Posted by: blindjourneyman | March 22, 2009

The Paranormal and Writers of the Bible

As long promised, my thoughts…

Remote Viewing was born from a bed of scientific parapsychology. Parapsychology is a discipline that seeks to investigate the existence and causes of psychic abilities and life after death using the scientific method.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parapsychology

According to Wikipedia, Parapsychologists study a number of ostensible paranormal phenomena, including but not limited to:

  • Telepathy: Transfer of information on thoughts or feelings between individuals by means other than the five classical senses.
  • Precognition: Perception of information about future places or events before they occur.
  • Clairvoyance: Obtaining information about places or events at remote locations, by means unknown to current science.
  • Psychokinesis: The ability of the mind to influence matter, time, space, or energy by means unknown to current science.
  • Reincarnation: The rebirth of a soul or other non-physical aspect of human consciousness in a new physical body after death.
  • Hauntings: Phenomena often attributed to ghosts and encountered in places a deceased individual is thought to have frequented, or in association with the person’s former belongings.
  • (This does not include a multitude of other claimed paranormal phenomena such as astrology, UFOs, Bigfoot, paganism, vampires, alchemy, or witchcraft.)

    Remote Viewing is directly related to the first three of these parapsychology areas – telepathy, precognition and clairvoyance. I want to look at the bible writers attitudes to each of these phenomena one at a time.

    In this discussion we should remember that because the Bible is full of examples of various types of paranormal phenomena is not in itself an endorsement of the phenomena (the bible has many accounts of murder, rape and incest). Rather, we need to investigate the context of the account.

    Telepathy and the Bible

    The bible is remarkably silent about telepathy between people. As far as I can ascertain, it says nothing about it – for, neutral or against.  Similarly, there appears to be no examples of telepathy between angels and humans anywhere in the Bible. (If any Bible examples come to your mind, drop me a comment!) It appears that this is not a mode of communication angels used with humans, or at least one that Bible writers recognised.

    Between God and humans, the situation is quite different. “God Knows Our Every Thought” [Ezekiel 11:5] indicates a level of telepathic communication beyond anything claimed by a person. Also, as Christians, when we pray, we must believe in telepathy because how else are we allowing “the spirit” of God, that still small voice [1 Kings 19:11-13] to talk to us and we to Him?

    In summary, the Bible appears to be silent on telepathy between people, and between people and angels, while telepathic communication with God is basic to any sort of engaging relationship. Consequently, I see nothing in the bible that speaks against the use of remote viewing to ascertain others thoughts and feelings is. However, there are ethical issues of respect for the individual and the invasion of their personal privacy that need to be carefully considered.

    Posted by: blindjourneyman | October 2, 2008

    A Paranormal Bible?

    The relationship of Remote Viewing and Christianity has concerned me and consumed a considerable amount of my thought time. Here is the first download of my thoughts. No divine inspiration, just my perspiration!.

    It is of interest to me since I am an evangelical (but not fundamental) Christian, and I consider the Bible and the events it records as having special significance.

    So, ever since that first demonstration of RV I participated in, I have been trying to work out where RV fits in my world view, and how much my world view would have to change. My thinking has covered several areas, so I might cover this in several responses.

    1. Compatibility of RV with Bible teachings.
    2. Compatibility of RV with my Christian spirituality.
    3. Compatibility of the things I (and others I trust) learn through RV with a Christian Worldview.

    You might notice that I am not concerned with how the current church organisation views RV. That’s because 1) I am an evangelical protestant, not Catholic, Orthodox, or even Church of England, so tradition has no authority and
    2) I am uni educated, and belong to a generally non-conformist denomination.

    So here goes…

    1. Compatability of RV with Bible teachings.

    Paranormal and the Bible – the High Level
    My observation is that the mainstream church organisations have just about succeeded in removing the supernatural from people’s experience of Christianity! Lots of talk, but a general avoidance of personal experience of supernatural, resulting in an spirituality of “dry bones”!
    When I read the Bible, it is full of supernatural (paranormal) events. Right from the beginning to end.
    A God of omniscience and omnipresence, angelic beings, supernatural protection, dreams of the future, ability to see different realities (or dimensions), healing, real effects of prayer, bilocation, teleportation, raising dead, relationships with unearthly beings or God himself, visions of the end of the earth.

    A lot of this sounds very similar to what I read about from Russell Targ, Pat Price, Joe McMoneagle, Paul Smith, (or Ed Dames!!!).

    Finding # 1 Just because something is “paranormal”, the bible does not dismiss it. The paranormal nature of the world revealed by RV appears similar to many of the supernatural events found in the bible.

    Having established the (probably obvious) point that the Bible is full of paranormal events (and beings), in the next post I’ll put down my thoughts on the views expressed by the Bible writers about the Paranormal.

    Posted by: blindjourneyman | August 26, 2008

    Beginnings…

    Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.
    John Lennon, “Beautiful Boy”
    English singer & songwriter (1940 – 1980)

    This is one of my favourite quotes. A truism within my life, and one that strikes a chord with many of my family focussed, career oriented friends in their mid forties. I don’t want to have to look back over my life and see a meandering, pointless existence – a waste of space.

    I want to be more intentional about the way I live and love.
    I want to live at least some of the plans.
    I want to be in a position to grasp those serendipitous moments that are sent my way, and live them to the max.

    So when PJ suggested I might “open a blog or something” around remote viewing and Christianity, I laughed to myself, and thought about my previous pitiful attempts to create a travel blog for our round-the-world  family trip.

    At work I always advise people thinking their career to look at the intersection of their passions, their skills and their character. It slowly dawned on me that perhaps I should eat some of my own dogfood, so here I am (Thanks PJ)!

    This blog will not be about erudite theological arguements, or the more esoteric phenomena that have attached themselves to Remote Viewing. I hope it will be about the journey of an evangelical Christian to understand remote viewing, and to understand the facts of RV within a Christian world view. I also hope that, through a two way dialogue, I can refine my thoughts and understandings.

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