Psychic Mediums: Real or Fake?
Can The Dead Contact The Living?
Losing loved ones can be devastating. Grief can overpower our lives and we would give anything to be able to see, speak to, or feel the presence of those we have lost just one more time. So there is no surprise that there is a belief in the world that the living can communicate with the dead. It is one of the mysteries that leave people unsure whether this belief is true but open to the possibility. Couple with this belief are those who proclaim themselves to be psychic mediums who claim to be able to talk to the dead for the living. Are psychic mediums real or is it just a business that exploit’s the grief of those who have lost people dear to them for money?
What does the Bible say?
I woke up one Sunday morning to the TV broadcasting a church service. I can’t recall the name of it but the show was talking about this very topic. Curious, I kept listening and within about ten minutes the show dispelled one of the greatest mysteries that most of us wonder about- can the dead contact the living? The most surprising concept that really stuck with me is that this information has been in plain view for any person to see for thousands of years. This also unsettled me a bit as I realized how many other beliefs can be dispelled by simply looking up the information, and even more unsettling was how deceptive a commonly accepted “mystery” can cause eternal destruction for the human soul.
So what does the Bible say?
The following are several scripture passages taken from the Bible which touch on this subject:
I Thessalonians 4:13-18- The Hope of the Resurrection
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with Him the believers who have died.
We tell you this directly from the Lord; We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet Him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.”
“There is hope only for the living. As they say, ‘It’s better to be a live dog than a dead lion!’
The living at least know they will die, but the dead know nothing. They have no further reward, nor are they remembered. Whatever they did in their lifetime-loving, hating, envying-is all long gone. They no longer play a part in anything here on earth. So go ahead. Eat your food with joy, and drink your wine with a happy heart, for God approves of this!
Wear fine clothes, with a splash of cologne!
Live happily with the woman you love through all the meaningless days of life that God has given you under the sun. The wife God gives you is your reward for all your earthly toil. Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.”
What this scripture is saying is that the dead know nothing. They are dead and no longer have consciousness on this earth. When it says that they are not remembered, it does not mean that we do not remember them. It means that they do not remember anything in their state. What this passage is also saying is that the gift of salvation can only be received while we are living, for after we have died it is too late. So in keeping with these scriptures, if the dead know nothing, if they are “asleep” in death and have no consciousness to the living world, then how can they contact the living? The answer is that they can’t and they don’t.
It is only when the return of Jesus Christ occurs in the resurrection will they again have a memory at the time of judgment.
“Don’t be so surprised! Indeed, the time is coming when all the dead in their graves will hear the voice of God’s Son, and they will rise again. Those who have done good will rise to experience eternal life, and those who have continued in evil will rise to experience judgment.”
So are all psychic mediums fake?
Necromancy is the term for communicating with the dead according to the Old Testament. If the dead cannot communicate with the living as the Bible says, then are all psychic mediums fakes? To accuse someone of being a fake is to insinuate that they have the intention of deceiving others which is not always the case. I believe that there are many who call themselves psychics who actually believe they are helping people and feel that they have a power to communicate with beings from the beyond. There are of course, others who knowingly deceive grieving people for the purpose of gaining fortune, and in some cases fame.
A more troubling question is that if psychics are communicating with something, yet it isn’t the dead, then who or what is it? This becomes a more dangerous concept than society gives it credit for. If you believe at all that God is real, then you must also believe that Satan is also real, and whether or not you believe that God and Satan are real, they both believe in you. This is quite chilling when you look at the following scripture:
II Corinthians 11:14-15
“But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve.”
So if Satan disguises himself as an angel, how do we know what is of God and what is of Satan?
“But you may wonder, ‘how will we know whether or not a prophecy is from the Lord?’ If the prophet speaks in the Lord’s name but his prediction does not happen or come true, you will know that the Lord did not give that message.”
We know now that if a vision or prediction doesn’t come to pass then it is not of the Lord. We know this through other teachings of the Bible that says that God is always faithful, He will always deliver on what he has promised. What do we do if a vision or prediction does come to pass? Do we automatically assume that it is of God? NO! The Bible tells us that we must examine the source of the vision or prophecy and if it does not glorify Jesus- if it glorifies anyone else, the living or the dead- then it is not of God.
Satan will not come to you with horns and a pitch fork. He uses more deceptive methods, often creating just a drop of doubt to get anyone who would believe the truth to question it. An example would be many issues which have become socially acceptable in the world in recent years and now seen as the new “norm” in an effort to “accept” everyone. By the way, the Bible doesn’t preach hate. It tells us to love the sinner and hate the sin. You can refuse to go along with what you know is wrong without breeding hatred and judgment to those who choose differently.
The Bible is clear about the consequences of practicing in the acts of trying to communicate with the dead:
“Never sacrifice your son or daughter as a burnt offering. And do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord.”
There is no doubt in my mind that there have been strange apparitions, visions and events that have happened throughout the world. Haunted houses, ghost stories, T.V. reality shows that center around this theme- all are very real possibilities that these have been documented. However, it is not the dead who are causing these events. It is to the core demonic activity centering around deception. Even shows like John Edward’s Crossing Over which seems so real and very accurate are misleading and conflict with the teachings of the Bible.
If we consider for a second that Satan’s intention is to deceive man away from the fellowship with Jesus, then wouldn’t it seem probable that the best way to attract bees is with honey rather than vinegar? Meaning, wouldn’t it be in Satan’s best interest to come across as seeming to bring closure or joy for man through the “reuniting” of the dead with the living rather than jumping out of closets yelling “boo!”
When someone claims to have seen a loved one who has passed away or had an experience happen to them involving the dead, it will never be their loved ones who have died trying to contact them. It will always be as a result of evil spirits trying to work their way into diverting man’s attention to supernatural wonders, “magic,” fortune-tellers and any other means- anything which will lead man away from the relationship and covenant with God and Jesus the Son of God. This is Satan’s ultimate goal- to try to take as many souls with him as he can before his time runs out. Satan already knows he has lost the battle. His focus is to destroy as many souls as he can before good wins over evil.
I encourage you to look up the scriptures included in this article and even research further. You should always research for yourself anything you may have in question.
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