Critics point to several incidents where those claiming to have psychic powers were exposed — only performing trained techniques and elaborate tricks on an unsuspecting public. But what about the others? There is one case in the Bible that raises questions about communicating with the dead: 1Samuel 28:3-19. When the Philistines came to wage war against the Israelites, King Saul, who had been unfaithful to God, consulted a spirit medium in desperation.
According to 1Samuel 28:6-15, “When Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him, either by dreams or by Urim or by the prophets. Then Saul said to his servants, ‘Find me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.’ And his servants said to him, ‘In fact, there is a woman who is a medium at En Dor.’
“So Saul disguised himself and put on other clothes, and he went, and two men with him; and they came to the woman by night. And he said, ‘Please conduct a séance for me, and bring up for me the one I shall name to you.’ Then the woman said to him, ‘Look, you know what Saul has done, how he has cut off the mediums and the spiritists from the land. Why then do you lay a snare for my life, to cause me to die?’
“And Saul swore to her by the Lord, saying, ‘As the Lord lives, no punishment shall come upon you for this thing.’ Then the woman said, ‘Whom shall I bring up for you?’ And he said, ‘Bring up Samuel for me.’
"When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice. And the woman spoke to Saul, saying, ‘Why have you deceived me? For you are Saul!’ And the king said to her, ‘Do not be afraid. What did you see?’ And the woman said to Saul, ‘I saw a spirit ascending out of the earth.’
“So he said to her, ‘What is his form?’ And she said, ‘An old man is coming up, and he is covered with a mantle.’ And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground and bowed down. Now Samuel said to Saul, ‘Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?’
“And Saul answered, ‘I am deeply distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God has departed from me and does not answer me anymore, neither by prophets nor by dreams. Therefore I have called you, that you may reveal to me what I should do.’” — New King James Version.
Was Saul really in contact with the dead prophet Samuel? Before you decide, consider these facts: By consulting a spirit medium, King Saul was in violation of God’s law at Leviticus 19:31: “Don’t turn to psychics or mediums to get help. That will make you unclean.” — GOD’S WORD Translation.
Leviticus 20:6, added, “I will be your enemy if you go to someone who claims to speak with the dead, and I will destroy you from among my people.” — Contemporary English Version.
Saul was also familiar with Deuteronomy 18:9-11, which states, “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, be very careful not to imitate the detestable customs of the nations living there. For example, never sacrifice your son or daughter as a burnt offering. And do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord.” — New Living Translation.
Ask yourself, if spirit mediums could actually get in touch with the dead, why would God label their practice as “unclean,” “detestable” and deserving of death? Why would a God of love make communicating with the dead a capital offense unless something else was going on?
Saul himself said in 1Samuel 28:15 that “God has departed from me and does not answer me anymore.” If this was so, would God allow a spirit medium to get around His blocked communication with Saul? Would He allow a medium to get in touch with His prophet and have him deliver a message from God to Saul? Would it be reasonable to conclude that Samuel was willing to speak with Saul by means of a spirit medium — an arrangement that was condemned by God?
Also, this “spirit ascending out of the earth” asked Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” While that fit the ancient Jewish belief that the dead was unconscious underneath in the grave, as Ecclesiastes 9:5,10 says, it did not fit the Bible’s link of silence — not talking — with death. Psalm 115:17 says, “The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence.” — King James Version.
Psychics may be talking with someone, but these spirits are not dead loved ones, according to the Bible. God’s Word suggests a diabolical deception is being perpetrated on humans by clever spirit creatures who do not want you to know who they really are and what they are doing. Real or fake, it’s a trick without any treats.