To Christian Believers
about Mediums and Spirits

I know that some of my fellow Christians believe the mediums are speaking to demons or are at least deluded by Satan. I want to reassure you that they are not. This essay explains why.

The Devil Card

Christians are a little too quick to play the Devil card. They attribute anything they don't understand or agree with to the Devil. That included the conception that the earth is not the center of the universe, electricity, the telephone, and entertainers. When these things came into the mainstream, they accepted them, but the things hadn't changed--only their familiarity with them had.

The Jews believed John the Baptist was possessed. He spoke about God in ways they didn't understand, so they were sure it was the Devil who was speaking.

When Jesus cast out the demon from a man and the man began to speak lucidly, the Pharisees who witnessed it said "He casts out demons by the prince of demons." Since what Jesus was doing didn't match their conception of what religion should be, they played the Devil card and said Jesus must be doing things inspired by the Devil.

Calling anything new to us or not in our familiar world demonic displays the same clouded vision that deluded the Pharisees. We need to look to Jesus' words and whether the results of the medium's messages are God-oriented to be reassured that the mediums are speaking to the spirits of those who have crossed over, not demons.

There are compelling reasons for being reassured that mediums are speaking to spirits of those who have crossed over, not demons.

Jesus on Spirits

The most important reason for being reassured that they are talking to the spirits of those who have crossed over is that Jesus spoke about death as a sleep and that the spirits of those who have crossed over are alive now. Spirits live between the death of the body and the resurrection to come. The consciousness of the person doesn't go into cold storage at death, waiting for the resurrection. Jesus' words demonstrate that.

First, Jesus referred to the spirits of those who had crossed over as being asleep. Jesus was on his way to Lazarus and Martha's house when he heard that Lazarus was very ill. Before he reached them, he realized through his psychic knowing, that Lazarus had passed away. He said to his disciples "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep. I will go and wake him." He referred to death as sleep. He didn't say "Our friend Lazarus has died. I will go and give him life." The disciples didn't get the idea; they said "Great. He's sick and he needs his sleep. Let's not wake him." Jesus had to spell it out to them using the vocabulary they would understand. He said, "He is dead." But he spoke of death as a sleep before he had to translate that for the disciples.

He referred to sleep in another instance. Jairus' daughter had passed away as he was bringing Jesus to heal her, but Jairus persisted in asking Jesus to come to her because of his faith. When Jesus entered the room where the dead girl was laid out, he say to the mourning crowd "Don't make so much disturbance. She isn't dead. She's just sleeping." He took her hand and told her to get up. Luke commented that at that moment the spirit came back to her body. Again, Jesus referred to her as sleeping. And Luke added that her spirit was alive and able to come back to the body.

Someone who is asleep is alive, not dead. That is why Jesus used the term "sleeping" to refer to those who had crossed over. In sleep, the body is still, but the person is very much alive and functioning, even dreaming vividly. The spirit of Jairus' daughter was alive and available to come back to the body.

At no time did Jesus say "The person is dead and I will bring him (or her) back to life." He intentionally described them as sleeping.

The second of Jesus' teachings that demonstrates that the spirits of those who have crossed over are alive is in his words to the Sadducees about the resurrection. The Sadducees didn't believe in the resurrection of the dead. They knew Jesus was teaching that people will be resurrected, so they tried to trick him by giving him a puzzle about people living after death they were sure he couldn't solve. They described a woman who married seven brothers in succession as each passed away. They said, "Whose wife will she be in the afterlife since she married all seven brothers?" That was quite a puzzle. A woman could only have one husband.

But Jesus said, in the afterlife, there will be no marriage, so it doesn't make any difference. Then he added a pointed comment to the Sadducees about their refusal to believe that people live after death: "God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And God is not the God of the dead, but of the living." He was saying that since the Jews agreed that God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, they must agree that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are still alive. God is the God of the living. Clearly, Jesus was saying that they were alive as Jesus was speaking, not dead until the resurrection.

In other words, Jesus was speaking to us, as he always did when he spoke 2,000 years ago, saying people live after death, and they live in spirit before the resurrection.

Since that's the case, where are they before the resurrection? They're not in heavenly bodies in heaven. That would be the resurrection. They're not in cold storage (cryogenics) waiting for the cure for death, resurrection. Jesus said God is the God of the living, so Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are alive, not dead until being restored. And the spirit is close enough that the spirit of Jairus' daughter could reenter the body when Jesus touched her hand. The fact is that the spirits of those who have crossed over are still alive and conscious, but not in the earthly bodies they left or in the heavenly bodies they will have. They are the living spirits. That is who the mediums speak with.

That should give us great comfort and a validation of the Truth that Jesus spoke. God is the God of the living, including the quick and those who have crossed over.

Paul and Everlasting Life

Paul also used the term "sleep" to describe those who had crossed over. He pointedly didn't describe people who had died as being stone dead, meaning they weren't alive and conscious in another form.

In fact, he referred to the soul as a seed. When he wrote to those in the Christian community at Corinth who didn't believe in the resurrection of Christians who had crossed over, he was very detailed about it. Those who didn't believe in resurrection were saying resurrection is impossible because the body decayed away so there was no body to resurrect. Paul explained that the corrupt body falls away, but the resurrected person would have a new, heavenly body. He said that happens in the same way that a seed comes from a plant that dies. The farmer doesn't plant a full-grown plant to have life return to it in a new plant body. Instead, the seed of what came from the dead plant is planted. It grows into a new, heavenly body.

In other words, the seed, the soul, survives and takes on a heavenly body that is not corruptable. Paul was explaining the reality that the seed continues to live after death until it is restored into a new body at the resurrection.

Paul's reference to the dead sleeping is the same as the reference made by Jesus. He also acknowledged that the body of the person was still, but the person's consciousness in a seed lived on until the resurrection, when the soul would have a new, heavenly body.

Revelation and Everlasting Life

The book of revelation clearly refers to souls who exist between death and the resurrection. Revelation 20:4 describes the "souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God." In other words, the souls live before the resurrection.

The Old Testament and Mediums

The fact that the New Testament has no words to say against mediums is remarkable. Paul is very outspoken about everything else, with long lists of don'ts and practices that were unacceptable. It seems that communicating with those who had crossed over was not of concern to Jesus or the writers of the New Testament.

But the Old Testament does refer to mediums in three places. The Old Testament writers took for granted that mediums spoke with the spirits of those who had crossed over. People sought out mediums for advice the way people today go to psychological counselors. The only objection the Old Testament writers had to mediums was that they felt people should look to God for advice, not mediums.

And in not one instance did the Old Testament writers suggest that mediums speak to demons, not the spirits of those who had crossed over. In fact, the medium in I Chronicles spoke to the Biblical figure Samuel who had crossed over.

The Story of Saul in I Chronicles

The results of Saul consulting a medium were catastrophic for him, but not because there was anything wrong with the medium, or that the medium wasn't speaking with the spirits of those who had crossed over; it was that Saul didn't consult God instead of the medium. Saul himself had forbade people from consulting mediums because the people had been looking to the mediums for advice rather than God. He was violating his own ordinance by going to the medium.

Saul was facing a battle with the Philistines and knew he was not in God's favor. He was frightened and wanted to seek advise from Samuel, who had anointed Saul to be the first king over Israel. Saul disguised himself and went to a medium. He told her he wanted to speak with the deceased Samuel. When Samuel came to the medium, the medium immediately knew the stranger before her was Saul because Samuel told her. She was frightened and angry because she knew Saul's own requirement that people stop seeking mediums for advice. However, the medium did speak with the spirit of Samuel. Samuel's spirit was alive and available for the medium.

Samuel upbraided Saul for speaking to him rather than God and told him he would be defeated the next day in the battle with the Philistines. It came to pass as Samuel had foretold. Saul's sons were killed and he fell on his sword.

Saul's transgression was speaking with the spirit of Samuel through the medium rather than speaking with God.

Isaiah's Admonishment to Speak to God Rather than Mediums

Isaiah also admonished the people to speak with God rather than mediums, but with the acknowledgement that mediums do speak with the spirits of those who have crossed over. He wrote,

When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? Isaiah 8:19 (NIV)

Isaiah didn't suggest that the mediums weren't speaking with those who had crossed over, but was strong on saying people should consult God for advice rather than the spirits of those who had crossed over.

Deuteronomy's Admonishments

Only in one place in the Bible did a writer require people not to look for advice from those who had crossed over rather than God. The writer of Deuteronomy had the harshest words for people who sought out mediums rather than God. The writer admonishes the Israelites not to take up the practices of the people who live in the land they were entering. The people were following superstitions and had set up services so they consulted someone other than God about solving life problems. However, they were also sacrificing their children for good fortune, influencing others through sorcery and witchcraft, and casting spells.

Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his 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. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. Deuteronomy 18:10-12 (NIV)

The problem the writer referred to was that people were going to mediums as they would go to a doctor or psychiatrist for answers about their lives. That is why the author described the medium as one "who consults the dead." The author was saying "Don't set up a service as a medium so people consult you instead of consulting God." The author agreed that mediums do speak with those who had crossed over, and made no suggestion the mediums were speaking with demons or that people shouldn't communicate with those who had crossed over--just that providing a service that substituted for God was wrong.

In other words, in the three places in the Bible where mediums were mentioned, the writers agreed that mediums do speak to people who have crossed over, did not suggest mediums were speaking to demons, and did not say that speaking with those who had crossed over was wrong. However, they were very strong on saying that people should seek advice about their lives by consulting God rather than asking the spirits of those who had crossed over. If psychiatrists had existed then, I'm sure the Old Testament writers would have said the same thing of them.

Mediums and Belief in God

Every medium I know has a strong belief in God. Those I am most familiar with are Christians. They all insist more strongly than most people that God is at the center of their activities and the universe. When they speak to those who have crossed over, the messages from them never contain words of anger, violence, vile statements, or evil. They are full of love, compassion, concern, and reverence. The witness they have been for God's Eternal truth and the salvation of mankind is so strong that it could never come from someone trying to lead people away from God.

The Conclusion

In other words, Jesus, Paul, and John all described the spirit as living between death and the resurrection. The writers of the Old Testament agreed that mediums do speak with those who had crossed over, never suggesting they speak with demons, but admonished people to speak to God for answers, not mediums.

Where is the spirit? We know now that it is still joined to us in love after death as it was before. Mediums and we can communicate with those who have crossed over. We just need to be open to them.

 

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