Trying to play God?

Many die-hard Beatles fans will be thrilled to learn that they may not have heard the last from John Lennon. On April 24, iN DEMAND pay-tv service will host a seance to contact the late Beatle for a paying audience. A recent article tells all about the pay-per-view show that will certainly create controversy. The shows producers did not get consent from Lennon’s estate but came up with their newest idea solely on what they think would attract viewers.

Hearing this reminds me of a time when a desperate man named Saul had realized that God was no longer with him as a result of his bad choices. What did he do when he needed to hear from God yet God was silent…he took it into his own hands and had a seance to call back the recently deceased prophet of God named Samuel (1 Samuel 28:3-25). After Samuel comes back and gives Saul a message from beyond the grave it says that “immediately Saul fell full length on the ground, filled with fear because of Samuel’s words” (28:20).

It strikes me as sad that we feel the need and the right to take matters into our own hands despite what it may take to get there. Yes, I do believe that mediums can summon “spirits” from the beyond the grave (but I would suggest that it isn’t God giving them the ability to do this) despite the fact that the producers of the show had tried this idea before with a show in which they attempted to contact Princess Diana from beyond the grave only to fail in the connection (although they still managed to make a hefty profit in their failure). What is our society willing to pay to get what we want?

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Jeremy Jernigan

This is the personal blog of Jeremy Jernigan. Husband to Michelle and father to Gavin, Madsen, Adelyn, Aiden, and Abel. Author of Redeeming Pleasure and Lead Pastor at Abundant Life Church in Portland.