SPIRITUALISM; WHAT DOES GOD SAY?
Someone may say to you, “Let’s ask the mediums and those who consult the spirits of the dead.
With their whisperings and mutterings, they will tell us what to do.”
But shouldn’t people ask God for guidance?
Should the living seek guidance from the dead?
LOOK TO GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS AND TEACHINGS! People who contradict his word are completely in the dark ( Isaiah 8:19-20).
“When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, be very careful not to imitate the detestable customs of the nations living there. For example, … And do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord. … But you must be blameless before the Lord your God.
The nations you are about to displace consult sorcerers and fortune –tellers, but the Lord your God forbids you to do such things.” Deuteronomy 18: 9-14 NLT
Notice, God is not saying that these things are phoney or fake or a hoax. On the contrary, they are very real and a supernatural power behind them is operating. What God does do is deny involvement in these practices. He forbids Israel from using them. Meaning that He has no part in them! No spirit ‘channelers’ can say they feel close to God (the God of the Bible) or that their gift is from God or they are serving God. God’s Word refutes them. God says He has nothing to do with them.
Think of this illustration: Parents know how many evil doers walk the streets, ready to harm their children. They therefore instruct their children not to speak to strangers or take lifts from them. They do so because they know the devious intensions of such people; whereas the child is innocent and does not understand it. God knows too that there are spirits with devious intentions to deceive and ensnare mankind who are ignorant of their motives. They can masquerade as dead people, long dead ancestors. They can give power to those asking for it. They can give knowledge about a person’s past and even about their future. As spirits are not ruled by time so they can give limited knowledge of the future and sometimes perfect knowledge of the past. They can seemingly curse your enemy and reward you with good fortune; but just as evil people use the child’s innocence for their own selfish and wicked purposes, so these spirits ARE NOT HERE TO HELP. They have selfish purposes TO CONTROL AND DESTROY!
When Satan fell, he deceived angels to join him; these are commonly called demons. In 1 Timothy 4:1 they are called seducing spirits which gives us an insight to what they are doing; seducing, deceiving, like Satan their aim is to deceive and destroy.
Why would you want extra knowledge? The Bible says His divine power has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness.
(Read 1 Chronicles 10: 13-14)
God tells us all we need to know in the Word. The Bible predicts the future. In Christ your future is secure. God is all knowing and has a plan for your life. He is in control! Why would you want to speak to the dead, when Jesus tells us that God is the God of the living. Why involve yourself with beings who have intense hatred for you because you are a human being loved by God and to whom God is being merciful.
You can be involved with the Supreme Being: Jehovah God who loves you infinitely!!!
(Also see under QUESTIONS on this blog : “Is Reiki biblical?)
Answer: Reiki is all about being a ‘channel of healing’ using the laying on of hands to allow healing to flow to someone else. This is a Christian practice, but the essential difference is that the Christian allows the Holy Spirit to operate the spiritual gifts of healing through them. That is vastly different to ‘healing flowing through’ someone.‘Channeling’ is really a form of spiritualism with a modern title and involves the practitioner allowing themselves to be taken over by entities which claim to be spirits of the dead, angels, deceased gurus or wise men, or even alien beings. It is a counterfeit of the genuine Gifts of the Spirit. If the Holy Spirit of God is involved, He will always lift up Jesus. “But the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” John 14: 26 “He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.” John 16: 14
Ask yourself the question: Does Reiki lift up the Lord Jesus Christ and honour Him above all others? Is Jesus glorified by its adherents and worshipped with all their heart and mind and soul and spirit? Are His teachings and His inspired Word (the Bible) held as the measurement of Truth?
He is indeed the Spirit of Truth and anything that is not in line with the Word of God will always disturb your peace of mind.
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