Everyone often asks if there is life after death. Ever since I was a child, I was told so. I was told that I would go to hell if I did not behave and offended God. Later, I was taken to mediums and spiritualists who were supposed to cast out evil spirits from my body.
They said there were other spirits inhabiting me. I learned that when people die, not all souls cross over - some return to haunt us.
These same mediums often said that they usually read the Bible, and meditated on the Word of God "constantly". One question still remains in my mind: what did they miss in the Bible?
The following is the first mention in the Bible of a spirit retuning from the dead.
King Saul had sinned twice by disobeying God, and for the third time he sinned by visiting the witch of Endor. Even though she recognized Saul disguised in mantles, she was requested by the king to call upon the spirit of Samuel, the prophet of God who had died. When the image of Samuel appeared to Saul, it told him that Saul would be with him by the next day.
The book of 1 Samuel 28:1-25, explains this passage clearly.
If Saul was far from God at that point, how could he go be with Samuel who was with God? Moreover, Saul committed suicide, which according to the Bible, people who take their own life will not inherit the Kingdom Of God. Anything else we hear differently is against Biblical principles.
Then we have the parable of Jesus when it explains how a rich man died and was buried. On the other hand, Lazarus died and was carried to heaven by the angels. Jesus never said that the spirits of the dead wander waiting to pass over, or to hold a light to guide the spirits' way. If that spirit is with God, why does it need light, if God is light? Unless the soul is lost in the depths of hell!
When Jesus died, He did not wander in the land of Israel frightening the soldiers who killed him.
Rather the Bible states in the Book of 1Peter 3:18-20 "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water."
This shows there were tormented (prison) spirits that had not been saved (not wandering around). Three day after Jesus' death, he was still working to leave our suffering in hell and preaching the good news to souls that never received salvation through Jesus Christ. Had He not done sot, they would have remained in hell for eternity.
You can also read Luke 16:1-31. However, I would like to stress what Jesus said at the end of the parable.
Verse 30: "And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31: And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead."
The Bible says also: "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the JUDGMENT" Hebrews 9:27
This verse already responds to the question of reincarnation. We only have one opportunity to live. That is now!
As far as whether is lawful before God to consult the spirits, witches, medium and spiritualists, this is what the Bible states: "There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch". Deuteronomy 18:10.
And in the book of Acts, a woman who had the gift of sight and had psychic powers was rebuked by the Apostle Paul after she harassed him several times. He commanded the evil spirit that possessed her to leave her. Immediately she was free of the spirit and as a result she was unable to divine anymore. Her managers became angry with Paul because he ruined their divination business.
There are more examples in the Bible, but it would take this whole site to talk about it, but these are just a few of the most important passages that clarifies the issue. There is life after death, but we do not come back to earth to live a second time or stay wandering. We choose our path today. We can either follow the world, its philosophies and fairy tales, or the Word of God.
Then who are the spirits who speak with mediums?
How many times we have witnessed people painting canvases and writing like authors who have died a long time ago? Does that mean the person is reincarnated?
The demons who is appointed to follow you all your life, knows everything about you. They are the ones who trace your path, if you don't have God in your life. They are the ones who speak to mediums about your life and people. Mediums and spiritualists are an open channel, and so these spirits can communicate and be heard. When they actually foretell your future, it is nothing else than what they are planning to do. Just like Samuel and Saul. Samuel was dead, but Saul was told he'd die too.
Devil by its Greek meaning from the original word "diabolos", means accuser. The Devil is a deceiver. The Book of Revelation often says that the anti-Christ will come to deceive the elected and make people believe he is God - The Messiah. Revelation 13. And millions will believe him!
I think if it was a message from God, He'd rather Tell Saul to repent, or to change his thoughts.
The reason why people see faces and not demons is because they have the power to materialize and take form of anything, including a person.
The book of Genesis states that "the heavenly things look upon the women on earth, saw that they were beautiful and had sex with them. Giants were born from this generation. The DNA from the "heavenly being were superior to ours. ". . . That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose." Genesis 6:2
When Lot was visited by angels, they did not look like angels, but like men. The residents of that town wanted to have sex with them. "And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;" Genesis 19:1
"But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them (have sex with them - ASV)." Genesis 19:4,5
Demons were Angels. Isaiah 42. Having said that, they have the same power, you can call it "shape-shifter". The Angels are spirits of Truth and Blessing. Demons are spirits of lies, deceit and curses. They will do anything they can to drive your attention from true faith in God.
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