10) This may seem like a tedious over-focus but the point of the words is important when you look at them in context.
God is telling "Avram" - he is not yet called "Avraham" or in English "Abraham" - to leave his home.
11) Avram's father is a maker of idols.
Like, people would come to the store and buy the idols in order to worship them, so as to increase their good fortune.
12) Now, when I learned this Torah portion in yeshiva (religious school), they made it sound like the people of Avram's time were kind of stupid.
"Bowing down to idols," who does that?
13) But in fact, "worshiping idols" is another way of saying "practicing magick," and all the things you read about today - specifically rituals involving murdering babies - were standard practice and they worked to increase the power of the person performing the ritual.
14) The problem with "magick," of course, is that you are actually invoking the devil when you use it.
Your rewards may seem real, but the punishment begins immediately and it is eternal.
15) If you have the time, I highly encourage you to read this transcript (it's not that long) of John Ramirez, a reformed satanist. It is a personal testimony that attests to the above information.
16) In any case, if you really think about it, the situation Avram faced when God called to him was actually very unusual, and if he had consulted contemporary people about it, what would they have said?
17) People really do have this reaction - even today.
"God spoke to me, and I totally overturned my life" - yeah, right.
18) Just yesterday, I heard someone telling someone else about a woman who had gone to Harvard.
19) The Harvard lady graduated and had a great job as a lawyer.
37) At first you are completely petrified. But then, if a lot of time goes by and the robbers take over, the world stays dark and God's love seems like a far-off memory, you might have to make a friend among the robbers.