and wipe away mankind, whom I have created from the face of the ground--not only man,
[but] the beasts and the creeping things and the birds of the air--for it grieves Me and makes Me regretful that I have made them.
It seems that to Him the reason man became evil, and He felt the need to wipe them out with the flood, is because of being taught these “secrets”
by the angels. (Book of Enoch, Chapter 9: 5You have seen what Azazyel has done, how he has taught every species of iniquity upon earth, and has
disclosed to the world all the secret things which are done in the heavens.) It doesn't seem right that we are punished for what they apparently
taught us. When I was a strict, unbending Christian we were taught that God is Love and we are His children. I don't ever recall being so angry with
my children that I wished I never had them and wanted to kill them, let alone actually doing it!
In the Book of Enoch passages, I have a few other questions too. What is the dividing of roots and trees? Is that a reference to herbalism? If so, is
practicing herbalism considered witchcraft or sorcery in God's eyes? Why is them teaching us the motion of the moon and signs bad? Or even astronomy
for that matter?
I look forward to any and all responses, provided they are intelligently presented and proselytizing is not included. I used to be a Christian and I
know all about Jesus and all that. I know that in response to my questions I will be receiving the Christian point of view and the pagan point of
view, and maybe even an atheist or two in there. I want to see all sides if I can.
One other thing: Why is the Book of Enoch not included in the Bible if it actually tells us more about God and why He does some of what He does? Who
decided to leave it out? Was it ever considered to put it in the Bible at all?