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What are your thoughts on the Paranormal and Supernatural?
I have my own beliefs, but I would like to hear from others.
It's something we can never know for certain, but there's also no proof of it to begin with. So I suppose it's which way you'd rather look at the glass: actively entertaining the possibility because existence is so vast that there just might be the possibility for the supernatural to exist in some form, or, rejecting it completely because why bother humoring something in which there is no evidence and almost definitely never likely to be any evidence.
I'm afraid I'm in the latter category. "Paranormal" or "supernatural" events, beings, and powers are constantly disproved or explained logically without the use of magic. Watch James Randi's documentary in which he systematically demolishes supposed psychics, and that's basically how I feel about the whole supernatural industry. Of course, every third person you meet will have some anecdote about a ghost they saw, but I find this unconvincing, too. I have the same opinion about religious supernatural - prayers, blessing, miracles, etc. I find people like psychics who scam others out of their money to be pretty corrupt, especially when they pray on depressed people who have recently lost a loved one by claiming to be able to contact their ghosts.
On the other hand, I see no harm in tarot/astrology/whatever as long as you take it with a grain of salt. I think certain "new age" practices like that can be fun meditative or self-reflective exercises, as long as the person who practices them isn't out to scam someone out of their money or take advantage of vulnerable people, and are willing to disclaim that they are not "fortune-telling".
So yeah, above all, I'm definitely a non-believer on the subject. Of course, I do recognize that there is a possibility for supernatural things that defy the laws of science (?) purely because human understanding of the universe is extremely finite, but until there is evidence I don't think there's any point in thinking about it seriously. If someone is interested in it, and it makes them happier as a person, go for it. But if someone is spending hundreds of dollars for some scam-artist to exorcise demons from their house, or to consult with their dead great-grandfather, or to have an astrologer tell them who they should and shouldn't marry, they need a little scientific perspective.
I believe in the paranormal but I believe that it is all demonic activity. I am however open to other possibilities. I sometimes hope we can scientifically prove such things, but then, would that ruin the mystery?
I personally believe since there's no proof, demons are a silly thing to waste your time and energy worrying about. There's enough to worry about in the real world, why freak yourself out worrying about some that only exists in imagination? Cheers
Al: "the real world?" Have u seen commercial w/devil on 1 side persuading wrong & angel on other persuading rt? Spiritual warfare (Satan v God) in ALL! (Eph 6:12) When "you" decided, was that "your imagination?"
Norine, to be honest, it is very hard to understand what you're saying. I also can't tell if you're trolling or spamming or what, it's like a bad religious pamphlet that someone left on my door. lol
Al: Bcuz u don't have "ears" to "hear!" That's SAD (No lol)! When speaking of Jesus & u call "bad religious pamphlet," I know u're in left field! Matt 13:10-13!
Grab a Bible & read maybe u can relate. Study man v God? SAD!
I don't have ears, now? Oh my, this is quite the diagnosis! Lol for real. I think you should maybe read a new book. Try Lord of the Rings or something. I recommend it.
AL: U keep insisting on reading "man?" That's why u don't have "ears!" (NO lol). GOD is a SPIRIT & 1 has to ELEVATE 1's self into that realm (ABOVE MAN) to receive "spiritual ears!"
Norine, I literally cannot understand what you're trying to say, maybe type full sentences and be more comprehensible? Anyway I don't need to believe in spirits, ghosts or fairies, but if I did I'd choose Odin - now there's a god! I recommend him!
Al: To each his own ("free will")! Get ready for "New World Order." Read Revelation 13:16-18 re: credit card RF Chip which is just one of the accurate prophecies prophesied yrs ago!
You're reading wrong book(s)!
The supernatural exists, however it exists outside of our earthly (scientific) laws. The Creator is supernatural as (he) exists outside of earthly laws. On the other hand, supernatural activity which is engaged in wrong doing is no less supernatural, but being spirit, and being evil, it has no real claim to the earth and the things in it, as of itself, it cannot create life. As for the paranormal, (ghosts and poltergeists) some of these things can probably be explained scientifically.
In any event, I suspect you are looking at this from a "larger" perspective. So, long story short, when one dabbles is the esoteric, whether for good or bad, one must realize that (ironically) one cannot necessarily choose good over bad. Esoteric/supernatural endeavors are a combination of everything, and as such, can be harmful to human beings who dabble in something of which they know so little. I am especially concerned about séances. If one begins calling upon the dead, they will likely get an answer, but they will only hear from low level spirits who pretend to be anybody you wish them to be. Their goal is to get a foothold into someone's life. We don't invite strangers into our home, so why invite spirits? Once we open the door, things start going awry in a person's life. What I am saying is that personally, I only call upon (supernatural) protection from our Creator and I leave the rest alone.
Trust me, I will not be summoning any spirits. I like learning other people's viewpoints. listening to them I learn how to better interact with them and learn to use terminology they use so I can understand them better and they can understand me.
Yes, I know you're not into that. Your other response made that clear. I was simply sharing my viewpoint.
we have a similar viewpoint. I always warn my family about these things, my sisters and ma are very into spirits and psychic powers. I worry sometimes about what they might invite in.
All you can do is pray for your protection. Your family has already opened the door. Unfortunately, some individuals have to learn the hard way. Just pray that ultimately, your sisters and ma find the truth.
The unexplored potential of the human brain, senses and soul are proven to be capable of higher forms of perception. An example: there are people who can sense other parts of the electro magnetic spectrum invisible to others and perhaps invisible to scientific instruments.
Also, certain gifted savants may have the ability to easily percieve higher truths and other dimensions whereas most of us can only achieve this in deep states of meditation or on dangerous artificial stimulants. If we think laterally with an open mind there are many such plausible answers. Another example would be new genetic survival mutations etc.
Paranormal: Deut 18:9-14; Lev 19:31; Lev 20:6; 27; Rev 21:8; 22:15; Isaiah 8:19-20; Ex 7:11, 22; 8:7; Acts 13:8-10 "But El'ymas, the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation), withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. (v9) Then Saul (who also is called Paul), filled with the Holy Spirit, set his eyes on him, (v10) And said, O full of all deceit and all mischief, thou "child of the devil," thou "enemy of all righteousness," wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?"
Therefore, if WORD condemns, who are we?
Supernatural: GOD is the ONLY "TRUE" (Righteous) SPIRIT and He wishes us to "Walk in the Spirit," (Gal 5:16) connected to HIM, in "..whatever we do in word or deed..." (Col 3:17)!
Scripture does say to "try the spirits" I John 4:1 (not WICCA or Satan's spirits but spirits claiming to be of God) to see "...whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world."
False Prophets: Those teaching Jesus IS NOT God when "numerous" Scriptures say HE IS! Baptism should be done according to Matthew 28:19 when commanded to do so and no one did (and there are no "witness Scriptures;" Deut 19:15; Matt 18:16; II Cor 13:1), taking wine (Rm 14:13-23; 14:21; I Cor 8:13; ) or grape juice (Jn 15:1; Jer 2:21; Ez 17:1-10) for The Communion, No women preachers (Gal 3:28; Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17), Marriage is not HOLY "As Christ is to the Church" (Eph 5:32; Mk 10:9 Matt 19:6), We can't "be perfect," (Matt 5:48; Heb 6:1-3), and LAST but NOT LEAST, Salvation is not "After the Cross," or "After the Day of Pentecost, following Paul (Acts 2:42; I Cor 11:1; 4:16) who stood in Christ's stead After the Day of Pentecost (Acts 9:15) and DID NOT create "another gospel" (Galatians Chapter 3)!
If one says he is a "Christian" or a "Disciple of Christ" and not believing the above, how could he be if not living according to HIS WORD?
RELIGION has deceived ALL for too long and it's TIME "ALL" STUDY asking the Holy Spirit for revelation (Acts 17:11) of HIS WORD! Then and ONLY then can one reach that "Supernatural Power" GOD wants us to "benefit" from! It's there! He's DONE IT ALL! He's given us the "Gift" (Holy Spirit)! Receive IT! It's just a matter of exercising one's "FAITH" to the MAXIMUM so "benefits" can be revealed "in the natural!"
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