There is a raging debate over whether Christians can be — or should seek out — psychics. From whether reading horoscope is a sin to if psychic readings are demonic, there is a range of opinion on the topic. To begin, one would have to look at the biblical scriptures that has many Christians vehemently opposed to the practice of seeking psychics, numerology, tarot cards, palmistry, etc. There are a number of them that seem to point people away from consulting psychics, especially those who communicate with the dead. A few of the more popular ones are listed below.
But there are some people who believe that things discussed in the Bible back then, specifically in the Old Testament, do not apply to the society of today. For that reason, those people are more likely to support Christians seeking out psychics as long as the motives behind the help are pure and not about curses or black magic.
The Argument Against Psychics
Some of the scriptures explicitly state that sorcery, witchcraft and the other things that considered elements of the occult are off limits.
Old Testament Scriptures
“Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God.” (NIV) Leviticus 19:31
“Men and women among you who act as mediums or psychics must be put to death by stoning. They are guilty of a capital offense.” (NLT) — Leviticus 20:27
“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. You must be blameless before the LORD your God.” (NIV) — Deuteronomy 18:10-13
New Testament Scriptures
“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?” (NIV) — Isaiah 8:19
For many Christians, the Scriptures are clear on where the Bible stands regarding mediums, spiritual advisers and the like. The basis for this argument is that the Lord God said He is, in fact, the way for truth and light rather than seeking such information from a person, from a mortal individual. Other scriptures warn not to worship and revel in the lifting up of false idols or prophets, which is what other people may consider psychics, mediums, etc. to be.
But, as always, there are two sides for every debate.
Prophets vs. Physics?
Some people argue that a psychic is nothing more than a prophet. After all, many prophets in the Bible were called forth with visions of God’s bidding. Jesus Christ himself performed miracles, they say, which some might call magic. But the difference is that those prophets freely admitted they used the power of God to bring forth the discernment.
Still there are even some Christians who are psychic who say their power does come from God as well. One woman wrote that her psychic experiences were a gift and she believed that using them brought her closer to God. They consider the talents to be miracles and they use them to help other people. Others believe that visiting psychics isn’t demonic at all because what causes something to be demonic is the way that the talents are used.
When it comes to whether Christians should seek out astrology, horoscopes or psychics, some people believe that because Christians are not using such columns to predict major events, the practice is harmless. Those same people also believe that as long as a person isn’t seeking dark magic intended to hurt someone, he or she is OK.
The bottom line
As with any debate, there are two sides to every story. There is a school of thought that believes psychics should not be sought out by Christians; however, there is another side that says being able to discern people’s emotions and help them sort out their problems is in fact a gift from God. Taking advantage of those gifts, for many Christians, is not averse to religious and spiritual beliefs.
Christians who are curious about seeking a relationship with a psychic or continuing a current relationship with a psychic should consult a spiritual leader is they have questions specific to their situation. Some Christians have a relationship with a psychic or regularly read their horoscopes for fun and they not feel badly about it. Ultimately, a person has to make his or her own decision regarding the best way to express their faith.