- Necromancy - Contacting the Dead
- Moshe Ben-Chaim
new wave of idolatry has presented itself in the form of
"tele-seancing". John Edwards fools many - perhaps even
himself - into believing he has contact with the deceased. It is
unfortunate that crowds yearning contact will flock to hear Edward's
deception. With a little observation, we can see through his charade,
whereby he robs the simple of their minds and their wallets.
- Edwards regularly commences with statements like, "I sense a
person who died of some disease. It's coming from this part of the
audience," (he walks close to those seated) "I feel an
"S", a "Susan or Shirley" coming through." If
no one responds, he names more letters or names until somone does. (An
attendee responds), "Suzanne?", Edwards says,
"Yes!" (Edwards feeds on the response), "She was very
ill,...I sense there was a medication problem..."
- Edwards describes typical, elderly circumstances, but nothing in
specific. He lures those with a dire need for contact to seize his
words as misguided hope. He can never walk up to a select person, name
a deceased relative, name their illness, their circumstance or any
other detail with 100% accuracy. Why? Becaue he doesn't have this
knowledge. No man does.
- Edwards places bait out which is general enough that a person
longing for a relative will bite, and really feel that Edwards
described their very own loved ones.
- There is no truth to Edwards, nor to psychics, as they both use the
same methods of talking fast and securely, thereby feeding on the
insecurities of those who already demonstrated some belief by
attending their presentations. But ask them any direct question, and
they have no answers.
- In the Bible, Deut. 18:11, God tells us that inquiring of the dead
is an abomination. Edwards is then considered by God as perpetrating
- The Torah again dismisses this possibility in the case of King Saul
and the necromancer (See Radak on Samuel I, Chap. 28, and Maimonides'
Mishneh Torah, Idolatry, 13;11). We too must understand the fallacy of
such claims. God alone has such powers.
- More essentially, we do not follow irrational modes of thinking in
life. The entire universe, from physical laws which govern celestial
spheres, to human psychology, are all guided by precise systems. All
of these systems are rational, and adhere to consistent patterns. With
these systems, we predict solar eclipses, determine weather patterns,
suggest behavioral approaches to correct human illness, prescribe
medication, decide who to marry, who to work for and every other
decision. The universe in its entirety has design and follows
explicable, scientific phenomena. The burden of proof is not upon us
to show him wrong. Conversely, Edwards has the burden of proof to
explain how necromancy works, using rational arguments. If he cannot,
we should not accept anything about necromancy. Just as we would not
accept a math teacher who could not explain math, we cannot accept
Edwards who cannot explain necromancy.
- The conclusion must be that if the entire universe operates by
rational and explicable systems, then, those areas which people
suggest are true, but have no proof, must be false.
- Write the SciFi Channel by clicking here: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tell them you see through the deception, and demand they cease from
deceiving the public with such programming.
- Honesty is more virtuous than ratings.