Monday, December 19th, 2011
And they were giving him attention because he had for a long time astonished them with his magic arts.
Acts 8:11 (NAS)
For there will no longer be any false vision or flattering divination...
Ezekiel 12:24 (NAS)
A Chinese fortune cookie says, 'Your destiny is to merge with infinity.' True enough, but which infinity?
Fortune telling is a big business. It covers our globe. Kids with Ouija boards become teens with tarot cards who grow into adults seeking guidance, reassurance, and favor from mystics, psychics, astrologers, and false prophets.
Ardent followers of fortune tellers become teachers or disciples of the occult. The occult is defined as 'pertaining to magic, astrology, or any system claiming use or knowledge of secret or supernatural powers' (online dictionary).
But even casual believers consider daily divination a harmless pursuit. Most of us smile like eager children when the fortune is positive, but the Bible calls good predictions from false prophets 'flattering divination.'
Un-'fortun'-ately, millions of people look for good news in all the wrong places. They are the same people who seek love through lust, fun in a bottle, approval from people, beauty by artifice, and happiness with money. They are misled.
Being in this world but not of it requires conscious and consistent choices not to buy into the world's value system. Fortune telling big or small, mighty or funny, holds two harmful truths: 1. They are occult practices. 2. They steal attention away from God, the only good Source of supernatural power.
As 'Ambassadors of Christ' (2 Corinthians 5:20), Christians must set an example. They must show and tell those who seek a good future where and how to find it.
Therefore, the next time someone hands you a fortune cookie, you might say, 'No thanks. God's got my answers.' Or if someone asks, 'Do you want to hear your horoscope?' You might respond by saying, 'I read a passage in the Bible that speaks directly to what I'm facing now. It's amazing.'
You may have a funnier, cooler way of saying it--but use every opportunity to bring fortune seekers back to the true Source of wealth and the only Guarantor of our futures: the Lord God.