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What does the BIBLE say about Psychics, Fortune tellers, Mediums

They go by many different names... prognosticator, sorcerers, witches, psychics, wizards, alchemist, augurer, charmer, clairvoyant, conjurer, diviner, enchanter, fortune teller, magician, medium, necromancer, occultist, seer, shaman, soothsayer, sorceress, thaumaturge, warlock and more


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In these last days many people, even the 'elite' as the Bible says, are being deceived to believe that true prophets are entitled to make errors. A true prophet must be 100% accurate. If one prediction does not come to pass then he fails. We must always keep our eyes focused on God and never man. Men will deceive us and distract us from what God truly has planned for our lives. Read Who are true prophets of God.

If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him. Deuteronomy 18:22 (NIV)Bible quoteWhen a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that [is] the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, [but] the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.Deuteronomy 18 (KJV) verse 22

God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? Numbers 23:19 (NIV)Bible quoteGod [is] not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do [it]? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?Numbers 23 (KJV) verse 19

Do you think some people have the ability to forecast the future?

Writer: Billy Graham | billygraham.org

"The Bible warns us against becoming involved in any kind of psychic phenomena (including fortune telling)."

Have you ever kept any of those psychic's predictions, then examined them after a year to see if they actually came true? If you did, I think you'd have the answer to your question, because they seldom get it right. And many of their predictions are so vague anyway that they could mean almost anything.

At the same time, the Bible warns us against becoming involved in any kind of psychic phenomena (including fortune telling). The reason? Because such things may bring us into contact with spiritual forces that are not from God, and are even opposed to God. Throughout the Bible we are told to be on guard "against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" (Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)Bible quoteFor we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].Ephesians 6 (KJV) verse 12).

The Bible teaches that occult forces will deceive us and lead us away from God, and we must not open ourselves to their influence. The Bible says,

Yes, we all have a natural curiosity about the future. But listen: Only God knows the future, and the most important thing we can do is trust our lives -- including our futures -- into His hands. Don't be misled, but commit your life to Christ today. God loves you, and when you know Christ, you can face the future with peace.

Do you think some people have the ability to foretell the future?

Billy Graham writes,

"Some magazines are filled with predictions about the coming 12 months. But how many of those will actually come true? Very few."

I sincerely hope you won't be misled by your friend's ideas, or allow yourself to be led down a path that will only lead you away from the truth.

Astrology and other attempts to predict the future were very common in the ancient world (as they are today), but God's people were commanded to avoid them. Why was this? One reason is because a person can easily get involved in occult practices through them -- practices that will turn you away from God. Don't take that risk!

Another reason, however, is that such efforts are often false, only based on a person's imagination. I am writing this just as we start a new year, and some magazines are filled with predictions about the coming 12 months. But how many of those will actually come true? Very few. The prophet Isaiah said about such predictions, "Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up" (Isaiah 47:14 (NIV)Bible quoteBehold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: [there shall] not [be] a coal to warm at, [nor] fire to sit before it.Isaiah 47 (KJV) verse 14).

Instead, I urge you to base your life on Christ and His Word, the Bible. Only He can forgive us our sins and reconcile us to God -- which is our greatest need. And only He can guide us in the right path, by showing us how to live. Don't be misled, but give your life to Christ and trust Him for the future.

Why do most religious people turn their backs on people who claim to have special psychic powers? It seems that we could profit from using psychic powers, if we'd just be more open to them.

Recently, I read a report from one European country saying that only four percent of the predictions their so-called psychics had made at the beginning of that year had actually come true. That's not a very impressive record!

But the main reason the Bible warns us against turning to those who claim to have psychic powers is that it can easily lead us into occult practices. Occult powers are real, the Bible teaches, but they do not come from God but from spiritual forces hostile to God. That's why we are warned to avoid them at all cost. The Bible says,

Instead, I urge you to turn to the living God and let Him be your guide. Only He can forgive all our sins, and only He can give us hope for the future. And only He loves us with a love that will never change, and only He wants to guide us into good paths.

The Psalmist said,

He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Psalm 23:3Bible quoteHe restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.Psalm 23 (KJV) verse 3

Isn't this what we need, to be restored in our souls and guided in our lives? Of course it is. Don't look anywhere else, but turn to Christ and ask Him to restore and guide you every day.