July 29, 2017

Can Psychics be Christians?

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Welcome back, dark passengers. Tonight we continue our exploration into the relationship between religion and the paranormal by taking a closer look at psychics. Last night, we considered the possible sources for psychic abilities and tried to determine whether or not they were evil. The answer was a mixed bag since psychics walk along a slippery slope.

Now, let’s discuss whether those with psychic gifts can also be Christians.

In all fairness, we could probably change that question to apply to any religious group, but I thought it would be refreshing for me to stick with topics I know well. After all, this isn’t “let’s see how many different religions Jen can try to learn and accidentally offend” month.

Maybe we’ll try that in May…

On the surface, this seems like a basic question, one without many layers to peel away. Perhaps. The simple answer is, “Sure. Why not?”

But nothing in life is ever that simple. Add in a touch of paranormal phenomena and a few well-meaning, yet misguided people who decree anything paranormal to be the work of Satan himself and, well, you can see how the layers begin to pile up.

Perhaps we have to first understand what it means to be psychic, just as we do what it means to be Christian. One is a choice, while the other is a circumstance of your life. Where and how the two intersect is mostly up to you.

What it Means to be Christian

A quick disclaimer: I’m not the Bible guru. I don’t quote scriptures from memory. I haven’t read every word over and over. If you want to truly know, I suggest you pick up the Bible for yourself and dig into it. (Genesis is a personal fave of mine, but not exactly where you’ll find Jesus…)

Here’s the super-abbreviated version of the basics:

  • Jesus was the son of God and simultaneously God in the flesh
  • Man could never atone for his sins enough to right himself with God
  • Jesus died on the cross to pay the sin debt for every man, woman and child with his blood
  • He was resurrected from his tomb three days later and is now in Heaven
  • Any who want eternal forgiveness can repent of their sins and accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.

Depending on the denomination, there are other stipulations. For example, some believe you cannot get into Heaven if you haven’t been baptized. Some Christians also believe they must still follow the laws of Moses (10 Commandments), while others believe those laws were overwritten by Jesus.

But, in an extreme nutshell, that’s the bare bones of Christianity. Yes, there’s TONS more to know, but that’s the basic understanding you need to get started. That’s also enough for you to realize that being a Christian is a conscious choice one must make.

What it Means to be Psychic

Let’s be really honest about this up front. Being psychic sucks. Yes, you heard me correctly. Some psychic gifts are sort of neat – at times – but by and large, it’s a 24/7 assault on your senses that most can’t control. Often, having psychic “gifts” means wondering if you’re a total lunatic.

Being psychic also means having to deal with the scorn of people who think that psychics believe they have “awesome power!” Yeah, getting stuck feeling the emotions of people in pain around me – or worse still, feeling their physical ailments – is awesome all right. Anyone in the house want that awesome power?

I didn’t think so.

What people who are unfamiliar to the host of psychic abilities out there fail to understand is that being psychic is not a conscious choice we make.  While we might choose to learn how to hone our particular gifts in order help people, or simply control their intensity, we can never really get rid of them. Psychic gifts always bubble to the surface, no matter how many years you ignore them and no matter how long you tell yourself you’re imagining things.

This is not to say there aren’t mentally ill people out there. There are. Lots of them.

For psychics, this means we have to rule out every possible mental illness, personality disorder and even brain tumors to make sure that we aren’t clinically crazy. Yeah, we may look like nutcases when we’re trying to read the color of someone’s aura, but we’re as sane as the next person.

Disclaimer: The term psychic is an umbrella term that encompasses all of the psychic gifts, not a specific ability as some believe.

Are Psychic Gifts in Conflict with Christianity?

In and of themselves, no, the psychic gifts aren’t in conflict with anything. They just are. It’s like any other talent, really. Some people can play heart-wrenching melodies on a violin. Others can paint a sunset that moves all to tears. Some can hear other people’s thoughts.

The ability just is.

This means I can embrace my paranormal talents and still make the choice to be a Christian. (or any other religion, for that matter.)

But there is a caveat. You knew there’d be one, didn’t you?

An important part of being a Christian – that I didn’t include in the earlier section – is that you’re supposed to love your fellow man as you love yourself. Not in a creepy way; just basic human compassion. The example we got from Jesus was to treat all people as equal, to help them, to care for them and to love them.

I hate to burst anyone’s bubble, but this pretty well means you can’t use your psychic abilities to scam people or as part of revenge. But even less obvious than that, it means you must know when to keep your mouth shut because your knowledge will only cause pain.

Seriously, if I knew you were going to die tomorrow, would you really want me to tell you? You can’t stop it. Your time to go is your time to go. Of course, this is a gray area, but…you get what I’m saying.

I suppose it really goes without saying that you can’t be a Christian if you’re performing dark satanic rituals while wearing your “I Heart Satan” t-shirt. Jesus and Satan…sort of not on the same team, if you get my drift.

And yeah, I’m aware that not all the psychics in the house – even the Christian psychics – believe in the existence of Satan. Not really the point. I mean, why would you be worshipping a deity of sorts you don’t acknowledge the existence of. I’m pretty open-minded here, but that’s just stupid.

So, here’s my answer to the big question of whether psychics can be Christian: Yep. Unless we truly want to start trying to tell people God let them be born somehow damned – which is uncool – you can’t penalize someone for being born with a different kind of gift. And since even psychics have free will, they can choose any religion they like.

But whoa…whoa…whoa. That’s fine for theory, but it’s different in practice. Are you wondering how specific psychic abilities really jive with religion? Well, I’m going to tell you…and I won’t even have to crack open my book of Gnostic texts (aka Christian Gnosticism) to do it. (And if you don’t believe I can, you should know I’m the same chick who found a higher spiritual message in a song about a sadomasochistic relationship…)

I’m just not going to tell you now. We’ll get to that next week. Make sure to come back tomorrow for a personal experience account from our very own Star7 about the conflict she’s felt between her childhood religion and her psychic gifts.

Until then, it’s time for you to make your voice heard. Did I miss something crucial in your opinion? Let’s talk about it.

Jen

“Let your dark passenger come out to play…Be your own nemesis!”

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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.

Comments

  1. Carrie says:

    I love the way you write! I am glad to see someone who believes a little more on the lines that I do about things like this. I have never experienced much of on the lines of physic gifts of myself or others but I don’t like to discount anything. I think you are dead on with your assessment and funny too.
    .-= Carrie´s last blog ..Working Less Starting Next Week =-.

    • Jen Whitten says:

      I think I probably would’ve lost my mind a LONG time ago if I couldn’t keep a sense of humor on most things. I’ve found that taking things super-serious doesn’t make them any more important, while a light-hearted view doesn’t trivialize them.

      And there’s barely a day where I’m not writing web content for clients that doesn’t let me infuse my personality into it. Sometimes, *I* need to come out in the writing. :)
      .-= Jen Whitten´s last blog ..Alliance – Chapter 23 =-.

  2. Anonymous says:

    seeing how all psychics are frauds and there is no god…no

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