HI. This isn't a flame thread. The Bible clearly states WHY we shouldn't read tarot cards:
C. Psychics and Fortune-tellers
This includes all those who attempt to predict the future by supernatural, spirit powers: fortune-tellers, crystal ball readers, palm readers, mind readers, reading tarot cards [silent “t” in tarot], reading tea leaves, or Ouija board [reading animal livers — Ezek. 21:21].
The Bible says: Only God can read the minds of men.
1 Corinthians 2:11 — For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
John 2:25 — Jesus had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.
1 Kings 8:39 — Only God knows the hearts of man [Jer. 17:10].
Psychics and mind readers pretend to read men’s minds, but only God has this power, and He no longer gives it to men (see 1 Cor. 13 below). When men claim supernatural power to read the minds of others, they are involved in a form of witchcraft and divination, condemned in the passages above. Only God can predict the future.
James 4:14 — You do not know what will happen tomorrow.
Proverbs 27:1 — Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth. So, no human can predict the future by natural law. Any effort to predict the future must be based on supernatural powers.
Isaiah 41:21-23; 42:8,9 — God challenged the idols to prove they are gods by predicting the future. He rested His claim to Deity on His ability to predict the future.
So, God says no power but His can really predict the future. When people claim to be able to do it by occult means, they are claiming the power of God (regardless of their intent).
1 Corinthians 13:8-10 — God did miracles in the age when His written word was not complete. By God’s supernatural power, men revealed His will and confirmed by miracles that it was from God (Mark 16:20; Acts 14:3; Heb. 2:3,4). Since the written word (that which is perfect — James 1:25) has come, God no longer gives men the power of prophecy.
So, no one today can predict the future by the power of God. Anyone who claims such a power is not doing it by God’s power. Whatever power he claims, it must be a form of occult divination, condemned by God.
[Cf. Acts 8:14ff; 1:22; Jude 3; etc. See notes on work of Holy Spirit.] A test for impostors is to see if their predictions ever fail.
Deuteronomy 18:20-22 — After rebuking all forms of the occult (vv 9-14), God predicted the coming of the true prophet (Jesus) in whom people should trust (vv 15-19). Then He explained some ways people could recognize false prophets. A prophet is not from God if he claims to speak in the name of some other god or if his predictions of the future do not come true.
Occult diviners, psychics, and fortune tellers often speak in the name of supernatural beings other than the God of the Bible. All who do so are false prophets.
Other occult prognosticators are proven to be false teachers when their predictions fail to come true. Here are some examples: Jean Dixon
She became famous by predicting the death of John Kennedy. But one rarely hears about her predictions that failed. These include:
* World War III would begin in 1958. (Did it?)
* Russia would put the first man on the moon. (A good guess since they led the space race at the time. But America was first; Russia still has not done it.)
* Lyndon Johnson would be the Democratic candidate for president in 1968. (Since he was president at the time, he was the logical choice. But he refused to run.)
* President Ford would resign and Rockefeller would replace him. (Ford never resigned; Rockefeller was never president.)
* Reagan would be the Republican candidate for president in 1976. (Ford won the nomination instead).
[Others: Red China would enter the UN in 1958 — it didn’t happen till much later. Vietnam war would end within 90 days of May 7, 1966 — it did not happen till much later. All quotes via: Halbrook, 1974 Florida College lectures; O’Neal, Searching the Scriptures, 6/78] National Enquirer psychics
People have recorded the results of their predictions as follows:
* 22 false predictions in 1975 (R. Harris, Contender, 1/76)
* 14 misses in the second half of 1977 (O’Neal, Searching the Scriptures, 6/78).
* Of 58 predictions, only two were right, and these were easy guesses (Bob Craig, Gospel Anchor, 5/79). The track records of the psychics proves they are false teachers. We should not be afraid of them.
GOD is the ONLY ONE WHO KNOWS THE FUTURE.