If remote viewing simply represents (as most remote viewers today claim) the trained utilization of a normal human capability which we all possess, we are faced with a number of serious conflicts with God’s Word. For one, the Bible presents a class of men called prophets who wrote the Scriptures. The Bible says that these were “holy men of God” and that they “spoke as they were moved [inspired] by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter:1:21).
If remote viewing, however, is a normal function of the human mind—and thus all knowledge on any subject, whether it has to do with the past, present, or future, is available to anyone—then the Bible presents a false picture. Biblical prophets were nothing special, they did not need to be “holy men of God,” and they were not inspired “by the holy Spirit,” but were picking up information from the “collective unconscious” available to anyone, with or without faith in God. Major Ed Dames claims that these prophets were simply remote viewers. If so, the Bible has deceived us.
Jesus Himself would then be reduced to a remote viewer. For example, when Philip brought his friend Nathaneal to Him, Jesus said to him, “Before…Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree [miles away], I saw thee.” If this was nothing more than a normal power of remote viewing that we all possess, then the Bible here again presents a false picture. Nathaneal clearly understood this as proof that Jesus was the Messiah (“Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel”). Jesus did not correct him and say, “No, this is just normal clairvoyance, the power of remote viewing, that all humans have it if they only knew how to use it.” He accepted Nathaneal’s understanding as valid. If the remote viewers are correct, then Jesus dishonestly claimed deity on the basis of powers that are common to all of us (John:1:45-51).
Such is the position taken by Fordham University professor John J. Heaney, a Catholic theologian who received his doctorate in theology at the Catholic Institute in Paris, France. He cites Jesus’ having seen Nathaneal “under the fig tree” as an example of normal human powers. Heaney even suggests that Christ’s ability to still the storm at a word and to walk on water are powers that others have exhibited. He writes:
“It seems to me that Jesus as a human being was blessed and gifted with incredible paranormal and psychokinetic powers. These powers he used at will. Others had such powers occasionally and in a limited way. Jesus seemed to be master over these powers….”