The content manager of the Bible Gateway, an online search engine for the entire Bible, has revealed users searched for the words “sorceries” and “sorcery” in the Scriptures more than any other term in 2021.

Jonathan Petersen recently wrote in Gateway’s blog the reason behind the statistic might be the “most intriguing” of all.

Searches for the two words increased on the Gateway by 193% from last year.

As CBN News has reported throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, witchcraft, sorcery, the use of spells and tarot cards have become even more popular among young people, especially among Gen Z and Millennials. But Petersen points to another reason. The increased interest in the Greek word “pharmakeia.”

“The increase in sorceries is related to heightened interest in the Greek word pharmakeia which, according to the Mounce Concise Greek-English Dictionary of the New Testament means ’employment of drugs for any purpose; sorcery, magic, enchantment’ as used in Galatians 5:20,” he wrote.


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