Monday, April 25, 2011

Convo with Pastor - 1 Samuel 28:7-8

[Saul's] advisers replied,
"There is a medium at Endor."
So Saul disguised himself by wearing
ordinary clothing instead of his royal robes.
Then he went to the woman's home at night,
accompanied by two of his men.
"I have to talk to a man who has died," he said.
"Will you call up his spirit for me?"
1 Samuel 28:7-8
 
Most Christians aren't sure what to do with the supernatural.
 
We know that earth is real. We trust that heaven is real. And most of us are inclined to take Jesus and the scriptures at their word -- that the demonic is real too. But what about ghosts and witchcraft and seances and the like?
 
First, there is definitely evil and trickery. Indeed, if we can acknowledge that Satan and the demonic exist, then we shouldn't be surprised that some "mediums" can communicate with dark forces. 
 
With this in mind, "mediums" -- through a network of evil spirits -- could legitimately appear clairvoyant. The cosmic forces of this present darkness -- including Satan -- are not omnipresent or omniscient (simultaneously dwelling all places and knowing all things); however, because the demonic is part of a world-wide-web of evil in the spiritual realms ... and since this sinister network has paid attention to more information than a human could not have been party too ... they could conceivable seem clairvoyant.
 
But make no mistake, IF this is real, it is absolutely messing with evil.
 
For Saul, God made one, strange, odd, weird exception to his strict no-seances rule. He allowed the medium of Endor to "call back" Samuel. Notice, however, the witch's shriek. Something different happened than she was accustomed to in her normal dark dabblings. God literally dropped the veil between heaven and earth and showed her (and Saul) the prophet Samuel. And notice that the results of God's intervention here weren't favorable! Total defeat was forecast.
 
Here, therefore, are today's spiritual principals: Don't dabble with darkness. Whether God or his dark imposter shows up, it always ends in total defeat. (Indeed, Saul died just a chapter or two later.)
 
In Christ's Love,
a guy who refuses
to be paralyzed
by the paranormal
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Darkness can be so inviting. Seem so comforting. So safe. If you are surrounded by darkness, swallowed up by it, you want to stay there in hiding.

At least I did.

Coming out into the light is scary. And shows aspects of yourself you'd rather not face.  A few months ago - if someone had offered a chance to go to a senace or visit a medium or any number of other evil/dark options for seeing my son, I would have seriously considered it. I can't say if I would have actually participated or not. I was not the most rational of people or predictable either.

The knowledge of how low I was and how vulnerable is scary. But God is strong enough and is keeping me safe. And oh - I am so thankful!

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