Fire Walking

Q. Can you please give me your opinion on fire walking, walking over a bed of glowing coal. A motivation speaker uses it to curb peoples fear. I have looked around but can not find much about it from an Christian view point. It seems wrong to me though. The said speaker offers other useful services but I would rather distance myself from him if fire walking is against the Lords will.Your opinion will be much appreciated.

A. You won’t find any instances of fire walking in the Bible. Jesus didn’t do it, the disciples didn’t do it and the early church didn’t practice it. The phrase “pass through the fire” from Deut. 18:10 refers to sacrificing children to the pagan god Molech and is not the same.

Fire walking was originally a pagan practice, although some Eastern Orthodox churches practice it, mostly in Greece and Eastern Europe. It has also been scientifically explained so it’s not a supernatural experience. Secular trainers sometimes use it to demonstrate our ability to conquer our fears.

As long as you’re not doing it in conjunction with some pagan religious rite there isn’t anything wrong with it, but the Bible offers safer and more effective ways to conquer your fears. For example 1 John 4:18 tells us that perfect love casts out fear.

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