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Gingerbread Witch Houses

I saw a cooking show about gingerbread. They referred to the witch's gingerbread house in the fairy tale, but also said that in German gingerbread boxes and houses are called "witch houses".

Since gingerbread is used in witchcraft, should Christians make or eat it?

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 ---kumquat on 12/4/07
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ginger is a common culinary spice, but because its limited virtues it is hardly ever used in witchcraft.
---Eloy on 1/30/08

I don't know of any witchcraft involving gingerbread, but I'll still try to help you out.
The houses are called this because of old German folklore in which witches lived in Gingerbread houses (see Hansel and Gretel). Now, this same idea can be said of brooms.
I'm sure that won't be giving up sweeping anytime soon ( :
---Jeremy on 1/29/08

Nowhere on the research I did concering, "gingerbread", did I find any reference to it being associated with witches in any form. It was used in a fairytale, but it wasn't the result of witchcraft. Even if it was associated with witchcraft, so what? Does that mean you shouldn't use a broom because this is assciated with witchcraft? Think you have been mislead.
---wivv on 1/18/08

They're called that, because they're modeled after the house in the fairy tale.

They are NOT used in witchcraft. It's just a name, not a function.

But if you're really that upset about the houses, stick with plain cookies or gingerbread. They're still traditional Christmas foods, and they're a lot easier to make as well. (And eat--the Royal icing used to decorate these houses is hard on the teeth.)
---Nancy on 12/27/07

When in doubt err on the side of caution.
Study & pray on the issue. If you are convicted one way or another, act on that conviction regardless of the opinions of your peers. It's OK to disagree with your peers and it's OK to change your position if new information changes your convictions.
---AG on 12/6/07

Witches' covens meet in woods, should we keep out of God's forests?
Witches wear clothes to keep warm, should we go round naked?
---alan_of_UK on 12/4/07

I don't mean to be rude, but are you being serious, or making a joke? It's just a story. It's not witchcraft. I've eaten gingerbread my whole life, and never been cursed or possessed because of it.
---kady on 12/4/07

I suppose one hears about scary old hags with gingerbread houses in stories like Hansel and Gretl.

However, I would scarcely consider the Brothers Grimm to be an accurate manual on contemporary or historical religious practices.

I was going to make several other points, but I see that others have already made them for me.

If someone is in "fear of gingerbread", I think that their eyes of faith are looking in the wrong direction.
---StrongAxe on 12/4/07

I'm assuming that people involved in witchcraft drink water, eat bread and butter, go for walks with the dog, wear shoes, etc. I'm not being facetious but just trying to make the point that ALL things can be used for good or evil. Just because someone uses something for evil does not mean that Christians should never use it. Some people seem obsessed with giving the devil credit for creating everything when, in fact, he created NOTHING AT ALL.
---RitaH on 12/4/07

Kumquat, do you propose Christians should quit using flower, water, butter, and spices also.

What you are proposing is totally nonsence.**

Is this any sillier than, "Don't read Harry Potter?" I've read all 7 books, and you won't learn a THING about witchcraft or sorcery in ANY of them.
---Jack on 12/4/07

Kumquat, do you propose Christians should quit using flower, water, butter, and spices also.

What you are proposing is totally nonsence.

Levening is considered a corruptive substance in scripture, have you quit using regular bread in your diet?
---notlaw99 on 12/4/07

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