In 1692 more than 200 people were accused of practicing witch craft in Salem Massachussetts. This, the superstitious people of the time believed, was their mythical devil’s work. Of course most who were actual practicing witches would practice medicine, while the religious self-righteous were practicing torture. Nonetheless, the concept of witchcraft was considered the evil one.
Later, the people of the village admitted their flaw in judgment and “compensated” the families of the accused. Of course not be slaying anyone they themselves loved, or torturing themselves, or serving time for false imprisonment and murder.
In those days, the religious of the time had a strong belief that their devil would grant power to those who sold their souls or made pacts, though it was not a biblical story. Nowhere in the bible does it mention their devil granting power to anyone. Not once. It does, however, say their god will grant power to those of faith, yet to this day no one has demonstrated any of the feats Yeheshua Messiah (Jesus Christ) was said to have performed, though he himself is written to have said that anyone of faith can do what he did and more.
The witch hunts primarily began when, in 1692, the Reverend’s daughter and niece began having psychotic fits, and rather than trying to understand the mental issues going on, the girls were basically forced into making accusations of witchcraft as an excuse for their strange behavior through continuing pressure by the local magistrates. The women Tituba, (a Caribbean slave), Sarah Good (a homeless beggar), and Sarah Osborne (a poverty stricken elderly woman). The three women were brought before the local magistrates and interrogated for several days. Two of the three claimed innocence, but Tituba claimed that the devil had come to her and made her serve him. She also claimed that there were others seeking to destroy the Puritans, as though they were some special group of people who actually mattered to...