Monday, October 27, 2014

Trusting foretelling?

A lot of people love to read horoscopes or have their fortunes told. But is that a good idea?
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Can some people really foretell the future? I admit I’d like to know what’s going to happen to me, but I’m not sure if I really ought to get involved with a lady near us who claims she can predict the future through cards and things like that. — L.G.
Can people actually see the future? Nope! Every person who has claimed to possess this power and been put to the test has been found to be a fraud.
DEAR L.G.: I strongly urge you not to become involved in anything or anyone that claims to be able to foretell the future. The Bible commands us to avoid anyone “who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens … or who is a medium or spiritist” (Deuteronomy 18:10-11).
Anyone? What about prophesy? The Bible is ripe with those telling of the future to come. It's odd that the Bible tells to avoid those that tell the future, yet uses those telling what is to come to advance God's plan, or to confirm it's veracity. You can't have it both ways, so which is it?
Why is this? One reason is because such things are often frauds, using trickery or mystical mumbo-jumbo to convince people they have special powers and taking their money in the process.
Frauds with no actual powers that are just out to make money? Sounds a lot like faith healers and preachers of prosperity gospel to me...
Occasionally, I’ve read the “predictions” some supposed fortunetellers made at the beginning of a new year and then compared them with what actually happened by year’s end. Very few of their predictions ever came true.
Failed predictions aren't confined to just fortunetellers. Lest we not forget the many failed end-times predictions, and the failed prophesies in the Bible. Even Jesus got it wrong when he claimed he would return within the generation of his disciples.
But I also urge you to avoid occult practices because they could involve you with spiritual forces and powers that may be real but are absolutely opposed to God. Don’t even go near them, for they will deceive you every time and lead you away from God. The Bible strongly warns us against “the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil” (Ephesians 6:12).
You heard the man. Stay away from those claiming to know the future, including those claiming to have God on their side.


-Brain Hulk

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