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Divination is forbidden! But it always tries to get in…

By Elizabeth Prata

We’re all intensely curious about the ‘other side’ aren’t we? I think it’s natural for people to wonder about the realms we cannot see. The fact that we do wonder is testament to the fact that we believe those realms exist. But the occult is forbidden, and there is a very good reason why.

Some examples of occultism are: astrology, witchcraft (Wicca), the black arts, ghost hunting, aura readings, fortune telling, magic (all kinds), Ouija boards, Tarot cards, mediums/spiritism, parapsychology, and Satanism, for a few.

Before I was saved by Jesus’s grace, I used a Ouija board, went to a Tarot Reading, had my palm read, and had my Aura photographed. I was looking for answers to those secrets I knew were beyond my grasp. But to be honest, each time I felt a little silly. I didn’t think that looking at my own palm’s flesh was going to reveal the secrets of the other side. For that, I needed to look beyond myself. Besides, how could I trust any information I got? What was the source of it? I remained uneasy. 

When I was born again, the messages from the other side became clear, because Jesus sends Holy Spirit to guide us into truth. The scales fell from my eyes, and questions about the other side were answered- in the Bible. Jesus is the only reliable source! 

Any information we get from the other side that’s not from God’s Word is occult and is outside His bounds. Therefore it’s bad for us. 

The Bible condemns such activity in the strongest possible terms. Verses in both New and Old Testament call divination an abomination. Exposing children (or yourself) to realms that God condemned, because He knows to partake of them invites hell into your house. 

If you’re not a Christian and you’re reading this, don’t dismiss it. Divination is not a “harmless” activity. As a parent, if your daughter came home with Tarot cards and books on palm reading, do you say, “Goodie! I hope she makes a career out of it!”? Do you say, “What a relief, this is such a wholesome activity!” You don’t say those things, because in your heart you know that the uneasiness you feel is there for a reason. Kids who get sucked up into occult activity rarely come out the other side without experiencing a downward spiral first. 

Though it is disheartening to me to be on a battlefield that has satanic ammunition constantly lobbed from any direction, at any time, I praise the Lord He gave us His Word, His armor, His Son, and His victory so that we can go forth in confidence and joy in doing His work.

The answer to what is on the other side is Jesus. If there are Christian participants and leaders who are involved in occult activity: Stop. Repent and ask Him to forgive you. He will. Non-Christian participants and teachers who are involved in occult activity: If you ask Him to forgive you of all your sins, He will do that too. You won’t need to read lines on your palm anymore, because you’ll have an eternity to discover the secrets of the other side that Jesus is waiting to share.

Here are some resources on Divination and Spiritism:

Does the bible take a position on clairvoyance and parapsychology?

What kinds of things can open you up to demonic oppression?

Is there demonic activity in the world today?

What does the bible say about palm reading

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