Do you think playing with the Ouija Board is harmless fun? I'm writing the next part of my testimony about experiences I had after playing with the Ouija Board that led me to believe it is sinister; but I would like to read other people's take on it and experiences they had with it.
I find it hard to believe that a board game mass produced in a factory and sold for $30 all over the place is anything to be afraid of. I just don't buy that there could possibly be anything to it, but I have heard many people talk about it before and I know people who won't allow it in their house.
Ouija boards are pure evil made from evil trees. Beware!
I played this game with friends as a child and thought it was harmless fun. It never did anyhting we were afraid of. I wonder if it will be different now that I'm an adult?
Maybe I'll buy a game and report the findings.
I was taught that whatever is a doorway to Satan, we should beware of. Such as music, T.V., movies, board games, alcohol, drugs, etc. We are to becareful what we allow our eyes to see, ears to hear, and hands to get involved in. I believe that the Ouija Board was created with the intent of contacting the otherside. God clearly tells us in His Word to stay away from Mediums, Witches, and the such and Ouija boards would be part of the such. So, yes, I believe that the Ouija Board is a doorway for allowing evil into your home and life.
Sure, it's harmless fun, except when people let themselves be scared out of their wits (but considering the horror film and scary ride industry, even that can be fun.)
My friends and I used a board to help us come up with some great wizard names for a fantasy novel we were co-writing when we were kids. Although the mysterious wizard "7" was a bit silly, even for us.
Seriously, though, OUIJA boards do provide a way for us to express unconscious fears and nightmares -- that's what a lot of seance-type activities do --which is the stuff at the bottom of our minds that we're not even aware is there. Using techniques like this is almost like drinking alcohol to remove inhibitions, except that it's tapping into a deeper part of our unconscious brains that's usually only given free rein when we dream. What comes out can be very unsettling, especially if you assume it's coming from somewhere external.
It's essentially like going to a therapist who employs stream-of-consciousness and word-association type therapies, except you're doing it to one another.
Will Store, (a journalist) wrote a book on the supernatural, spending many hours with all sorts of people who claimed to have had unpleasant experiences with the spirit world. Every single person interviewed, who had bad experiences, had dabbled at some time with Ouija board. Christian contributors saw this as significant and that they had given the devil an opportunity to climb in. One lay preacher summed it up by saying "If you go looking for the devil, he will find you."
Scary stuff, until you consider that people who dabble with an Ouija board are the kind of people who will interpret "spooky happenings" as supernatural. So if you believe in the devil, stay away from the board. People seem to scare themselves a lot with it and the experience seems to stay with them for a long time. You won't know whether your one of these people, until you've done it! Maybe you could try doing some research into the paranormal first, and if you can't sleep afterwards, you know your one of the many whose gonna be contacted by a weirdo from a spectral portal.
Or possibly 'if you are prone to attracting attention by making wild claims about devilish experiences, you may well have started of attracting attention by playing with ouji boards-'. Assuming the correlation is objectively true, which I doubt.
Obviously, I don't believe in the Devil but it was a theme that Store came across over and over again. The correlation seems to be that if you believe in the devil, you are more likely to explore areas of spirituality, including activities linked to the paranormal, and interpret anything negative as "the devil". If you don't believe in the devil, then you will interpret it in some other way. Of course another explanation is that there is no correlation at all because practically everyone has sat in their living room watching as their mate, or someone from the spirit world, spells out a warning about a man with a big hat.
The Ouija board can be broken into small pieces that a young child may choke on. The pointy thingy can be used as a makeshift shiv. This game is very dangerous.
I haven't played with one in years, but when I was a kid I went to an all girls prep school and I think the board was active in at least a few rooms every night. I never had an experience I would deem supernatural and I never heard a believable story about the supernatural being involved. It's just another game.
One winter day in high school, school let out early and a few of us went to a friends house to play. With our fingers barely touching the piece began to move across the board...We all jumped, nobody would say they had made the move...Scared me enough to never play again!
Interesting thread here, and whilst I am somewhat undecided on whether or not they are spiritually dangerous, I prefer not to chance it. What I do know though is that the Ouija Board started out as a Victorian Parlour game (meant for people to understand and reveal subconscious thoughts and feelings of their own), and the rights to it are still owned by 'Parker Bros' (a games manufacturer). It became famous after being featured in the film 'The Exorcist', and it seems like this is where the 'dangerous' rumours started. It has also been shown through experiments that when you blindfold the participants, the planchet (pointer) still appears to move, but spells out nonsense. The same applies if the board is turned upside down without the participants knowledge. You can draw your own conclusions based on that information, me, well, I still won't chance it because I have also heard of some rather terrifying experiences people have had when using it.
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