Sunday, February 13, 2011

Is Mediumship Mentioned in the Bible?

Yes, psychic/prophetic gifts (which are one in the same) are mentioned many times in both the New and Old Testaments. Jesus used gifts of knowledge, wisdom, and miracles to reveal information and heal people.

I’m not sure when the separation between the prophets of Baal (hated by the Israelites) and the prophets of Jehovah began, but in 1 Samuel chapters 1–3 this distinction had been made.

During his reign, King Saul banned the gift of mediumship by driving out those who exhibited gifts of prophecy and wizardry (miracle workers). Yet, he didn’t really believe that these gifts were evil or ineffective. In 1 Samuel 28:7-15, Saul disguised himself and went secretly to meet with a medium at Endor. Saul wanted to speak with the prophet Samuel, who was then deceased. The medium summoned Samuel’s spirit to appear. Samuel was not very happy about being disturbed from his afterlife experience, but he gave Saul a message about the doom that awaited him and his sons. It’s interesting to note that even in the afterlife, the gift of prophecy was still active for Samuel.

This goes to show you that just because people say they are opposed to a gift they don’t think is “of God” doesn’t mean they won’t use it if push comes to shove.

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