The occult refers to a variety of unscriptural beliefs and practices such as magic, astrology, divination and more. Most people associate the word occult with witchcraft and Wiccan beliefs. This would include popular Harry Potter, the false idol of many spiritually endangered young people.
Biblical Christianity takes a strong stand against the occult and occultism, and rightly so. A few of the reasons Christians are so opposed to anything having to do with the occult is found in Deut. 18:10-12. Those Scriptural reasons, and others, have led to the Christian belief that any involvement with the occult will disastrously end with the occultist being thrown into the lake of fire (Rev. 21:8), unless he repents. In Acts, when sorcerers repented, they publicly burned their witchcraft books (Acts 19:19).
Dan Corner discusses Christian opposition to the occult and occult activities in our modern society. To read more, please visit http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/occult.htm.