Archive for May, 2016

Psychics and the Bible

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I was reading a magazine on a plane when I saw an article in which a Colorado county boasted that it had “not one, not two, but three psychic and healing centers,” which offer classes for the “spiritually attuned.”  According to the article, the classes allow students to examine “chakras, past lives, and aura layers . . . metaphysical spiritual tools . . . and the ‘child spirits’ interested in the person.”

Unlike atheists, who would fundamentally disagree with me on practically all points supernatural, the people running these physic centers do believe in the supernatural, they just believe in a non-biblical version. I call it non-biblical, but that doesn’t mean that the Bible doesn’t recognize that these practices exist; indeed, in many places in the Bible people are warned not to practice the mystical, occult arts – the kind of supernatural practices that don’t always recognize God and that certainly don’t bring you closer to Him.

That warning is for good reason. When you realize that the supernatural is a real thing, then you see quite quickly that followers of Jesus practice a completely different version of it than people in psychic centers. Accordingly, you have to decide which version is correct. A psychic’s non-biblical version might have you messing around with spirit guides or inner children, fully believing that they’re good for you. But in the Biblical version, these spirits are likely demons, out to kill and destroy you. Revelation 21:8 warns that the price for those who practice the magic arts is the second death in fire. In the spiritual war, choosing the right side is a must.

God warns us throughout the Bible not to do a lot of things for our own good, like a good mother or father would warn their children in the natural world. And because He loves us, he even tells us the penalty for choosing wrong. And He’s pretty specific about the occult.

Denise’s book, 7 Spiritual Truths and the Lies that Hide Them, begins with the spiritual truth that the supernatural actually exists. Psychics know this, but by practicing the version condemned in the Bible, they’re undoubtedly – and clearly unwittingly – choosing the wrong side of the spiritual war.

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Words Matter

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Every so often I think we get too far into the weeds of life to be able to see what really matters. So let’s step back a second and look at a couple of big picture things. When Jesus was asked what the “greatest” commandment was, he said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matt. 22:36-40)

The second of these two commandments is tied to what people understand to be the “Golden Rule,” something we were taught even in secular grade school. You know the Rule – basically it says to treat others the way you’d like to be treated. You don’t even have to be a follower of Jesus to know the Rule; indeed, it’s a fundamental tenant of virtually every major religion and of groups founded merely on moral or ethical conduct toward humanity. In fact, there’s really only formal religion that doesn’t follow it. Satanism, as a religion, actually follows a kind of backward version, which says to “do unto to others as they do unto to you.” That means that if someone treats you badly, go ahead and treat them badly in return.

So think about that fact for a second. Think about the fact that a fundamental pillar of LaVeyan Satanism is to exact revenge on those who do you wrong as you read the following quote by one of our presidential candidates:

When someone crosses you, my advice is ‘Get Even!’ That is not typical advice, but it is real life advice. If you do not get even, you are just a schmuck! When people wrong you, go after those people because it is a good feeling and because other people will see you doing it. I love getting even. I get screwed all the time. I go after people, and you know what? People do not play around with me as much as they do with others. They know that if they do, they are in for a big fight.

Words matter. And we should expect better words from the people who intend to lead us.


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