A: Elsewhere in your letter, you mention that the daughter who’s refusing to follow your desires says she has recently committed her life to Jesus Christ. That’s undoubtedly why she doesn’t want to get involved with this, because she knows the Bible forbids it.
Any type of occult activity (including attempts to communicate with the dead through a spirit medium) can involve us with spiritual forces that are not from God, but are actually opposed to God. On the surface, they may appear very innocent or benign, but in reality they aren’t. The Bible is very clear: “Let no one be found among you... who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead” (Deuteronomy 18:10-11).
My real concern, however, is for you. Those who follow occult beliefs would have us believe that the next world will be a place of peace and happiness, but this isn’t necessarily true. The Bible tells us that eternity is real, but if we’ve turned our backs on the living God and rejected His Son, we have no hope of heaven. Instead, our destiny will be that place of absolute loneliness and despair the Bible calls hell, separated from God forever.
Don’t be deceived, and don’t miss the great gift God offers you — the gift of eternal life. Instead, by faith repent of your sins and open your heart and life to Jesus Christ. He alone is “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6).
Q: I don’t see how any intelligent person can believe what the Bible says. The people who wrote it thousands of years ago didn’t know anything about science, and anyway, it’s full of contradictions. I’m sorry, but I just can’t swallow the idea that it’s God’s Word. — S.C.
A: I’m sorry you have this attitude toward the Bible, because it means you’re cutting yourself off from the hope and peace it alone can give you. In a world of confusion and despair, where else will you look to discover life’s meaning?
I can’t help but wonder, however, if you’ve ever actually read the Bible for yourself. Or are you only going on what you’ve heard others say (who may never have read the Bible either)? You see, I could list a number of reasons why I believe the Bible is God’s Word, but they probably wouldn’t make much of an impact on you. What will make an impact on you is actually reading the Bible for yourself, with an open heart and mind.
After all, if the Bible really tells us about God and how He wants us to live, then it’s the most important book in the world. Don’t dismiss it lightly! The Psalmist declared, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105).
I suggest you begin in the New Testament with the Gospel of John. In it, you will discover not only God’s written word, but the living Word, Jesus Christ — who was God in human flesh. Don’t let your pride, your desire to control your own life, or anything else keep you from seeing Christ as He really is, and then committing your life to Him.
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