Silent Spiritualism

Updated: Oct 7

It's October and here in America that means it is "spooky season". This is the month when it becomes acceptable to scatter plastic skeletons and cardboard gravestones across your lawn as if it is "festive". It's also a time when many people's thoughts turn to darker things like haunted houses, witches, and vampires.

When you hear the word "Spiritualism" what comes to mind? Google defines it as a system of belief or religious practice based on supposed communication with the spirits of the dead, especially through mediums.

Christians are quick to call spiritualism sin, yet ironically, according to its own definition many Christians are practicing and promoting spiritualism without realizing it. How? By teaching doctrines that claim the dead do not die but instead go on living. The idea that dead people can live on as souls or spirits is what spiritualism is all about. Often people even claim that they have communicated with "the dead" through visions or dreams. The phrases we say when someone dies such as , "They are in a better place now" are spiritualistic phrases.

While it is true that there are other, seemingly more obvious ways that the devil creeps into the church, one of the greatest ways is definitely how Christians view death.

The Bible speaks of two types of death: spiritual and physical. Spiritual death is not what many people assume. There is no scripture to support the concept that souls live and operate apart from the body. Anything regarding a "soul" comes from greek mythology and pagan influence. Instead Spiritual death is a metaphorical phrase. It discusses what humans are like in their hearts and minds prior to accepting Jesus (Ephesians 2:1). Anyone who is spiritually dead can become spiritually alive the moment they accept Jesus and repent of their sins (1 Peter 3:18). Physical death is what happens to our bodies prior to the second coming of Jesus. There are two physical deaths discussed in the Bible. The first is death that we witness today- old age, perishing to an illness, etc. When we die we lose consciousness. Our body turns back to dust and we know nothing until the second coming of Jesus when Jesus raises us from the dead (Genesis 3:19, Ecc. 9;5, Hebrews 9:27). The second death, is death that only the lost experience. Those who do not have eternal life in Jesus must pay the price themselves for their sins. The wages of sin is death ( Romans 6:23). After Jesus comes again and takes the saved to be with him, the earth will be destroyed and cleansed with fire (Malachi 4:1, 2 Peter 3:7). The lost do not go to live in hell or be tormented forever. Instead they die a final second death (Revelation 21:8).

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