Can the dead speak to us?
There are people like the
Spiritists who teach that the spirits of the dead can contact the living by way of a medium. This same principle is present in the teachings about ancestral spirits who communicate with African people through the tribal doctor. In the dark Spiritist's "seances" people hear what they think to be the actual voices of their departed beloved ones. Is it true? Are the spirits of the dead able to speak to us? The answer of the Bible is NO! they cannot do so.
People who have studied Spiritism tells us that we must remember that the devil and the diabolic powers are able to imitate the voices of the dead and that what people hear are false voices of demonic powers. That is why the Bible forbids us strongly to try and contact the spirits of the dead (Read Deuteronomy 18:10-12; Isaiah 8:19-20). The devil is able to masquerade as an angel of light (2
No! the Bible teaches clearly that the spirits of the dead leave the dead body immediately and go to the abode of the dead to remain there till the day of the resurrection. They are unable to come out of the abode of the dead to communicate with us (Read Luke 16:19-31).
The case of the witch of Endor in the time of Saul is a unique case with different explanations and can not be quoted as an example of general contact between the dead and the living (1 Samuel 28:7-20).
if you have had such an experience, you should ask yourself whether this message
has brought you nearer to God, or further away. God can use your sorrow to draw you to himself. But Satan can also use the same sorrow to make you turn your back on God. This will help you to understand who was behind that vision or voice you had.