Some are fascinated by the uncanny! The bizarre, dark and strange. The supernatural.
It’s becoming popular…in modern times (C.E. common era or common error??)
Some believe angels help. Some believe demons hurt.
What do You know about Spiritism?!
excerpted recent readings:
“Move over, vampires, werewolves and zombies—demonic possession and exorcism are taking over.”—The Wall Street Journal.
“Belief in ghosts has soared in recent decades, from one in ten Americans to one in three,” writes sociology professor Claude Fischer. “Young Americans are about twice as likely as old Americans to say they have consulted psychics, believe in ghosts, and believe in haunted houses.”
One report states that “anywhere from 25 percent to 50 percent of people worldwide believe in ghosts, and ghosts feature prominently in the literature of most cultures.” And a survey done in the United States by sociology professors Christopher Bader and Carson Mencken “revealed that a staggering 70 to 80 percent of Americans strongly believe in at least one type of paranormal activity.” (excerpted Intrigued By the Supernatural Awake! No.2 2017)
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ALTHOUGH many people are skeptical about anything related to the supernatural and spiritism
—considering them to be either a hoax or the product of the film industry’s creative scriptwriters— the Bible presents a different view. It provides explicit warnings about spiritism. For instance, Deuteronomy 18:10-13 states: “There should not be found in you . . . anyone who employs divination, anyone practicing magic, anyone who looks for omens, a sorcerer, anyone binding others with a spell, anyone who consults a spirit medium or a fortune-teller, or anyone who inquires of the dead.” (excerpted What Does the Bible Teach About Spiritism? Awake! No. 2 2017)
The Bible tells us that long before God formed the earth, he created millions of spirit creatures, or angels. (Job 38:4 Where were you when I founded the earth? Tell me, if you think you understand.” 7 “ When the morning stars joyfully cried out together, And all the sons of God began shouting in applause? ; Revelation 5:11 “And I saw, and I heard a voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders, and the number of them was myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands,”)Each of these angels was endowed with free will—the ability to choose between right and wrong. Some of them chose to rebel against God, and they abandoned their position in heaven to cause trouble on the earth. As a consequence, the earth became “filled with violence.”—Genesis 6: 2 “the sons of the true God began to notice that the daughters of men were beautiful. So they began taking as wives all whom they chose. 3 Then Jehovah said: “My spirit will not tolerate man indefinitely, because he is only flesh. Accordingly, his days will amount to 120 years.”4 The Nephʹi·lim were on the earth in those days and afterward. During that time the sons of the true God continued to have relations with the daughters of men, and these bore sons to them. They were the mighty ones of old times, the men of fame.5 Consequently, Jehovah saw that man’s wickedness was great on the earth and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only bad all the time.” 11 “But the earth had become ruined in the sight of the true God, and the earth was filled with violence.”; Jude 6 “And the angels who did not keep their original position but forsook their own proper dwelling place,he has reserved with eternal bonds in dense darkness for the judgment of the great day.”
The Bible says that those wicked angels wield great influence, misleading millions of people. (Revelation 12:9 “So down the great dragon was hurled, the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth; he was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him.”)They even exploit mankind’s natural curiosity about the future.—1 Samuel 28:5, 7 “When Saul saw the camp of the Phi·lisʹtines, he was afraid, and his heart trembled greatly. 7 Finally Saul said to his servants: “Find me a woman who is a spirit medium, and I will go and consult her.” His servants replied: “Look! There is a woman who is a spirit medium in En-dor.” ; 1 Timothy 4:1 “However, the inspired word clearly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to misleading inspired statements and teachings of demons,”.
True, some supernatural powers seem to help people. (2 Corinthians 11:14 “And no wonder, for Satan himself keeps disguising himself as an angel of light.”) In reality, however, the wicked angels are attempting to blind people’s minds to the truth about God. 2 Corinthians 4:4 “among whom the god of this system of things has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that the illumination of the glorious good news about the Christ, who is the image of God, might not shine through.”
According to the Bible, therefore, contact with wicked spirits is not harmless fun.
(excerpts What Does the Bible Teach About Spiritism? Awake! No. 2 2017)
Have You noticed…(sometimes)…when very violent, bizarre or senseless (or inexplicable) things happen, curious minds wonder IF alcohol or drugs or some other unknown influence played a (major/minor) role/part in the occurrence?
What about demonic influence? What about angelic influence?
1/12/16 @ 2:01 p.m.