Looking For Love in All the Wrong Places

“And when they say to you, ‘Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,’ should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living (Isaiah 8:19)?”

Many singles often complain that it is so difficult to meet the “right person.” Amanda searched for Mr. Right and could never make that connection. Until she encountered Jack Teague, whom she recently married. Jack has been dead nearly for nearly 300 years and was a pirate according to the blushing bride.1 Amanda found a Shaman priest and hired a registrar who traveled with her into international waters to make her ceremony “legal.” (1)

Amanda boasts that Jack is her soulmate and even sets a place at the table each meal and claims he can taste food through her. The two of them are now co-writing a book for other women who are looking for “the one” in the spiritual realm. She says, “There are a lot of people out there who don’t know about spiritual relationships, but it could be right for them – I want to get the message out there.”

Under the law of Moses all efforts to connect with the dead were explicitly forbidden by God under penalty of death (Deuteronomy 18:9-14, Leviticus 19:31, 20:6, 27). “There shall not be found among you anyone who…practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).”

Still the Israelites violated these prohibitions too frequently. At Baal of Peor they sinfully joined themselves to the women of Moab and shared in eating the sacrifices to their gods (Numbers 25:1-3) which the psalmist equated to sharing those delicacies with the dead (Psalm 106:28). King Saul famously consulted the witch of Endor to make contact with the departed spirit of Samuel (1 Samuel 28:7-20) and was informed that in less than 24 hours he would be joined with the dead (v.19). Of all of King Saul’s unfaithful deeds, consulting the witch to contact Samuel from the realms of death was explicitly called out in his epitaph (1 Chronicles 10:13).

So, is it possible that the long dead spirit of Jack Teague actually married and is daily in Amanda’s life as she asserts? Solomon said the dead know nothing and shall nevermore have a share in anything done under the sun (Ecclesiastes 9:5-6). In Luke 16 (vv.19-31) Jesus tells of the rich man that died and found himself in torments in Hades. He remembered his five brothers who still lived and sought to have Lazarus sent from the dead to warn them not to come to this place of torment. But the answer was, “if they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.”

It seems clear that Jesus is saying that a book has already been written instructing everyone looking for “the One” with whom to have a spiritual relationship that will last. The tragic irony is that Amanda Teague seeks love in a spiritual relationship and is missing the richest and most meaningful spiritual relationship that anyone has, or ever could experience with her Creator. God has promised His Spirit to all who obey the gospel (John 3:3-5, Acts 2:38, 2 Corinthians 5:5). He wrote this book to get the message out for those who are seeking to be joined, not with a spirit of the dead but of the living Spirit of God Himself.

“But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His (Romans 8:9).”

  1. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11976493

Billy Alexander is a member of the church of Christ in Jersey Village in Houston, TX. He and his wife Gwen both work at Hewlett-Packard where they met and have worked more than 25 years each. Billy enjoys teaching Bible several times each week at Jersey Village and Memorial church of Christ. Since 2008, his weekly article "Equipping the Saints" as run in the Jersey Village bulletin.