IS A CHRISTIAN permitted to believe or indulge in these?
By Tissa Attygalle
The answers from the BIBLE:-
From Deutronomy:- Do not be tempted to worship or serve what you see in the sky - the sun, the moon, and the stars (4.19).
"...man or woman has sinned against the Lord and broken his covenant ; by worshipping and serving other gods or the sun or the moon or the stars, contrary to the Lord's command." (17.2-3).
Don't sacrifice your children in the fires on your alters> and don't let your people practice divination or look for omens or use spells or charms. and don't let them consult the spirits of the dead. The Lord your God hates people who these disgusting things. Be completely faithful to the Lord (18.10-13)
From Leviticus:- Do not go for advice to people who consult the spirits of the dead.(l9*31).
If anyone goes for advice to people who consult the spirits of the dead I will turn against him and will no longer consider him one of my People - 20.6.
A prophet or an interpreter of dreams may promise a miracle, or a wonder, in order to lead you to worship and serve gods that you have not worshipped before. EVEN IF WHAT HE PROMISES COMES TRUE, DO NOTPAY ANY ATTENTION TO HIM, THE LORD YOUR GOD IS USING HIM TO TEST YOU TO SEE IFYOU LOVE THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART. Follow the Lord and fear him; obey him and keep his commands; worship him and be faithful to him-(13.1-4) Deutronomy.
He practiced divination and magic and consulted fortune-tellers and mediums. He sinned greatly against the Lord and stirred up his anger. 2 Kings 21.6 and 2 Chronicles 33.6. Read also Samuel 28.3-25.
From Isaiah:- But people will tell you to ask for messages from fortune-tellers and mediums, who chirp and mutter. They 'will say, "After all, people should ask for messages from spirits and consult the deadon behalf of the living." You are to answer theme "Don’t listen to mediums - what they tell you will do you no good.." (8.19-20)
I make fools of fortune-tellers and frustrate the predictions of astrologers. The words of the wise I refute and show that their wisdom is foolishness (44.25)
Disaster will come upon you, and none of your magician stop it... Keep all your magic spells. and charms you have used them since you were-young……. You are powerless in spite of the advice you get. Let your astrologers come forward and save you those people who study the stars, who man out the zones of the heavens and tell you month to month what is going to happen to you….. They will not even be able to save themselves... those astrologers, you consulted all your life.(47.10-15)
From JEREMIAH :-
Do not listen to your prophets or anyone who claims he can predict the future, either by dreams or by calling up the spirits of the dead or by magic (27.9)See to it then that no one enslaves you by means of the worthless-deceit of human wisdom, which comes from the teachings handed down by men and from the ruling spirits of the universe, find not from Christ., For the FULL content of divine nature lives in Christ, in his humanit and you have been given full life in union with him.. He is supreme over every spiritual ruler and authority.
I the Lord, the God of Israel, warn you not to let yourselves he deceived by the prophets who live among you or by any others who claim they can predict the future (29.8).
Curses cannot hurt you unless you deserve them., They are like birds that fly by and never settle. Proverb-26.2.
I alone know the clans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plant to bring about the future you hope fork Then you will call to me. You will come and pray to me and I will answer you. you will seek me, and you will find me because you will seek me with all your heart.' Jeremiah 29.11-13.
From COLOSSIANS 2.8-10
CONCLUSION: Man’s Life is completely controlled by God and not by anyone or anything
else. Confirmed by the Bible
Lord I know that no one is the master of his own destiny; no person has control over his own life. Jeremiah 10.23.
He does whatever he wishes in heaven and on earth, in the sea and in the depths below. Psalm 135.6
We make our plans but God has the last word.. Proverbs 16.1. You may make your plans, but God directs your actions. Prv. 16.9 People may plan all kinds of things, but the Lord's will is going to be done. Proverbs 19.21
I am God and always will' be, No one can escape from my power, no one can change what I do. Isaiah 43.13
He never Changes. No one can oppose him or stop him from doing what he wants to do. ' He will fulfil what he has planed for me; Job 23.13-14
The will of the Lord alone is always carried out. Lamentationsn3.37 I bring both blessing and disaster. Isaiah 45.7. also "God sends both happiness and trouble; you never know what is going to happen next " Ecc 7.14. everything that hastens in the world happens at the time God chooses. Ecclesiates 3.1
No one can have anything unless God gives it to him. John 3.27 "..for you can do nothing without me" Lord Jesus Christ (John 15.5)
When he opens n door no one can close it, and when he closes it, no one can open it. Revelation 3.7.
What must man do then?
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not
unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall
direct they paths.
Bible quotations from the Good News Bible and King James Version.
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