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Christians that feel most strongly against clairvoyance and remote viewing, have a conviction that the Bible expressly forbids this kind of activity. The thrust of their argument focuses on a series of prohibitions found in the Bible as well as the story of King Saul.
So let’s begin by looking at the story of King Saul who, near the end of his life, consults the Witch of Endor in order to discover the winner of an upcoming battle against the Philistines. This is the story that is often cited by those Christians who object to the use of clairvoyance. As such, it is an extremely important story, one that I will return to later in the paper. The story is found in 1 Samuel 28:3-25:
3 Now Samuel had died, and all Israel had mourned for him and buried him in Ramah, his own city. Saul had expelled the mediums and the wizards from the land. 4 The Philistines assembled, and came and encamped at Shunem. Saul gathered all Israel, and they encamped at Gilboa. 5 When Saul saw the army of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart trembled greatly. 6 When Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him, not by dreams, or by Urim, or by prophets. 7 Then Saul said to his servants, “Seek out for me a woman who is a medium, so that I may go to her and inquire of her.” His servants said to him, “There is a medium at Endor.” 8 So Saul disguised himself and put on other clothes and went there, he and two men with him. They came to the woman by night. And he said, “Consult a spirit for me, and bring up for me the one whom I name to you.” 9 The woman said to him, “Surely you know what Saul has done, how he has cut off the mediums and the wizards from the land. Why then are you laying a snare for my life to bring about my death?” 10 But Saul swore to her by the Lord, “As the Lord lives, no punishment shall come upon you for this thing.” 11 Then the woman said, “Whom shall I bring up for you?” He answered, “Bring up Samuel for me.” 12 When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice; and the woman said to Saul, “Why have you deceived me? You are Saul!” 13 The king said to her, “Have no fear; what do you see?” The woman said to Saul, “I see a divine being (Hebrew: Or a god; or gods) coming up out of the ground.” 14 He said to her, “What is his appearance?” She said, “An old man is coming up; he is wrapped in a robe.” So Saul knew that it was Samuel, and he bowed with his face to the ground, and did obeisance. 15 Then Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” Saul answered, “I am in great distress, for the Philistines are warring against me, and God has turned away from me and answers me no more, either by prophets or by dreams; so I have summoned you to tell me what I should do.” 16 Samuel said, “Why then do you ask me, since the Lord has turned from you and become your enemy? 17 The Lord has done to you just as he spoke by me; for the Lord has torn the kingdom out of your hand, and given it to your neighbor, David. 18 Because you did not obey the voice of the Lord, and did not carry out his fierce wrath against Amalek, therefore the Lord has done this thing to you today. 19 Moreover the Lord will give Israel along with you into the hands of the Philistines; and tomorrow you and your sons shall be with me; the Lord will also give the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines.” 20 Immediately Saul fell full length on the ground, filled with fear because of the words of Samuel; and there was no strength in him, for he had eaten nothing all day and all night. 21 The woman came to Saul, and when she saw that he was terrified, she said to him, “Your servant has listened to you; I have taken my life in my hand, and have listened to what you have said to me. 22 Now therefore, you also listen to your servant; let me set a morsel of bread before you. Eat, that you may have strength when you go on your way.” 23 He refused, and said, “I will not eat.” But his servants, together with the woman, urged him; and he listened to their words. So he got up from the ground and sat on the bed. 24 Now the woman had a fatted calf in the house. She quickly slaughtered it, and she took flour, kneaded it, and baked unleavened cakes. 25 She put them before Saul and his servants, and they ate. Then they rose and went away that night.
Now that we’ve read King Saul’s story, let’s look at the many passages in the Bible that are often cited as prohibitions against clairvoyance. A good number of these prohibitions come from the books of Leviticus, Deuteronomy, 2Kings, and Jeremiah. For instance, the book of Leviticus lists these prohibitive pricopes:
Leviticus 19: 26 You shall not eat anything with its blood. You shall not practice augury (sorcery) or witchcraft.
Lev 19: 31 Do not turn to mediums or wizards; do not seek them out, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.
Lev 20: 6 If any turn to mediums and wizards, prostituting themselves to them, I will set my face against them, and will cut them off from the people.
Lev 20: 27 A man or a woman who is a medium or a wizard shall be put to death; they shall be stoned to death, their blood is upon them.
The Book of Deuteronomy states:
Deuteronomy 18: 9 When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you must not learn to imitate the abhorrent practices of those nations. 10 No one shall be found among you who makes a son or daughter pass through fire, or who practices divination, or is a soothsayer, or an augur, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who casts spells, or who consults ghosts or spirits, or who seeks oracles from the dead.
2Kings 21: 6 He made his son pass through fire; he practiced soothsaying and augury, and dealt with mediums and with wizards. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger.
From The Book of Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 27: 9 “You, therefore, must not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your dreamers, your soothsayers, or your sorcerers, who are saying to you, ‘You shall not serve the king of Babylon.”
Sorcery is discussed and denounced soundly in the following Hebrew and Christian texts:
It is forbidden: Lev. 19:26–28, 31; 20:6; Deut. 18:9–14
It is denounced: Isa. 8:19; Mal. 3:5
It is Practiced:
By the Egyptians, Isa. 19:3, 11, 12
By the magicians, Ex. 7:11, 22; 8:7, 18
By Balaam, Num. 22:6; 23:23, with Num. 22; 23
By Jezebel, 2 Kin. 9:22
By the Ninevites, Nah. 3:4, 5
By the Babylonians, Isa. 47:9–13; Ezek. 21:21, 22 Dan. 2:2, 10, 27
By Belshazzar, Dan. 5:7, 15
By Simon Magus, Acts 8:9, 11
By Elymas, Acts 13:8
By the young girl at Philippi, Acts 16:16
By vagabond Jews, Acts 19:13
By sons of Sceva, Acts 19:14, 15
By astrologers, Jer. 10:2; Mic. 3:6, 7
By false prophets, Jer. 14:14; 27:9; 29:8, 9; Ezek. 13:6–9; 22:28; Matt. 24:24
It must Cease: Ezek. 12:23, 24; 13:23; Mic. 5:12
It produces false messages: Ezek. 21:29; Zech. 10:2; 2 Thess. 2:9
Diviners shall be confounded: Mic. 3:7
It belongs to the works of the flesh: Gal. 5:20
It is Wicked: 1 Sam. 15:23
It is vain to use: Isa. 44:25
Punishment for using: Ex. 22:18; Lev. 20:27; Deut. 13:5
By familiar spirits: Lev. 20:27; 1 Chr. 10:13; 2 Chr. 33:6; Isa. 8:19; 19:3; 29:4
By entrails: Ezek. 21:21
By images: 2 Kin. 23:24; Ezek. 21:21
By rods: Hos. 4:12
Saul consulted the Witch of Endor: 1 Sam. 28:7–25
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." (1 Peter 5:8)
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