Non-Christian Paranormal Practices: Evil or Misunderstood?

I will start this off by saying I was born into the Lutheran church, and now am a practicing Methodist.  So, I come at this question from a Christian perspective. That being said, I am also a Paranormal Investigator who has an open mind, heart and belief system.  

When dealing with the Paranormal, I feel the most important thing is to stay true to yourself, and to never judge others for their practices.  (This is, in fact, my motto in all things). I feel the most comfortable; walking into a space with the tiny gold cross my parents gave me on my Confirmation day, and a charm with my late Father’s photograph.  When I wear it, I feel protected. They are my shields. They are my talismans.  But what is important to remember, is that talismans come in all shapes, sizes, religions, and beliefs.   It’s the only defining element is that it contains sacramental properties that can provide good luck or protect from evil.  So do I feel my magical little cross protects me from evil when I wear because of its shape? Absolutely not. Do I feel it protects me because of my emotional attachment?  Yes. So in a sense, this is a non-Christian practice, as I am relying, not on the cross, but the familial energy attached to it.

I am a sponge.  I love to learn.  I am a fierce researcher.  So who am I to judge what another’s practices in the field (or off, for that matter) are?  I am thrilled to learn, to grow in my knowledge and to try new techniques. So what is my opinion?  Evil? No*. Misunderstood? Probably. I am already learning so much, so any further knowledge, Christian, Occult or Scientific, is very welcome.

*(I feel like I should qualify this.  If you are making human sacrifices to the Goddess of Awesome Things to further your love life, I might judge you).