Christianity and Psychic Ability ~~ Is Each One Exclusive

My View

The opinions in this article are just that ...opinions. And, yes, I know what people say about opinions.

It is my belief that being able to see and feel and know what others may not is a gift from God, the same God that is the source of my strength and my salvation.


Being psychic is like most anything else. It can be used for evil or for good.

That to me is the essence of this discussion: it is how it is used that defines whether is wicked or not.



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As we make this walk across time, we meet and get to know many individuals. Many of them have similar views as ours. Many of them do not.

A topic that brings often heated discussion is psychics and their relationship to Christianity.


This is often a very polarizing topic. One that many shy away from because their feelings on this topic are so strong that they know that discussion will turn into an battle rather than a debate. I sometimes think that some people are fearful of what they do not fully understand.

Questioning what we have always believed can be a challenge to our belief system. But I do not believe it will shatter it. I also believe the reverse is true. It is my personal belief that questioning leads to growth.


This hub was prompted by a question posted by Dr.Marie in which she asks about Christianity and psychic ability and if she is evil because she is psychic.


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A Christian Home

As a young girl I was raised in a Christian home. Actually from the time I was a wee infant I was raised as a Christian. I am not sure that I knew exactly what being a Christian really meant until I began to question and consider beliefs posed by the Christian church.

Too much of what I saw those who were self-described Christians say and do did not seem Christ-like at all to me.

That still holds true for me today. That may sound judgmental and perhaps it is. It just happens to be the way I see it.

Is There One Right Answer?

Posing a few rhetorical questions....


What exactly does being a Christian mean to you anyway?

Does it mean believing in Christ?

Does it mean accepting Christ as your Savior?

Does it mean being a good person?

Does it mean the strictest interpretation of the Bible?

What does it mean??

And, what does all of this have to do with being psychic anyway?

The answers to those questions are as varied as grains of sands on the earth.

The answers will come or may have already come to you after soul searching, studying the Bible, prayer, or in some other manner.

And there are those who believe that their view is the only correct one.

Is that true? Can there not be more than one right answer??

Or as with many other topics where there are emotions involved, tunnel-vision appears. And the subject is closed if the opinion you have differs from others.

Can we not just agree to disagree with no animosity?

A man (woman, child) ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian... and most of all, his family ought to know.

Dwight L. Moody


What Do You Believe?

There are passages in the Bible which speak of mediums and psychics. Among them are Leviticus 20:6; 10:31; Deuteronomy 18: 10-13 ...there are of course many more.


These passages speak to this very topic in a negative light.

No need to remind you that while the Bible is inspired by God, it was written by humans.

As humans we often put our own twist, our own interpretation into our writings. it is inevitable.

We all can turn to the Bible, find a passage that seems to support what we believe and use it. Even if it is taken out of context or its meaning is given our interpretation rather than a meaning in a larger sense.


1 John 4: 1

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world."

Does this passage say to disbelieve every spirit or does it suggest something else?

Who is the one to judge if spirits are 'of God'?

Again it is my belief that we can interpret it two ways...it is an individual choice to make as to how we interpret scripture.

Again, not everyone will agree with that last statement. There are many that believe in the strictest interpretation of the Bible passages and are rigid on that point. That is fine.

That is actually my point. We all bring to the table, to the Bible, if you will, to our relationship with God, our own beliefs. Having someone question or challenge them can be frightening and unnerving.

Each of us has our own view as to how Christianity and Psychic Ability fit into our belief system.

It is my opinion that these two are not disparate but that they are mutually agreeable. It is the use of either of them that determines their goodness or lack of goodness.

To be psychic

According to dictionary.com, psychic has several meanings:


"pertaining to or noting mental phenomena;

  • of or pertaining to the human soul or mind; mental
  • outside of natural or scientific knowledge; spiritual
  • of or pertaining to some nonphysical force or agency
  • sensitive to influences or forces of nonphysical or supernatural nature"


To me being psychic means being able to see between the lines.

To be able to reach across time and space and feel and know what others may not is my perception of this often misunderstood realm of existence


Part of What Being a Christian Means to Me

In part being a Christian to me means that:

  • God is a part of my every day life
  • He is there for me 24/7
  • I (try) to live in a way that others would wish to emulate
  • A huge part of why I was given life is so that I can help anyone who is in some kind of need
  • Others will see in me traits that will let them know Christ is what motivates my actions
  • Every day I try to become more Christ-like, in my thoughts, my actions, and by what I say
  • I will try not to do anything that will cause someone else to do something that will be a stumbling block for that person.
  • I will make mistakes as hard as I try not to I will because I am human.
  • I am forgiven for all of the mistakes I do make.
  • I can speak with my God any time I need to through prayer and I can feel His presence
  • He will carry me over the most difficult times that I face.
  • I am given free will to make and choose how to make this walk.

To me being a Christian is a very personal experience. To me it may not be defined the same way for each of us.

There are strict definitions for what a Christian may or may not be by theologians.

I am not a theologian but these are my beliefs and how I approach my relationship with God.


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My Personal Experience

Having psychic ability to me is a gift from God.

How those who have the gift will determine whether it is a positive force or a negative force in their lives and in the world.

Throughout my lifetime I have had experiences that I cannot explain.

Connections to those who have died have occurred. I was made to feel that whatever was troubling me would be okay, that it would work out somehow.

To some that may sound like rubbish, foolishness, wishful thinking on my part.

Having a little car move across the room with no explanation is one of those experiences.

And it has happened a number of times.

Feeling the presence of a loved one and 'seeing' a loved one in his human body after he and she died, are other experiences. The very afternoon my Mother died, both she and my Daddy appeared to me in their human body for a few brief moments. They were real and yet their bodies were such that I could see through them...it was clearly their spirits I was witnessing. And it was very comforting.

Wishful thinking:? Perhaps.

To me there seems to be no disparity between someone who has psychic ability and Christianity.

And yes I have visited a psychic a time or two.

It is really up to each of us to make the decision about our belief on this topic.

It is God's place to judge whether being psychic is wrong, sinful, or evil. Certainly it is not mine.

The concept of psychic energy is easy for most people to imagine. After all, it's just one step beyond intuition - and almost everyone is comfortable with the idea of intuition.

— Jane Ann Krentz

Reflection

As I gathered thoughts and ideas for this hub, it was as much a discovery and a sense of looking for answers as much as it was one person's opinion on a topic.

No definitive answers are given purposely.

The answers are individual.

One thought I came away with was perhaps this: Should this be a lesson in being more open-minded?

Not others. Me.

Perhaps a huge part of being a Christian is as much about welcoming others ideas and respecting them even when not embracing their view. Can that be so?

Sources

King James Bible

http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/1-John-4-1/

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pstraubie48 19 months ago from sunny Florida Author

I know. We all have our own views, Mary. I do not disrespect those of others at all.

It is just surprising when some are so vehemently disrespectful. But such is life.

It is what it is...usually dislike that phrase but it works here. I know what I believe and how I feel..and it works for my life...others must make their own decisions about how they feel.

Thank you for your thoughtful comment.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York

This was very interesting Patricia. I skimmed through the comments and decided not to get involved in any of the controversy.

You make excellent points. The Bible was written by men and we have no idea how much of a twist they put on it.

Christians major principle is love, love one another. That doesn't mean love one another only if they believe what you do....there is no real way to prove the paranormal but if we believe in God and the Holy Spirit which we cannot see, then why can't we believe in the paranormal?

Lots to think about here.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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pstraubie48 19 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Au Fait

Your comments are always so candid and insightful that I appreciate them a great deal.

This topic is one that causes us to definitely take a stand on what we believe and I have stated (partially as I would have to go on and on to elaborate more) what my stance is. I reaffirm that I have had psychic experiences as have other members of my family and we have also felt a connection to God during them and afterward.

I do agree that evil can come into our lives in unwanted ways sometimes with our own invitation. The important thing, to put it very simplistic, is to be attuned to your psychic feelings and discern what is of God.

Thank you for visiting and caring enough to go into such detail with your response.Angels are truly around me as I write this and are on the way to you this morning ps


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Au fait 19 months ago from North Texas

Agree that how one uses their 'gift' can determine whether or not it is good or evil, but I would also caution that where the information comes from is perhaps more important because one can do good with the information they receive, but if it comes from an evil source it is still evil.

Satan is a smart guy and he knows the Bible backwards, forwards, and upside down. None of us by ourselves and without the help of God is any match for him. He can read our minds as can his buddies and he can see things going on around us, etc. He could make some pretty good guesses about what might happen in the future, but the only way one can be totally accurate in future predictions or in knowing where a dead body may be hidden or anything at all is if the information comes from God because He is the only person who knows all.

One must be careful IMHO of what and who they connect with when it comes to the paranormal. It is Satan's desire to confuse and mislead us in his goal to destroy us. The Bible warns against communicating with beings of the underworld. So one should be certain his/her information is coming through God and no other person/being.

One test is whether it is always correct. Always. Another is if it is always good and never selfish or hateful in even the teeniest way. God is never the author of evil nor does He ever cause bad things to happen. I often hear people saying tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes are the will of God and that couldn't be further from the truth. He doesn't cause them and doesn't wish them to happen. He may allow them to happen so that we can all see the true nature of Satan and how his ways compare to those of God's, but He is not their instigator nor does He want the pain and sorrow that often accompany them.

So I don't believe psychic ability is evil in general, but I do think one must be extremely careful about where they get the information that seems to just happen in their mind. If it's coming through a source that claims to be dead etc., I would avoid that entity like leprosy. All of this is covered in the Bible, so there is really no need for conjecture.

In general the prophets talked about future events that might happen soon or many years or decades later. To my knowledge none of them were in the practice of communicating with the dead, or locating missing people, etc.

One thing I am absolutely certain of. If the voice in your head is telling you to do things that are hurtful to yourself or anyone else, or wrong, or illegal, it is not God's voice you're hearing and you need to seek professional help before something horrific happens. Sadly, people seem to lose their understanding of right and wrong in situations of this sort.

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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Kiss and Tales This has become tiresome. YOu have a right to your thoughts just as we have a right to ours.

You have begun to make me and LG feel harassed. Please stop.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Kiss and Tales This has become tiresome. YOu have a right to your thoughts just as we have a right to ours.

You have begun to make me and LG feel harassed. Please stop.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Yes you are correct :D :D Lady G...have a lovely day and a wonderful week. ps


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Lady Guinevere 22 months ago from West Virginia

And those are the ones that swuell that it is not fair to delete their comments. LOL

Thanks and I do agree with you on this one too. Have a wonderful Monday!


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Lady Guinevere I have found with those who aggressively pursue that I have a choice; don't respond to them or delete their comments.

You and I have our own view on this topic and we are allowed to express it.

As are others on this site.

However I refuse to let someone try to steal my day because they are trying to bring me to their viewpoint

Sending you many Angels this morning, ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Lady Guinevere

I so agree. If you have read my replies I have told her that we have our own views and she has hers and we are all entitled to think what we believe.

God knows what we believe and what we feel and that is what is important after all...He is our judge. And aren't we blessed because of that??

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Lady Guinevere 22 months ago from West Virginia

Kiss and Tales, you know nothing about me and you just go around assuming. I do read the bible and I am a christian and I do follow Christ and I do beive that not everyoe is going to have the same experiences as another. You on the other hand push, push, push and it turns people off and away. Jesus is WITHIN you and so is the Kingdom of God and you teach something totally different than that. Because you push and push and push you do not see that anhyone is listening because you are in the Push, push push mode. You take no time in really getting to know another...and many of you are here on HP. When you can walk a mile in their shoes and then wash their feet then you may know them, but just assuming is not going to ever work. You do not know me at all, not even an inkling.

I respect your views, but they are not mine and I do not appreciate my name being slandered all over the place and told that I am wrong when you have no idea what I have been through my entire life.

Love is not prideful and it is not deceitful and does not hold others in a lower place.


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Lady Guinevere 22 months ago from West Virginia

Kiss and Tales, STUFF IT!!!!!! I don't know what your point is because what you are doing is considered bullying and I will not have it anymore. You will not change my stance of religion, God or Jesus so you might as well stop it. If you do not like what I say or do then block me PLEASE!!!!


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Kiss andTales 22 months ago

I am happy of your choice as being a follower of Christ, that is what a real Christian is

and thank you for reading the scriptures I posted. Your loyalty goes to Jesus and Jehovah not to any human or fallen angle in opposition to the Heavenly Father .

May you find the wonderful future ahead.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

I am a Christian and I respect the right of others to have a differing view.

ps


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Kiss andTales 22 months ago

Thank you for allowing the reply from scriptural view . This is what really matters, another thought I would lastly want to say

Is that we truly have to be on guard , because it is written ,New World Translation 1Ti 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,

That is the point they have inspired teachings also that lead people away from the true God. Also if this was a good thing to read the future as fortune telling,why would the girl keep following them when she new they had the power to remove the spirit? Because it was beyond her help

Until they did remove it to help her as a cure.

This is something that needs a cure.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Kiss and Tales It matters not where our answers come from. I assure you that MY answers come from God. I have a deep abiding relationship with HIm.

We all have our own interpretation of words in the Bible; even the greatest minds and thinkers of theology agree with that statement. How you view a particular passage or even single line of scripture may be completely opposite...that does not mean that either of us is wrong; it only means that we read it differently.

Having the ability to foretell things does not make me 'of SAtan', a Satan worshiper or either of those things. It only means that God gifted me or anone else with the power to see what others who if they were more in tune may themselves see and hear

One thing again that I said in an earlier comment is that regardless of your point of view, respecting each other's right to say what we feel and believe is one of the best ways to keep HubPages and other such wriitng sites alive and well.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

KIss and Tales We all have our own views and one thing that is nice is that we are entitled to those views.

You have stated yours.

I and others have stated theirs


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Kiss andTales 22 months ago

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS

Chapter 28 of the book of 1 Samuel relates how an unfaithful king named Saul violated God’s command not to consult spirit mediums. He appealed to a medium, a woman who seemed to communicate with a deceased man of God named Samuel! But did she actually contact Samuel? No! She was, in fact, communicating with an impostor—someone impersonating dead Samuel.

That impostor was a wicked spirit, an agent of “the father of the lie”—Satan. (John 8:44) Why do the wicked spirits, or demons, promote the view that the dead live on? Their goal is to malign God and discredit his written Word, the Bible.—2 Timothy 3:16.

Based off of this information again even though a person has this ability it is considered not a good thing from God's point of view , he did not impart this gift .

This was written for our help and instructions.

There is no intent on my part to label or name anyone evil, because I can not judge anyone I can not read the heart or mind, I do believe that we can do a self exam and determine if we are violating any of God's standards .that is what matters in the end is what your life choices have been between you and the Heavenly Father.


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Kiss andTales 22 months ago

You see lady G it is not about opinion which you keep giving in your post and thread. I never gave an opinion I gave the scriptures of a higher entity ,the Heavenly

Father,

2 Timothy3:16 All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.

We all was given a choice to reply I gave God's word now you are stoning them .

Because of your ego. Tell the truth ,you have not once supported scriptures but your own opinions ,people can see through that.

The truth is there is two sides ,Reference Bible 1Co 10:21 YOU cannot be drinking the cup of Jehovah and the cup of demons; YOU cannot be partaking of “the table of Jehovah” and the table of demons.

In your comments you are saying yes can have both.

Life and a future of happiness can not come from untruths.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You are so right Lady Guinevere...and probably that is a good thing come to think of it :D

More Angels headed your way ps


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Lady Guinevere 22 months ago from West Virginia

You are right. Thank goodness we are not all in the same classroom in the school of life.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Lady Guinevere Everyone has their own take on things...one must make a choice and then learn to live with the consequences. I think.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Lady Guinevere 22 months ago from West Virginia

K&T what about Joseph and his many colored coat and how he foretold the downfall of a nation and he brothers sold him into slavery. Why are you picing a choosing something evil that will only come back to you as evil? Some people!


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Yes Lady Guinevere God gifts us different gifts and I believe this can be can be one of them. There are those who disagree and the wonderful thing is it is an opinion so we do not have to agree.

Angels are on the way to you today ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Kiss and Tales I exactly sure what you are suggesting by your reply. Are you saying that having psychic ability is akin to sing possestsed by a demon?

If so I respectfully disagree. And that is the lovely thing...that each of us ca have our own take on this topic.

I do not believe that. I believe and know that this ability is of God, Does that mean I do not not believe that someone may be filled with evil? No for I do believe the opposite. What I do not believe is that in those cases it is not about their psychic ability.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

thank you Peggy for taking time to offer a response. I just feel as I said in this hub and felt compelled to share my feelings.

I know those who have psychic ability (me being one to a certain extent) and believe it a gift that God gives.

Know that Angels are on the way Peggy ps


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Kiss andTales 22 months ago

To answer your question it would be based off of the inspired word of God.

Fortune telling.

Le 20:6 “‘As for the person who turns to the spirit mediums and the fortune-tellers so as to commit spiritual prostitution with them, I will certainly turn against that person and cut him off from his people.

De 18:10, 11 There should not be found in you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, anyone who employs divination, anyone practicing magic, anyone who looks for omens, a sorcerer,11anyone binding others with a spell, anyone who consults a spirit medium or a fortune-teller, or anyone who inquires of the dead.

Byington Le 19:31 Do not consult mediums of any kind, becoming unclean by them; I am your God Jehovah.

Now it happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a servant girl with a spirit, a demon of divination, met us. She supplied her masters with much profit by fortune-telling. (Acts16:16aOr “practicing the art of prediction.”)

Acts 16:17 This girl kept following Paul and us and crying out with the words: “These men are slaves of the Most High God and are proclaiming to you the way of salvation.” 18 She kept doing this for many days. Finally Paul got tired of it and turned and said to the spirit: “I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour.

From these scriptures we can see these are not gifts of God. Rather the opposite that he warns us to stay away from, because this evolves a demon spirit or spirits in opposition to the true God.

Notice what happens when this Demon is removed.

Reference Bible Ac 16:19 Well, when her masters saw that their hope of gain had left, they laid hold of Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the rulers,

This scriptures prove once the demon was removed , there was no more profit or gain any more. Which caused persecution ,also beatings and injailment for curing the young girl who could tell fortunes.


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Lady Guinevere 22 months ago from West Virginia

Christ said in that bible that everyone is part of the whole and he did mention psychic ability in that and it was not negative. We have no power over what we get to use in our lives. We have no power over what the Holy Spirit imparts on us and gives us to use. Gifts are that..gifts to use. Some gifts are not as good as others but in my experience if you ask for one to be taken away you will get another. I have a few gifts. One of yours is also one of mine. You were given this gift for a reason and it is not evil....just my opinion.


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Peggy W 22 months ago from Houston, Texas

I echo what Bill wrote. Some people are gifted with being more intuitive and/or psychic than others just like some people are more musically or artistically gifted. The Bible was written by men and it has also been interpreted from one language to another. We each have freedom of choice and a mind in which to make our choices. Taking all of that into consideration, you offered up some good questions and points in this thoughtfully written hub. Up votes and sharing.


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Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

Yes, to pstraubie48, I do think we have accomplished voicing our opinions without disrespecting each other opinions. Thank you for allowing me to voice mine. Blessings to you and yours.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

One wonderful thing about voicing our thoughts to each other is that we can. It does not mean that one is better or more right or more wrong than another, it is just our beliefs. And to respect and value the thoughts of others is a way of showing mutual respect.

I think we have done that here, don't you? Rachel

Thank you once again for stopping by

Angels are on the way to you this morning. ps


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Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

Like I said, that is just how I believe, I don't tell anyone how they should believe. God gave us all that option.

Blessings to you and yours.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

You know Rachel...the lovely thing about this walk that we make is that we all can view things from our own perspective.

I see no disparity between the two..actually I see it as a gift from God.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

I was raised as a Christian also. To me a Christian is one who believes in and follows the teachings of Christ and Christ only. Also I don't believe that physic people are from Christ. St Paul in the Bible stopped the young girl who was following him and saying things that seem to be true. She was no longer able to predict things anymore. Satan knows partial truths but not the whole truth. I'm not controversial, but that is what I believe.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

I definitely believe that there are those who have second sight or whatever anyone chooses to call it. I do not believe that it is contradictory to my Christian faith either although there are those who do.


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dahoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

There was a psychic back in the 1960s that was well known by the name of Jean Dixon. She made a lot of predictions about President Kennedy and warned him not to go to Dallas. She was also a Catholic in good standing. You might want to look her up.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for stopping by Shyron

Each of us has our own views on such topics and that of course is as it should be.

One thing I have learned over the years is to be open minded. I have not always been willing to hear views of those whose ideas diverge to a great extent from mine. I have found that I do have some ability to foresee things to come...I am not sure if that is just intuitive or if it is psychic. And to me it really does not matter.

I know God is alive in my life and He leads me where my life should go.

Angels are on the way to you. ps


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Dear Patricia, this is very informative. I had not thought of Psychic ability as being intertwined, until I read this.

I am a Christian because I belong to God. But I am not a Saint.

I am sending you something by e-mail on Angels wings.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Paracletus

I would like to see some hubs written by you.

You have things to say.

I distanced myself from 'churches'for a time..I found too much that did not feel full of love. But I found the church I now attend and it is indeed a church home that honors God.


Paracletus 2 years ago

I had never been to a psychic but thinking of seeing one in the near future who is very gifted and helps many people.

My younger brother died last month and his eldest daughter - my niece - went to see this man before my brother's passing. He told her so much that no one could have known and how my brother was ill, affected by his illness and would pass - and who would meet him. It was very healing for my niece and helped us all with my brother's passing.

I was driven away from Christianity for a long time in my life- but have since tried to return and indeed found it a blessing in many ways. Jesus is about service - about Love - God.

When it comes to seeing this man in near future I will just ask that God allow me to be helped, guided, healed even as God sees fit. 'Discern' the Spirit.

The Lord works in mysterious ways.

I am open to people of all faiths and none and been with people dying of all faiths and none.

Love begets love. Eradicates fear - especially in those who are being readied to pass from this world.

I've known this personally working with the dying. Not a theologian or psychic but asked at those times when I was asked by a dying person - to love them as God would have me love them - like my self. To speak to them of this very Love - God.

It's a great honour in such situations - blessing, and teaches more than many books or indeed other experiences in life ever could/can.

By their fruits you shall know them.

If these people have healing gifts - they are known by their fruit nomatter what fearful fundamentalists try to say to the contrary.

Take care all.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

"Love begets love." Amen and amen. It is not for us to judge others but to embrace and love them....each of us has a singular walk on this planet...in many respects. We have to make that walk as we feel lead to. It is not for ME to judge anyone else's choices you know?

thanks for your response.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


Paracletus 2 years ago

Am I evil because I was born gay ? Being raised in a conservative Christian Church I was led to believe I was 'intrinsically evil' (don't get much more evil than that) for being the human being I am created to be.

The law and the prophets - the Kingdom of God come - "Seek God with ALL we are or can be..... " (paraphrasing) and love the neighbour as the self. "

Tricky learning to love others when you are not allowed to learn to love your self - indeed taught to hate who you are because they tell you that God hates what God created, creates.

Difficult road to navigate at times and near driven to utter despair. As someone 'intrinsically evil' or 'disordered' as it later came to be known, I worked with children, teaching and with sick and dying children too. And with many adults. To follow Jesus was about service and this is what I tried, try to do. And the day came when that same Jesus in those same great commandments shouted up at me from the page, "LOVE...... YOUR SELF." The self being the very capacity for being loved and loving - eternally - infinitely.

A learning process - spiritual evolution. The Christian Scripture tell us that 'sin' leads to 'death'. I believe this. I believe that sin is to be, act without love towards the self and the other - and so Love Itself - God.

Being told and believing that my capacity for being loved and loving - the image of God in which the Christian Scriptures say we are made - was 'intrinsically evil' / 'disordered' was leading to self loathing and death. My own earlier demise had I kept believing what the ignorant would have had me believe.

Is the greatest gift given me by God - to image that same God who is Love - 'intrinsically evil' ? As much as your gift to love and serve others with any and all the good gifts God has given you.

None so blind as they who will not see. You can see and be thankful to God you can. Use it wisely.

Love begets Love.

:)


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you DDE for visiting twice.

It just seems to me that have psychic ability is of God. It is just that simple for me. I know there are those who do not share that belief and that is okay. We all must view this world as we are lead to. I just think we should respect the views of others enough to let them voice their beliefs.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Christianity and Psychic Ability Is Each One Exclusive is an interesting hub and what one believes does seem true.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

hi Gee First Welcome to HubPages.

I think what we can all have our own beliefs on this topic. It just seems to me through my experience that the God I worship and praise lead me to write my thoughts on this topic.

Many miracles have happened in my lifetime to my family members. I do not consider them of a psychic nature. I consider them God's intervention on their behalf.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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glendalldixon 2 years ago from Idaho

Hello, I am new to Hub's but by reading a few articles I ran across your's and being a Christian I felt lead to write a comment on this. I believe as Christians we can have visions of ones that have already been placed in the hands of Jesus in Heaven.

I lost my mother in 2012 and then in 2013 I lost 4 family members within a 5 day period. I have had my mom come to me in a dream, which I believe is a vision. I have had other people in Heaven present themselves in my dreams.

I also feel a miracle that happens in your life or you think something takes place in your life it is not psychic but faith and believing in Jesus Christ things are a miracle. Be Blessed (Glenda) I go by Gee to most.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Anna

When I read Dr. Marie's question it just spoke to me.

I feel that both of these, Christianity and psychic ability are both of God. I just do.

I know there are those who disagree. And that is totally fine.

This is just how I view it... I do believe that being able to 'see' what others cannot is a gift from God.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

Very interesting and you talk a lot of sense. Tolerance of differing beliefs makes for a more peaceful world.

Psychic ability like everything else is subject to the individual choosing to act in goodness or evil.

Belief in God and psychic ability fit comfortably in my view.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

hi Genna

It took me a long time to come to the place where I could be more openminded and less judgmental. Again I think it is a journey each of us has to make into the world of discovery. We have to find what is right for our lives.

Angels are on the way to you today ps


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

You bring up some interesting questions. I think that Christianity is, first and foremost, spiritual. Being a good Christian is not always easy. Anyone can call themselves a Christian – it doesn’t mean that they are. Some of the most Christian people I have ever known don’t go to church. Then again, some do. Believing in the teachings of Jesus Christ is where I find my Christianity. Our experience with God is deeply personal.

“Can we not just agree to disagree with no animosity?” Yes we can. But this where I often see people become angry and judgmental – especially with the issue of politics. It amazes me when I see people twist the bible into definitions that have nothing to do with Christianity.

“Perhaps a huge part of being a Christian is as much about welcoming others ideas and respecting them even when not embracing their view. Can that be so?” Yes, it is. One of the greatest gifts from God is our ability to think; to explore, to discover and to understand. Psychic ability is part of this.

Very interesting hub. Thank you. Voted up and shared. :-)

Happy New Year!


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

hi Ann

This is just what I think. We all of course have our own ideas on such topics.

This is something that had been bothering me for a long time..I just had to give voice to it.

Wishing you and yours a very blessed new hear.

Angels and love are on the way ps


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

Interesting argument and well-explained. I don't see why the two can't co-exist, complementing each other. I'm no psychic but I've had some strange experiences that I can't explain rationally.

I think tolerance of anyone's beliefs is the key, as long as they aren't against the law or bad in some other way.

Happy New Year to you! Ann


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Wiccan Sage Thank you for stopping by. We all are in this together aren't we? And in my view the same God watches over all of us. We may not view everything the same...but we are still all His children. I do believe that being psychic is a gift.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Wiccan Sage Thank you for stopping by. We all are in this together aren't we? And in my view the same God watches over all of us. We may not view everything the same...but we are still all His children. I do believe that being psychic is a gift.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Pamela

It is good to find a church where we find a balance that works for our lives. This certainly is a topic that opens up all kinds of discussions.

Thank you for visiting today.

I hope you and your family have a blessed new year. :D


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Pamela

It is good to find a church where we find a balance that works for our lives. This certainly is a topic that opens up all kinds of discussions.

Thank you for visiting today.

I hope you and your family have a blessed new year. :D


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States

This is an interesting topic and I am sure there are many opinions. I am now in a church that I love. There is not "fire and brimstone" and they accept anyone of any race, rich or poor and dressed in any manner. I had some poor experiences in churches before. I do think it is okay if you have psychic abilities. I have had several psychic experiences over the years, but they don't happen all the time. I think God lets us see what we need to see, but He comes first in my life.

Angles are coming to you and yes I definitely believe in angels. Blessings. I wish you a Happy New Years also.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi healthyannie

Thank you for stopping by.

May you find a lovely New Year Awaiting you.

I wish that we can learn to appreciate and respect each other ...

many Angels are on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi healthyannie

Thank you for stopping by.

May you find a lovely New Year Awaiting you.

I wish that we can learn to appreciate and respect each other ...

many Angels are on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

So nice to see you this morning Eddy.

I hope you and your family have a blessed New Yar.

I just felt I needed to write about this...I know many disagree...and that is ok. We all have our own beliefs but we need to respect those of others.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

So nice to see you this morning Eddy.

I hope you and your family have a blessed New Yar.

I just felt I needed to write about this...I know many disagree...and that is ok. We all have our own beliefs but we need to respect those of others.


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

This was such an interesting read PS and left much food for thought. Thank you for sharing and lots of love from wales.

Eddy.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Fred for stopping by.

I am learning and growing every day on my journey to try to become more of a Christian. It is a challenging and somewhat daunting experience at times but I have divine support which makes it possible.

Angels are on the way to you this morning. ps


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

thanks for your words of caution, Eric

I knew when I shared this that there would be those who disagree and that is fine. As I have said, we all have opinions on topics and should respect each other enough to allow them to be spoken.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

hi bill

It is what it is. We all have our own take on this topic and I do believe that even when we do not agree we need to respect the right of someone else to say what they think.

Happy almost New Year my dear friend....Angels are wining their way to you...

and sorry about not giving you time to awaken gently ps


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

hi bill

It is what it is. We all have our own take on this topic and I do believe that even when we do not agree we need to respect the right of someone else to say what they think.

Happy almost New Year my dear friend....Angels are wining their way to you...

and sorry about not giving you time to awaken gently ps


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Fred Mucai 2 years ago from nairobi

You know, for once i have found an opinion which mirrors what i believe a Christian should be, and it is a very personal experience for each and every individual. I would like to think that living a Christ-like life 24/7 is what should matter because he came down to teach us how to live, not only with others, but especially with ourselves. However, i hope you may find time to write a hub that shares your thoughts on the excluded gospels in the Bible (Thomas, Magdalene, Phillip, etc). It might be very enlightening. Great thoughts in your hub.


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WiccanSage 2 years ago

I saw that question but because I've not been a Christian for decades I didn't feel it was my place to answer it. But as a child being raised a Christian, I had certain intuitive abilities that as I got older were evil. I couldn't imagine how it could be evil if God made people that way. This is a beautiful hub that I'm sure will put a lot of people's minds at ease.


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Healthyannie 2 years ago from Spain

Of course, you are not evil. We don't know enough about Christians stories, or texts, to allow them to make decisions for us or point fingers at certain types of people. Natural abilities are something amazing.


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I read this through and concluded that you are a very bad person.

NOT

I just told my buddy that if we were perfect we would have nothing left to do but be crucified. Irony yes, but something to think about. Just change the word psychic to prophet. And please watch out for zealots with stones.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well PS, there is certainly no fluff in this hub. LOL Talk about heavy readings for a Monday morning. I'm barely awake and you hit me with this???? LOL

If one believes in God then one has no choice but to believe that psychic ability comes from God. How could it be otherwise??? As you can see, I'm a logic sort of guy.

Happy New Year my dear friend. Blessings, hugs and love coming your way.

bill

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