This comes from the Latin word occultus which means clandestine, hidden or secret. This term therefore refers to hidden knowledge of laws and forces that underlie the universe possessed by an initiated few for the purpose of gaining power over others.

Ephesians5:11-12 says, “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.”

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