|Series Theme: The Occult|
Title: 6. Ouija Boards
A simple consideration of this alternative approach to getting guidance in life
1. Dangers of a Ouija Board?
1.1 What is a Ouija Board?
The Ouija Board is an alphabet board with a pointer or glass used for various forms of divination or spirit contact.
A survey back in 1994 indicated that next to Monopoly, a Ouija board was the next more popular form of game played by young people between the ages of 10 and 14! We see, therefore, that it is seen as both a game and a specific occult tool.
Many people have “played” with a Ouija board, only to find to their horror that they are playing with forces beyond their control.
1.2 Is it Dangerous?
The strong and obvious answer is, yes, very! Leading occultists and psychic researchers have declared it dangerous and one has even said that the majority of possession cases result from involvement with the Ouija board.
One psychic researcher declared: “It is common that people who get into this sort of game think of themselves as having been ‘chosen' for a special task. The ouija board will often say so, either directly or by implication…. sitters may find themselves using the board or automatic writing compulsively, as if ‘possessed' by a spirit, or hearing voices that control and command them. This is no longer rare. I'd say it is now so frequent as to be common.”
(Encyclopaedia of New Age Beliefs by Ankerberg & Weldon)
1.3 Out of Control
Most of us like to feel that we are in control of our situations, but users of the Ouija board find again and again that the board, not they, is in control. This is one of the most interactive forms of occult guidance used, but it is not you, the sitter, who is in control!
1.4 The Dangers (Continued)
It is interesting to note that those who shout loudest about the dangers are those who are involved in the occult in various ways:
One medium, a doctor, wrote many years ago of “the cases of several persons whose seemingly harmless experiences with automatic writing and the ouija board resulted in such wild insanity that commitment to asylums was necessitated .”
Another noted occultist, considered to be one of the leading authorities on the occult in this century wrote in the middle of this century, “During the last 20-25 years I have had considerable personal experience with persons who have complicated their lives through dabbling with the Ouija board. Out of every hundred such cases, at least 95 are worse off for the experience… I know of broken homes, estranged families, and even suicides that can be traced directly to this source.”
Another testified: “The ‘voices' and other eerie stuff began when he and his sister started playing around with a Ouija board a few years ago he recalls. This led to nightmares, creeping depression, and a suicide attempt.”
“There are also hundreds of cases of innocent or naïve occult involvement leading to spirit possession, insanity, financial ruin, adultery, divorce, criminal acts (even murder), and other tragedies as the books of… occultism and parapsychology proves ”
(all quotes are from the Encyclopaedia of New Age Beliefs by Ankerberg & Weldon)
1.5 Blatant Occult Power
It is quite clear that the use of the Ouija board gives an invitation to demonic powers (as the Bible describes them) to operate quite blatantly. To see the warnings that the Bible gives against being involved with occult powers, go to the page on Mediums & Seances.
2. Turning your Back on Ouija
2.1 What if I've dabbled?
The fact that you are willingly reading these notes provides hope. The battle is for your mind and for your spirit.
God is the Lord who is all-powerful and who is able to deliver you through the name of Jesus Christ.
The following are stages to help set you free:
• Acknowledge God as the Lord who loves you and who has sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die in your place to take the punishment for your sin.
• Ask God to forgive you for all known sins and specifically for any occult activity you have been involved in.
• Renounce all involvement in such activity and declare that, with God's help, you will never get involved in it again.
• Daily surrender your life to God and ask Him to reveal His will to you so that you may be obedient to Him.
• Seek to pray and to read the Bible on a daily basis to learn God's will for you.
• Join a church and learn what it means to be a Christian on a daily basis.
As you follow these guidelines, and you may need the help of a Christian leader or counsellor, you will find God cleansing you from past occult involvement and setting you free to live your life knowing His love working in you.
2.2 Getting to the Heart of the Matter
At the heart of the subject of “Occult Guidance” is the question, “Who will we go to when we have questions?”. You, along with many others, may have gone to occult activities to satisfy inner needs that you have. Only now are you realising that this was a wrong path to take.
God shows Himself in the Bible to be The Almighty Creator of all things. He also comes to show Himself to us as a loving heavenly Father. He wants us to come to Him as little children and bring all our questions and queries to Him in prayer (which is simply talking out loud to Him). He revealed Himself in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ, so that we could understand something of His love for us.
Be clear in your mind: it's either God or evil powers you'll relate to if you go looking for answers; light or darkness, goodness or evil.
If you use a Ouija board there is every chance you will encounter demonic powers, darkness and evil.
Perhaps now is the time to be released from those things you dabbled with in the past. Now is the time to turn from darkness to light.