Sorry I’m a year late to the discussion but I’d like to add my proverbial two cents if I may. I’m a magician and more to the point, a mentalist and so I have a keen interest in clairvoyance, ESP and other like minded elements (pun intended).
Okay, so to get to the gist of my opinion, there are, for me anyway, three possibilities. The vast, vast majority are tricks. People like myself who study body language, verbal suggestions, psychology and just plain downright deception. We “ideally” only use these skills to entertain. We’re very obvious about it. We’ll announce that we’re not really psychic. In fact, if you ever meet my ex-wife she’ll assure you that I’m psychotic! So, the good ones admit it’s a clever effect or they at least let you to ponder the possibility that just maybe they really do have special powers.
Now having said that, I am reminded of Abraham Lincoln who said to really test a man’s character is to give him power. Unfortunately for some, the illusion of clairvoyance is used to convince others you have power and abilities far beyond mortal men. And in this celebrity worshiping age, the appearance of having super powers is too attractive to not milk to it’s fullest extent. Consequently, I am convinced the vast majority of people claiming clairvoyance are fakes. I can personally replicate much of what they claim to do.
This then, brings up the other two possibilities which I’ll define as being either holy or unholy in origin. My sorted past brought me into contact with all kinds of people and some of them were heavily influenced by the occult. Some of these people are adamant that humans like to believe they are little “creators” … that because we’re made in the image and likeness of God, we are like little gods who create great works of art, literature, architecture, etc. etc. But, these people insist this is not true (and whether or not this is or isn’t true is probably best dealt on another subject thread!). They insist we’re not creators, but that we’re all little receivers. Again, I’m not trying to debate their point. I just find it interesting because if this is true, that we’re little receivers, then genuine clairvoyance is something received or given to us.
So, it is my opinion, the other two possibilities are not faked and if we are little receivers then the majority of the genuine clairvoyant powers are demonic in origin.
Case in point, we’ve all heard about local psychics calling the police and telling them where to find the missing body. For example, the psychic may claim the police need to look by some water or some other obscure location. Then, surprise, surprise, the victim’s body is found by the nearby lake. If the psychic really does have genuine powers, then I suspect his/her powers to be demonic in origin. Why, you may ask? Well, why didn’t the psychic call the victim or the police an hour or more before the attack?
If this psychic were from God then why wasn’t the crime prevented? Solving a horrible crime through psychic phenomena is generally demonic (I am not saying there can’t be exceptions) because the devil wins two times. First, (in this case anyway) the sin of murder is committed. Second, as a result, more people will come to believe in powers of occult magic and may exchange their love and worship of God for the “cool” powers of the psychic. Assuming the purported psychic’s powers are demonic in origin, then the devil can tantalize and tempt everyone who hears the story and wonders.
The third form is the rarest of them all and that is legitimate clairvoyance from God. How do we tell the difference? The best clue or course of action is to first be skeptical. Remember, the vast majority are fake. If you really believe the person is legitimate then trust the Bible and remember Jesus when he said to test the fruit the tree produces. A bad tree can not produce good fruit. Does this so called psychic bring us closer to God or does he bring us closer to his awe-inspiring powers?