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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
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
Necromancy: alleged power to communicate with the dead (ghosts) Other terms: Medium, Spiritist or Spiritualist I. The Bible And Necromancy
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
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?
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”
Lv. 19:31; 20:6, 27 III. What Does Bible Say? Mediums, familiar spirits: forbidden Cut off offenders Stone the deceivers
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)
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
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
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?
Harry Houdini Amazing Randi Ghost hunters: electronic devices Physical changes in haunted places Seances IV. Every Sighting Has An Explanation