150:3.3 1. The courses of the stars in the heavens
have nothing whatever to do with the events of human life on earth. Astronomy is a proper pursuit of science, but astrology is a mass of superstitious error which has no place in the gospel of the kingdom.
150:3.4 2. The examination of the internal organs of
an animal recently killed can reveal nothing about weather, future events, or the outcome of human affairs.
150:3.5 3. The spirits of the dead do not come back
to communicate with their families or their onetime friends among the living.
150:3.6 4. Charms and relics are impotent to heal
disease, ward off disaster, or influence evil spirits; the belief in all such material means of influencing the spiritual world is nothing but gross
150:3.7 5. Casting lots, while it may be a
convenient way of settling many minor difficulties, is not a method designed to disclose the divine will. Such outcomes are purely matters of material
chance. The only means of communion with the spiritual world is embraced in the spirit endowment of mankind, the indwelling spirit of the Father,
together with the outpoured spirit of the Son and the omnipresent influence of the Infinite Spirit.
150:3.8 6. Divination, sorcery, and witchcraft are
superstitions of ignorant minds, as also are the delusions of magic. The belief in magic numbers, omens of good luck, and harbingers of bad luck, is
pure and unfounded superstition.
150:3.9 7. The interpretation of dreams is largely a
superstitious and groundless system of ignorant and fantastic speculation. The gospel of the kingdom must have nothing in common with the soothsayer
priests of primitive religion.
150:3.10 8. The spirits of good or evil cannot
dwell within material symbols of clay, wood, or metal; idols are nothing more than the material of which they are made.
150:3.11 9. The practices of the enchanters, the
wizards, the magicians, and the sorcerers, were derived from the superstitions of the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, and the ancient Canaanites.
Amulets and all sorts of incantations are futile either to win the protection of good spirits or to ward off supposed evil spirits.
150:3.12 10. He exposed and denounced their belief in spells, ordeals,
bewitching, cursing, signs, mandrakes, knotted cords, and all other forms of ignorant and enslaving superstition.