What Does the Bible Say About the Occult?

The following prohibitions were given to the sons of Israel as they entered the Promised Land.  They apply to us today as well.

“When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.  There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.  For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.  Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.  For these nations, which thou shalt possess, harkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God suffered thee so to do” (Deuteronomy 18: 9-14 KJV).

Saul and the Witch of Endor. By Allston, Washi...
Saul and the Witch of Endor. By Allston, Washington. 1820. Oil on canvas. Canvas: 34 5/16 x 47 1/8 in.; 87.1538 x 119.6975 cm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“A consulter with familiar spirits” is equivalent to a spirit medium, and that would include a person who uses a Ouija board.  Familiar spirits are evil spirits.  Conducting séances is a violation of Deuteronomy 18: 9-14 also.

It’s important to find out what movies and TV programs our children are watching and what kind of games they are playing inside and outside the home.  So many games (like “Dungeons and Dragons”), books, and media outlets violate Biblical guidelines concerning the occult.

A Ouija board is often introduced at slumber parties as a game when in fact participating in the “game” opens a door to the occult.  (I speak from experience.)

Many children as well as adults have no idea that scripture forbids these practices.  The Bible also condemns astrology, which involves reading horoscopes.  On the surface, these practices may seem innocent, but they are snares that take our eyes off God and alienate us from Him.  We should consult God, not the dead, evil spirits, fortune tellers, astrologers, spirit mediums, or other gods.

According to I Chronicles 10: 13, King Saul lost his life mainly because he consulted “the Witch of Endor,” asking her to conjure up the ghost of the prophet Samuel (I Samuel 28: 1-25).

The bottom line is seek God, not the occult, and “love the LORD your God with all Thine heart, all thy soul, and all thy might” (Deuteronomy 6: 5 KJV).  God is supernatural.  Satan is a counterfeiter.  Why settle for the counterfeit when you can have the God of the Universe in your life by repenting and inviting Christ into your heart?

NOTE:  Regarding ghosts, I don’t know if the Witch of Endor conjured the ghost of Samuel or simply an evil spirit impersonating Samuel.  In general, I regard ghosts as evil spirits impersonating the dead. 

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