With the advance of what is called the New Age Movement, there are many getting pulled into dangerous dark side activity. Many Christians have not read the Bible in its complete entirety and are thus not aware of the strict warnings that God has given about being involved in any form of occult activity. Most of these warnings go back in the Old Testament.
One of the greatest stories in the Bible is the story of Moses and God’s chosen people pulled from slavery out of Egypt, and their journey into the Promised Land. Before entry, they were given strict warnings and guidelines by God as to what they could do and could not do. One of those warnings was not to engage in the pagan practices of the people who were already inhabiting parts of the Promised Land. God knew these people were evil and had the horrible practice of sacrificing their own children to appease their gods. Some of these people were involved in heavy occult type activity. If practiced, any of these could easily lead Israel astray from the knowledge of the true God.
The warnings that God gave His people back then still apply to all of us in this day and age. The Bible says that God does not change, and this includes all of His ways and all of His warnings. The trouble is, most Christianity today is a shallow practice of lip service, rather than actions based on biblical commands.
What are Tarot cards?
One of the occult dangers faced today is the use of Tarot cards. Sometimes called “the book of divination of the gypsies,” they have been used for hundreds of years to reveal hidden truths about and foresee the future of the person receiving the card reading.
There is much speculation over the origin of tarot cards. Did they really originate with the gypsies, or did they come from medieval Europe? Others have maintained that tarot cards came from China or ancient Egypt. Whatever their origin, there doesn’t seem to be any argument that after being introduced to Western Europe in the 14th or 15th century, their use has spread, and today they can be found all over the world, and are incredibly popular among occultists and New Agers.
Tarot cards are said to reveal something about a person’s future by revealing their life. The cards are said to be fun, fascinating and full of mysteries, working on “special vibrations” with input of both the psychic reader and the attendee.
Tarot cards fit in well with the New Age movement that is so prevalent these days. New Agers use certain practices or methods to “get in touch with their inner spirits,” and tarot cards can be a perfect way for them to channel their thoughts and connect with the “Oneness of the Universe.” So where is the harm in tarot cards?
God’s view on the subject
The danger of tarot cards is explained in the fact that readers can’t explain how the tarot readings work. They have no real understanding of the origin of the readings. Also, the decision to use a particular system in reading the cards is entirely a matter of the personal preference of the reader. In other words, two readers could read the same spread of cards and come up with entirely different interpretations of those cards.
Though many will say Tarot cards are harmless, God places them in the same category as other occult fortune-telling techniques such as the ouija board, astrology, crystal balls, palmistry, and tea leaves.How do we know this?
“…..do not let your people practice fortune-telling or sorcery, or allow them to interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead (Deuteronomy 18:9 – 13).
“Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month … Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up” (Isaiah 47:13, 14).
“Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God (Lev. 19:31)
” ‘I will set my face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute himself by following them, and I will cut him off from his people (Lev. 20:6)
“And take heed lest you lift your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, the moon, and the stars, all the host of heaven, you feel driven to worship them and serve them…” (Deut. 4:19)
These scriptures are only the tip of the iceberg. Notice the strong wording being used by God in these verses – “abomination, take heed, give no regard, do not seek after them to be defiled by them.” Christians literally prostitute themselves by engaging in occult activities of consulting fortunetellers, psychics, horoscopes and ouija boards for guidance and information on what the future may hold. The Bible says that it is God, through His ministry (led by Jesus Christ) who guide us into all truth and teach us all things. God desires to be the Guide and Teacher of the true Christian.
The first two commandments are that we are to have no other gods or idols before God the Father. When people go to fortunetellers or psychics for any type of divine guidance, they are placing this person before God and will risk incurring His wrath, along with possibly opening the door for demons to come into their mind.
People who use occult practices get their ability to have partial knowledge about you and your present situation directly from demons. No human has the supernatural ability to know what is going to happen to you in the future or anything about you.
Most people don’t read the Bible enough or thoroughly enough to understand how strongly God feels about these issues.
Specific Occult Activities to Avoid
Here are some of the specific occult areas that we are to completely stay away from:
- Fortunetelling – palm reading, crystal ball gazing, numerology, psychics.
- Tarot Cards
- Ouija Boards
- Seances and involvement with mediums or spiritists.
- Astrology and horoscopes.
- I Ching
- Transcendental Meditation or Far Eastern Meditation.
- Astral projection
- Dungeons and Dragons – role-playing games.
- New Age Movement techniques and activities.