What God tells us in the Bible about trying 
to communicate with the dead, 
ghosts, with other spirits, reincarnation, psychics and aliens

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There shall not be found among you [any one] that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, [or] that useth divination [or] an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things [are] an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.  Deuteronomy 18:10


Who spirits contact

Why God allows these contacts to occur

Why these deceptions work
Satan (and other demons) can appear as an "angel of light"
Why demons mislead people with counterfeit spiritual experiences
Many are unaware of the Bible's warnings about spirit contacts

A spirit reacts to being tested

Secret knowledge is not proof of authenticity

Counterfeit Reincarnation experiences

Options for dealing with the problem

Bible based resources for dealing with grief

A special message to teenagers

Links to other resources

- Demonic influences behind the UFO and alien  phenomenon
- Spirit Contacts
- Reincarnation

- Suicide
- Near death experiences

Professional Christian counseling


Introduction   (Top)

For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any [thing] that is done under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 (KJV)

Commentary #1 on these verses
Commentary #2 on these verses

God has given us strong warnings in the Bible on the issue of whether or not we should attempt to contact the dead or other spirits (i.e. angels, saints, deceased family members or friends, etc). He also addresses the issue of reincarnation.  His commands to us on these issues are unambiguous.  Reincarnation is a fairy tale, and we should make no attempts whatsoever to seek contact with spirits (except God himself).  That includes deceased relatives, friends or anyone else including "saints" and the Virgin Mary. God clearly tells us that it is not possible for us to contact our deceased loved ones, and that there are great spiritual dangers lurking for those who attempt to do so.

In the past few decades, there has been an explosion of interest in communicating with the dead, and with other spirits. Two recent examples of this in America are the television shows Beyond, which is hosted by James Van Praagh, and Crossing Over which is hosted by John Edward. Another example where millions of people are being deceived by very convincing spiritual apparitions, and real miracles, are the alleged Marian apparitions that are occurring all over the world.  Those who are involved in these kinds of practices don't understand (or are intentionally ignoring) the great spiritual risks they are taking. 

I have personally known many people who have and in some cases still are communicating with what they believed were deceased relatives, or spirit guides.  In almost all of these cases, they were (or still are) being deceived by spirits they do not properly understand.  In a few instances, they knew they were interacting with demons but continued to do so anyway. I have also had some personal experiences that convinced me of the truth of the Biblical warnings about contacting spirits, and engaging in other occult activities.

Thanks in large part to the dogmatic teaching of atheistic evolutionism in the public schools, many young people today may never learn the truth about how spiritually dangerous these practices are.  The connection between evolutionism and these counterfeit spiritual experiences will be explained in more detail in the paragraphs that follow.  If you are involved in these activities, or know someone who is, please take the time to look at the information presented on this page and the other links for a different, but important perspective on these issues.


Who spirits contact  

Who spirits contact can vary.  Based on my experiences and the reading I've done on this topic, most of the time it seems to be adults who have intentionally or unintentionally invited the contacts.  However, they have also been known to manifest themselves to small children and even animals. There are a variety of reasons why these contacts can be initiated.  Here are a few of them (not a complete list):


Why God allows these contacts to occur  

I want to be very careful here not to leave the wrong impression that I know God's will or intentions with respect to any particular situation where contact between spirits and living humans have occurred.  However, it is possible to draw some general conclusions based on what scriptures have to say about the issue.

While it may seem frightening to those who are experiencing these contacts, there may be a silver lining for them.  It is possible that in some cases, God has allowed them to occur as a wake up call.  For those who are not Christians, it may be one way God is trying to show them that they need him. Those who become Christians and receive his help with eliminating the problem benefit not only from having the problem solved, but also gain eternal life in the next life.  Backslidden or lukewarm Christians may be getting a reminder from God to reengage and get back on track.   When they do get back on track, they receive the blessings that come from doing so.

There will be those who stubbornly refuse to believe they are dealing with demons who will not turn to God for help.  It is possible that he may allow the problem to continue to the point where they eventually  will seek help.  

Then there are the real die-hards who strongly suspect or even know they're dealing with demons but who still want involvement with them.  Again, God may choose in those cases to allow the demons to pour gasoline on the fire to drive those who have such hardened hearts into an even deeper delusion.  (see Romans 9:14-23).   

In some cases the victims are already real Christians who have done nothing to invite the problem (the book of Job contains a good example of this).  God may allow it as a test or as an opportunity for them to strengthen their faith.  I can tell you from personal experiences that another thing it does is to make the pages of the Bible come alive.  Although I know several people who have had demonic contacts, I did not seek out contacts or engage in occult practices prior to any of my personal experiences.  I didn't go looking for the problem, it found me.  It is one thing to read about the Bible's warnings about demons and quite another to experience harassment from them and the subsequent protection from God.  Whatever small doubts I may have had about the veracity of the Bible completely disappeared after those experiences.  Just for the record, I have never taken any illegal drugs, have never been drunk and have never had any psychological problems.  Neither have several of the people I personally know who've had these experiences.  Most experienced them while they were wide awake, sober and of a sound mind.  That is also the case with all of my experiences.

Why these deceptions work   (Top)

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
2 Timothy 4:3-4

Demons who deceive humans with counterfeit spiritual experiences often are successful because: 

Their victims usually have no idea about the warnings God gave us in the Bible about these counterfeit experiences.  To a very great extent, the dogmatic, forced teaching of the atheistic religion of evolutionism in the public schools is responsible for greatly exacerbating this problem.  A poll taken a few years ago showed that only 26% of young people attend church today.  Many young people today won't learn about God's warnings in the Bible about these spiritual manifestations because they wrongly believe that evolutionism has proven the Bible to be unreliable.  

The problem is made worse by the fact that many churches have been rendered ineffective in dealing with the problem of evolutionism because they have compromised with it instead of vigorously refuting it. This in spite of the fact that God gave us very clear warnings in the Bible about evolution. This poisoning of the church has happened in large part due to the efforts of heretics like Dr. Hugh Ross. While some pastors are making heroic efforts to deal with the problem, most either ignore it or treat it as a back burner issue.  As a result of this lack of vigilance by our church leaders, many churches and seminaries have been poisoned by evolutionism and other modern day compromises. Many (not all) are now too lukewarm and watered down to be of any real use to these victims of demonic deceptions or anyone else.

Their victims sometimes want to have these experiences in the naive belief that they are somehow being enlightened, or gaining access to secret knowledge about the future, the universe, the spirit world or healing powers.

Some victims are desperate to believe the experiences are real because they deeply miss a deceased loved one they believe they are really communicating with.  Their emotional reaction to the experiences can overwhelm their ability to see the truth about what's really happening, especially if they hear something from their allegedly deceased loved one that was secret information that they wrongly believe nobody else could have known.  

In some cases, the victims may be in a state of denial.  They may suspect they're dealing with demons but choose instead to assume that the spirits are harmless.  This is especially true when the demons are pretending to be deceased loved ones.  They would rather believe it's their loved one than confront the frightening possibility that they and/or their loved ones are being deceived, harassed (or even possessed) by demons they mistakenly believe can't be driven away.

To the biblically untrained eye, the demons will often give no obvious signs of their evil intentions. In fact they may engage in what their victims perceive as "good" deeds that may truly provide some real benefit to the victims or others they may know.  It is often difficult for uninformed victims of these deceptions to distinguish the real Biblical truth's and "good deeds" demons will sometimes present to them from the spiritual poison that's also mixed in with it.  An excellent example of this are the actual healings and real miracles that are sometimes associated with the alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary (also known as Marian apparitions).


Satan (and other demons) can appear as an "angel of light"   (Top)

For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  
2 Corinthians 11:13-14 (KJV)

Satan and other demons can appear as "angels of light" to deceive us.  Some experiences my cousin had several years ago help to illustrate this point.  About 20 years ago, one of my cousins who I'll call Mary (not her real name), told me about some strange events that had been occurring in her life.  She said that a beautiful woman in a long flowing white gown had been appearing to her.  It was happening while she was awake and she was actually seeing and talking to her.  She had come to believe that she was a "good" spirit because of her friendly demeanor, and because of "good" things that had happened that seemed somehow connected with this spirit.  She shared this story with me as an example.

Mary was spending the night at a friend's house.  Suddenly, in the middle of the night at about 3:00 AM, both she and her friend woke up from a vivid dream.  They looked at each other and somehow knew they had probably had the same dream.  Mary told her friend not to say anything, but to write down what she had just dreamed, then they would compare notes.  It turned out that they in fact had had the same dream.  Both of them dreamed that a woman driving a station wagon had crashed her car into either a tree or telephone pole (I can't remember which she said it was) and that she was seriously injured and dying.  Her friend recognized the location as a remote one about 3-blocks away.  They got dressed and ran to the location. Sure enough, they found a woman unconscious in a crashed station wagon seriously injured.  They called the police and the woman got medical help because of their intervention.


Why demons mislead people with counterfeit spiritual experiences   (Top)

When they say to you, "Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter," should not a people consult their God? {Should they} {consult} the dead on behalf of the living? 
Isaiah 8:19 (NAS)

One reason why deceptions like this occur is so that the victims will become trusting and eventually dependent upon these spirits, and in some cases those who channel them.  As long as they're obsessed with these spiritual "experiences", they typically feel little or no need to be dependent upon God the way God tells them they should be in the Bible.  In other words, demons wean people away from a strong, close personal relationship with Jesus Christ, or try to prevent it from happening to begin with by overwhelming their victims with 'experiences' that seem so real, and in some cases very comforting.  

For the unsaved person, their goal is to prevent them from discovering the truths of the Bible about the free gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. They know they (the demons) all headed for Hell on Judgment Day. Because of their hatred for God and for us, they want to drag as many of us as they can down with them into eternal torment in the abyss of Hell. Because it is impossible for them to drag a saved person into Hell (God won't allow it), their goal is to render them as ineffective as possible by distracting them away from God's truths, and by trying to drive a wedge between them and God.   

Mediums like James Van Praagh and John Edward can pose a triple danger to their victims.  First, they may introduce their victims to demonic influence during the initial 'contact' during their TV shows.  Second, in some cases, those demons may stick around to continue the deception long after the program is over. Third, while their victims are preoccupied by these counterfeit spiritual contacts, they're typically not seeking comfort where true comfort can come from; God's Holy Word and His Christian ambassadors here in this world. The end result of these ongoing demonic deceptions could be damnation in Hell for all of eternity. This is a very serious matter, and that's why God's warnings to us about trying to contact the dead are so explicit and firm.  

The loss of a loved one should be a reminder to all of us of our own mortality.  It should drive us into God's loving arms for comfort, and for those who haven't yet accepted Jesus Christ's gift of salvation, it can be the catalyst that finally pushes them into making that eternal life-saving decision.  We must remain on guard to make sure Satan and other demons aren't allowed to use these times of grief to lure us away from the love that God wants to pour out on us during these difficult times.


Many are unaware of the Bible's warnings about spirit contacts  

Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God. 
Leviticus 19:31 (NAV)

Incidents like the one described above started happening in Mary's life only after the appearances of the beautiful woman began.  I asked her a few questions about this:

  1. Had she ever read the Bible to see what it had to say about familiar spirits, talking to the dead, or channeling spirits of any kind?  

  2. Was she aware of God's warnings about how to test the spirits to see if they are of God or not?

Her answer to both questions was "no", which is typical of people who have these kinds of experiences.  I told her that based on what the Bible has to say about such matters that I was almost certain she was being deceived by a demon.  She seemed shocked and surprised because the spirit gave no obvious signs she could see of it being evil. The problem Mary had at that time was that she didn't know what signs to look for. I encouraged her to read up on the Bible verses that talk about communicating with the dead and other spirits, then to test this spirit the way the Bible says to the next time it appeared to her.  She did both, then called me later to tell me what happened.


The spirit's reaction to the test  

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
James 2:19  (KJV)

Back to the story about my cousin. When the woman appeared to her again, she tested it by asking it a few important questions.  Finally, the spirit showed its true colors.  The "skin" on its face melted off into a grotesque figure.  The last thing Mary saw was its skeletal hand disappearing into thin air.  She never saw the spirit again.  She was stunned that she could have been so thoroughly deceived.  I was not surprised at all because just a few weeks prior to Mary telling me these things, I had finished reading a book called Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth.  What an eye opener that book was!  It explained in easy to understand terms some of the many ways that Satan and other demons deceive people through various paranormal "experiences". 

Some final comments about Mary's story. Although she never saw the spirit again, her problems with demons did not end at that point.  Instead, the harassment continued in different ways.  One way it occurred was in the form of physical afflictions such as huge tumors in her and her children that the doctors could not explain. There is much more to this story, but in the interest of brevity, I'll say that the reason it continued is because she initially turned to the Mormon church (a cult) for assistance.  Because the Jesus they believe in doesn't possess the same characteristics as the Jesus of the Bible, they worship a false god and were unable to help her.  It wasn't until she left the Mormon church and joined a Baptist church that she finally got the help she needed to put them to an end.

Secret knowledge is not proof of authenticity   (Top)

We explained to her that the reason this spirit knew about this secret information is because her father and her were really not alone when they shared this information with each other while he was still alive.  Their actions and words had been witnessed by one or more demons...

Several years ago, my wife and I met with one of my former co-workers after she (the co-worker) told me her deceased father had been appearing to her.  She was awake during these apparitions and was having conversations with the spirit. She said that her father had died about a year earlier.  When he started appearing to her about a year later, she said she was certain it really was him because he told her things that only the two of them knew about.  We asked her if she was familiar with what the Bible had to say about talking with the dead?  Predictably, she said she was not.

We explained to her that in spite of how much comfort this spirit was bringing her, that unfortunately it was not really her father.  God tells us very clearly that the dead are not able to communicate with us.  We also cannot communicate with them.  However, God does warn us to avoid these kinds of contacts because Satan and other demons can use them to deceive us.  

We explained to her that the reason this spirit knew about this secret information is because her father and her were really not alone when they shared this information with each other while he was still alive.  Their actions and words had been witnessed by one or more demons who were then able to repeat these details to her later during these apparitions.  

The secret [things belong] unto the LORD our God: but those [things which are] revealed [belong] unto us and to our children for ever, that [we] may do all the words of this law.
Deuteronomy 29:29

"Secret knowledge" that God has not revealed to us about the universe, the future, etc. is sometimes given to people by demons. It sometimes contains some accurate information, but also is often wrong and intentionally misleading.  Modern examples of misleading information revealed by demons include the Urantia book, the Marian apparitions, and TV shows about communicating with the dead like Beyond, and Crossing Over.  

Counterfeit reincarnation experiences   (Top)

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
Hebrews 9:27 (KJV)

It's pretty much the same concept for people who have what they believe are reincarnation experiences.  Sometimes when they research their experiences of alleged past lives, they find out they were based on real people and actual events.  In some cases, the events occurred centuries earlier.  This too is no surprise since demons don't die like we do.  They are able to communicate events they witnessed centuries ago to humans who are living today.  In the end, it still comes down to the fact that no matter how real or authentic these experiences appear to be, they're still nothing more than counterfeit experiences that are intended to deceive and distract us.

Options for dealing with the problem

The first thing to always do is to pray for discernment so that you can properly determine what is happening. Then consider taking these actions:

  1. Try to rule out any natural, non-spiritual causes.  Hallucinations, hearing voices, etc. can be caused by a variety of medical and/or psychological problems that have nothing to do with demons. Seek the advice of your doctor, pediatrician, Christian psychologist or psychiatrist to rule those possibilities out.  I emphasize Christian psychologists or psychiatrists because they are far more likely to give careful consideration to both spiritual and non-spiritual causes.  Many secular health care professionals won't even consider a spiritual cause.  They may try to force a non-spiritual explanation for the problem no matter how strong the evidence may point to demonic activity.  See the Focus on the Family Christian Counselor Referral Service on their web site to find someone in your area, or call them at them at (719) 531-3400 from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM Mountain Time.

  2. Try to recognize the problem for what it really is if the evidence is pointing strongly in the direction that spirit contacts are actually occurring.  This is especially true of people who are in denial because they are either afraid of what they may discover, or because they don't want to give up the comfort they think they're getting from a spirit who is pretending to be a deceased loved one or friend.  Once you've accepted the fact that you're dealing with something that is very evil, you can move on to the next step with a sense of purpose and urgency.  If you or someone in your family is involved in a cult or any kind of occult activity, it may be appropriate to give the spiritual explanation more weight in terms of the overall evidence.

  3. Calm down if you are hyper about the situation.  If you pursue help from a local pastor who is willing to work with you and stick with you until the problem is solved, you will discover soon enough that it is not you who needs to be afraid, it is the demons.  If you are already a Christian, take some comfort in this Bible verse: 

    Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
    James 2:19 

    Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
    Luke 15:10  (KJV)

    If you are not a Christian, then turn to God as soon as possible and get serious about asking him to accept you as one of his adopted children in Christ.  See this link for help in how to do that.  Then you will have the spiritual help you need to put an end to the harassment.  If you will have faith and ask for God's help, you will be victorious:

    ... If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
    Matthew 17:20

  4. Seek out help from a local pastor.  He may be able to help you with many of the questions you may have.  He may also help you to have confidence that you are truly saved (a Christian), that you have truly repented, and truly do have the support of God in dealing with the problem.  He may also be able to help you realize that you absolutely can eliminate the problem through faith in Jesus Christ and by calling on him for his help.  See the Focus on the Family Christian Counselor Referral Service on their web site to find someone in your area, or call them at them at (719) 531-3400 from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM Mountain Time.  

    You can also start calling local churches in your area.  However, please take this warning very seriously.  Avoid contacting churches that engage in the kind of spiritually dangerous practices like those mentioned above.  Involvement with these kinds of churches could make the problem much worse because it's like asking the fox to guard the hen house. In general, I have found conservative Baptist churches and conservative reformed Presbyterian churches to be among the most reliable and helpful in terms of being the most on track with their doctrines.  However, you can still encounter pastors who don't want to deal with these kinds of problems. Don't be discouraged if you do. Keep looking until you find one who will work with you.
  5. Destroy all of your cult or occult materials.  Examples include Ouija boards, Dungeons and Dragon games, Tarot cards, astrology books and materials, witchcraft literature or paraphernalia,  false holy books such as the Book of Mormon, the corrupt Bible used by the Jehovah's Witnesses, the Urantia book, etc.  Anything that can be used to reconnect you or others back with the cult or occult practices and experiences should be thrown away or destroyed. Do not sell them and transfer the problem to someone else no matter how much you paid for them or think you need the money.

    Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all [men]: and they counted the price of them, and found [it] fifty thousand [pieces] of silver.
    Acts 19:19

Bible based resources for dealing with grief  

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 
 Romans 8:18

One major reason some people try to contact deceased loved ones through mediums and by other means is to help them deal with the grief they feel over the loss of those loved ones.  We have seen from the Bible verses above that it is impossible to contact our deceased loved ones, and that God forbids us from attempting to do so. However, God provides ways for those who are coping with grief to get help through the church.  

One of the best resources we know of for Christian materials and counseling in dealing with grief is Dr. James Dobson's organization Focus on the Family.  They have on-line articles that deal with a wide range of grief situations (i.e. loss of a spouse, child, etc.).  They also sell very reasonably priced  books, audio-tapes and videotapes on the topic.  On-staff counselors are also available.  They can even refer you to Christian psychologists and psychiatrists in your local area.  These professional counselors will integrate God's Word in with their counseling if you request it.  See:

Focus on the Family: Death and Grieving

We also encourage you to get counseling through your local church.  

When my father passed away in 1997, I found comfort in these particular Bible verses.  If you have experienced the recent loss of a loved one, you may find comfort in them as well.  

A special message to teenagers   (Top)

If you are experiencing what you believe to be spirit contacts, it is important that you try to find someone locally who is qualified to help you deal with it. Being able to talk with someone face-to-face can help you to more quickly understand what is really going on. They can also provide a local source of support.  Sometimes there are reasons for what's happening that don't involve spirits at all (examples include medications, chemical imbalances in the brain, etc.).  In other cases, there is real spiritual activity going on that should be dealt with.  If you are truly seeing or hearing spirits while awake, or they are contacting you while you're asleep, it is important to understand that these contacts are not normal, and they do NOT have your best interest in mind.  They intend to cause you great spiritual harm no matter how nice or friendly they may seem.  The same thing is true if you think you are experiencing "alien" abductions or contacts.  It needs to be stopped. The sooner the better.  Your natural tendency may be to seek the advice of friends.  However, while your friends may have strong opinions about what they think is going on, unless they are biblically trained in this area, they will not be able to give you the kind of sound advice and guidance you need. 

You should also expect that these evil spirits are master manipulators. They are experts in using what cult experts would refer to as mind control techniques.  They may try to convince you that they are too powerful for you to stop them (not true). Or they may try to trick you into continuing to lean on them by telling you lies that make you feel like you're special (i.e. you're a special messenger), or by giving you false comfort. They are evil, plain and simple, but it's not always easy to figure that out on your own.  What would make them very happy is to keep you isolated and away from expert help so that they can continue deceiving you.  Don't fall for it.  It is vital that you avoid trying to deal with this on your own. If you attend a local church, contact your pastor.  I would also recommend that you discuss the matter with your parents.  If they don't believe you, or they do but don't know what to do, print a copy of this article and give it to them.  If for some reason you feel estranged from your parents and don't feel comfortable talking with them about this, then contact the Focus on the Family referral service listed below and ask them to put you in touch with a Christian counselor in your area who you can talk to.  Donít let feelings of embarrassment stop you from taking action.  There are many caring Christians who understand this problem very well, and who will not be judgmental of you if you reach out to them and seek their help.


Links to other resources   (Top)

But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that [would come] from thence.
Luke 16:25-26  (KJV)

In the next few months, we will try to find internet web sites that contain good information about this topic.  Here are a few to get started with.  We'll try to find even better ones as time permits.  I would also recommend that you read the book Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey.  I am not comfortable with some of Mr. Lindsey's other books about end-time prophecies, but he seems to have really hit the nail on the head with this particular book.  Here are some other links that contain very useful information about this topic:


Choosing a quality, biblical church

What are the 9 marks of a spiritually healthy church (does not address youth group concerns)
The National Center for Family-Integrated Churches

The Problems with Age Segregated Teaching and Youth Groups

Divided the Movie
and A Weed in the Church book (official web site)
Divided the Movie
(watch for free at unofficial site)


Spirit contacts

The Occult - What does the Bible say about it?
How to Test the Spirits

Spirit contact: Who is on the other side?

What is the job description for an angel?

Police officers who use psychics risk direct contact with demons

UFO's, aliens and life on Mars. The demonic connections to this phenomenon

A Biblical response to the History Channel Ancient Aliens series


Reincarnation (4 articles)
Reincarnation: Does the Bible allow for this possibility?

Did Jesus go to India as a child and learn from Hindu Gurus?

The Mystery of Reincarnation


What does the Bible say about suicide?

Near-death experiences

A different perspective on near-death experiences. What insights can the Bible offer?


Professional counseling

Focus on the Family Counseling Department

If you're facing a crisis and need guidance and encouragement, Focus on the Family has a staff of licensed, professional Christian counselors available to talk with you. To speak with one of them, please call our ministry at 1-800-A-FAMILY (1-800-232-6459). Our counseling staff is available Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Mountain Time). If you call during those hours and our counselors are unavailable, one of our counselor's assistants will arrange for a counselor to call you back as soon as possible at no charge to you. Please note that our counselors can only offer an initial consultation; they cannot engage in an ongoing counseling relationship. If you need additional counseling, our counseling staff can refer you to a Christian counselor in your area. You can also find a local counselor using our counseling referral database (below).

Focus on the Family Counseling Referral Database

Find a licensed Christian counselor in your area by searching their on-line database by zip code or city and state in the United States and Canada.



Romans 8:35 - 39 (KJV)

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that
loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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