To prevent such deception being embraced, the Bible forbids any attempt to contact discarnate spirits. Not because such contact is possible, but because it is impossible—and demons take advantage of this human desire as they impersonate the dead in order to promote their lies. The case of Samuel’s spirit coming back (1 Samuel:28:7-20) would seem to be an exception allowed by God in order to pronounce final judgment upon King Saul for his disobedience. (The shock expressed by the witch of Endor and her sudden identification of Saul would seem to argue that it was indeed Samuel who appeared.)
Heaney, though a Catholic theologian, contradicts the Bible by referring to “a deceased person who remains ‘earthbound’…in a confused or bewildered or malicious state….” On the contrary, no deceased persons are “earthbound,” hanging around to haunt or help the living. Those who die as Christians are instantly “absent from the body and…present with the Lord” in heaven (2 Corinthians:5:8). As for those who have rejected the gospel, their fate is given to us by Christ through the “rich man”: “In hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments” (Luke:16:23).
Heaney frankly admits that both the Bible and his Church condemn consulting the dead (except the alleged “saints,” of course). Nevertheless, he tries to justify the practice by saying that “the biblical prohibitions apparently were directed against aims and motives which are quite different from the aims and motives of modern researchers.” He quotes Protestant clergyman Donald Bretherton of London University, who agrees:
“‘Seeking after the dead’ in ancient times was designed to show Yahweh as either incompetent or untrustworthy, whereas modern mediumship seeks to show the reality of the claim that ‘underneath are the everlasting arms.’”
In fact, it is a delusion of liberal theology to imagine that the messages that come through mediums support belief in the God of the Bible. Instead, they undermine such faith by speaking of God as a “Force” and of Jesus Christ as an ascended Master who exists on a higher plane than most of the discarnate souls. All channeled material parrots the lies of the serpent in the Garden of Eden. Indeed, it is through this occult invasion of demonic beings impersonating the dead that a host of error has entered the world and even polluted the church.
Communication with the dead implies that souls and spirits are free to flit about on the astral plane and have become the communicators of an “ancient wisdom” to mankind. One cannot believe in communication with the dead and at the same time believe God’s Word: “…it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgment” (Hebrews:9:27).