What About Ouija Boards

 by Chuck Snyder
 co-chaplain for the Seattle Mariners


Dear Chuck
My sister is going to a Christian seminar and will be a house mother to about eight girls. Some of them believe in fortune-telling and Ouija boards. Do you have any information that I could give her when these high school girls challenge her on this issue? They don't think it's harmful. She is praying that God will give her the right words without sounding bossy, and that these girls will be able to hear my sister's message.

Chuck's Response
Thanks for the note about your sister's opportunity to minister at a seminar. Fortune telling and Ouija boards both have the purpose of foretelling the future, but the Bible is very clear about this. God has not promised to tell us the future, and I don't even think it would be helpful for Him to do that. I think the principle is set nicely for us in James 4:13-16: "Look here, you people who say, 'Today or tomorrow we are going to such and such a town, stay there a year, and open up a profitable business.' How do you know what is going to happen tomorrow? For the length of your lives is as uncertain as the morning fog -- now you see it; soon it is gone. What you ought to say is, 'If the Lord wants us to, we shall live and do this or that.' Otherwise you will be bragging about your own plans, and such self-confidence never pleases God." (Living)

Also, the Bible talks about being like the birds who don't worry too much about tomorrow. Their focus is on today, and God takes care of their needs. On the other hand, I firmly and passionately believe that God speaks to our spirit loud and clear. He gives us definite directions about some of the things He wants us to do, but I don't believe God always gives us the final destination. I guess I go back to Proverbs where it says that "men and women make their plans but God directs the path." This implies to me, at least, that decision-making is a process. We make our plans even believe we know whom we are going to marry, or where we are going to move, but GOD decides the final outcome. He speaks to our heart and gives us light for the next step. I am told that archeologists have found candleholders that were clipped on the ankle when the Israelites spent 40 years in the dessert. When someone wanted to go out at night, they would light the candles, clip one on each ankle, and then they had light for their next step. This helped them avoid scorpions, rocks and holes in the ground. They had perfect direction for their next step, but when they looked ahead, it was dark and they had no idea where they were going.

I can't think of one reason why God would want us to know the final destination in advance. First of all, that would cancel out the need for faith. We wouldn't need faith in God if we knew the final result.

The problem for your sister is that the girls she will be talking with may not be Christians, and therefore may not respect biblical principles as much as she might like them to. But this is God's problem, of course. At the very least, she will plant some wonderful seeds for the Lord.

Chuck Snyder



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