Some people talk about having a “thin-veil” experience when they feel that the spirits of loved ones visit them. Other people become depressed and question their worthiness when they don’t have such experiences. What should we make of them?
Jesus told a story that relates directly to this. It’s recorded in Luke 16. It’s about a man in hell asking Abraham who is in paradise to send someone back to earth to warn his five brothers, so they don’t end up in hell either. We pick up Jesus’ story at that point.
Abraham saith unto him, “They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.”
And he said, “Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.”
And he said unto him, “If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead”Luke 16:29-31
The man wanted his brothers to repent. There couldn’t be a more important topic than that. There couldn’t be a more vital purpose, namely, having his brothers stay out of hell. If any situation merited a visit from a spirit, it was this one.
Abraham, however, refuses his request. Not to further punish the man but because someone appearing to them wasn’t the most effective way to get them the message. “If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”
“Moses and the prophets” was the Jewish designation for the Old Testament. In other words, the Bible is what they needed to hear and heed.
It’s no different today. The Bible still tells us everything we need spiritually. Paul made this point to his young associate, Timothy:
From a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.2 Timothy 3:15-17
Note what he says about the Bible:
- It can make people wise unto salvation
- It is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, instruction
- It can thoroughly furnish people for all good works
Not only is the Bible totally sufficient, but it is also sure and trustworthy. This can’t be said about visitations from spirits. After all, Satan loves to masquerade as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). More than one person has followed the guidance of a spirit only to be drawn away from Jesus.
Satan is the father of lies. He has deception down to an art form. He most commonly appears in non-threatening, attractive forms. Sadly, he doesn’t hesitate to even impersonate a loved one if it serves his purposes. Nothing is off-limits for him.
That’s why it’s vitally important to be rooted in the Bible. It’s the place where God communicates from beyond the veil. Studying the Bible is the best thin-veil experience there is.
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