“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through there, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, …Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.” (Deuteronomy 18: 10-11, KJV).
The occult is a general term that includes all of the prohibited activity in this Bible passage. It includes going to psychics and reading horoscopes. It includes folklore such as “water witching.” It can be as mundane as throwing salt over your shoulder to ward off bad luck. ESP, or Extra Sensory Perception, is a more modern term for the same ancient belief in the occult. I have grown to learn that the occult oft en involves satan and demons.
In my opinion, there are good reasons to not get involved with the occult. Primarily, God said not to. I believe jumping into the paranormal is for personal power. It’s used to give you a perceived advantage over others. It goes all of the way back to the Garden of Eden when the serpent, the devil, told Eve she could be like God if she ate the prohibited fruit. All of the paranormal, or occult, is based on the lie that you can be god-like.
I have a family member who recently went to a psychic. When I was younger, I also experimented with the occult, until I got scary results and learned how dangerous it was. I usually scoff at psychics as charlatans and con-men, but they’re much darker than that. They put you in the same mind as Eve in Genesis. I also think that sometimes they know things that they couldn’t know unless they had demonic guidance. The Bible talks about that demon possession in several books.
Psychics have been a part of society since the earliest societies. In the reference above, Moses cautioned us to not get involved with them. Later on, King Saul used a witch to contact a “familiar” spirit that he believed to be the deceased Samuel. God punished him for that and other transgressions. Much later, in New Testament times, there were several interactions with people who were soothsayers, psychics, and witches. None of the interactions were acceptable and usually resulted in a demonic spirit being exorcised.
In recent times, the paranormal has been mainstream. The great illusionist Houdini wasn’t amused by séances contacting spirits, and worked to expose the psychics. In my youth, “The Amazing Kreskin” and Uri Geller were on TV all of the time demonstrating “ESP” as the paranormal “skill” came to be known. Not many years ago, prime time TV had several different con-men and women who inspired and amazed millions. Even if they get results, they’re conning people to think they have power over others.
The occult was a part of Nazi belief. They spent a lot of time and money on the paranormal. Our own government has researched it and may still be playing around with it. I knew an Air Force person who was involved in “psychic warfare,” but she couldn’t share any specifics of that effort. NASA experimented with “remote viewing” by trying to psychically send information to astronauts while they were in orbit. Up until the nineties, our Army had soldiers who tried to psychically kill goats, which our congress funded.
Schools have been complicit in promoting the occult. When I was in high school, we had an assembly featuring a psychic that amazed everyone with his powers. He gave a prediction of which horse would win the Kentucky Derby, but I think he was wrong. We even had séances during a school dance.
Milton Bradley and Hasbro both have “ESP” games. I had one when I was a kid that ended up giving me nightmares. Th e game told me I’d be married to a woman named Mona and that I’d die in Laos. Mona has never been part of my life, and as of this writing, I haven’t been to Laos. The child in the supposedly true story “The Exorcist” became demon possessed playing one of those games. That child suffered horribly.
I believe that we should not get involved with the occult. Fortunetelling and horoscopes seem like fun and games, but can open you up to demonic activity. Even if you don’t follow what the Bible says about the occult, you should be wary. Th e Nazi involvement with the occult should caution you. For your own sake, stay away from the things that promise you God-like power. Many believe it caused the fall of mankind.