What Does The Bible Really Say About Psychics And Seers?
by Doc Edwards
Perhaps this misunderstanding of words and terms has arisen simply because, as I earlier pointed out, there are so few Christian preachers and ministers today who follow the examples and methods set forth by our early church fathers. Perhaps this is so simply out of embarrassment, even feelings of spiritual inadequacy, in not being able to do and perform these incredible spiritual (psychic) things as their Apostolic predecessors once so easily and commonly did . The lack of recent examples of real spiritual power in the modern church today are so glaringly obvious that one has to wonder, have we not lost the deeper secrets of its use and demonstration, secrets which were so commonly practiced by those who established the very foundation of Christian spirituality.
No matter how uncomfortable it might make some preachers and parishioners feel, the Bible ( the very book upon which Christianity rests) is, if anything, a document based entirely upon the evidence of the supernatural and the prediction and revelation of events that have occurred and/or are to occur in the future, in other words, seeing into the future. Perhaps some of the explanation for the confusion and misunderstanding of this subject lies , as I have pointed out, simply in the difference in the choice of words we use to describe the same spiritual phenomena. The ancients called the one who predicted future events a prophet, we in modern times also refer to it as being psychic. Perhaps the distinction should be made, not in the nomenclature of the one predicting these future events, but rather in their intent and purpose: is their intent good or bad, positive or negative? Of course, it is not to be denied that any of the spiritual gifts can be used for either good or bad. As strange as it may sound to those of you, who have been steeped in strict, church orthodoxy, Paul reminds us that spiritual power, like the rain that falls on the "just and unjust" is no respecter of persons. You might go to church, tithe, give alms to the poor, and do all the things that you think you should do as a Christian, but there is no spiritual guarantee that only good things are going to happen to you simply because you are a devoted Christian. Looking around at some of your Christian neighbors and their lives will prove this to you. Spiritual laws, like the lesser physical laws of nature, will work just as well for an evil person as they will for a good person. Remember, the physical laws governing the flight of airplanes works as well for bad as it does good: You can use an airplane to bomb a nation or deliver food and relief supplies to its starving inhabitants. The outcome is determined by the mind-set of the operator. Law, either physical or spiritual, is not operational depending on one's morality. It is the intent of the practitioner that determines the results of either physical or spiritual manifestations.
What Is The Difference Between A Psychic And A Prophet?
The word used in the book of First Corinthians by the Apostle Paul to describe the spiritual (psychic) gift of seeing into the future is the ancient, New Testament, Greek word for prophet, which literally means in modern English to prophesy, to predict the future; and therefore the one who does this foretelling of future events is called in the English of the King James Bible, a prophet or seer. The modern English word psychic means exactly the same thing. Some ministers and preachers would lead you to think that the word itself is somehow evil and contrary to Christian doctrine; though, as you are coming to see, this is simply not true: words are simply words, nothing more. One term means the same as the other; one's intent and purpose for its use determines whether it be for evil or good. Of course, in their defense, I have to say that most mistaken and misguided Christians have been erroneously led to believe and think this by other, perhaps less educated, itinerant preachers. who are simply not familiar with the meanings and derivations of modern English words, well-less translating ancient, New Testament Greek into modern English. Better educated ministers (those who have been to a legitimate, academically certified seminary know this is true; though, even many of them are reluctant to admit this truth simply because of the overwhelming attitude of those Christians and preachers who mistakenly think it is evil.
In considering all of this, it would be helpful to remember what the English poet, Shakespeare said, " What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." In other words why does it matter if we use a modern English term such as the word psychic or a somewhat archaic word such as the word prophet or seer, that is, if by definition, as well as intent and purpose, we are describing and defining one and the same spiritual phenomena, the prediction of future events and circumstances. The Apostle Paul himself seems to make this same point clear when he tells us that there are many different ways of experiencing and manifesting the spiritual gifts, but that they all come out of the same source, God:
"Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same spirit.
And there are differences of administration, but the same Lord.
And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
But the manifestation of the spirit is given to every man to profit withal. (1 Cr 12:4-7)
The Apostle Paul goes even farther when he states for us what is the legitimate and appropriate use of this spiritual gift, whether we call the person doing it a prophet, a psychic, or a seer:
"But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men (to) edification, and exhortation, and comfort." (1 Cr 14:3)
So, I think it is pretty clear here exactly what he is saying. Whether you call the one telling you about future events in your life or the world in general, a psychic, seer, or prophet, is of little relevance; the important thing is the nature of what they are telling you. Are they telling you positive things that will enrich, enhance, and give comfort to you, or are they telling you negative things that worry you and make you dread the future? A true psychic or prophet, at least if he is following the admonition given by Saint Paul, will never tell you bad things, rather only those things that will give you comfort and joy, making you to look forward to the future and the experiences it holds for you. After all, is this not the goal of all, true spiritual practices?
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