PALM OR PSALMS?
Well I guess it's time to deal with the dark side because the occult has darkened the door next to our church. That is . . . a Palm Reader business just opened their doors. Is this just innocent fun? You know, just the next level after a fortune cookie? Well, let's first define some terms:
- Palmistry: Telling fortunes by lines on the palm of the hand.
- Tarot cards: A system of fortune telling using a special pack of cards of pictures and symbols.
- Astrology: The study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies and their supposed influence on human affairs.
- Numerology - The mystical relationship between numbers and physical objects or living things.
- I Ching: An ancient Chinese system of divination, based on a book of Taoist philosophy and expressed in various hexagrams chosen and interpreted to answer questions and give advice.
- Feng Shui: A Chinese system that studies people's relationships to their environment in order to achieve maximum harmony with the spiritual forces believed to influence all places.
So what's wrong with it all? It taps into the dark side for advice or to tell your fortune. But God knows our future, and we must trust Him for it to unfold, and seek to live in the now. (Jer 29:11; Heb 11:1) Listen to this serious admonition from the Lord to His people Israel: (Deu 18:10-12) There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you. And how about this? (Exo 22:18) “You shall not permit a sorceress to live.
Remember how king Saul fell away from the Lord and wanted to know the future? He tried to seek the Lord but God would not speak to him because of his rebellious and unrepentant heart. So he then sought out a witch at En Dor. (1 Sam 28) This is what the Bible says of this deed: (1 Chr 10:13) So Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he had committed against the Lord, because he did not keep the word of the Lord, and also because he consulted a medium for guidance.
So what about a fortune cookie? The fortunes inside are usually so trite compared to what Psalm 37:37 says: Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; for the future of that man is peace. I've got an idea. Let's read the Psalms and not a palm!