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Are psychics for real?

Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God. Leviticus 19:31

Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. Deuteronomy 18:10-12

The Bible speaks out against spiritists or psychics, people who consult and talk to the dead. But how do they seem to have the incredible insight you hear and see about?

These practices are manipulative, meaning spiritists know when someone comes to them, that they are open and susceptible to any suggestions.  Spiritists have more training in psychology and human behavior, reading people's faces, body language and dress, than possessing the power to talk to spirits.

Here are some tricks of the trade that could make psychics appear to know things that no one else knows.

INTUITION - Some people can just read people, their body language, the tears that fall from their eyes, the inflection of their voice.  Psychics are intuitive and can tell by the way people answer questions that they need to keep focusing on a certain topic.

ATTENDANCE - If someone comes to see a psychic, chances are there is someone who has died in their life or they have some sort of pressing need, usually relational.  It's not a stretch to ask "Someone close to you has died" or "You been through a difficult relationship."  Most can say yes to these questions and if they are at a psychic, it usually means one of these two things have happened to them.

QUESTIONS - Psychics ask a lot of questions, leading them to the right answer. They get lots of "no's" before they get to the "yes." Is it really that amazing if you say, "Is there a person in your life whose first name begins with a J?"  Most people know someone with the letter J in their name.   If the answer is no, the questions go to "Or it's an M?"  Why must psychics ask so many questions?  Why is it amazing that that they get a YES after the third NO?  "Wow, how did you know?"  The answer is...they guessed.

TV EDITING - We see psychics on TV where the shows are edited. The wrong guesses are edited out making the audience at home think the psychics are right all the time.

ENCOURAGEMENT - Psychics tend to be encouraging, making people like them and respond positively to them.  "Your loved one wants you to know everything is okay."  We all want to hear that about loved ones who have passed and we’re willing to believe anything to make it true.

UNVERIFIABLE FUTURE EVENTS - Psychics make predictions about things that sound good, but at the time we have no idea if they will happen.  We give them credit for making the prediction but not for the prediction coming true.
               
NON SPECIFIC PREDICTIONS - Psychics make common sense predictions.  "I predict this year will be tough with lots of change."  Sure, most years have change.  But to say "Tomorrow at 9:32 a bomb will explode in a building" is different story.  Psychics are very general in their future predictions.

REAL SPIRITS - Sometimes the readings are amazingly accurate leading us to one conclusion, the psychic is speaking to spiritual forces that have information from the other side.  If this is true, then one should avoid a psychic because we cannot trust these spirits because they may be trying to deceive us.
                                                                              
The demonic world can tell us information about things that happened.  However, demons cannot read our mind.  They can see a person at a psychic and feed the medium information that has occurred in that person's life with impressions and whispers to the psychic. 

Demons know conversations and events that they have witnessed but that's the limit of their effectiveness.  The demonic world cannot tell us with pinpoint accuracy what will happen in the future.

Anyone who reads their astrological forecast, consults a palm reader, goes to a séance or reads a book about a guy who talks to the dead is saying that there are spirits and practices outside the Lord that control or know our destiny. It is saying that God shares his power with these spirits or that God doesn’t exist at all.

Only God can be trusted with what happens in the spiritual realm and with our future.  We don't need mysterious spirits telling us the future or comforting us with false hope.