Answers from Psychics?
by Bruce Narramore, Ph.D.
A s a Christian psychologist, I strongly recommend against seeking special answers from so-called "psychics," "prophets," and the like. I have several reasons for this perspective.
First, the Bible is filled with so much wonderful counsel on how to live our lives that I think we should exhaust those answers before we turn to some other potential source. So far, I have yet to meet anyone (certainly including myself!) who has lived out and exhausted everything the Bible counsels us to do so that we need to turn to a source of revelation besides the Bible. We certainly need friends and counselors who can help us experience and apply what the Bible teaches, but we don't need some new revelation or prophecy!
Second, the Bible instructs us to seek the counsel of wise, godly people who also reverence the Lord and the Scriptures, not "psychics" and "prophets." The Bible says for example, "Blessed is he who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly." It seems to me that most psychics and so-called prophets fall into this category, even though they may claim to be religious.
Some people want to turn
to 'prophets' or 'psychics'
because they are looking
for a magical answer.
Third, the Bible specifically warns against these practices: "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. You must be blameless before the Lord your God" (Deuteronomy 18:10-13). Divination is "the practice of seeking to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge by occult or supernatural means" (Webster).
Finally, I think some people want to turn to "prophets" or "psychics" because they are looking for a magical answer instead of facing some of the difficult situations of life and going through them. True growth comes from increased self-awareness and facing life head-on, rather than trying to avoid pain or struggles or uncertainty through magical knowledge.
In summary, seeking information from sources like psychics is minimally on the fringe, often a form of escapism, and often directly Satanic. In addition to all of those possibilities, it is unnecessary. Healthy, mature people learn to face life and its problems and questions within the framework of their relationship with God, His revelation to us through the Bible, and supportive friends. They do not need magic to live.