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What Is Divination & the Occult? | Bite-Sized

Is it ever ok for Christians to use divination? How can we see Christians claim divination is ok? What does the Bible say about divination? What are various types of divination Christians need to be aware of?

Bite-sized is a series I made to introduce you to some topics and terms you might not be familiar with. But even if you are, I share a lot of resourses at the end, if you would like to further your understanding on the topics. I hope this is helpful.

Last week, I shared 5 scriptures on divination (see: 5 Scriptures To Mediate On This Month | Divination & Warning of Occult ). With Halloween season fully underway, I think it’s crucial Christians are able to identify how divination cloaks itself as “Christian,” but divination, of any kind, is an abomination to God.

Some Terms to Know:

Divination is something that relates to the spiritual. Often, people are trying to use the spirit realm to gain information, usually about themselves. What many may not realize is this is part of the occult. (Bold-faced words are defined below.)

Let’s go through some terms. Not all terms listed below are inherently sinful. But I want you to think about how easily we can take something from creation and make it sinful.

  • Divine has a few meanings. It can relate to or being God, god-like. It can relate to a priest (and therefore, probably a priestess, too.) It can also mean inferring or predicting with assurance or on the basis of mystic knowledge. (Webster)
  • Diviner is “someone who practices divination.” (Webster)
  • Divination is defined as “the art or practice of using omens or magic to foretell the future.” (Webster)
  • OmensAn event or a phenomenon believed to be a sign or warning of a future occurrence. (Webster)
  • SymbolAttributing different meaning to an object, event, or person. (Webster)
  • SymbolismA representation of abstract or intangible things by use of symbols. (Webster)

A few things to understand. Mystic knowledge sounds like special knowledge – which those practicing psychic readings, Ouija boards, tarot cards, and the like – are practicing the occult.

  • Occult –“Not easily understood, mysterious, relating to supernatural agencies, their effects or knowledge.” (Webster)
  • Automatic Writing – Involuntarily writing, often through demonic possession. Automatic writing is a practice of the occult. It is a practice of divination, to receive special knowledge- gnosticism through spiritual beings, which are actually demons.

Anyone who is using some form of means to obtain knowledge they do not already have through use of:

  • connecting to spirits
  • the spirit realm
  • attracting new information
  • doing rituals to obtain insight
  • emptying the mind to be filled by knowledge of something else, etc
  • this is all part of the occult.

Christians can participate in the occult and not know it. When we try to communicate with dead saints, like Catholics, that’s part of the occult. When we try to communicate with “angels,” that’s part of the occult.

Remember, demons will appear as angels of light. We are NEVER told in scripture to communicate with anyone in the spiritual realm, except the Lord. Demons can appear as dead loved ones, as spirit guides, as a Christ figure, but not be the real Jesus.

When we slap down the word Christian, and then use mystical practices, like cards, even if they are angel cards, or color cards meant to say something about our personality, our purpose, our spiritual gifts, etc, this is all from the occult, these practices are NOT Christian, they are not commanded from the Lord.

Using symbols from “Christian items” and determining what those symbols mean from our feelings and experiences – even if we try to connect that symbol to scripture – is part of the occult. We are using mysterious means to understand something outside of God’s word.

Example: If we use nature as a symbol to explain to someone, “God is showing me I need to do this because I saw a blue bird today.” – this is occult-like. It’s using divine means to understand symbols from the spiritual realm.

God does not speak to us in an occult manner. We are not told EVER in scripture to interpret God through occult practice. We are not told to listen in silence for the Lord in prayer. We are told to think, to use our mind, to meditate (think over) scripture, to listen to what God IS saying in His word, and to pray with words.

When people twist scripture and add different meaning to scripture, only then will people think it’s ok to hear the Lord through ways of the occult, and think it’s not occult-like.

What Does the Bible Say?

Leviticus 20:06 – “then I will set my face against that man and against his clan and will cut them off from among their people, him and all who follow him in whoring after Molech. If a person turns to mediums and necromancers, whoring after them, I will set my face against that person and will cut him off from among his people.“ – Note: Turning to divination is prostituting ourselves with false gods instead of turning to the true God through Jesus. Divination practices are considered an abomination and are just as bad as sacrificing children to the burning hands of the false god, Molech.

Leviticus 19:26,31 – There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer… “You shall not eat any flesh with the blood in it. You shall not interpret omens or tell fortunes.

Deuteronomy 18:09-12 -“When you come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD. And because of these abominations the LORD your God is driving them out before you.

Deuteronomy 18:14 – for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the LORD your God has not allowed you to do this. Note: We are not to turn to fortune-tellers and those who practice seeking spirits. God destroyed nations who used the occult.

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Bewitch. (2014). In Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and thesaurus (p. 99). Springfield, MA, MA: Merriam-Webster.

Divine. (2014). In Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and thesaurus (p. 320). Springfield, MA, MA: Merriam-Webster.

Diviner. (2014). In Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and thesaurus (p. 320). Springfield, MA, MA: Merriam-Webster.

Divination. (2014). In Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and thesaurus (p. 320). Springfield, MA, MA: Merriam-Webster.

Insight. (2014). In Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and thesaurus (p. 577). Springfield, MA, MA: Merriam-Webster.

Intuition. (2014). In Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and thesaurus (p. 689). Springfield, MA, MA: Merriam-Webster.

Magic. (2014). In Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and thesaurus (p. 658). Springfield, MA, MA: Merriam-Webster.

Mystic. (2014). In Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and thesaurus (p. 720). Springfield, MA, MA: Merriam-Webster.

Mysticism. (2014). In Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and thesaurus (p. 720). Springfield, MA, MA: Merriam-Webster.

Occult. (2014). In Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and thesaurus (p. 754). Springfield, MA, MA: Merriam-Webster.

Omens. (2014). In Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and thesaurus (p. 759). Springfield, MA, MA: Merriam-Webster.

Symbol. (2014). In Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and thesaurus (p. 1085). Springfield, MA, MA: Merriam-Webster.

Symbolism. (2014). In Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and thesaurus (p. 1085). Springfield, MA, MA: Merriam-Webster.

Witch. (2014). In Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and thesaurus (p. 1241). Springfield, MA, MA: Merriam-Webster.

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Scripture To Meditate On – (ESV) Ezekiel 13:22-23 – Because you have disheartened the righteous falsely, although I have not grieved him, and you have encouraged the wicked, that he should not turn from his evil way to save his life, therefore you shall no more see false visions nor practice divination. I will deliver my people out of your hand. And you shall know that I am the LORD.” 

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