Men and women among you who act as mediums or who consult the spirits of the dead must be put to death by stoning. They are guilty of a capital offense. (Leviticus 20:27)
Relate: I was sitting in a Barnes and Nobles chatting away with my cousin. We both had our Starbucks and were just relaxing and killing time. I can’t remember now, but I think he was waiting for his fiance and I was just chilling with him. Whatever the reason, I noticed a “365 Day Horoscope” book sitting on the table between us and picked it up. I flipped over to a random page and said, “Let’s see how accurate this is.” I then started reading out its vague generalizations that masquerade as prophesy and advice.
My cousin nodded along at points saying, “Yah, I can kind of see that.” Then I told him I wasn’t reading his birthday. I then flipped over a few pages, showed him his birthday, and then started reading again. Once more he nodded and said, “Yah, that does fit a little better.” The only problem, I still wasn’t reading his birthday. I was reading the day on the opposite page, one day off.
On my last Sunday in Binghamton before moving to Istanbul, my fortune cookie told me, “A great adventure is right around the corner.” Of course it was. For anybody who is actually living life and not just lazily (and safely) drudging their way through it, a great adventure is always right around the corner. Both that stupid book that some ignorant idiot will eventually waste money on and those fortune cookies follow the same formula to sucker the gullible. Be vague and encouraging.
React: I think I probably take a softer line on those things than some others. I don’t think what my cousin and I did was sin. If we were sinning, it was in wasting time more than in joking around. Neither do I view it a sin to read and joke around about whatever “Confucius says” in that fortune cookie. Now if I were to change the course of a major decision because of that cookie, or if I were to actually spend money on that book or be dependant on reading whatever the local paper says each day, then I am in sin.
Where I do take a harder line is with those who are reading Tarot cards, holding seances, or in some other way supposedly consulting spirits or dead relatives. While I still believe that most of those who are hosting these things are charlatans following that same formula with perhaps an ability to read clues and reactions from the guest thrown in. Even still, the potential to opening oneself up to the demonic world is far too dangerous to play around with. Scripture frequently and fervently very strongly condemns this kind of witchcraft. The dead cannot be consulted in this way. No angel and certainly God Himself would never use this form of communication that He has so strongly condemned. The only “spirits” that you might be communicating with is demons and that is never a productive task.
So what do you think? Am I right or am I blowing this out of proportion? Do you disagree with me? If so, why?