Originally posted by juiellineau
The Bible warns us in Deut.18:10-12, "there should not be found in you anyone who.........consults a spirit medium,employs divination,practices
majic, or a professional foreteller of events or enquires of the dead"
The reason God condems this practice is becuase he is knows the origin of those who repy. The answer is Satan and his cohorts (demons). They hate
humans and are bent on bringing about disaster to any who listen to them. They may pose as a dead loved one whom they have observed when that person
lived so as to have personal knowlegde of that one. However the Bible is quite clear that as Eccl. 9:5 says "the dead are conscience of nothing"
also Ezikiel 18:4 " the soul that is sinning, it itself will die".
So you are not communicating with dead people you are talking with evil demons who hate you and are detirmined to see that you suffer destuction and
lose any favor you have with God. burn or destroy all spiritistc material you have like the Ephesians did in Acts 19:19 "Quite a number of those who
practiced magical arts brought their books together and burned themup before everybody. and thy calculated together the prices of them and found them
worth 50,000 pieces of silver"
God wants to proect us from harm he's not trying to hide something of value. Trust Him.
my two cents
I always read people quoting the bible and denying that divination was part of the norm for God fearing individuals...here are a few examples that
In Genesis 44:5, Joseph's household manager refers to a silver drinking cup "...in which my lord drinketh and whereby indeed he devineth". Later,
Joseph accuses his brothers of stealing the cup, saying "that such a man as I can certainly divine [the identity of the thieves]". These passages
show that Joseph engaged in scrying. This is an ancient occultic method of divination in which a cup or other vessel is filled with water and gazed
into. This technique of foretelling the future was used by Nostradamus and is still used today.
Numbers 5:12-31 describes a ritual of black magic that the Priest would perform on a woman if her husband suspected that she he had committed
adultery. Verse 17 says: "Then he shall take some holy water in a clay jar and put some dust from the tabernacle floor into the water.." She and her
husband would go, with an offering of barley meal, to the tabernacle. The priest would make a magical drink consisting of holy water and sweepings
from the tabernacle floor. He would have the woman drink the water while he recited a curse on her. The curse would state that her abdomen would swell
and her thigh waste away if she had committed adultery. Otherwise, the curse would have no effect. If she were pregnant at this time, the curse would
certainly induce an abortion. Yet nobody seems to have been concerned about the fate of any embryo or fetus that was present. There was no similar
magical test that a woman could require her husband to take if she suspected him of adultery.
This one is my favorite as it was referenced in the book "The Alchemist"
The Urim and Thummim were two objects mentioned in Numbers 27:21 and 1 Samuel 28:6 of the Hebrew Scriptures. They were apparently devices (perhaps in
the form of flat stones) that the high priest consulted to determine the will of God. They might have worked something like a pair of dice.
Elisha was on his way to Bethel. Some small boys came out of the city and made fun of him because of his lack of hair; they called him "baldy". In a
violent display of the power of black magic, Elisha cursed the children in the name of God. Two bears, apparently prompted by God, came out of the
forest and tore 42 of the boys to shreds. The implication is that the children were all murdered. See 2 Kings 2:23-24.
Lots -- pieces of wood or stone with markings -- were used to determine the will of God. They were similar to dice. See: Numbers 26:55; Proverbs 16:33
Daniel, the prophet, was employed for many years in Babylon as the chief occultist to the king. He was supervisor "of the magicians, astrologers,
Chaldeans and soothsayers". See Daniel 5:11.
I think that divination has been an important part of scripture and history and many people have used various forms to the same end. Divination is
not an absolute, but I believe that it is a doorway into that realm of common universal knowledge.