- Religion and Philosophy
Dead People Must Be Stupid!
There are many so called mediums, psychics, fortune tellers and others who claim they can contact the dead. Supposedly they contact the spirit of a client’s departed loved one or other spiritual being. It used to be only a select few had this innate ability, but today there’s practically one on every street corner, TV channel and magazine.
No doubt about it, contacting the spirit world is becoming big business and those who have lost loved ones are easy prey. Everyone naturally wants to know if their dearly departed is okay.
Mediums allegedly make contact with beings they believe to be the dead by allowing spirits to speak through them or by passing on their messages. Of course, this is nothing new. It has been going on since at least biblical times and in cultures that worship their dead ancestors.
But, if we are to believe the dead are actually being contacted and want to communicate, there are a number of questions that must be addressed. First, who or what is actually being contacted and who is doing the contacting?
Psychics hypothetically use spirit guides, angels or other spirits to help with their readings. Private readings are usually done individually and public readings are often done on television shows. Those who “channel” messages frequently utilize spirit beings other than the dead such as angels, aliens, advanced spiritual beings and the like.
However, all these spirit beings have one thing in common. Messages received from them are often contradictory to Christian doctrine and sometimes downright hostile towards Christianity and its teachings which expressly forbid the practice - Deut. 18: 10-12.
Note also that messages from the dead never advocate belief in the Bible, or encourage people to trust in Christ. On the other hand, if man descended from apes as taught by the theory of evolution, why is it no cavemen have made their presence known?
Another thing about the dead is apparently they have a hard time making their messages clear. This is obvious if one has ever watched the popular TV show Crossing Over with John Edward. Sometimes it seems as if Edward is tossing out generalized questions until a member of the audience fills in the blank for him.
And the dead usually show him messages in symbolic images such as flowers to indicate they are happy. Why is that? Can’t they simply speak to him telepathically in the same manner or aren’t they smart enough to have figured that out?
There are others in the business that also has difficulty interpreting these symbols. This raises another question. Why do the recently departed have trouble communicating? One showman conveniently explains it’s because the recently dead are just learning to communicate. If the deceased were a stereotypical mother-in-law, why should it be difficult to express herself? She probably never had that problem when she was among the living and it’s doubtful she’s any wiser simply because she’s dead.
In addition to mediums and movies that have popularized communicating with spirits, there is the angel phenomenon. In fact, angels are now viewed by many as spirit guides…perhaps because it seems safer to contact an angel. Angels, if they exist, were created by God. And as stated before, God forbids the practice. Therefore, we cannot get information from Him or His agents through spiritual contact with the dead. Jesus, who has power over all spiritual realms said:
"I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades." Revelation 1:17-18