Is it okay for a Christian to own (but not use) a Ouija board?

I am a fond collector of antiques, and the other day, I purchased an antique Ouija board without knowing that it is actually an occultish thing.

I have no plans on using it, but I only have plans to add it to my collection. Is it okay for a Christian to do this?

If it was me, I would destroy it. Having had an experience with Ouija as a young teenager I would not have anything like it in my house. You’re not sinning by just keeping the board and not using it, but I would destroy it myself. They are dangerous things and one less Ouija board in existence would be the best course of action in my opinion.

I think I agree. It’s probably not technically sinning, but why take the risk? Just get rid of it and be done with it.

If you are a Catholic you probably place some value on the use of sacramentals and although they do not have any power within themselves, they do represent a reality and do help to join us to that reality.
A ouija board is a reverse sacramental and can be used by the enemy to enter your house, after all you opened the door by taking the object inside your house.

It is custom and good practice to have the house blessed, to keep in it Holy Water and perhaps Blessed Salt. But you cannot remove the curse of a ouija board no matter how much Holy Water you pour into it.
These are the reasons why I actually agree with the previous poster, having seen the destructive effects of the ouija board on a school friend of mine many years ago, I would have no qualms about destroying it.
The fact that is old would only make me more convinced to destroy it.

Peace!!!

Hello ILoveTheLordGod,

In my humble opinion, if you have an object in your possession purely out of appreciation for the workmanship, then why not?
With regard to a Ouija board, it can do you no harm unless you believe the superstitions that surround it and belief in superstition is sinful.

This is what the Vatican has to say:
2111 Superstition is the deviation of religious feeling and of the practices this feeling imposes. It can even affect the worship we offer the true God, e.g., when one attributes an importance in some way magical to certain practices otherwise lawful or necessary. To attribute the efficacy of prayers or of sacramental signs to their mere external performance, apart from the interior dispositions that they demand, is to fall into superstition.
vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s2c1a1.htm

I hope you enjoy your collection, simply as works of craftsmanship.
:blessyou:

NO - It is absolutely NOT okay for a Christian or a non Christian to own and not use a ouija board. Playing with a ouija board opens up a portal for demons to come through and what you think may be fun with your friends, or trying to contact good spirits are actual demons. They can cause total havoc, possession, depression, suicide and it is not cute or funny to own one of these. As someone who is less of a practicing Catholic and grew up in a house of Santeria I saw many things that were frightening, and plain unholy. So dont do it and encourage your friends not to use or BUY one. Whatever spirits are attached to them can attach themselves to you. Another thing is God expects us to be holy. Why do you think he warned us in Leviticus about spiritist, necromancers, mediums, etc…Do you think he would have a ouija board in his kingdom of heaven even though he’s not going to use it. God says to us “Be holy for I am holy” and if there is anything that offends the Lord in your home you need to clean it out.
One more very important thing. Never destroy or burn a ouija board. Just remove far away from your home and bury it. Good Luck and God Bless.

Not to be too flippant, but if it’s not being used, isn’t it just a piece of wood or cardboard with the alphabet on it? :shrug:

I would recommend asking your priest about it and following his advice.

Physical objects have no sin in themselves.

But they CAN be carriers of spiritual force (indirectly of course).

Find a knowledgeable priest to ask about your purchase, and do as he says.

ICXC NIKA

Destroy it.
Soon.
Peace to you.

The Vatican has a lot more to say just a few paragraphs away…

Divination and magic

2115 God can reveal the future to his prophets or to other saints. Still, a sound Christian attitude consists in putting oneself confidently into the hands of Providence for whatever concerns the future, and giving up all unhealthy curiosity about it. Improvidence, however, can constitute a lack of responsibility.

2116 All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to “unveil” the future.48 Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone.

2117 All practices of magic or sorcery, by which one attempts to tame occult powers, so as to place them at one’s service and have a supernatural power over others - even if this were for the sake of restoring their health - are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion. These practices are even more to be condemned when accompanied by the intention of harming someone, or when they have recourse to the intervention of demons. Wearing charms is also reprehensible. Spiritism often implies divination or magical practices; the Church for her part warns the faithful against it. Recourse to so-called traditional cures does not justify either the invocation of evil powers or the exploitation of another’s credulity.

To the op…it might be harmless and not used while in your possession but maybe sometime down the road it could be for someone else.

Get rid of it. You have no idea what kind of evil might be attached to that thing.

This exactly. Nothing good comes of these boards. But much harm can come.

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Make no mistake.
We as Catholics are to have nothing to do with these instruments of the occult.
The fact that they appear “harmless” is what lures people to them.
Destroy it. You won’t be sorry. Antique Ouija boards have no monetary value.

Pax Christi!

Can you guarantee that it will never be used? If you destroy it, you can.

Is it okay to own, but never look at, pornography?

Destroy it. And be an example: let everyone know what you have done.

God bless.

This is true. Reading books recently written by the
Church’s main exorcists they claim in their
experience evil spirits stay locally they do not wander
from their original place.
This of course is one reason people have their
homes blessed.

So yeah any spirit involved with that board supposedly
is with that board now.
If it was mine I’d burn it.

When approaching sin, one way you can determine if an action is correct is to ask, “Would Jesus, Mary, or the saints do this?”

Would Jesus, Mary, or the saints possess a Ouija board?

What possible good could come from keeping it? What happens if someone else uses it in the future? A curious child who finds it in a yard sale after you die? A guest at your home who sees it.

Or scandal of someone thinking that it is ok with you to use these things because you own one.

Why not just rid the world of any possible demonic action that could come from it in the future?

We Catholics go through great lengths to identify “objects” with something. Rosaries, Crucifixes, Even hand gestures. IF one should not throw away a rosary in a manner that can cause scandal than one sure should not have a demonic item. Especially if one does not know the very history of that object and if a demonic force is attached to it.

Isn’t keeping it as some sort of item of historical veneration really kind of giving it a certain honor in your home? YIKES!

This just seems like a no brianer to me. Get rid of it! How does it help your soul to keep it?

Yes!..And besides that, because it is old, many may have used it for occultic purposes.

I went to daily Liturgy with a priest who was assigned by the bishop to be an exorcist for 2 provinces and he was busy. At least once a year he would do a homily on things to stay away from, and certainly ouiji boards were on the list. Not even keep it in the house.

Personally, I would destroy it and get either blessed salt or holy water and go through the house. I’m not kidding.

Although an outsider might consider that to be superstition, scripture says

Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. Our battle is not against human forces but against the principalities and powers, the rulers of this world of darkness, the evil spirits in regions above. Eph 6: 11 and 12

When we use water to baptize, we believe God is there with His power, it’s not water in itself that has the power to save. Likewise, an ouiji board may be made of wood and paint but the enemy can use that to his advantage over us. It is prudent to be aware that there are powers we cannot see influencing people through the world. We should not open the door to it.

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