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Q&A: Nicole, What Does the Bible Say About Mediums and Ghosts?

QUESTION:

Nicole, there’s this new show on TLC called Long Island Medium. The lady can talk to ghosts and is just like Jennifer Love Hewitt in Ghost Whisperer. Is this real or what? Should we stay away from this stuff? Is there something in the Bible saying stuff about this?

ANSWER:

Hi girls, the above question was posted in the forums by ShiningAngel. Especially around Halloween, girls often wonder about what the Bible says about ghosts, mediums, and other “scary” things that seem to be celebrated. Here are my thoughts:

It’s one thing to dress up in a costume, but make sure your outfit isn’t skimpy, but that it’s modest and inspired and good. Let me repeat: not gangster or pirate wench! There’s nothing wrong with enjoying candy with your friends, but it’s another thing to entertain demonic things like ghosts and demons. Decorating your house with witches and ghouls, the energy is bad. In my opinion, it’s like you’re inviting in bad energy.

As for this new show about mediums, it’s really the same thing: Glorifying the dead is scary if you think about it. Stay far, far away from that. As Christians, we’re supposed to be examples and be accountable for our actions. We can’t be engaging in ghoulish behavior. Stay away from haunted houses. That’s my personal opinion — I used to go to them, but it’s a bad idea.

If you have questions you’d like to ask me, join me on my video chats every Friday at 4 pm!

Love,

Nicole

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  1. chicken_chick

    Posted by chicken_chick on October 26, 2014 at 11:01

    Uh, what? “Bad energy”?

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by JessicaLee163 on November 27, 2013 at 14:19

    Long Island Medium is a show about Theresa Caputo who is a practicing Catholic. She doesn’t talk to ghosts or demons; she receives messages from people’s loved ones from Heaven. There isn’t anything witch crafty about her; if you have seen her show, you would know that she does her readings in the light of God. Some may say that she isn’t real; however, we know she’s real because sometimes when she’s out and about, spirit will draw her to a person to read. I encourage you all to check her show out; she clearly has been given a gift from God to heal people who are grieving the death of her loved ones, and she is an inspiring woman.

  3. jesslt

    Posted by jesslt on November 7, 2012 at 17:31

    Me, my sister, and my mom used to be into ghost hunting shows, even while we were Christians. It honestly at the time didn’t seem like a big deal. I used to think that it was real and it was the left behind souls of the deceased. However I’ve grown closer to Jesus and realize now that it was inviting evil into our lives. We were watching one episode this one night and all of us at the same time decided that it wasn’t a good idea anymore and turned it off. Both me and my mom had demonic nightmares related to the show. We haven’t watched that stuff since. I don’t think people realize what they are tampering with and that it is honestly more than what it seems. That’s why I think that ghost shows and mediums may seem real, but the spiritual realm that mediums and ghost hunters are seeking are part of the demonic spiritual realm, and not something just there or a God given talent, but definitely something that shouldn’t be tampered with.

  4. CoutureRebel73

    Posted by CoutureRebel73 on October 17, 2012 at 23:53

    The priest said that it’s illegal in able for him to do that. I’m thankful that I no longer hang out with my friends who peer pressured me to do something I don’t wanna do. I am glad and so blessed that I got my soul back. I no longer play with fire. My dad showed me a verse that there’s evil spirits in my house but the grace of God they can’t touch me.

  5. CoutureRebel73

    Posted by CoutureRebel73 on October 17, 2012 at 23:49

    I played with the ouigi board. I regret it it got back at me a few years later. I was possesssed it was the scariest thing of my life. My mom had to take me to the Catholic church for the priest could do the exorcism. I recommended no one to touch it. I was 16 when I walked away from God, it got me at 19. Three years later it got me back. I’m glad till this day I have my soul back and blessed that the priest did it to get my soul back. I’m 21 now

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by BrittNicoleHowWeRoll on October 13, 2012 at 21:10

    I do not celebrate Halloween. There are so many things wrong with it.
    Witches (yes, they’re real. Do some research if you want to) have been known to shove needles and other harmful objects into candy.
    Jack-o-lanterns were used in terms of a story. A man, named Jack, was too bad for heaven yet too bad for hell. He roamed in limbo with only a pumpkin lantern.
    Trick or treat, as mentioned in another comment, was used for bad purposes of scaring others into giving them treats. Nice tradition, eh? No.
    I believe that we should pray a lot on this Holiday. It is not based on anything holy or pure and to participate is just not a wise idea imo.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by on October 15, 2012 at 20:09

      Yes, there are people who do horrible things like tamper with candy and distribute it to kids, but it is NOT a behavior specific to witches. I have done actual research into Wicca and the practice of witchcraft, and their beliefs do not promote actively seeking to harm others.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by on October 14, 2012 at 11:26

      Besides, I think the context of the holiday has changed. Sure, it has unwholesome origins, but as we’ve evolved as a society, it’s become something quite harmless when practiced responsibly. Personally, I love dressing up, going to fun parties, greeting adorable children outside of my apartment and complementing them on their costumes. =^_^=

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by lililove97 on October 13, 2012 at 14:07

    I would rather stay away from Halloween altogether because of the witches, demons, and ghosts involved. I think we all should too.

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by on October 11, 2012 at 21:15

    If it’s on TLC, chances are it isn’t exactly “wholesome television.” I mean, we are talking about the channel that gave us “Honey Boo Boo” and “Toddlers in Tiaras.” The entire channel is essentially a giant waste of time now.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by amazinchiik on October 15, 2012 at 17:52

      Well mediums are real. Read 1 Samuel. Saul, he goes to a witch to bring up Samuel from the dead and ask him a question. God doesn’t want us to touch it or have anything to do with it because you can get possessed. But if you have the Holy Ghost living inside of you then you can’t but you can be oppressed by it. Just don’t touch it lol nothing good about it.

  9. Marianna

    Posted by Marianna on October 11, 2012 at 17:07

    I think mediums are absolutely fake, honestly. Ghosts, possibly souls trapped by the devil (or for worldly reasons) or demons themselves. Either way, not stuff you want to mess with. Possession is VERY real, whether it’s a ghost or a demon, 99.999% of the time (if not 100%), it means harm. One thing I heard up from a Christian ghost expert, NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER play with an Ouija board. It looks like a board game, but it’s a gateway to the dead and sometimes even the devil, he also said to never, NEVER, burn an Ouija Board, because when you do that, it doesn’t close the portal and things can still get through and cause damage. I celebrate Halloween, I don’t take it too seriously but I go out and go trick or treating with my cousins. As long as you don’t absolutely go nuts about it (Ouija boards, Tarot Cards, stuff like that), there’s not really a problem with it.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by on October 15, 2012 at 20:12

      I’m still going to have to call your expert a fraud. Plenty of scams seem authentic; otherwise, no one would get scammed. He might believe every word he says, but that doesn’t rule out the possibility that he might be completely cracked. At the end of the day, you have to decide what to believe, and I personally believe that we have nothing to fear from these things for the Lord is with us. (Disclaimer: I do NOT recommend messing around with Oiuja boards and whatnot.)

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by on October 12, 2012 at 11:26

      “Christian ghost expert?” That sounds very fishy to me, and the rule about not burning Ouija boards just sounds like superstitious nonsense.

      • Marianna

        Posted by Marianna on October 15, 2012 at 17:59

        My main idea was that it’s a good idea to stay away from from places that are said to be haunted (even if it is, you’re not properly equipped to protect yourself from the demon or whatever that’s in there), Ouija boards, and stuff like that. You never know what you’re getting yourself into, especially the Ouija boards, because you could be talking to the devil through that. He seemed pretty sincere, he didn’t sound at all like a scam artist, and I don’t see a place in the article that said that he charged people for the tours, so maybe he just does it for fun.

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by on October 13, 2012 at 23:15

        Oh, and I’m sorry about the misunderstanding. My comment about TLC was not directed toward your expert, but directed at the original question about the Medium show on TLC. =^_^=

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by on October 13, 2012 at 23:13

        Still sounds quite fishy. Have you ever been to Salem? I just went this last spring to get a little inspiration for writing a teaching unit on Puritan writers; it would have been an utter waste of time had I not been inspired to write a unit debunking stupid myths about the Puritans that crop up in pop culture (like the stereotypical ignorance and misogyny). What I mean by this is that Salem is a tourist trap, nothing more, and his tours there sound like a scam to me. Then again, that’s my opinion…

      • Marianna

        Posted by Marianna on October 13, 2012 at 19:10

        He’s a Catholic who studies demons at least, possibly ghosts as well(demonic hauntings), and he looked like a pretty decent guy. You’d be surprised how many Christians there are that study ghosts. Demonic ones, for instance, when the ‘thing’ (be it demon or something else) is out to cause harm. Demonic ones are by far the most dangerous, because they can sometimes end up in possession. Once you play with an Ouija board, you’ve messed with the demons, and I’m sure they’re ecstatic to have found a way to cause trouble. Also: No, it’s not in TLC as far as I know (although there may be a different version of it on there). The Christian demonologist is named Dave Considine. From Wikipedia: “In 1994, he founded Phantasm Psychic Research which is an organization dedicated to aiding individuals and families whose lives have been affected by the supernatural and preternatural realms. On average, he participates in about one exorcism a month.
        In his spiritual warfare work Considine has collaborated closely with Father Malachi Martin, Father Rama P. Coomaraswamy and Bishop Robert McKenna.
        Considine said that “As a religious demonologist, I often see people at rock bottom – terrified, desperate … The most rewarding part of my job is helping them put their lives back together. I see the trauma they go through, and I help them to fight back, using their faith. I hate seeing people victimized by the demonic, but it’s incredibly gratifying to watch them come back, more faithful and stronger than they’ve ever been before.”
        He also has hosted bus tours to places such as Salem to explore cemeteries and museums among other attractions. During the bus rides, he gives presentations about ghosts and shows videos about spirits and ghosts.”

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by Lilliterra on October 11, 2012 at 14:34

    Um, of course it’s bad to practice witchcraft or be a medium or try and talk to “real ghosts”. But I don’t think it’s bad to decorate your house for Halloween. We stay away from the super creepy stuff, but honestly- pretend witches and stuff are pretend, not real. It’s like… fantasy witches. Like the Wicked Witch of the West. Pretend. I think if you know that there’s no such thing as a good witch in real life you’re okay.

  11. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kathrie on October 11, 2012 at 13:31

    I don’t like Halloween… It’s too demonic.

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by reesespieces96 on October 11, 2012 at 11:26

    My family has never had anything to do with Halloween. My mom has researched the true origin of this holiday, and it turns out it was started to pretty much celebrate evil. People would carve out turnips and stick candles in them in order to “light the way for evil spirits”. Kids would disguise themselves as evil spirits and go door to door demanding food, and if they didn’t get any they would vandalize people’s property, evn burning their sheds and such. And look what comes out during halloween! The decorations are evrthing from evil pumpkins, to witches, to skeletons, and all things dark and scarey! I ask you, how is that just “innocent fun” ?

  13. Nellie

    Posted by Nellie on October 10, 2012 at 20:23

    yup. Personally, I tell everyone that i do believe in all of it… ghosts and all that… they think because i believe in God i should believe these things aren’t real. But it isn’t whether they are real or not, it is whether i pay attention to them or act afraid of them. They are just satan and his demons trying to distract everyone, and it often works. Pray for one of my friends, she is really into alot of that stuff like ouji boards and all… it is pretty scary and i advise everyone to stay away. Scary movies are one thing, and even a TV show… but don’t let it get too far is all

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by reesespieces96 on October 11, 2012 at 11:28

      I’ll be praying for her. My Uncle used t practce witch craft, and it’s a very scarey thing.

  14. Paris

    Posted by Paris on October 10, 2012 at 20:15

    Nicole,what do you mean when something is inspired? Other than that,you are so right!

  15. HurricaneMurphGirl

    Posted by HurricaneMurphGirl on October 10, 2012 at 19:33

    Yeah, that’s very true. In 1 Samuel, Saul visits a medium after outlawing them. He asks to speak to Samuel, and so the witch brings him up(or at least, someone who looked like Samuel. My dad said it may have been a demon masquerading as Samuel) and he asks Saul why he’s done this, and Saul answers(of all things) that it was because God was mad at him, and so he was turning to Samuel for help. “Samuel” tells Saul that he and his sons will die the next day, and they do.

    God also tells the nation of Israel in the Old Testament that they should not suffer a witch to live. I think God wants us to stay away from that, definitely!