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Is there anything wrong with playing a Ouija board?


Is there anything wrong with playing a Ouija board? Itís just a game of harmless fun, isnít it?

Steve Answers:

Is playing a Ouija (pronounced wee•jee) board merely a game of harmless fun? If you want an answer from personal experience, it depends on whom you ask. I’ve never played it, so I’ll respond based on what I’ve heard from others and from what I know from Scripture.

You won’t find the term “Ouija board” in the Bible, because Ouija boards weren’t invented until the late 1800s. Yet the pursuit behind this game goes back to the time of Christ—even to the Garden of Eden! The excitement and concern about Ouija boards comes from their association with the spirit world. Some people claim that they encounter the supernatural when they play this game. This attracts some people and repels others. What is your reaction?

I’ve read that players take turns asking questions, then a heart-shaped pointer on the board helps spell out an answer on its own. What would you think if you saw an object moving around on a board until it gave you a complete answer? Some people are tricky and can manipulate things so it appears that something supernatural is happening, such as what magicians do to fool us. When there isn’t a human explanation for something happening, it seems as though you’ve contacted the supernatural.

All over the Internet, people present what they think about playing with Ouija boards. I can tell you that I am opposed to the use of Ouija boards, and I strongly urge you not to play with them for the following reasons:

1. Ouija boards are a lousy way to contact the supernatural. While Ouija claims to be a game, frauds can fool players during the game. At its best the game gives you nothing or possibly a surprise or scary thrill. At its worst you’re manipulated by an imposter or ensnared by an unseen evil spirit. Stay away!

Exodus 28:30 talks about a positive presentation of something similar called the Urim and Thummim, which only the high priest used. The Bible doesn’t explain how they worked, but Ellen White describes their use as a way that God gave His people “yes” and “no” messages through the high priest to make His will known. You can read about them in the book Patriarchs and Prophets on page 351.

Wouldn’t it be fun to use something like the Urim and Thummim to take a test (Get your perfect score here!) or to find out if somebody was a good match for you (Pick Jasmine!)? It wouldn’t be long before we trivialized something special like this. No wonder it was reserved only for the high priest’s use.

2. A Ouija board ignores God’s provision for how to contact Him. I’ve read that the purpose of playing a Ouija board is to get a message from someone who has died. This assumes that the person who died entered a spirit or ghost world, and that the person is available and willing to communicate with you. So, it seems to me that people who play Ouija boards are using them as a flailing, shot-in-the-dark attempt to reach dead people.

Based on what it says in the Bible, Seventh-day Adventists believe that dead people are really dead (Ecclesiastes 9:5). This means the supernatural respondent in a game of Ouija has to be an evil spirit. Are you open to listening to an evil spirit?

If you really want to contact God, a Ouija board isn’t the way to do it. Here’s how close He is to you: “Faith’s way of getting right with God says, ‘Don’t say in your heart, “Who will go up to heaven” (to bring Christ down to earth). And don’t say, ‘Who will go down to the place of the dead’ (to bring Christ back to life again). In fact, it says, ‘The message is very close at hand;   it is on your lips and in your heart’” (Romans 10:6-8, NLT).1

The Bible speaks often of God seeking us. (You can find three examples in Luke 15.) We don’t have to play games with God, but we do need to do more than just play around. In the past when God’s people played around, ignoring Him and messing with the Satanic supernatural, God’s message to them was: “You will seek me, and you will find me because you will seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13, TEV).2

3. Using a Ouija board goes against God’s counsel. Shortly before God’s people entered the promised land of Canaan, Moses told them: “When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, don’t follow the disgusting practices of the nations that are there. Don’t sacrifice your children in the fires on your altars; and don’t let your people practice divination or look for omens or use spells or charms, and don’t let them consult the spirits of the dead. The Lord your God hates people who do these disgusting things, and that is why he is driving those nations out of the land as you advance. Be completely faithful to the Lord” (Deuteronomy 18:9-13, TEV).

That is really all you need to know! God is opposed to anyone trying to consult the dead. If you do try, you’ll end up contacting evil spirits, not God. So don’t mess with it. Don’t experiment with it. Don’t go for it. Don’t even think about it!

People who get mesmerized by checking out something forbidden by God are simply following the example of Adam and Eve who ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. You can read all about it in Genesis 3:1-7. Looking back now, was it only a harmless game that they played with that serpent?

Obviously not.

If you have a desire to make contact with the supernatural, God promises: “Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own” (Jeremiah 33:3, Message).3

If the thrill of something supernatural appeals to you, check this out: When Jesus was returning to heaven, He told His disciples: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8, NIV).4

When you have the power of the Holy Spirit, you don’t need games with evil spirits. You receive a message from God that you get to communicate with others. It’s far more exciting and fulfilling than a game. Are you ready?

1Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.
2Bible texts credited to TEV are from the Good News Bible—Old Testament: Copyright © American Bible Society 1976, 1992; New Testament: Copyright © American Bible Society 1966, 1971, 1976, 1992.
3Texts credited to Message are from The Message. Copyright 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.
4Texts credited to NIV are from the Holy Bible, New International Version. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.

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