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A BIBLICALLY BASED DISCOURSE ON ISSUES THAT IMPACT YOU MAY /J VOTRE 2004 ISSUE NUMBER 82
THE DANGERS OF DIVINATION
W Y M O W D Elizabeth W A AY " When you enter the land that this Lord the God will give you, you shall not learn to copy the execrable things of people nations. Presently there shall not be found among you anyone who makes his kid or his daughter pass through the fire, individual who uses divination, one who methods witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or maybe a sorcerer, or perhaps one who casts a spell, or a moderate, or a spiritist, or person who calls up the dead. " (Deuteronomy 18: 9-11)
THE NATURE AND GOOD DIVINATION Aged Testament scholar Eugene They would. Merrill offers a general meaning of divination: " The key phrase ‘practicers of divination' pertains generally to the whole sophisticated of means of gaining perception from the gods regardless of any kind of particular strategy. ”2 Is another explanation: "[The] practice of making decisions or foretelling the future by means of reading signs and omens. ”3 Almost all pagan societies, ancient and modern, utilized divination. That they knew that they lived in a world of soul beings and " gods, ” and needed strategies to gain advice about the spirits that they can believed developed good or bad destiny. Various methods were developed to gain this knowledge. There is absolutely no logical limit to the varieties of techniques that might work. These types of techniques persevere because they certainly work to some extent and the spirits are all too willing to present their deceitful information. You will find general kinds of divination that were popular in the ancient community. One of the most frequent ones was reading anomalies in character. The ancients believed the fact that gods were behind the actions of the doj of nature. When extraordinary events occurred, the ancients saw the possibility of learning from the gods. " These particularite were comprehended as allowances by the gods in order to speak a message to humans (as more direct forms of conversation were not normally possible). ”4 The practice of zodiac arose since planets were anomalies for the reason that they required a different span of movement than the stars. People used to look at the lean meats or entrails of family pets to gain data from the gods. This is stated in the Scriptures: " For the ruler of Babylon stands on the parting in the way, at the head of the 2 different ways, to use necromancy; he mixtures the arrows, he consults the household idols, he discusses the liver. ”
ecently I had been asked to speak at a seminary. Prior to the meeting I had formed lunch with a couple of the professors, certainly one of whom acquired spent years as a missionary in Taiwan. The former missionary recounted a tale that displays the reality in the spirit universe. Here is the account in his words and phrases: A twelve-year-old boy in Taiwan was having unusual experiences. He felt that someone was often pursuing him nevertheless he turned around, he found no one. Often in the morning after a fitful rest he would include bruises and tell his parents that someone had been hitting him in the night time as he slept. His father and mother took him to medical doctors who can find nothing wrong with the boy. Finally, that they took him to a sightless fortune-teller – one who had a reputation for his performance in perceiving the heart world. This fortune-teller informed the son and his father and mother that the son was born as a twin and that the other double had died at birth. It was of course seen to the parents, but few other persons knew regarding this as they experienced kept that a secret. The fortuneteller went on to talk about that the
kid's problems had been caused by the spirit in the deceased double who was furious about becoming neglected. His parents had not been faithfully worshiping him and providing for him inside the spirit community. Therefore , this spirit was punishing these people by bothering their kid (his twin). The solution was to set up an altar to get the soul of the deceased twin, praise him with food and incense, and burn heart money in the behalf. If the family would as they was instructed, the...