October 21, 2017

Prophet or Psychic?

Happy Monday, dark passengers. Tonight, our series on the relationship between the paranormal and religion continues with the spiritual gift of prophecy. We’ve drawn some strong parallels between the gifts of showing mercy and discernment to Empaths over the last few days.

I think you’ll find we do the same tonight.

As you may remember, I use psychic as an umbrella term to encompass all the psychic gifts and abilities out there. The psychic abilities we’re discussing tonight are clairsentience, clairaudience, clairvoyance, psychometry and premonitions – thought some would argue premonitions are one-off occurrences that don’t necessarily relate to an underlying gift.

Before we define the aforementioned psychic abilities, let’s turn our attention to the spiritual gift of prophecy and what the Bible has to say about it.

Spiritual Gift of Prophecy

Unfortunately, the Bible doesn’t give us a perfect definition of this gift, but after spending nearly an hour reading through some things last night, I’ve found that it also fails to give a perfect definition of the hard and fast doctrines of Christianity. Or, perhaps I’d be better off saying that if the Bible does clearly present the core doctrines of Christianity, Christians can’t seem to find that passage and agree upon it. (As evidenced by what the varying Christian denominations each say are the core doctrines of their faith.)

Anyway. The point I was making – I think – is that God didn’t come out and say, “Hey, here’s the definition of the spiritual gift of prophecy because I know you’ll get confused.” Instead, we have three scriptures that reference this gift. According to the New Living Translation of the Bible, they say:

  • In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. ~Romans 12:6
  • He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. ~1 Corinthians 12:10
  • Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. ~Ephesians 4:11

Okay, clear as mud? I thought so. Here’s the Merriam-Webster Dictionary definitions:

  • Prophecy - an inspired utterance of a prophet
  • Prophesy - 1. to speak or utter by divine inspiration; 2. predict
  • Prophet - 1. one who utters divinely inspired revelations; 2. one who foretells future events.

If you’re as mischievous as I am, you’ve probably already thought that the last part of the prophet definition would apply to meteorologists because they foretell what the weather will be – but not accurately if you live in Texas. At this point, I’m going to add my own caveat for purposes of this discussion:

  • Jen’s Note: If a person is using scientific means to collect and interpret data as part of making his or her predictions, they are not a prophet. This applies only to mainstream science. Those using means considered pseudoscience or parapsychology should be viewed on a case by case basis.

So, no TV weathermen, okay?

Prophetic Psychic Gifts

Because we’re more interested in the relationship of these gifts to their religious counterparts, I’ll again only give a cursory definition of each. If you’d like more information, let me know and we’ll cover it in greater depth in the future.

  • Clairsentience – Clear knowledge; having clear knowledge of past, present or future events without any explainable means of doing so; one with the ability is known as a Clairsentient
  • Clairaudience – Clear hearing; receiving unexplainable knowledge of past, present or future events through hearing what others cannot; one with the ability is known as a Clairaudient
  • Clairvoyance – Clear sight; the ability to see past, present or future events with as much clarity as one sees that which is right in front of them; one with the ability is known as a Clairvoyant
  • Psychometry – the ability to gain past, present or future knowledge about an individual, place or event by touching an object; may occur while in or out of a hypnotic state
  • Premonition – an early warning of a future event; intuition or sense of a future event; foreboding.

As usual, I could write volumes on each of these topics, but we’ll save that for another day.

Prophetic Gifts and Psychic Gifts

At this point, I think we can agree that the spiritual gift of prophecy allows one who has it to gain knowledge of future events that wouldn’t be readily available to everyone else. By definition, the same occurs with Clairsentients, Clairaudients, Clairvoyants and those receiving information through psychometry or premonitions. So why are so many people of religious faith willing to believe prophets speak for God, while all psychics are instruments of Satan?

Might have something to do with the goofy clothes and fake mysterious accents…

My opinion? I think it’s a misunderstanding of the spiritual gift of prophecy as provided by the Bible.

Hold on.

Okay. I was waiting to see if lightning would strike me down for that. Since I’m still here, I’ll explain.

If you scroll back up to the scriptures I listed mentioning prophesy, you see that God calls prophets to speak the messages they’re given, but not necessarily to be able to discern where the message is from or what it means. One would require the spiritual gift of discernment to know if the message was from God, Satan or somewhere else. However, because discernment is mentioned immediately following mention of prophesy, it’s easy to think we’re continuing the same thought, even though it should be clear that this is a list of many spiritual gifts.

But let’s face it…How many of us can apply the critical reading skills we learned to use in school on articles, essays and literature to the Bible? Even though it’s the same skill, most of us have trouble understanding the Bible. Right or wrong, we get so caught up in looking for different levels of meaning that we can forget the basics, like stopping an idea when we see a period.

Anyway. If a prophet lacks the gift of discernment, he or she has no clue whether their message is actually from God. I think the same is true of many psychics.

I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention that the Bible condemns black magic and witchcraft, which I’m sure many Christians would point to as a reason why psychics aren’t prophets. Of course, I’d point to the fact that most psychics probably don’t know anything about black magic or witchcraft simply because they have psychic gifts. Since it was out  of the scope of this topic, I haven’t dug into exactly what the Bible says on that subject – and probably won’t for purposes of this series – but I can look into it at a later time if there’s any interest.

So, do you see the connection between prophets and psychics? Are you part of a non-Christian faith that also believes in prophets? What do your religious beliefs teach on the matter?

Jen

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Jen Whitten is a paranormal researcher and writer, specializing in psychic development, Empaths, modern day vampirism and dealing with entities. She regularly discusses the paranormal realm, as well as the dark inner workings of the mind.

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  1. The main disturbance of your postings is to refer to your readers as “dark passengers”. That’s a turn-off to those who are Christians, walking in the Light. For every spiritual gift of God there is a counterfeit of Satan. The difference comes from the heart within the gifted person ~ does he/she practice divination, have a true faith in God and discern what is given by His Word or simply operate in such a way that the Word is of no relevance? May Jesus Christ be praised.