DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Can some people really foretell the future? I admit I’d like to know what’s going to happen to me, but I’m not sure if I really ought to get involved with a lady near us who claims she can predict the future through cards and things like that. — L.G.
DEAR L.G.: I strongly urge you not to become involved in anything or anyone that claims to be able to foretell the future. The Bible commands us to avoid anyone “who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens … or who is a medium or spiritist” (Deuteronomy 18:10-11).
Why is this? One reason is because such things are often frauds, using trickery or mystical mumbo-jumbo to convince people they have special powers and taking their money in the process. Occasionally, I’ve read the “predictions” some supposed fortunetellers made at the beginning of a new year and then compared them with what actually happened by year’s end. Very few of their predictions ever came true.
But I also urge you to avoid occult practices because they could involve you with spiritual forces and powers that may be real but are absolutely opposed to God. Don’t even go near them, for they will deceive you every time and lead you away from God. The Bible strongly warns us against “the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil” (Ephesians 6:12).
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Instead, I urge you to turn to Jesus Christ and put your life and your future into his hands. God loves you; he loves you so much that his only son was willing to give his life for you. By a simple prayer of faith you can invite Jesus Christ into your life today, and I pray you will. He alone is “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6).
Write to Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; or go to www.billygraham.org.
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