Title: Is ESP Real?
Text: Genesis 3:1-5, Exodus 7:10-12, 1 Corinthians 12:1
Time: October 30th, 2013
While we’re on the subject of occult powers I thought I’d cover the topic of ESP, or Extra Sensory Perception. What is ESP? It’s really a wide variety of things, but it usually boils down to so-called paranormal powers. It’s the ability to do things that are seemingly unexplainable through modern science, usually involving the powers of the mind – the ability to read someone’s mind, or move an object without touching it through merely willing it to move, or knowing something without gaining information through the five normal senses, and so forth. It’s often claimed that it’s using an additional sense beyond the five known senses. It’s extra or additional senses being used, some claim. Now as Christians we need to figure out what we believe in respect to ESP because we need to know whether we are dealing with something legitimate or not. As Christians we are familiar with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, where through the power of God ordinary Christians can have extra-ordinary powers or ability or insights or knowledge. But that’s different from ESP, where there is no obvious connection with God. ESP is more connected with magic than it is with the Christian faith. Magicians like to fancy themselves as having special para-normal abilities to make things appear and disappear at will. While that’s their stage claim, magicians are usually just really good at working out the art of deception on their audiences. They trick people seeing and not seeing things in order to pull off a magic trick. That doesn’t mean that some magicians don’t really utilize ESP, it just means that most or the vast majority of magicians operate through totally natural means. Now what concerns us as Christians about ESP is that we are very careful with anything that is hidden or secret in nature, since the very word “occult” means hidden or obscure. We want to be sure that we don’t get sucked into the world of the occult, and hence, into the world of evil spirits. ESP is one of those areas that interacts with the world of the occult, and so we want to be especially cautious with it. Is it an occult activity? Or is it a para-normal realm that we simply haven’t developed science for as of yet? Are the abilities of ESP simply latent natural human abilities we haven’t yet discovered or rediscovered? Or are they powers from the devil intent on getting us drawn into a life of rebellion against the God of the Bible? These are important questions, and relevant. Most people have come into contact with some form of ESP at one or more times in their life. What is it? How should Christians approach the whole topic of ESP? Let’s look into this subject further. Read the rest of this entry »