On Divination

The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. – Deuteronomy 29:29.

Divination: the art or practice that seeks to foresee or foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge usually by the interpretation of omens [signs] or by the aid of supernatural powers ~ Merriam Webster’s Dictionary.

Etymology: late 14th century., from Old French divination (13th century.), from Latin divinationem (nominative divinatio) “the power of foreseeing, prediction,” noun of action from past participle stem of divinare, literally “to be inspired by a god” ~ Online Etymology Dictionary.  

There are a lot of unknowns in life, and it’s natural to want to know the future outcome of a situation, what will happen, personal destiny, what is really going on underneath the surface appearance of a given set of circumstances. As such, there are many methods developed throughout history in order to divine, foresee, forecast, or project the future, or other hidden things. Seeking to answer these questions (inquiries) through various methods which yield interpretive signs is called divination. Another term used is fortune telling. Those who use divination are called diviners, and folk who use fortunetelling (and usually make money at it) are called fortune tellers– though many may object to that title, we’ll see the difference between a diviner and a fortune teller before we’re done.

What if a Christian uses divination? What if a believer is interested in tarot cards or astrology? What if a believer uses the I Ching?

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