What is on the line is your life, and not how right you are!

That something seems to be working or simply is—even when it is at odds with God’s account or God’s warning—does not mean that it indeed is true; or that it is indeed working as perceived. CASE IN POINT:

1. Evolution (It seems to be when in fact it is not): The Israelites were forbidden by God from making inquiries from mediums and spiritists, and King Saul expelled them from the Land of Israel. Yet after Samuel died and Saul sought spiritual advice from God and did not receive it, he asked for and was taken to a medium so he would seek consultation with the spirit of the dead prophet.

After a tense moment with the medium, she proceeded to fulfill Saul’s request. The Bible said that “when the woman saw Samuel (his spirit, that is) she cried out at the top of her voice and said to Saul, ‘Why have you deceived me? You are Saul!'” (1 Samuel 28:12) and Saul reassured the woman of her safety and asked her to continue and she did. Saul did not see the spirit of Samuel but from the woman’s description of who she saw, the Bible said:

“Then Saul knew it was Samuel, and he bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground. Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?”

“I am in great distress,” Saul said. “The Philistines are fighting against me, and God has departed from me. He no longer answers me, either by prophets or by dreams. So I have called on you to tell me what to do.” Samuel said, “Why do you consult me, now that the LORD has departed from you and become your enemy? The LORD has done what he predicted through me. The LORD has torn the kingdom out of your hands and given it to one of your neighbors—to David. Because you did not obey the LORD or carry out his fierce wrath against the Amalekites, the LORD has done this to you today. The LORD will deliver both Israel and you into the hands of the Philistines, and tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. The LORD will also give the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines.”

Immediately Saul fell full length on the ground, filled with fear because of Samuel’s words. His strength was gone, for he had eaten nothing all that day and all that night. When the woman came to Saul and saw that he was greatly shaken, she said, “Look, your servant has obeyed you. I took my life in my hands and did what you told me to do. Now please listen to your servant and let me give you some food so you may eat and have the strength to go on your way.” He refused and said, “I will not eat.” 

But his men joined the woman in urging him, and he listened to them. He got up from the ground and sat on the couch. The woman had a fattened calf at the house, which she butchered at once. She took some flour, kneaded it and baked bread without yeast. Then she set it before Saul and his men, and they ate. That same night they got up and left.”(1 Samuel 28:14-25).

Saul and his sons died in that war as the spirit he consulted at the medium assured him. That it was God pronouncing His judgment on Saul was not disputable. However, that it was Samuel (his spirit, that is) speaking to Saul is also unquestionably because the Bible said in a few places that it was Samuel. Does that mean that the mediums really contact spirits and the dead? That too is not in dispute.

Why then did God prohibit the Israelites from using this means off spiritual advice? God did not create man to interact with spirits in the natural. The only spirit man is authorized by God to seek and interact with is the Holy Spirit. The angels of God can be sent by God to interact with man, but man does not go looking for the angels because he is not equipped to invoke an encounter between himself and the angels.

Only God determines the need for that kind of interaction and arrange for it. Man reaching out to interact with spirits is the dark side, and is prohibited. Man could attract spirits out of his own will but nothing good could come out of that since it is a forbidden interaction. People easily get mislead from that kind of interaction with spirits as the authenticity of the very spirit contacted or the message they give could not be substantiated even by the medium or spiritist. Men can never guarantee that whatever they see or hear from spirits is true. Consider the following Scripture: 

“For three years there was no war between Aram and Israel. But in the third year Jehoshaphat king of Judah went down to see the king of Israel. The king of Israel had said to his officials, “Don’t you know that Ramoth Gilead belongs to us and yet we are doing nothing to retake it from the king of Aram?”

So he asked Jehoshaphat,