Thanks, guys and gals, for your answers. It is appreciated.
A brief little history of myself is that before I started magic, I was deep into christianity for about a decade. Around 1999-2000, I kind of slowed down from an almost fanatical sense. Soon after (mid-2000), I caught the magic bug and have been in it ever since. But when I used to be that christian, I, too, was 100% against magic of any kind.
Now, I feel magic is okay because spiritually, I don't really have any ill feelings about it and I truly enjoy performing. In other words, I don't feel the Holy Spirit is leading me away from it.
The type of magic I perform is one of fun and entertainment, for people both young and old, to simply have a great time.
The scriptures really do seem to hint that being involved (or trying to be) in the real deal of magic like psychic readers and the like is where the line is drawn.
That said, these answers may not convince some of those christians who oppose magic of any kind and it's hard to answer the questions that I have had or may have (I know the christian thinking, remember, it's just hard to answer sometimes).
It's simply this (and remember, many christians will only accept answers if the Bible agrees with the answer): The word 'magic' in the Bible is always referred to something evil. When something 'magical' was performed by a saint/christian in the Bible, it was always the real deal, not fake and/or deceptive of any kind which entertainment magic tricks such as sleights and gimmicks are. And any miracles of God were always called miracles, wonders, signs, etc... never 'magic.'
I can always go on and say that perhaps it's a talent God has given me but they may go ahead and say that it may not be a God given talent and use an example like a professional thief, do you (I) think that's a God given talent?
One other thing I remember from when I was a regular at Church and magic was a topic was that the scriptures say 'Satan can appear as an angel of light' meaning that magicians may think that magic is okay but is it really?
The reason I started this thread which I didn't mention in my first post was because in the upcoming summer, I may have an opportunity to present my new kids show I'm finishing off to a Church/kids camp, but I may run into opposition from some running it. Of course, I don't have to take this show(s) but I'd still like to have the best answers I can have to promote my art and myself as a professional.
Kristen, I am curious with your SIL as to the questions I gave above, that is, on possible answers she may have. That's only if you have the time and there's no immediate rush, so whenever you get a chance. Thanks.
And again, thanks to everybody else here for your answers. This is a tough and unique one but I'm sure as it is with me it is with you, learning magic is a life long journey!