Ouija: It’s not just a game

October 2014: Ouija is the number one movie the week of Halloween. Here’s an excerpt from The Why Files: Are There Really Ghosts?:

Ouija boards have become a popular method of communicating with the dead and peeking into the future—especially at junior high sleep-overs. A triangular pointer called a “planchette” supposedly glides across a board printed with an alphabet, “Yes,” “No” and “Goodbye.” But what force guides the planchette to spell out messages from “beyond”?

Isaac Fuld, who created and patented the “game,” admitted the mobilizing force was simply “involuntary muscle actions” although he did suggest the possibility that “some other agency” spelled out the messages. Obviously a shrewd marketing ploy!

Dr. Paul Meier, a Christian psychiatrist, believes that any results obtained from Ouija boards is either by “trickery, luck, or subconscious ideomotor action.” Danny Korem, the psychic investigator, also claims that he has not uncovered one Ouija board story that can’t be explained with subconscious movement of the planchette.

I agree that most psychic phenomenon is strictly sophisticated fakery. But the Bible provides a second possible explanation.

      Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.

      When the owners of the slave girl realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities (Acts 16:16-19).

It’s possible that psychic phenomenon can be accomplished by satanic powers, which is a great reason to stay away from it all. But, why should Satan spend his valuable time on this, when most psychics can fool most of the people most of the time in their own power?

Copyright © 2000 James N. Watkins

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13 Responses

  • jameswatkins says:

    Several women on my dad’s side of the family were very serious about Ouija boards. They made their own as the store-bought ones were “fake.” When my dad lost his dog, the “board” told them an exact address several miles away. The dog was there. You can’t tell me Parker Brothers toys was behind that! Just one of the really creepy stories my dad told as a warning to stay away from them.

    • L says:

      I once used a Ouija board to find out what I was getting for Christmas. It spelled out ” Swiss Yodeller”. What I rec’d was a stuffed St. Bernard plush toy (that had already been purchased). That answer was in the right neighborhood, I thought. Enough so that I quit the thing and never used one again. That was back in the days when I didn’t have enough knowledge of spiritual activity in this world to stay clear of divination “toys” and practices. I would not buy one or touch one now, and I won’t be watching a movie about them either. Yuck.

    • Linda Losik says:

      I had never heard that story about your dad and his dog. I remember Grandma would get her board out sometimès. I always thought people were just pushing it around.

    • Sue rose says:

      I remember when Granma quit using it. She felt that she was being told to not use it anymore, that it was not a good thing to be involved in.

    • JoAnne Jones says:

      I know from experience that the board is run by at least three demons with specific names. They can read your thoughts and have a wide knowledge of things in our world. Based on this, they can only guess at future events, as no one but God knows exact future facts.
      One participant, playing on a homemade board, asked one of the board demons, “Malcom (name changed), tell us something, anything.” The participants cleared their minds for the answer. The board demon responded, “God HATES Malcom… Malcom EVIL!”
      Playing with the Ouija Board is an open invitation to welcome Satan’s demons into your mind. One participant later experienced demonic oppression in the form of haunting evil dreams for years afterwards, until her deliverance through prayer. True story. I could write a book on this!

  • Rev.. Jim Nelson says:

    Had a group of young adults mess with one as well as have seances. They were young christian’s who thought it was funny. Two of the guys I ended up having to visit in the psych ward at the hospital because they were “seeing shadows” move and they felt like they were being “watched.” The Bible is clear to not mess with this kind of stuff because you never know what you are opening yourself up to.
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  • Linda Duke says:

    When I was in high school, my sister and I were asking the Ouija board who we would go to the prom with. It gave me a definite answer of “KW”. The only KW we knew was married so we just laughed it off. Then a couple of months later I went to my junior prom with a guy whose initials were KW. When I remembered that KW was what the Ouija board said, it scared the bejeebies out of me and I never “played” with a Ouija board again and never will!!! And I won’t be going to see the movie either!!

  • JoAnne Jones says:

    I know someone who spent many hours on a homemade board, setting out to prove it was just “ESP” or some mental trick. She found out it was much more than that—it was demonic. The things the demons told her she never could have come up with herself. True story. Don’t mess with the Ouija Board!!

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  • Robert says:

    Do they work when the participants are blindfolded?

  • Trish Sanford says:

    I have cautionary tale w/ ouja board I share with my students at Christian school. When in college a friend mentioned she had a ouja board. I told her to bring it to my house as I’d never seen one. We did a few generic ‘girly’ questions like: when will I marry, have I met my husband yet, etc.
    Of course we each accused other of pushing pointer (I knew I wasn’t), so I had ‘bright’ idea to test the board. With deck of cards I held up one at a time, unseen by either, and spoke directly to “spirits”. That board got 3 cards in a row correct, including J for Jack! I told my friend, “Get this thing out my house!”
    I tell my students, don’t mess w/ ouja or engaging dark side at all. It’s at best a mockery of God’s teachings on seeking His answers. At worst, it IS REAL & is an invitation to evil ones to interact w/ us. Just say no!

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