What does the Bible say about clairvoyance?

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By BibleAsk Team


Clairvoyance in the Bible

The concept of clairvoyance, or the ability to perceive information beyond the ordinary human senses, is not explicitly addressed in the Bible. However, the Scriptures do provide guidance and principles related to spiritual gifts, supernatural experiences, and seeking knowledge beyond the natural realm. To explore what the Word of God teaches about clairvoyance, it is essential to examine relevant biblical passages and broader theological themes.

1. The Source of Supernatural Knowledge:

The Bible emphasizes that any knowledge or insight that goes beyond the natural must be sourced in God. James 1:17 (NKJV) affirms:

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

This verse underscores the idea that genuine spiritual gifts and insights must align with the character and will of God. Anything that deviates from His divine nature is to be viewed with caution.

2. God’s Prophetic Revelation:

In the biblical narrative, God communicates with humanity through prophets. The ability to foresee events or receive divine revelations is closely associated with these prophetic figures. For example, in Amos 3:7 (NKJV), it is stated:

“Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.”

This verse emphasizes that God chooses to reveal His plans and purposes to His chosen servants. It is crucial to distinguish between prophetic revelations from God and other forms of supernatural insight that might fall outside the scope of divine guidance.

3. The Gift of Discernment of Spirits:

The Bible acknowledges the existence of spiritual gifts, one of which is the “discerning of spirits” mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:10 (NKJV):

“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:… to another discerning of spirits…”

This gift is often understood as the ability to discern whether a particular spiritual manifestation or influence is from God, human, or demonic. While clairvoyance itself is not explicitly mentioned, the discernment of spirits suggests that not all supernatural or spiritual experiences are necessarily aligned with God’s will.

The Holy Spirit is presented as the source of spiritual gifts and divine insight. Jesus, in John 16:13 (NKJV), speaks about the role of the Holy Spirit in guiding believers:

“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”

This verse suggests that genuine spiritual insight comes through the Holy Spirit and aligns with God’s truth.

4. Warning Against Divination and occultism:

While the Bible acknowledges the reality of spiritual gifts and prophetic insight, it strongly warns against practices associated with divination, sorcery, and occultism (ex. clairvoyance). Deuteronomy 18:10-12 (NKJV) explicitly condemns such practices:

“There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one 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…”

This passage makes it clear that seeking supernatural knowledge, such as clairvoyance, through forbidden means is contrary to God’s will (Galatians 5:19-21; Malachi 3:5; Revelation 21:8; 22:15).

5. The Test of True Prophets:

In the Old Testament, the criteria for recognizing a true prophet were stringent. Deuteronomy 13:1-3 (NKJV) outlines a key principle for distinguishing between a true and false prophet:

“If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods’—which you have not known—‘and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. “

Whatever men may teach that is not in harmony with God’s Word means that they are not with God even if their prophecy comes to pass.

And in the New Testament, 1 John 4:1-3 (NKJV) provides guidance on testing spiritual claims (ex. clairvoyance):

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this, you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God…”

This passage underscores the importance of evaluating spiritual manifestations and claims in light of the essential truths of God’s Word.

God’s test of any information beyond the ordinary human senses (clairvoyance) is the law and the Testimony of the Bible prophets. “To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there[a] is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20).

Conclusion:

While clairvoyance, as commonly understood, is not directly addressed in the Bible, the Scriptures provide principles and warnings regarding supernatural knowledge and spiritual insight. The Word of God emphasizes the importance of discernment, the source of spiritual gifts, and the necessity of aligning with God’s will.

Believers are called to test the spirits, seek guidance from the Holy Spirit, and adhere to the revealed truth of God’s Word, avoiding practices associated with forbidden forms of divination. The biblical perspective on supernatural knowledge is centered on a discerning, cautious approach that prioritizes God’s revelation and rejects any form of occultism (clairvoyance) or manipulation of spiritual forces outside His guidance.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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