A Coffin Too Frequent
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Although easily counterfeited, true seances and spiritism can cause fear even when the subject to be contacted was a good—godly—person. Saul found that out when he contacted the witch of Endor (I Samuel 28:5-25). Not only did Saul cut himself off from God by looking for answers in the wrong places, but he also set himself up for a shock and stern reproof. The Full Life Study Bible points out that mediums usually contact deceiving spirits instead of the dead; the fact that Samuel really appeared was due to God and not witchcraft, as proven when the woman started screaming in shock at the sight of the prophet. It is no wonder that God has so strictly forbidden His people to participate in seances and similar practices.

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