October 21, 2017

Spiritual Gifts and Paranormal Phenomena

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Happy Thursday, dark passengers. I trust all the US readers are calmly at home instead of frantically rushing to mail off their taxes. Tonight, we continue our discussion of the relationship between the paranormal and religion with an overview of spiritual gifts as set forth in the Bible and  corresponding paranormal phenomena.

Yes, by corresponding I mean a direct connection or similarity between the two. Things won’t always match up point for point, and not all the spiritual gifts will have something paranormal to compliment it, but we will find more common ground than I imagine either extreme expects.

Keep in mind that we’re only working with a higher level overview tonight, as we’ll discuss certain spiritual gifts and paranormal phenomena side-by-side in the coming days. If you’re reading this after the end of the series, you can click on the links in the final section to take you to whichever article interests you the most or visit the full table of contents page for this series.

But if you’re reading me in real time, sorry, you have to wait until the end for those things to be live on the site…

Before we jump in, I’d also like to point out that I’m speaking specifically about the spiritual gifts in the Christian bible because those are the religious beliefs I know the most about. Once again, I thought it would be refreshing if I didn’t go off half-cocked to discuss things I know zero about. If you’re part of a different religion that has spiritual gifts – or your equivalent – please let me know so I can research them for later discussion and paranormal comparison.

Spiritual Gifts

Because I can’t find my husband’s concordance, and I’m apparently too stupid to use a concordance online, I’m taking this list of spiritual gifts from the Ministry Tools Resource Center (MinTools). Many of the spiritual gift definitions are from the Bible, though I’ve not cited book, chapter and verse. I do this in the interest of expediency tonight, but will be citing them in future posts on the specific spiritual gift. In the meantime, MinTools has the Biblical locations listed for each gift.

  • Discernment – to clearly distinguish truth from error by judging whether the behavior or teaching is from God, Satan, human error or human power.
  • Healing – to be used as a means through which God makes people whole either physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually.
  • Mercy – to be sensitive toward those who are suffering, whether physically, mentally or emotionally, so as to feel genuine sympathy with their misery, speaking words of compassion but moreso caring for them with deeds of love to help alleviate their distress.
  • Miracles – to be enabled by God to perform mighty deeds which witnesses acknowledge to be of supernatural origin and means.
  • Prophesy – to speak forth the message of God to His people. (from the Greek word prophetes, the foretelling of the will of God.)

The site lists more than 20 possible spiritual gifts, but I’ve selected the five I believe to have the most obvious paranormal correlations. If you view the complete list and read the definitions, I believe you’ll notice that others appear to readily lend themselves to this particular topic as well. That wasn’t lost on me, I just didn’t want to go overboard in my parallels.

You’ll also want to keep in mind that because we’re dealing with Christian religious beliefs, ‘God’ is talking about who the Bible says created all things. If you’re familiar with the God is a dragon theory (which we’ll discuss another time for those who just went “huh?”), we aren’t necessarily talking about El. We could be, but there’s too much discussion on that for me to say.

Paranormal Correlation to Spiritual Gifts

If you’ve already got a solid handle on paranormal and metaphysical terminology, you may already have an idea of which psychic gifts go with each of the spiritual gifts. Here’s how I see it:

  • Discernment – Empaths, Intuitives, Telepaths
  • Healing – Lightworkers, Theta practitioners
  • Mercy – Empaths
  • Miracles – psychokinesis, lightworking
  • Prophesy – Clairsentients, Clairvoyants, Clairaudients,psychometry, premonitions

Note: Groups of people are capitalized, while psychic abilities are in lower case.

Obviously, this isn’t an extensive list, especially for the spiritual gift of miracles. If you believe I’ve left off an important psychic gift either by oversight or in the interest of brevity, please comment to let me know. Even if the series is over, we can always come back to discuss it another time.

Now it’s your turn. What do you think about the correlation between spiritual gifts and metaphysical or paranormal phenomena?

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. Carrie says:

    I have never understood why a Christian can believe that Jonah could be in the belly of a fish and that Jesus was raised from the grave or for that matter believe in prophecy and then say things like those things just can’t happen today. I am a Christian and I don’t understand why many Christians have bought into believing it because their pastor said so. I think they have been brain washed or they just don’t read or study for themselves.
    .-= Carrie´s last blog ..Have You Ever Wondered if You Can be a Christian and Belive in the Paranoramal? =-.

  2. Jen Whitten says:

    I’ve never understood it either. Granted, there are some paranormal concepts that do go wholly against Biblical teaching – or certainly seem to – but many mesh in quite well. I think at least a part of it is driven by how narrow or broad a view of the Bible one wants to take…also how literally they take the words…probably even which translation they’re reading since some translations seem to offer differing views through the nuances of word choice and syntax.

    To be honest, these past few years have been difficult as I’ve stopped trying to pretend I’m cookie-cutter normal, was making lucky guesses or imagining things. The process of reconciling my spiritual/religious beliefs to the reality of things has been…challenging.
    .-= Jen Whitten´s last blog ..Top 10 Places to Find Ghosts =-.