Spiritism is the name given to the belief that the living can communicate with the spirits of the dead so as to receive from them intelligent messages and proofs of their identity and survival, and to the various practices by which such communication is attempted. Today spiritism is also known as spiritualism. The National Spiritualist Association (USA) has adopted the following definition concerning spiritism: ‘Spiritualism is the Science, Philosophy and Religion of continuous life, based upon the demonstrated fact of communication, by means of mediumship, with those who live in the Spirit world.’
Spiritism is a very ancient belief and practice. According to the Bible, it was practiced in the land of Canaan by its inhabitants around 1400 before Christ (cf. Deuteronomy 18:11), and also in the days of king Saul (cf. 1 Samuel 28:3) and in the days of the prophet Isaiah (cf. Isaiah 8:19). ‘Modern spiritism’ arose in 1848 at Hydesville, New York State, in the family of John D. Fox, out of mysterious knockings which appeared to be intelligent. One of the daughters suggested a code, three raps for yes, one for no, two for doubtful; and communication was established with what claimed to be a spirit. The Fox sisters became the first ‘mediums’, and the practice of sitting in circles (holding séances) for the purpose of communicating with spirits, who answered by raps, tilts of table, or other signals, rapidly spread over the whole world. With the passing of the time, the phenomena of spiritism became very various. These phenomena are classified as psychical and physical. The former include the various forms of automatism, of speech, of writing, of vision, obsessions, impersonations, trances, apparitions, hallucinations, clairvoyance, clairaudience, prophecy, and the like. While the latter include inexplicable movements of bodies, sounds, lights, ‘direct’ spirit writing, the passage of solids through solids, the ‘materialization’ of human and other forms, the bringing in of objects from a distance (‘apports’), levitations (raising of objects from the ground by supposed supernormal means), spirit photographs, immunity from the effects of handling fire, etc.
The basic teachings of spiritism can be found in The spirits’ book, The Principles of Spiritist Doctrine, which was published in 1857 by French spiritist Allan Kardec (1804 – 1869). This book is presented in the form of questions posed to mediums and the answers from spiritual entities. It answers over a thousand questions concerning God, the immortality of the soul; the nature of spirits and their relations with mankind; the moral law; the present life; the future life, the laws of the universe and the destiny of the human race. Most spiritists consider this book their Bible. Spiritists claim that the teachings of spiritism, which I remind you are teachings transmitted to men by spiritual entities, are Christian teachings. For Allan Kardek stated in The spirits’ book: ‘The point which we here desire to establish is this, viz., that the teaching of the spirits who proclaim it is eminently Christian, that it is founded on the doctrines of the immortality of the soul, of future rewards and punishments, of the justice of God, of human free-will, and the moral code of Christ; and that, therefore, it cannot be anti-religious.’ (page 146-147)
In Italy, too, there are many spiritist associations, among which we mention Cerchio Firenze 77, Cerchio IFIOR of Genova, and Il Movimento della Speranza.
The basic teachings of the spirits
God. God is eternal, immutable, immaterial, unique, all-powerful, sovereignly just and good. He has created the universe, which comprehends all beings, animate and inanimate, material and immaterial. The material beings constitute the visible or corporeal world, and the immaterial beings constitute the invisible or spiritual world, that is to say, the spirit-world, or world of spirits. The spirit-world is the normal, primitive, eternal world, pre-existent to, and surviving, everything else (Allan Kardec, The spirits’ book, pages 31-32)
Man. Man consists of three things: (1) The body, or material being, analogous to the animals, and animated by the same vital principle; (2) The soul, or immaterial being, which is a spirit incarnated in the body, yes because spiritism teaches reincarnation, so man’s body is just the envelope of an incarnated spirit; (3) The link – which is called perispirit – which unites the soul and the body, a principle intermediary between matter and spirit. The perispirit is a sort of semi-material envelope, and when man dies the material body, which is the grossest of man’s two envelopes, is destroyed; but the spirit preserves his other envelope, viz., the perispirit, which constitutes for him an ethereal body that is invisible to us in its normal state, but can become occasionally visible and even tangible (cf. Allan Kardec, The spirits’ book, page 32)
Spirits. Spirits belong to different classes, and are not equal to one another either in power, in intelligence, in knowledge, or in morality. Those of the highest order are distinguished from those below them by their superior purity and knowledge, their nearness to God, and their love of goodness. The other classes are more and more distant from this perfection; those of the lower ranks are inclined to most of our passions, hatred, envy, jealousy, pride, etc.; they take pleasure in evil. Spirits do not belong perpetually to the same order. All are destined to attain perfection by passing through the different degrees of the spirit-hierarchy. This amelioration is effected by incarnation, which is imposed on some of them as an expiation, and on others as a mission. Material life is a trial which they have to undergo many times until they have attained to absolute perfection; it is a sort of filter, or alembic, from which they issue more or less purified after each new incarnation. When a person dies, the soul re-enters the world of spirits from which it came, and from which it will enter upon a new material existence after a longer or shorter lapse of time, during which its state is that of an errant or wandering spirit. The qualities of the soul are those of the spirit incarnated in us; thus, a good man is the incarnation of a good spirit, and a bad man is that of an unpurified spirit. Spirits exert an incessant action upon the moral world, they are incessantly in relation with men. The good spirits try to lead us into the right road, sustain us under the trials of life, and aid us to bear them with courage and resignation; the bad ones tempt us to evil: it is a pleasure for them to see us fall, and to make us like themselves. Spirits manifest themselves spontaneously, or in response to evocation. All spirits may be evoked: those who have animated the most obscure of mortals, as well as those of the most illustrious personages, and whatever the epoch at which they lived; those of our relatives, our friends, or our enemies; and we may obtain from them, by written or by verbal communications, counsels, information in regard to their situation beyond the grave, their thoughts in regard to us, and whatever revelations they are permitted to make to us. The moral teaching of the higher spirits may be sumnied up, like that of Christ, in the gospel maxim, ‘Do unto others as you would that others should do unto you;’ that is to say, do good to all, and wrong no one (cf. Allan Kardec, The spirits’ book, pages 33-35)
Jesus Christ and the atonement. It is an absurd idea that Jesus was any more divine than any other man, for he was the Son of God, just as also all men are sons of God; the miraculous conception of Christ is merely a fabulous tale; advanced spirits do not teach the atonement of Christ – nothing of the kind; the doctrine of atonement is the very climax of a deranged imagination, and one that is of the unrighteous and immoral tendency (cf. Walter Martin, The Kingdom of the Cults, page 275).
Hell and heaven. The doctrine of eternal fire comes ‘from taking a figure of speech for a reality, as men have done in so many instances’ (Allan Kardec, op. cit., page 388); ’Heaven’ and ‘hell,’ then, as men have imagined them, have no existence? “They are only symbols; there are happy and unhappy spirits everywhere. Nevertheless, as we have also told you, spirits of the same order are brought together by sympathy; but, when they are perfect, they can meet together wherever they will,’ (Ibid., 404)
Resurrection. ‘Physical science demonstrates the impossibility of resurrection according to the common idea. If the relics of the human body remained homogeneous, even though dispersed and reduced to powder, we might conceive the possibility of their being reunited at some future time ; but such is not the case. The body is formed of various elements, oxygen, hydrogen, azote, carbon, etc., and these elements, being dispersed, serve to form new bodies, so that the same molecule of carbon, for example, will have entered Into the composition of many thousands of different bodies (we speak only of human bodies, without counting those of animals); such and such an individual may have, in his body, molecules that were in the bodies of the men of the earliest ages; and the very same organic molecules that you have this day absorbed in your food may have come from the body of some one whom you have known; and so on, Matter being finite in quantity, and its transformations being infinite in number, how is it possible that the innumerable bodies formed out of it should be reconstituted with the same elements? Such a reconstruction is a physical impossibility. The resurrection of the body can, therefore, be rationally admitted only as a figure of speech, symbolising the fact of reincarnation; thus interpreted, it has in it nothing repugnant to reason, nothing contrary to the data of physical science.’ (Ibid., 403-404)
Spiritism is of the devil
Spiritism is a work of the devil and therefore it must be rejected, for the Scripture warns us against it saying: “Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 19:31 – NIV), and again: “When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn. Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and their God. Then they will look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and they will be thrust into utter darkness” (Isaiah 8:19-22 – NIV). Know this, that anyone who is a medium or a spiritist or who consults a medium or spiritist does something which is an abomination to the Lord (cf. Deuteronomy 18:12), and according to God’s righteous decree he deserves death (cf. Romans 1:32). God put to death king Saul for this reason also, for he “consulted a medium for guidance, and did not inquire of the Lord” (1 Chronicles 10:13-14 – NIV).
The teachings of the spirits refuted
As we saw before, spirits deny the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His atonement, they deny also the existence of hell and heaven, and they deny the resurrection from the dead which they have replaced with reincarnation. It is clear, therefore, that their teachings are false for they contradict the Holy Scripture, which is the Word of God. And since we know that every falsehood is of the devil, for he is the father of lies, we declare that their teachings are of the devil.
Now someone may point out that spirits believe in the existence of God. Yes, they believe that God exists. However, it must be said that while some spirits believe in the existence of a personal God (Kardec considered God a personal being) others believe that God is all and all is God, that is, they believe pantheism. That is one of the numerous contradictions which are present in spiritism and which are justified by spiritists in this way: they affirm that not all the spirits belong to the same order, for there are ‘higher spirits’ and spirits ‘of the lower ranks’; the former are trustworthy while the latter are liars! As for the fact that there are some spirits who affirm that God exists, we are not surprised for James says that even the demons believe there is one God (cf. James 2:19). Even the fact that from time to time the spirits speaks of Jesus, making it clear that He lived on the earth, does not surprise us, for the demon-possessed men who met Jesus on the earth knew that He was the Son of the Most High God (cf. Mark 5:7); but they did not love Him nor worship Him till the demons were in them for the demons hindered them from loving and worshiping Jesus. In the same way, today spiritists – even though they speak of God (no matter what they say) and of Jesus, do not love God or the Son, but they hate both God and His Son, for they are possessed and guided by spirits. Are there any good spirits? No there are no good spirits, for all the spirits who speak and act through mediums or spiritists are wicked; spirits differ in rank for in the spiritual realm the spirits belong to different ranks (the principalities, the powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world, and the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places – cf. Ephesians 6:12); and they differ also in wickedness, for Jesus said: “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there …” (Matthew 12:43-45 – NKJV); but all spirits are wicked and liars. There is no such distinction between good and evil spirits. Therefore the distinction between higher spirits and lower spirits, of which spiritists speak, is just a satanic device through which they deceive people into thinking that even among the spirits who are evoked there could be some spirits who do not tell the truth and therefore one cannot trust in them fully.
Therefore we must be very careful when we hear spiritists speaking of God or Jesus, for they actually mention God or Jesus only to deceive people into accepting all kinds of lies. Yes, they mention the name of God or the name of Jesus, but remember that they say all kinds of lies against them. For as we saw before they deny the incarnation and the divinity of Christ (to them Jesus Christ is a good inspiring spirit) and the fact that Jesus purged our sins through the shedding of His blood for they say that men must purify themselves through reincarnation (so they denigrate the purification of sins performed by the blood of Christ and have replaced it with an illusory purification which man can attain through reincarnation). We saw that they deny also hell and heaven, even though they say that God is just. They deny what the Scripture teaches on sin. Therefore, as you can see, the spirits of which the spiritists speak deny the fundamental doctrines of the Gospel, and it can’t be otherwise for we know that their master is Satan, the father of lies, who – as Jesus said – “does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him” (John 8:44 – NKJV). When Kardec affirmed that ‘the teaching of the spirits who proclaim it is eminently Christian’ he lied against the truth, for the spirits prompt people to do evil things. Do they not teach that the spirits of the dead may be evoked, that is to say, that spiritism can be practiced? How can one say then that their teaching is Christian, when the Word of God condemns spiritism, for it is written: “Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 19:31 – NIV)? Brothers in the Lord, let no spiritist deceive you with his vain words, for the so called Christian morals taught by the spirits is nothing but a lie told by the spirits in order to deceive the living into communicating with the demons (for actually the spirits of the dead which are evoked by the spiritists during spiritual séances are nothing but demons) who are willing and ready to enter people and to manifest through them.
Now let me refute briefly the spiritistic doctrine on man’s composition and the soul’s destiny after death. First of all I say that the Scripture teaches that the human being consists of a spirit, a soul and a body, for Paul says to the Thessalonians: “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23 – NKJV). The spirit and the soul are the immaterial part of man, while the body is the material part of him. As for the so called perispirit (which according to the spiritists is a sort of semimaterial envelope which unites the soul and the body), however, it must be said that the Scripture does not speak of it, that is to say, there is not one hint or suggestion in the whole Scripture that the perispirit exists; therefore we consider the perispirit something which does not exist. Second, I want to say that the soul is not a spirit incarnated in the body for the following reasons. The Scripture teaches that the soul of every man is created by God in the womb of his mother. So every person has his own soul, and cannot have the soul of another man who lived on the earth before him. In other words, the soul of every man came into being in the womb of his mother and did not preexist in the body of someone else. Furthermore, the Scripture teaches that when a man dies his soul leaves the body and goes either to heaven or to hell, which are two different places located in the hereafter; the former is a place of comfort and the latter is a place of torment. The righteous go to heaven and there they await the resurrection and the reward for their work; the wicked go to hell and there they await the resurrection in order to be judged according to their works and cast into the eternal fire. However, notice that the spirits who speak through the mouth of the spiritists deny the existence of heaven and hell, even though they claim to be the spirits or the souls of the dead. That is a clear evidence of the fact that the spirits which appear or manifest themselves during spiritualistic séances are not the spirits of the dead, but demons who deceive people into thinking that they are the souls of the dead. They are neither in heaven nor in hell, but they are in the air and they are able to see and hear men and to appear to men when they are evoked. Yes, because demons – unlike the souls of the dead – can see and hear those who are on the earth. But the souls of the dead, according to the Scripture, are not able to see or to hear us, or to minister to us or to attack us or to guide us or to led us astray or to appear to those who evoke them, nor do they wander for a longer or shorter period of time after which they will enter upon a new material experience, for when they leave the bodies of men they go either to heaven or to hell, where they will remain till the resurrection, so they are not able to communicate with the living. The Scripture clearly states that “the dead know nothing” (Ecclesiastes 9:5 – NKJV), and that when the wicked has died “his sons come to honor, and he does not know it; they are brought low, and he does not perceive it” (Job 14:21 – NKJV). So the Scripture refutes the spiritistic doctrine according to which the souls of the dead re-enter the world of the spirits from which they came and from which they are able to communicate with us.
Having demonstrated that the soul of man is not a spirit incarnated in the body and that when a person dies his soul leaves the earth and goes either to heaven or to hell (if he is saved he goes to heaven, but if he is lost he goes to hell), I want to speak of those strange and supernatural phenomena which take place during the spiritualist séances and which are attributed to the spirits of the dead evoked by mediums, whose presence is considered necessary during the spiritualist séances so that the spirits may manifest themselves (for it is said that a medium is able to communicate between the dead and the living for he has a perispirit which is better than those of the other human beings which contacts the perispirit of the spirit which is evoked). Now many people when they hear about these strange phenomena – above all about tables who are raised from the ground or about other objects which move from one place to another – think that they are only tricks performed by the medium to deceive those who are present into thinking that there are some spirits in the room where they are seated. There’s no denying that in some cases these manifestations are nothing but tricks (which are exposed in due time). However, the fact still remains that in some cases these manifestations cannot be attributed to the craftiness of the medium, for they are phenomena worked by demons. I mean that we as believers must not think that those things are bad tricks worked by mediums in order to fool people and to make money; for actually the Scripture teaches us that the ministers of Satan, guided and helped by evil spirits, can work wonders like the above mentioned ones. Let us not forget that the Egyptian magicians, who opposed Moses and Aaron, also were able to perform by their occult arts some of the wonders which were worked by Moses and Aaron, as it is written that they turned their rods into serpents: “But Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers, so the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. For every man threw down his rod, and they became serpents …” (Exodus 7:11-12 – NKJV); they turned water into blood (cf. Exodus 7:22); and they brought up frogs on the land of Egypt (cf. Exodus 8:7). How could those men have performed those wonders without the help of demons? They could not have worked them. Don’t you think so? So keep in mind that mediums, assisted by demons, can perform things which men cannot explain with their mind for they are manifestations worked by evil spirits. So all those strange manifestations which take place during the spiritualist séances, which are not fraudulent, are to be attributed to the evil spirits, which are ruled by the devil.
What shall we say then about those spirits who appear during spiritualist séances and speak with a voice which is very similar to the voice of the dead who have been evoked? We shall say this: since they cannot be the souls of the dead for the above mentioned reasons, they are evil spirits who manage to mimic the voice of the dead so well that those who attend the spiritualist séances think that they are their loved ones who have been evoked. And what shall we say about the fact that sometimes what these spirits have said about the life of some people who participated in the spiritualist séances have proved to be true? Well, we are not surprised, for we know that the evil spirits see what men do, they know their identity and in certain cases they can reveal these things. Let me give you some biblical examples to show you this. The evil spirits which were cast out by Jesus Christ knew that Jesus was the Christ, as it is written: “And demons also came out of many, crying out and saying, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of God!’ And He, rebuking them, did not allow them to speak, for they knew that He was the Christ” (Luke 4:41 – NKJV); the spirit of divination which was in the slave girl of Philippi knew that Paul and his fellow workers were servants of God, as it is written: “Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, ‘These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation” (Acts 16:16-17 – NKJV); the evil spirit which prevailed against the seven sons of Sheva, a Jewish chief priest, knew who Jesus and Paul were, for he said to the seven sons of Sheva: “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” (Acts 19:15 – NKJV).
At this point, someone will ask me, ‘If the dead cannot communicate with the living, for they are either in heaven or in hell, how is it then that Samuel, who was dead, spoke with Saul when he was evoked by that woman who was a medium at En-Dor?’ In this case, God permitted Samuel to be brought up, therefore it was by God’s will that he could speak to Saul. However, you must remember that Saul was put to death also because he consulted that medium, as it is written: “So Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he had committed against the Lord, because he did not keep the word of the Lord, and also because he consulted a medium for guidance. But he did not inquire of the Lord; therefore He killed him, and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse” (1 Chronicles 10:13-14 – NKJV). As you can see, according to the judgement of God, those who consult mediums deserve death. Why? Because they inquire of the dead rather than the living God. The Scripture is very clear with regard to this: “There shall not be found among you anyone who …. Conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord …. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. For these nations which will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not appointed such for you” (Deuteronomy 18:10,11, 13-14 – NKJV). Therefore those who consult the spirits commit an abominable act in the sight of God, just like those who have sexual relations with a beast or those men who have sexual relations with other men, and according to the law they are deserving of death. Note that God told the Israelites that He had not permitted them to do so, which means that while the other nations consulted the dead on behalf of the living, God had commanded the Israelites to consult Him through the prophets He would raise up for them. So under the Old Covenant we have many examples of men who inquired of God by the prophets of God. Here are some of these examples: Ben-Hadad king of Syria sent Hazael to enquire of God by the prophet Elisha (cf. 2 Kings 8:7-10); Jehoshaphat king of Judah and Jehoram king of Israel inquired of God by the prophet Elisha (cf. 2 Kings 3:1-27); Jehoshaphat king of Judah and Ahab king of Israel inquired of God by the prophet Micaiah (cf. 1 Kings 22:1-25), the remnant of Jerusalem inquired of God by the prophet Jeremiah (cf. Jeremiah 42:1-22); Jeroboam king of Israel sent his wife to the prophet Ahijah to inquire of God by him (cf. 1 Kings 14:1-17). So God wanted men to inquire of Him and not the dead. Today also, since God has given some to be prophets, it is right to inquire of God by His prophets. Someone may ask, ‘What should a Christian do if he does not know any prophet of God?’ Well, he should inquire of God without the help of a prophet, for God is willing to answer directly those who inquire of Him: He answers by visions or dreams or an audible voice. Brothers, have faith in the Word of God which affirms: “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3 – NKJV). This is a word which was spoken by God and it is true, and the person who is writing to you has experienced the truthfulness of it several times. At this point, however, it is good to specify that the revelations which one asks of God must be revelations he really needs to receive from God, that is to say, the person who asks for them must be led by the Spirit to ask for them. Let me give you some examples: a Christian may be led by the Spirit to inquire of God so that He may reveal him which ministry he must fulfil or the nation or region or city where he should go to preach the Gospel, or who is his wife or her husband or the place where is a certain object he has lost and so on. All this is absolutely normal, so no wonder, I say it again, so no wonder that some brothers have asked God to reveal them one of the above mentioned things and God has answered their prayers. Our God “is a revealer of secrets” (Daniel 2:47 – NKJV), and has not ceased to reveal them, for He said that He does not change (cf. Malachi 3:6) and the Scripture says that the secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him (cf. Psalm 25:14). Of course, I know that such testimonies are unusual among the people of God, yet they exist and when we hear them we glorify God for they prove that our God has not changed.
The main reasons why people consult mediums
Now let me say something about the main reasons why people attend spiritualist séances.
Most people, when one of their loved ones has died, wonder where he/she is or if he/she is happy or sad in the afterlife. That happens also to some believers when one of their relatives has died, and they think that he/she – even though he/she had heard the Gospel many times from their lips and had refused in their presence to repent and believe – might have repented and asked God to forgiven him/her just before breathing his/her last. The reason is clear, therefore, the grief caused by the loss of their loved one is great and they want to know if he/she is with the Lord for if they knew that he or she went to be with the Lord they would be greatly comforted. But the grief caused by the loss of a relative leads unbelievers to consult spiritists for spiritists claim that they can communicate with the dead, so they attend the spiritualist séances where they are deceived by all kinds of spiritistic manifestations which according to spiritists prove that their loved one is among them. It is wrong for a man to consult mediums, who are ministers of Satan, for by their work these people manage to cause him to trust in their occult arts, and to enslave him of their occult arts, and to deceive him into believing all kinds of lies. Furthermore, he who consults a medium defiles himself, as it is written: “Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 19:31 – NIV), even if he does not realize this. Instead, sometimes the grief for the loss of a relative – of whom nobody knows if he died in the Lord for when he died he was alone – leads a believer to call upon God so that He might show him in heaven or might tell him that he is in heaven. There is no harm in this behaviour, I mean that a believer who asks God to show or tell him if his loved one is in heaven does not defile himself, for He inquires of the One who lives for ever and ever, who is the Holy One and the True Witness. Know this, that if God has saved that person just before his death and He wants to answer that prayer, He will surely reveal him that he is in heaven. However, God may decide not to answer that prayer even though that person is in heaven. Obviously, if that person has died in his sins, God can permit the Christian to see the soul of that person while he is tormented by the fire of Hades or He can reveal him that the person died in his sins, or He can hide it from him.
Many people attend spiritualist séances in order that the dead might tell them about the afterlife, or about heaven or hell; these people also commit a sin in consulting the dead, and they also are deceived by the evil spirits who tell them that heaven and hell are human concepts and not real places. The best thing to do in order to know what heaven or hell is like is to read the Bible, for there are enough references to heaven and hell in the Bible. If then a Christian, after reading what the Bible says about heaven and hell, decides to ask God to show him heaven or hell, he does not commit any sin. Obviously God will answer his prayer if what the Christian asks of Him is according to His will for him. While if it is not according to His will, the Christian will see heaven when he dies, and he will see the everlasting fire when God will cast the wicked into it, that is, on the Judgement Day.
To conclude I say this: in the light of the Scriptures, the teachings of the spirits are lies and thus they must be rejected without hesitation. Therefore the spirits must not be inquired of. Spiritism is a work of the devil, which is condemned by the Scripture, and spiritists are under condemnation just as all those who consult them. On the other hand, we who are sons of God know that we have a living God in heaven, a God who reveals the mysteries He wants to reveal, who can be inquired of, or rather who must be inquired of by each one of us when we need a specific revelation. However, I say it again, even if God does not show us where our dead ones are, even if God does not show us heaven or hell, we must hold on to the Holy Scripture, that is, to what the Scripture says about the state of the dead and the places where the souls of men go after death. Let no one of you attend spiritualist séances out of curiosity, just to know if there is some truth in spiritism, for his curiosity would lead him to be unfaithful to the Lord and his unfaithfulness would expose him to the influence of demons, and would lead him to the everlasting fire. So I conclude with the following words God spoke through the prophet Isaiah: “When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn. Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and their God. Then they will look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and they will be thrust into utter darkness” (Isaiah 8:19-22 – NIV). Amen.