Jesus Christ and Psychic Practice


When deciding if the practice of the psychic arts is good or evil, it might help to realize that Jesus used them as well—and Jesus felt we should do what he did, and do even more.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father.” John 14:12 (RSV)

Jesus predicted the future (Matthew 24), performed healings (Luke 13:10-17), used clairvoyance (Matthew 17:27), referred to astrology (Matthew 24:29-31), and astrology was used to indicate his birth (Matthew 2:1). He performed exorcisms (Matthew 8:29-31), gave personal psychic readings (John 4:4-26), and used spell work to cure the blind (John 9:6). Not to mention, he also spoke with the dead (John 11:38-43).

Some churches preach against the psychic arts and claim that what Jesus did, he did by the power of the Holy Spirit, but what psychics do is done by the power of the devil—even though I’ve never met a psychic who believed the devil was the root of their power. And Jesus had to deal with the same criticisms when the Pharisees accused him of using the power of the devil to cast out demons (Matthew 12:24).

So, the psychic arts were clearly practiced by Jesus. We are encouraged by Jesus himself to do what he did and to do more of it, and the same charge of it being an evil practice was levied against Jesus the same as it is against psychics today. But the evidence is clear, if you’re following the teachings of Jesus, you ought to be practicing the psychic arts.

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