What the Bible says about Spiritualism and the Supernatural Realm

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One cannot appreciate the Bible without a worldview that accepts the existence of the supernatural, but Christians can also fall into the trap of wanting to venture into this realm, something the Bible warns against. Why?

The Bible says a supernatural realm exists

According to the Bible, the Trinity of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, as well as the angels, Satan and demons all exist in a supernatural realm outside of the three-dimensional physical existence of the universe in which human beings in all other biological life we are aware of live. It is impossible to believe in the Bible without a simultaneous belief in a supernatural realm.

The scientific worldview

Many people who possess a scientific worldview reject the idea that a supernatural realm exists. However, their way of thinking could soon change. Modern physics has already theorized that at least 10 dimensions exist. Therefore, it is possible that the supernatural realm of the Bible exists in one of these other dimensions.

Add to that, there have been many scientific studies that have examined the supernatural, including research on Psi functioning (ESP), near-death experiences (NDE) an out of body experience (OBE) as well as an entire area of scientific study known as noetic science. Science may soon prove that the supernatural does indeed exist. Certainly there have been too many accounts over millennia that have too much in common to be coincidental or to be ignored.

The supernatural worldview

For those who follow many religions that believe in deities or gods, a supernatural worldview is a must. One of the best books ever written on the subject is “The Supernatural Worldview: Examining Paranormal, Psi, and the Apocalyptic” written by the late Cris Putnam. He provides data and accounts from the very best scientific studies ever conducted on the subject, covering the entire history of most significant events regarding the supernatural.

He approaches the book from a Christian apologetics perspective, as well as an apocalyptic one. He encourages cautiousness towards seeking answers in the supernatural realm.

Spiritualism and the supernatural

As humans, we are eternally curious about what lies ahead in the future. This fact is even represented in the Bible, as one-third of the Bible is dedicated to prophecy about future events.

It naturally follows, because we are inclined toward wanting to know what to expect in life, we can be easily drawn towards things that foretell the future such as fortunetellers, mediums, astrology, tarot cards and numerous other methods of divination.

Inquiring of the dead and spirit world

“And when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living?”

–Isaiah 8:19

Making inquiries to the dead or into the spirit world goes back into antiquity. In modern times, researchers unanimously agree that the Spiritualism movement got its biggest start with the Fox sisters, Kate (age 10) and Maggie (age 14) of Hyattsville, New York in 1848. They claimed to be able to communicate with the dead and started a movement taken up by numerous imitators, and the popularity of Spiritualism was said to have as many as 8 million adherents at its peak.

Forty years after they began, in 1888, the Fox sisters appeared on stage in New York and admitted they had made the whole thing up. They made noises by cracking their toes and other knocking sounds indiscreetly under their clothing and under the table, and demonstrated these tricks for the audience. Some people had been so convinced about the existence of Spiritualism, they still did not believe the Fox sisters’ confession.

Bible warnings about the supernatural world

“Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.”

–Leviticus 19:31

The Bible warns us about getting involved with the occult (which means hidden) world of the supernatural. In fact, the Old Testament has strong admonitions against it in warns that God will turn away from those who involve themselves in the occult.

“If a person turns to mediums and necromancers, whoring after them, I will set my face against that person and will cut him off from among his people.”

–Leviticus 20:6

There are two things at play here. First, God wants man to seek him for advice and guidance through prayer. Secondly, we have no way of accurately discerning what kinds of spirits we may be communicating with in the supernatural realm. We are putting ourselves in danger.

The admonition by God to avoid the occult is for our own protection. We are easily fooled and misled by beings with access to more knowledge and potentially of higher intelligence than ourselves. In fact, we are literally a sitting duck for theirs and/or Satan’s schemes.

God never says the supernatural isn’t real

“Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.”

– Deuteronomy 18:10-11

One of the most telling things about the admonitions by God to avoid involving ourselves with the supernatural world is that God never denies the existence of the supernatural world. God simply says to take no part in the supernatural. As you’ll see, God confirms that the supernatural realm exists and we are up against enemies from this realm.

False signs and wonders

“The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,”

–2 Thessalonians 2:9

The warning is that of deception. Indeed, the Bible tells us that false signs and wonders are possible and that these are the work of Satan. However, they are no match for the power of God. For this reason, we are to seek our answers from God and God alone.

“Who frustrates the signs of liars and makes fools of diviners, who turns wise men back and makes their knowledge foolish,”

–Isaiah 44:25

Blood and human sacrifices

“A man or a woman who is a medium or a necromancer shall surely be put to death. They shall be stoned with stones; their blood shall be upon them.”

–Leviticus 20:27

In ancient times, people had such a strong belief in occult practices that they would actually offer animals or human infants to be burned in the fire or as blood sacrifices. These practices were so evil that God called for the death penalty for those who practiced it.