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Making sense of necromancy

What are we to make of attempts to contact the dead for spiritual guidance?

Making sense of necromancy

Thu Nov 10th, 2016
What are we to make of attempts to contact the dead for spiritual guidance?
Jesus' resurrection, Heaven and hell
Death, Resurrection
Bible reference(s): 1 Samuel 28

What are we to make of attempts to contact the dead for spiritual guidance? Even in our sceptical, rational, secular age, some people still try to find wisdom from beyond the grave.

Are those offering necromancy services just charlatans? Is there something there to tap into? Is this life we see really all that there is? What are we to make of people that claim ‘spiritual’ experiences like this?

There is a fascinating little tale in the Old Testament where King Saul tries to summon the dead prophet Samuel. Frankly, its pretty weird stuff. But if you’d like to make sense of necromancy then come along!


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    Wed Jan 11th, 2017 reply

    Communicating with the dead using necromancy as the means is outlawed in the scriptures:

    (Deut 18:10-12) "There shall not be found among you [e.g. God's people] any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire [idolatry], or that useth divination [fortune telling], or an observer of times [non-biblical prophecy], or an enchanter [sorcery], or a witch, {11} Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits [a medium], or a wizard, or a NECROMANCER. {12} For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee [ to keep Israel pure from these abominations]."

    King Saul used the services of the Witch from Endor to summon up 'Samuel' from the dead - which was in fact a demon masquerading as the real Samuel.

    Any Christian who involves themselves in necromancy is associating with the Devil and the evil spirits in his kingdom of darkness.

    (1 Sam 28:13-15) "And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods [or demons] ascending out of the earth. {14} And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel [in reality, an evil spirit], and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself. {15} And Samuel [the evil spirit] said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do."

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