Reels of tarot card readings and of people showing off their soulmate drawings from psychics trend on Instagram Reels. These soulmate drawings are for people who have not met their spouse yet, and it shows them a picture of that supposed soulmate. Besides these seen on social media platforms, psychics also perform palm readings and give horoscopes. I am having a difficult time finding the history of psychics. Even by typing in the word "Christian" in front of it, I am only met with articles encouraging people to practice it. Goes to show you that this is the way of the world. I always suggest conducting your own further research, and if you find anything more specifically on overarching psychics from a biblical view, please feel free to email me that information at firstname.lastname@example.org, so that I can share it.
Instead, I have found a history on tarot cards, which should fit the bill. The following comes from https://www.gotquestions.org/tarot-cards.html.
Tarot cards are associated with divination—unlocking the secrets of the future by occult, supernatural means. Divination is strictly prohibited in the Bible. Tarot cards come in a deck of 78 individual cards. They were developed about 600 years ago for gaming. However, some mystics, psychics, and occultists began to use the cards for divination, and today the cards and the ability to “read” them are seen as elements of fortune-telling. To receive a tarot reading is to attempt to find out things about one’s life or future through the occult. Usually, the practice of reading tarot cards starts with the questioner cutting the pack of cards or sometimes just touching it. The psychic or card reader then deals out some cards, face down, into a pattern, called a “spread,” on the table. As the cards are overturned, the psychic or reader constructs a narrative based on the cards’ meanings and their position on the table. Obviously, reading tarot cards places a heavy emphasis on fate, “hidden knowledge,” and superstition.
The Bible first warns against divination in the Old Testament when the Israelites were going to enter the Promise Land. Deuteronomy 18:9-12 and Leviticus 19:26 straight out prohibit such practices. Acts 16 even shows us how tarot card readings have a demonic opening or guidance. In this passage, Paul meets a fortune teller whom the Bible attributes her ability to having a demonic spirit. The Bible does not specifically tell us the fortune teller's tools, but no matter what she used, those items used to give readings brought honor to demonic spirits. (Information found from GotQuestions.org)
Despite the numerous warnings against divination and psychic practices throughout the Bible, many Christians still practice it. When searching Youtube for testimonies on those who no longer practice because of accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior, I also found a ton of videos of Christians justifying the practice. I pray for those who have made such videos and those who practice this in general that they will repent and turn towards Christ. Nevertheless, I have found some testimony videos, which I will link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUN5p9gYxTo&ab_channel=AlyssaMoore and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84_EvoIRK4Q&ab_channel=DoreenVirtue. I have followed Doreen Virtue on Instagram for quite a while and often share her posts to my Instagram story. I just started watching her videos when I stumbled upon her Youtube channel in preparation for this article, and her videos tackling New Age practices are mind blowing. They are all Scripture supported, so I 100% recommend watching her videos.
Besides the practice of divination, we need to check our hearts. What or who are you putting your trust in for your future? I understand 1000% wanting answers as to the future and hating having to wait for them. The uncomfortableness of sitting in the unknown can be excruciating some days. However, nothing and no one can give you the answers you need besides our Lord. Seeking divination may give you the answer, but what is the trade off? A slightly twisted version of truth? Misinterpreting the fortune? Opening yourself to demonic forces? Most importantly, as Christians, our hearts should break for what breaks God's heart, and we should hate what he hates. Our everlasting love that comes with being His adopted child once we are saved should drive us to repent seeking anything besides Him.
If you are in a season of waiting, do not rush and impetuously jump to seek what you can to get out of it. God is sovereign and intentional down to every last detail. We can trust Him with every tomorrow because He is already there. By studying Scripture, we are able to learn about God and His attributes, which will bring you comfort in those times of uncertainty because you know who He is, and that you are not left to chance. I wrote an article addressing waiting (linked here).
If you currently are seeking psychics or have sought psychics for answers or practice or have practiced this divination, I encourage you to repent and to run to Christ. You may feel as if it is too late, but it is never too late to turn to Him. He will forgive you and adopt you into His kingdom. You have that second chance to turn away and start a new life. That answer and satisfaction you are seeking lies only in Christ, nothing else in this world can satisfy that longing for security and peace. That is why we want to know our future so badly, right? Any answer you receive outside of God is only going to be a cheapened counterfeit filled with consequences.
-- Isaiah 8:19 (ESV)
And when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living?
-- Proverbs 3:5-7 (ESV)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
-- Ecclesiastes 7:14 (ESV)
In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.
-- Ecclesiastes 8:7 (ESV)
For he does not know what is to be, for who can tell him how it will be?
-- Isaiah 47:8-15 (ESV)
Now therefore hear this, you lover of pleasures, who sit securely, who say in your heart, “I am, and there is no one besides me; I shall not sit as a widow or know the loss of children”: These two things shall come to you in a moment, in one day; the loss of children and widowhood shall come upon you in full measure, in spite of your many sorceries and the great power of your enchantments. You felt secure in your wickedness; you said, “No one sees me”; your wisdom and your knowledge led you astray, and you said in your heart, “I am, and there is no one besides me.” But evil shall come upon you, which you will not know how to charm away; disaster shall fall upon you, for which you will not be able to atone; and ruin shall come upon you suddenly, of which you know nothing.
Stand fast in your enchantments and your many sorceries, with which you have labored from your youth; perhaps you may be able to succeed; perhaps you may inspire terror. You are wearied with your many counsels; let them stand forth and save you, those who divide the heavens, who gaze at the stars, who at the new moons make known what shall come upon you. Behold, they are like stubble; the fire consumes them; they cannot deliver themselves from the power of the flame. No coal for warming oneself is this, no fire to sit before! Such to you are those with whom you have labored, who have done business with you from your youth; they wander about, each in his own direction; there is no one to save you.
-- Deuteronomy 18:9-12 (ESV)
“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.
-- 1 Chronicles 10:13-14 (ESV)
So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the Lord in that he did not keep the command of the Lord, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance.14 He did not seek guidance from the Lord. Therefore the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.
-- Leviticus19:26 (ESV)
You shall not eat any flesh with the blood in it. You shall not interpret omens or tell fortunes.
-- Leviticus 19:31 (ESV)
“Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God."
--Leviticus 20:6 (ESV)
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.
-- Acts 16:16-18 (ESV)
As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour
-- Revelation 21:8 (ESV)
But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.
-- Jeremiah 14:14 (ESV)
And the Lord said to me: “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds.
By: Bible and Hot Cocoa (IG: @bibleandhotcocoa)
Jules is the founder of Bible and Hot Cocoa. She is a law student with a passion for standing up for truth. In any free time, she loves to read, study theology, write, and draw or paint. Jules's favorite book of the Bible would have to be a tie among John, Psalms, and Romans (as of now), and her favorite figure besides Jesus is King David or Paul.