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What would you tell a high school-age school student about Ouija boards and why it is wrong to use one? The student is not a christian. I am one of his teachers.
Teaching The Truth
Dear Teaching The Truth,
The Bible says that we should always be ready to give an answer for the hope that is within us (1 Pet 3:15). If this student asks you what you think of Ouija boards, all you have to do is say that you don’t use them because your faith is in the Bible, not superstition. The Bible has evidence that proves it is trustworthy; the Ouija board doesn’t. Our goal is always to direct people to the Bible. It isn’t about proving the Ouija board is wrong (although it is!); it is about showing people that the Bible is right. If someone learns to embrace God’s Word, they will naturally begin to repel that which is wrong. After all, there is only room for one master (Matt 6:24).
Why do people want to be satanic? What exactly does it mean to be satanic? About what percentage/number of people are satanic?
Dear Weirded Out,
It is an infinitesimally small percentage of Americans that specifically refer to themselves as “Satan worshippers”… less than one percent. Satanic cults have existed in small pockets around the globe for years and have varying practices and beliefs that differ widely. Satanic practitioners hold one common belief – an admiration for rebellious and anti-establishment religious figures. Obviously, this religion is totally wrong and destructive to those who practice it. Satan is not a hero; he is the great villain and adversary of mankind – the word ‘satan’ actually means ‘adversary’. The Bible describes him as a “roaring lion seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet 5:8).
Who are the Illuminati, and what do they believe in? Is it a cult?
Not An Illuminati
Dear Not An Illuminati,
The Illuminati was a Bavarian secret society formed in 1776 in Ingolstadt, Germany. Similar to the Freemason society, the Illuminati was a secret society with religious, as well as secular, elements to it. The truth is that the Illuminati and societies that diverged from the Illuminati died out years ago. It is the pop-fiction industry that has revived the term ‘Illuminati’ by creating conspiracy-theory books that portray the Illuminati as a surviving secret society bent on ushering in a new world order. These books make for exciting fireside reading, but they are still fiction. The Illuminati was a cult that existed in Europe several centuries ago, but it no longer is a factor in today’s society.
If the Bible condemns divination, then why do God's people divine by casting lots and divine by using the Urim and Thummim? And if the Bible forbids contact with witches and wizards, then why were God's people allowed to consult prophets and seers?
Consulting The Crystal
Dear Consulting The Crystal,
The Bible condemns the worship and reverence of any god other than the one true God (Ex 20:3). Prophets and seers were sent by God (Jer 44:4) and were mouthpieces for God (2 Chr 36:12). Witches and wizards seek power and authority from false gods and demons.
Casting lots and the Urim and the Thummim are the same issue. When the Israelites cast lots, they did it in the sight of God and in the hopes that God would answer them (Josh 18:6). The Urim and the Thummim were also God-sanctioned tools. God specifically told the priest to use these two stones to help in making judgments (Ex 28:30).
The definition for ‘divination’ is ‘the practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means’. When Israel sought knowledge in ways that God condoned – that sort of divination was permissible. What is condemned is seeking knowledge through supernatural means other than God.
I have a question regarding Isaiah 3:1-3 (NIV). Someone told me that for first-time Bible readers, if they were to look at this Scripture first, they would think that enchanters and soothsayers were ranked among heroes, warriors, prophets, judges, elders, counselors, etc. Why then were "enchanters and soothsayers" included in this "positive passage" when other verses condemn them?
Not A Mind-Reader
Dear Not A Mind-Reader,
Isaiah 3:1-3 is simply telling the people that they will be deprived of all that they value. All of the classes that are considered superior by the people would be wiped out. The soothsayer was honored by the people in Jerusalem, but that doesn’t mean that God was pleased with enchanters and soothsayers. As you said, God makes it clear in other verses that He detests such occult behavior (1 Sam. 15:23).