I’ve heard the question more than once.
It’s been posed to me in a variety of ways or scenarios but the gist remains the same. The question goes something along these lines:
As a Christian, can I be interested in the paranormal if I don’t personally do anything about it?
In other words:
As a Christian, can I watch ghost hunter programs, read true life ghost stories, listen to mediums or psychics give a reading?
Can I set up a digital recorder or video camera to record EVP or haunt activity so long as I do not engage or seek spirits? Is it alright so long as I’m a passive observer or listener as opposed to an active participant?
Here is the thing.
Even if we are not actively seeking interaction or communication (via any of these activities) ourselves, our thoughts and beliefs are still being informed by those actions.
What we allow into our lives through what we read, see, or hear does matter. We do need to consider what we allow to influence our lives.
Here is what I’ve learned. The more we fill our minds with the popular notion of “ghosts” as human spirits who can communicate with us (as opposed to the demonic spirits they actually are), the more our spiritual beliefs are conformed to what the world thinks as opposed to what the Bible teaches.
As with any temptation,the more we yield to curiosity through vicariously experiencing the paranormal (or whatever) through others; the greater the opportunity for the demonic realm to gain a foothold within our lives (or even our children or grandchildren).
If we profess Jesus Christ as Lord, the real question is are we willing to give up our personal desires, being obedient to God’s will? God warns us away from activities which involve mediums, psychics, soothsayers, necromancers, spirit communicators, etc. The activities associated with the paranormal/occult communities fit into those prohibitions.
“Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:22-23 ESV
Wisdom and discernment are found in following God’s word and leading over the world’s, and responding with obedience.