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Is There Anything Wrong With Tarot Card Reading?

August 19, 2016

tarot card reader illuminated sign    I got an e-mail today from a professional Tarot Card reader who took exception to a personal article from a friend I published on this web page  http://www.newchristian.org.uk/tinastory.html

He said:” I am a  professional Tarot Reader and Life guide , and I do not  recognise any of the problems that you seem to indicate that go with the trade and the art ? – please could you refrain from non-informed talk about other people’s beliefs. That is why there is so much trouble in the world. There is room for all beliefs. Peace”.

As requests go, it was indeed very courteous. I shall reply accordingly. There is indeed room for all beliefs. Having beliefs in your heart harms no-one, except possibly yourself, but that is of your own free will choice. But if, in practicing my beliefs, I influence others it may for good or ill. If the latter, I will have to account for practising deception upon others when I face God at the Judgment.

So, is there anything wrong with Tarot Card reading? According to Wikipedia, “divinatory meanings” have been associated with Tarot cards since 1783″. So what is divination? It is defined on Google as: “the practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means”. Supernatural means may arise from kindly or evil forces. How can we know the origin of these forces?

From the Christian perspective, the Bible holds the key to what God approves or disapproves of: “When you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the holy bibledetestable things of those nations.  There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead” (Bible, Book of Deuteronomy Chapter 18 verses 9 to 11).

Using divination puts one in the realm of deceptive spirits.  The Apostle Paul predicted: “But the (Holy) Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons ” (The Bible, Book of I Timothy 4: 1).

So if God does not approve of divination we must conclude it is harmful to man, since God seeks to encourage purity and righteousness in our lives.

The Bible, Psalm 24 verse 3 says:

“Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.”

If the God of the Bible forbids divination by those he has made then we risk the wrath of God if we indulge in such a practice. The ultimate outworking of God’s wrath is exclusion from his presence and a resultant banishment to hell, where Satan and his followers end up in eternal torment and suffering. If you disobey God’s warnings you cannot expect him to welcome you into Heaven, where he lives.

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Challenge To “Test The Spirits” Given To A Guy In A Wheelchair

June 7, 2013
man in a wheelchair

guy in wheelchair

A guy in a wheelchair came for food, but had problems getting over our door threshold. So we went out to him, as we already had a pre-prepared food parcel ready for a single person. While chatting to him outside about how God provides our food (I usually say “it falls from the sky”, which provokes a smile!), he told me that he’d seen  spirits appearing to him at intervals throught his life, from the age of 7. He also said he’d been told by others about things that would happen in his life. While attending a Spiritualist church someone had indicated to him that he’d make a good medium, so should put himself forward.

I suggested caution about all of this, whereupon he freely admitted that in chatting to mediums he’d learned that not all spirits acted kindly. I explained what the Bible says about good angels and fallen angels, but he wasn’t very convinced by this. I then told him that the Bible tells us how we can know if spirits are from God, and that he could do that in future. I quoted from 1 John Chapter 4 where the Apostle John says: “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God”.

I said: “would you like me to write that down?”. He confirmed he would, so I wrote out the question, what the response indicated and gave it to him. He then announced that he would attend the Spiritualist church this week and put the question there. He then planned to come back next Friday and tell us the outcome. “Sounds good to me” I said. He also agreed I could send him a testimony of a Christian I know who is an ex-Spiritualist.

We offered to pray for him and after some hesitation he agreed. I also prayed for healing in his body, as his legs were in a bad way from a recent accident. After prayer I asked: “did you feel anything when we prayed?” He replied: “not a thing”.

After he left, a Muslim guy we know came in for food. He recently described his fellow Muslims to us as “a bunch of hypocrites”. As he waited I thought it appropriate to offer him the booklet “Journey Into Life” by Norman Warren and he took it.