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1 Ghost Hunt Paranormal researchers investigate Center for Arts (Daily News Journal) 34% of people believe in ghosts (October, ’ 07) How to explain the trend? 1. Television programs * Beyond, hosted by James Van Praagh * Ghost Whisperer (also Van Praagh) * Crossing Over, hosted by John Edward

2 TV programs 2. Marian apparitions 3. Roman Catholic priests 4. Ouija boards, Dungeons and Dragons, seances, psychics, mediums, witchcraft, black magic 5. A Christmas Carol

3 Necromancy: alleged power to communicate with the dead (ghosts) Other terms: Medium, Spiritist or Spiritualist I. The Bible And Necromancy

4 Alleged Biblical Proof Of Necromancy Mt.14:22-26 Already scared Over the edge Lk.24:37-39 Spirits are real Ja.2:26 Ac.12:1-15 Peter still alive Angels are real; disciples are wrong

5 1.It pays to believe in ghosts 2.Ignorant of Bible 3.Desire to communicate w. dead 4.Imagination 5.Excitement 6.Experts (TV, books, etc.) II. What Makes Deceptions Successful?

6 James Van Praagh vs Michael Shermer Interviewed woman for 20/20: J. V. Praagh: Seven hits Twenty-nine misses M. Shermer: Seven hits Twelve misses Guessed “father”

7 Lv. 19:31; 20:6, 27 III. What Does Bible Say? Mediums, familiar spirits: forbidden Cut off offenders Stone the deceivers

8 Dt.18:10-11 Occult practices: abomination Includes mediums, spiritists –Instead of amulets, prophets –Ultimate Prophet: Ac.3:19-24 “Those who call up the dead” (NKJV) “Consulter with a familiar spirit” (ASV) “One who inquires of the dead” (ESV)

9 2 K.21:6, Manasseh... –2 K.23:24, Josiah temporarily shut them down Ec. 9:5-6 Ec.12:7 Is.8:…19-20 –It is not... 1.Unusual to commercialize ghosts 2.Logical to consult dead for living 3.Scriptural to consult dead for living

10 Lk.16 –The dead would not return to earth. Why? 1. Great gulf, 26 – 1 Th.4:13-18 – No necromancy 2. Sufficient revelation, 29, 31 – 2 Tim.3:16-17, an insult – 2 Pt.1:3, not necessary

11 1 Sm28, Saul –12, why cry w. loud voice? –16, even dead prophets obey God –18, no new revelation –1 Chr. 10:13-14, why did Saul die?

12 Harry Houdini Amazing Randi Ghost hunters: electronic devices Physical changes in haunted places Seances IV. Every Sighting Has An Explanation


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