Firstly we need to understand what happens from a Christian’s point of view to us when we die? A clear understanding from every single Christian is that when we die our soul stays immortal, as our soul cannot age or be destroyed.
It is taken from the earth and will return to the earth (Genesis 3: 19). Soul and spirit, by contrast exist eternally (Matthew 25: 46). Thus we are justified in speaking of the immortality of the soul or of “life after death”.
What does the Holy Bible say about death?
Jesus Christ conquered death and thereby made it possible for mankind to gain access to eternal life (2 Timothy 1: 9–10). His power was already manifested when He raised people from the dead (Matthew 9: 18–26; Luke 7: 11–15; John 11: 1–45), but above all in His own resurrection (1 Corinthians 15: 54–57). At the end of all things, death will be relieved of all its power (1 Corinthians 15: 26; Revelation 20: 14).
Ok, now that you’re dead, just joking, what happens to you?
In the Old Testament, the continued life of the soul after physical death is already suggested by formulations such as being “gathered to [one’s] people” (Numbers 20: 23–24; 27: 12–13). The New Testament gives significantly clearer testimony concerning life after physical death (Luke 9: 28–31, 1 Peter 3: 18–20, and Revelation 6: 9–11). The account of the events on the Mount of Transfiguration shows, among other things, that a person retains his personality after physical death: here Moses and Elijah appeared from the beyond and were also recognized as such.
So they soul stays immortal after death, what does the Holy Bible say about communicating with them?
The book of (Deuteronomy 18:8-13) is very clear on the topic. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord.
Let’s look at each of these topics in detail:
Divination – Divination (from Latin divinare “to foresee, to be inspired by a god”, related to divinus, divine) is the attempt to gain insight into a question or situation by way of an occultic, standardized process or ritual.
Sorcery – Magic or sorcery is the use of rituals, symbols, actions, gestures and language that are believed to exploit supernatural forces. Modern Western magicians generally state magic’s primary purpose to be personal spiritual growth.
Interprets Omens – An omen (also called portent or presage) is a phenomenon that is believed to foretell the future, often signifying the advent of change. People in the ancient times believed that omens lie with a divine message from their gods.
Witchcraft – (also called witchery or spell craft) broadly means the practice of, and belief in, magical skills and abilities that are able to be exercised individually, by designated social groups, or by persons with the necessary esoteric secret knowledge. Witchcraft is a complex concept that varies culturally and societally, therefore it is difficult to define with precision and cross-cultural assumptions about the meaning or significance of the term should be applied with caution.
Medium – Mediumship is the practice of certain people—known as mediums—to purportedly mediate communication between spirits of the dead and living human beings. Attempts to contact the dead date back to early human history, with mediumship gaining in popularity during the 19th century.
Spiritist – Spiritism postulates that humans are essentially immortal spirits that temporarily inhabit physical bodies for several necessary incarnations to attain moral and intellectual improvement. It also asserts that spirits, through passive or active mediumship, may have beneficent or maleficent influence on the physical world.
Consults the dead – also known as Necromancy is a form of magic involving communication with the deceased – either by summoning their spirit as an apparition or raising them bodily – for the purpose of divination, imparting the means to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge, or to use the deceased as a weapon, as the term may sometimes be used in a more general sense to refer to black magic or witchcraft.
So the Bible is very clear on what is right and what is wrong in what we do as paranormal investigators, so WHAT do we actually do?
There are a lot of paranormal groups out there and they all have a different approach to the paranormal and how to get “evidence” of the paranormal, we have A LOT of respect for them so the following I can only say on behalf of Phoenix Paranormal South Africa.
We DO NOT use mediums, we DO NOT call up or consult the dead, we go into a location on the request of a client (this can be a home owner or business owner FREE of charge) who is experiencing something paranormal and something that they cannot explain, we try and find proof of those claims by eliminating all logical reasoning first, what is left can be perhaps a class A EVP or undeniable proof that a spirit resides in that location. After we have the proof we as Christians pray and ask the Lord to help those spirits to move on. We DO NOT perform any rituals or spells to “cleanse” the location but merely use prayer and our faith. We also work hand in hand with various churches to help the clients on their requests.
Can we as Christians pray on behalf of the dead?
The book of (2 Maccabees 12:40-45) shows us that already at the time of the old covenant, there is evidence of the belief that it is possible to perform good deeds on behalf of the dead and thereby help alleviate their situation. This chapter tells of Jews who had served idols and then died in battle. The living implored God to wipe out their sins, and collected money in order to buy animals and bring an offering of atonement. They did this because they were convinced that the dead would one day rise again.
This is not a view from just a member of Phoenix Paranormal SA but from the founders of the group, we enforce and maintain this discipline, our group is based on our Christian faith and that is our foundation that we help people with.
Please note that we DO NOT discriminate against or judge any other religion or faith and that this view is strictly from our group’s perspective.
Arno & Charmaine
Phoenix Paranormal SA Founders