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By Bobby Bates

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Likely you have seen an ad on television about psychics (people capable of extraordinary mental processes, such as extrasensory perception and mental telepathy). Usually, a famous personality will put in a plug for them and then some other folks give their "testimony." It is implied that if you will call their 900 number (which costs you by the minute), all your problems will be solved.

Some television movies help popularize the idea of psychic power. Charlatans claiming clairvoyance attempt to foretell the future, or by feeling some object, tell all about the person to whom it belonged, or who had last touched that object.

This sounds appealing, but the facts prove otherwise. When the Hagerman girl was abducted, it was announced that psychics had been requested to help find her. How many psychics called to let the police know where to go to rescue her? None! When she was killed, how many psychics led police to the body? None! How many psychics led police to her killer? None! If they know, but have not told the police, they are as guilty as the man who abducted and killed her.

How many psychics are employed by the FBI, CIA, or other law enforcement agencies? None! (that we have been told about). If there really are psychics, every law enforcement agency would have one. There would be no unsolved crimes. There would be no "Most Wanted" list of criminals, because the psychics would know where to find them. All the missing children would be found.

Every psychic would be fabulously wealthy. He would know which stocks to buy, when to sell, and which investments to make. He could never lose at the racetrack or in the gambling casinos.

Think how valuable they would be to the medical field. Every hospital would have one. People who were going to have a heart attack would be treated before it could happen. Cancer would be detected in its earliest stages, or even before it got started.

How many cities have been alerted to a natural disaster or its inhabitants saved because a psychic warned them ahead of time that an earthquake or a tornado was going to strike their city? None!

Years ago, fortune-tellers claimed to do what psychics now claim. It appears that the psychics of today are the fortune-tellers of old under a new name.

It is interesting to note that God told the Israelites: "There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass though the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch" (Deut. 18:10). The Interlinear Bible, Hebrew/English by Jay Green translates "enchanter" as "fortune-teller."

Modern day "channelers," claiming to serve as mediums and spirit guides put us in mind of Simon the sorcerer and the seven sons of Sceva. All exorcists are fakes. Witchcraft is a work of the flesh (Gal. 5:19-20).

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