October 12, 2017
Volume 21, Number 35
A story out of Massachusetts last week told of a psychic who pleaded guilty in Federal court to tax evasion. The case centered on her work with an elderly lady in Boston who paid $3.5 million over a seven year period to have demons exorcised from her life. The psychic failed to report the money as income. Even psychics, it seems, have to pay taxes.
This psychic’s web site is easily found (though I won’t help you with that). On her site she claims she can “see” imbalances in a client’s body systems, and can give advice on how to correct those issues. She must, of course, be in an “altered state”. To achieve that, we suspect, a price must be paid.
It strikes us as interesting that one who claims to be able to “see” things ordinary people can’t could not see what all of us know: nothing is certain except death and taxes. (Why did she not see the investigation that would ultimately lead to her legal problems?)
The Bible has warnings against the occult. Isaiah 8:19 portrays the folly of such activity: “And when they say to you, ‘Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,’ should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living?” Popular movies like “Ghost” (1990) suggest that the dead can be channeled, but the Bible says otherwise.
Where then can a person turn for advice and counsel? Isaiah 8:20 gives the answer: “To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” The law and the testimony to which Isaiah refers is the word God has given us in Scripture. There is the light that people need.
Some suggest this experiment: Call up one of the many psychic hotlines that advertise on the Internet. When they ask for your name (or your credit card information!), say, “Why do you ask? Don’t you know that?” (My advice, however, is to keep your distance from all such services.)
If you’d like to be enlightened about the future, here’s some can’t-miss information. John 1 introduces Jesus in this way: “That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world” (John 1:9). Earlier John wrote, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4).
In John 3:19 Jesus said, “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”
Jesus is the Light. To really understand life – past, present, or future – go to Him.
Come to the light God offers! Study His word, the Bible. Worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:24). Get in touch with us if you’d like to discuss these ideas further.
Copyright, 2017, Timothy D. Hall. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise noted, are from the New King James Version (Copyright, 1990, Thomas Nelson, Inc.).
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