with the Dead
Truth or Dangerous Fantasy?
The Bible makes it clear that we become totally unconscious when we die. The only power that can recall us from that state is God, who promises to resurrect those who believe in His Son. I Corinthians 15:35-58 details how He will restore His servants from the deep 'sleep' of death, giving each an incredible new body, soul and spirit. We will never be drifting, bodiless ghosts.(1)
The Bible reveals that when a man dies his conscious existence is suspended until his resurrection:
Do not put your trust in princes, nor in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. His spirit goes out, he returns to the earth; in that day his thoughts perish. Psalm 146:3 & 4
The dead do not praise Jehovah, nor do all who go down into silence. Psalm 115:17
There are many scriptures which show that man is in an unconscious state after death.
Obviously "channellers" can not have the spirits or souls of the dead speaking through them, as the dead are totally inert. This leaves us with only two possibilities:
The first possibility, and probably the most common, is that the medium (the traditional name for a channeller) is a fake. There are many people who desperately miss a deceased loved one and are willing to pay generously for another chance to speak with them. Unfortunately, there are also many people who desperately want to become rich and are willing to lie to do so.
The second possibility is far more sinister. There are invisible spirit beings that are willing to use mediums. These spirits are not our friends, however, nor God's.
These beings were created as angels, but they heeded Satan's voice and turned against God. (See Revelation 12:7-12) They have become like their master - full of lies and hate. Like him, they are devious and delight in causing pain and suffering. A medium who is being used by one of these demons, to give them their real name, may be able to reveal details that no human knows. The demons can even imitate the voice of a dead loved one. But their deception is designed to lure you into eternal destruction and if possible make you suffer immensely along the way.
These are the beings that work Ouija boards, that take control of people and stay in them against their will. They are not a joke nor an idle amusement. Hear what God says about these things:
You shall not turn to mediums and psychics; do not seek to be defiled by them: I am Jehovah your God. Leviticus 19:31
And the soul who turns to mediums and psychics, to go whoring after them, I will set My face against that soul and cut him off from his people.
Therefore sanctify yourselves, and be holy, for I am Jehovah your God. Leviticus 20:6-7
A man or a woman who have a medium or psychic with them shall surely be put to death; they shall stone them with stones. Their blood shall be upon them. Leviticus 20:27
There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who conjures spells, or a wizard, or a diviner, or one who consults spirits, or a psychic, or one who inquires of the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to Jehovah, and because of these abominations Jehovah your God drives them out from before you. Deuteronomy 18:10 to 12
One would do well to follow God's own directive in this matter:
And when they say to you, "Seek those who are mediums and psychics, who whisper and mutter," should a people not seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
Isaiah 8:19 and 20
1. Revelation 20:11-15 outlines another resurrection, the resurrection of those who didn't believe and obey Jesus. These people will be raised just as they were in this life, so they can be judged. The timing of both these resurrections is given in prophecy and is very specific.
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