Jim Fletcher is director of Prophecy Matters. The longtime editor for Master Books, the world’s largest publisher of creationism books, Jim now travels and speaks on the subject of apologetics. Incorporating his impressions gleaned from numerous trips to Israel, and with a keen eye on the culture, his talks are up-to-date and relevant. Jim writes for a variety of publications, including the Jerusalem Post, WorldNetDaily, and OneNewsNow. He blogs weekly at the “Israel Watch” section of RaptureReady (www.raptureready.com).
In a September 15, 1996 piece from Parade magazine columnist Marilyn Vos Savant (whose weekly feature, “Ask Marilyn” plays on Ms. Von Savant’s high IQ), we see just how important worldview is in our everyday lives.
In a question posed to Ms. Savant, “Anonymous” wondered:
“I’m writing because you are the most intelligent person I know of, and you give reasonable answers to questions. Please do not ‘turn me off’ when you hear the subject of my letter. I am not an innocent teenager; I am a college-educated professional, and I’ve had a baffling experience. My daughter was given a Ouija board, and the two of us have used it a few times. The results were spine-tingling. We never would have spelled out some of the answers we received, consciously or subconsciously. I’ve heard that some churches are against it, but if it’s just a board game, they shouldn’t be against it, should they? Please do not consider this a trivial subject. Many people are concerned. Could you give us a rational answer about what’s happening here? I need to remain anonymous.”
Mr. Vos Savant answered thusly:
“The Ouija board is just a lot of hooey, and it scares people for nothing. Those who touch the planchette (the little rolling platform that ‘points’ to the letters of the alphabet and other symbols on the Ouija board) are definitely directing it, either consciously or subconsciously.
“Here’s proof, and I hope that every Ouija board owner in the country tries this experience as many times as needed to convince himself and herself to dump the whole thing into the wastebasket. Both participants should blindfold themselves and play the board in the presence of bystanders—friends or family who should record the so-called answers and messages but not tell the participants the results until they’re finished. The outcome will be utter nonsense.”
Ms. Vos Savant’s IQ is said to be 228. How sad that she is so wrong about the Ouija board!
The Bible tells us explicitly that necromancy (seeking to communicate with the dead) is forbidden. As with all of His “rules”—guides for life found in Scripture—the Lord God knows that harmful entities have a particular loathing of humans (see Job 4), and among other places, we are warned in Deuteronomy 18:11 against attempting to communicate with the deceased, or “familiar spirits.”
Marilyn Vos Savant has been writing for Parade for almost a quarter-century, and the magazine’s circulation is almost 72 million!
Worldview matters greatly. If we believe the Bible is true and the true guide for life, we know that Ouija boards are lethal. The alternative view, as espoused by the worldly wisdom and intelligence by Marilyn Vos Savant, is tragically misguided.