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I have a friend who sees people who have passed away. Like she can see, hear, and talk to them. This isnt fake, she really can. She recently told me that she sees my deceased grandfather at our ball games. She cannot see her mother who died a few years ago, which frustrates her. She isn't religious. Does the bible say anything about this? Is this absolutely impossible? What does this mean about the people she sees like my grandfather? Some would say he "hasnt crossed over into the after world". Im almost positive he was saved though. thanks

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I agree with @BruisedReed. I read a book many years ago entitled "The Beautiful Side of Evil". I'm also currently reading a book entitled "Lucifer Dethroned". Both of these books give some insight into the deception of the demonic world. Perhaps these would be helpful to you in understanding this. The bottom line, though, is that it is extremely dangerous to mess with the spiritual world without a personal relationship with Jesus. –  Narnian Mar 31 '14 at 12:56
Just ask her if she has been involved in occult activity. That is always a dead giveaway (no pun intended) as to when she opened the doors to this. As Narnian said, only Jesus can shut them again. –  Steve Mar 31 '14 at 13:13
It's probably important to ask if this is something that happens to her, beyond her control, or if it is something she actively does - i.e. 'call up' these people. –  DJClayworth Mar 31 '14 at 19:15
@DJClayworth the answer to that question is implicit in the description - she is seeking to commune with the spirit of her deceased mother –  bruised reed Mar 31 '14 at 19:50

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I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but the bible calls this necromancy and describes it as an "abominable practice":

9 “When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer 11 or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, 12 for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. - Deuteronomy 18:9-12 (ESV) (emphasis mine)

To inquire of the dead is to intentionally initiate this activity, and a medium is someone who engages in necromancy professionally.

Unfortunately, your friend's experiences are most likely due to the influence of a demonic spirit as per the slave girl in Phillipi. Her visions and conversations may seem very real to her and she may even receive special knowledge that she would not have access to through natural means. This doesn't mean that she is really seeing dead people however - demons can and do deceive people about such matters. I suggest you seek pastoral counsel for the best way to help her.

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I'm just curious, I like your answer Bruised, but how would this reconcile the belief (not everyone's, obviously) that Deut (and most of Moses' books) was a command specifically to the people of Israel as God's chosen nation? I'm not sure where the asker is from - but I'd assume out of Israel. I'm just curious. Again, great answer! –  Jesse Mar 4 at 4:02
@Jesse I wouldn't try it to reconcile it to something I don't believe in! I believe it comes under the general category of 'moral law' (not just Israel specific). You might find this Q&A helpful. –  bruised reed Mar 4 at 5:34

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