The theory that it is possible for those living to communicate with those who are dead is known as Spiritism. This is not Bible terminology. Adherents to this belief accept the natural immortality of man as basic. If the communication are forever open between the living and the dead then it would be incorrect to speak of a person dying. But death is the opposite of life. The difference between life and death is man’s relationship to knowledge. Solomon declares, “For theliving know that they will die; But the dead know nothing.”Ecclesiastes 9:5, first part.
1. Who was the first spirit medium?
“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” Genesis 3:1
2. For what was the purpose was the first medium used?
“The serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness.” 2 Corinthians 11:3, first part.
NOTE: From that day the result of every medium’s spirit contacts has been to deceive. Satan gained control of the serpent. He made it appear the serpent was speaking. Eve thought she was talking with the serpent when in reality she was talking with the devil himself. He is referred to as , “That old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan,which deceives the whole world.” Revelation 12:9, first part.
3. What basic lie did the serpent tell Eve?
“Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.””Genesis 3:4
NOTE: When the devil was able to get Adam and Eve to act upon this lie, the opposite to God’s truth, “He was,” as Jesus states, “a murderer from the beginning, and abode not with the truth… for he is a liar and the father of it.” John 8:44, last part.
4. What kind of occult and forbidden mysteries did Moses warn against?
“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, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 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.” Deuteronomy 18:10-12. Both spirit mediums and those who consulted them were executed in Israel (Leviticus 20:6, 27).
5. When King Saul went to the with of Endor did he see and talk with Samuel the prophet?
The Lord had already refused to communicate with King Saul. Read 1 Samuel 28:6. Notice that Saul,“consulted a medium for guidance. But he did not inquire of the Lord.” 1 Chronicles 10:13, last part, 14, first part.
6. Do the dead ever return to their homes after death to either haunt or bring comfort?
“As the cloud disappears and vanishes away, so he who goes down to the grave does not come up. He shall never return to his house, nor shall his place know him anymore.” Job 7:9, 10
7. What condition makes it impossible for the living to talk to those who are dead?
They are asleep and totally unconscious. Read Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6, 10;Job 34:14, 15
8. What will be a cause of last-day apostasy?
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of devils.”1 Timothy 4:1
NOTE: These spirits and their mediums are seducing spirits. They are bent on deception. They cause people to depart from the faith and they proclaim doctrines of devils. They are miracle working spirits. There supernatural manifestations implement their deceptions and give them plausibility. Read Matthew 7:22, 23; 24:24; 2 Thessalonians2:9; Revelation 13:13, 14; 16; 13, 14.
The death of man is the creation of man in reverse. When man was created he was made out of the dust. After he was formed God put into the man the breath of life. Man was not conscious, he could not think,he could not move until God made him live by breathing into his nostrils the breath of life. So when death comes man’s “breath goes forth,” he ceases to think, he cannot move , he is totally unconscious, his body will return to the dust from whence it came. And just as the Bible say, in death man will, “sleep the sleep of death.” Psalm 13:3. and because it is a “perpetual sleep”(Jeremiah 51:39) until the resurrection (John 5:28, 29) there is no communication between the dead and the living.