posted on May, 26 2003 @ 01:48 AM
Estragon usually finds that saying "whisky" or "brandy" summons all the spirits he tends to require.
However, while all manner of drivel may be about to descend here: the stories, from a Christian perspective tend to rest at Saul and the Witch of
1 Sam 28:8 And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said,
I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee.
1 Sam 28:9 And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the
wizards, out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die?
1 Sam 28:10 And Saul sware to her by the LORD, saying, As the LORD liveth, there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing.
1 Sam 28:11 Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel.
Against that, it may be said that:
1 Chr 10:13 So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also
for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to inquire of it;
in other words: it wasn't the "dead Samuel" but some sort of demon or fallen angel.
So I don't see a definitive Christian position on this.