23 October, 2008

There is new show this season on CBS called The Mentalist! I am loving this show! I love crime dramas, but this one has a great twist. The synopsis is that there is a man named Patrick Jane who was a "psychic" that did readings for people, talked to person's dead loved one, and pretty much exemplified what today's psychics claim to be able to do. The first episode showed how he got out of this business thinking it was a joke because he knew it was all a hoax. He was, however, a very good "mentalist" or had a strong ability to observe and draw conclusions which is what today's psychics basically do. He decides to help people in the criminal realm by joining the police Dept. to crack cases with his razor sharp observation skills!

You can watch full episodes on your PC here.


I love the fact that this show brings attention to the fact that there are no real psychics, but great observers. It sort of embraces our christian view of psychics. (sorry to offend you if you are a psychic or person who supports them, but this is my christian view based on what the bible says!) Here are two questions commonly asked and the biblical answers as stated on gotquestions.org! This is a great site for questions!!

1. What is the Christian view on psychics?
A. The Bible strongly condemns the practice of spiritism, mediums, occult, psychics, etc. (Leviticus 20:27; Deuteronomy 18:10-13). Horoscopes, tarot cards, astrology, fortune tellers, palm readings, séances, etc., fall into this category as well. These practices are based on the concept that there are gods, spirits, or deceased loved ones that can give you advise and guidance. These “gods” or “spirits” are demons (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). The Bible gives us no reason to believe that deceased loved ones can, or would even want to contact us. If they were believers, they are in heaven, enjoying the most wonderful place imaginable – in fellowship with a loving God. If they were not believers, they are in hell, suffering the un-ending torment for rejecting God’s love and rebelling against Him.

2. So, if our loved ones cannot contact us, how do mediums, spiritists, psychics, etc. get such accurate information?
A. There have been many “exposes” on psychics. It has been exposed how a psychic can gain immense amounts of information on a person through ordinary means. Sometimes by just using a telephone number through caller ID and then an internet search, a psychic can get names, addresses, dates of birth, dates of marriage, family members, etc. However, it is undeniable that psychics sometimes know things that should be impossible for them to know. Where do they get this information? The answer is - Satan and his demons. 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 tells us, “And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.” Acts 16:16-18 describes a fortune teller who was able to predict the future until the Apostle Paul rebuked a demon out of her.Satan pretends to be kind and helpful. He tries to appear as something good. Satan and his demons will give a psychic information about a person, in order to get that person hooked into spiritism – something that God forbids. It appears innocent at first, but soon a person finds himself addicted to psychics – allowing Satan to control and destroy their life. 1 Peter 5:8 proclaims, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." In most cases, the psychics themselves are likely deceived, not knowing the true source of the information they receive. Whatever the case, and wherever the source of the information – nothing connected to spiritism, witchcraft, astrology, etc. is God’s intention for us as a means to discover information. How does God want us to discern His will for our life? Simple: (1) Study the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17), (2) Pray for wisdom (James 1:5).(once again, this information is found on http://www.gotquestions.org/!)

Another great resource is a book called : "The Truth Behind Ghosts, Mediums, and Psychic Phenomena "


2 Comments:

  1. Amy Taylor said...
    great post! I just came back from the Jack O'Lantern Jamboree at my daughters elementary school. Games, jumpy houses, annnnnd a palm reader! I'm so disgusted. I know people think it is innocent and fun, but I wouldn't let my kids near it, and hate that they do this "booth". I've been torn whether I should talk to the school about this, and reading your post has confirmed my decision.
    Thanks!
    DanielleW said...
    Good post.

    I haven't watched this show very much (Dad is a flipper/surfer) but just the previews made me think it was a rip off of Psych on USA. But after I watched a bit of it, maybe not so much.

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