Christianity and Psychic Ability ~~ Is Each One Exclusive
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.
Feeling so tiny and sometimes wishing to see beyond...
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.
Feeling so humbled by the beauty of a new day
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.
Along the shore God speaks...
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
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?
King James Bible
© 2013 Patricia Scott