How was the Witch of Endor able to conjure the spirit of Samuel?

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From the Book of Samuel; at King Saul’s request, the witch of Endor conjures the spirit of the dead prophet Samuel. The spirit correctly predicts the death of Saul the next day. This strange episode seems like the Bible supports the occult?

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Boris (AKA Bozo)

Honey, the men who wrote the bible believed in the occult, obviously.
OR old witchy was a great fake psychic like John Edward.
OR she was a ventriloquist (No kidding–it was done often!).
OR she staged a faux seance with the help of assistants to give the impression Samuel had returned.
Who knows?

Pirate AMâ„¢

I hate to say it, but this works exactly like the magic in Harry Potter works, that is to say, it is a story.

Torg T. Robot

No, you are taking that part out of context. Saul is breaking his own laws by consulting the witch, so God delivers Saul over to his enemies. Saul knew he was breaking God’s law but he gave into temptation and suffered for it.
The Bible does ‘support’ the occult in that it says witches, demons, and magic are real. However, they are a manifestation of evil forces. The only real force for good is God, at least according to the bible.
Torg

Zdaddysdinosaurs

The Bible calls evil spirits “familiar spirits” Lev.19:31, 20:6, Deut. 18:6 and in the story of Saul, 1st Sam. 28:3 & 9 these evil spirits are called familiar because they are “familiar with you & I. It seems that satan assigned one to each of us the day we are born and it is it’s job in life to screw life up for us. it becomes familiar with the best way to do that. It knows what we look like how we sound and everything we do or did in life because it was there. In Rev. 12:10 the Bible says satans in the accuser of the brethren. He has to be there to see us sin to know what to run to GOd and say see that one there is a sinner.
So when King Saul went to the witch of endor she called up the evil spirit that had been assigned to Samuel. It knew how to “be” Samuel. I had some family members cal up George Washington one night on Halloween. (it scared the hell out of them)

bugsie

From Day One! as in”In the Beginning” There have been Jealous Spirit creatures(AKA PISSED OF ANGELS) That have as Evil Spirit creatures tried to prove that there are ghosts, that would prove life after death,
God said if you sin there is no life after death.
Satan, the Serpent, and his minion constantly try to prove God a Liar.
But it is not true.
So the Witch of Endor, Saul Knew not to go to, because she was with Satan not Ja, the God of the Jews.
She helped to conjure an evil demon(fallen angel since Noah’s time)
That spirit not only told the future, because IT COULD, BUT IT ALSO KNEW OF Saul’s fall from grace with the TRUE GOD because Saul used DEMONS instead of relying on God for answers.
So The “DEAD spirit of Samuel” was actually a demon of Satan being used to represent and throw fear and death into an unfaithful servant of YA the true God!

TamiDolphin

Ecclesiastes 9:5 (New International Version)
5 For the living know that they will die,
but the dead know nothing;
they have no further reward,
and even the memory of them is forgotten.
Psalm 115:17 (New International Version)
17 It is not the dead who praise the LORD,
those who go down to silence;
These verses clearly state that the dead know nothing. They do not praise the Lord. The “spirit” was a deceiving demond. King Saul lost his faith in God and decided to not trust God and take matters into his own hand. He believed it so much that he committed the ultimate sin of committing suicide. he witch wasn’t right she just was so believing that he made it happen.
1 Samuel 31:4 (New International Version)
4 Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and run me through and abuse me.”
But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it.
The Bible clearly tells not to deal with witches of those that practice magical arts for those are the works of demons
Revelation 22
8But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

starcherub

One of the definitions of “occult” is: beyond the range of ordinary knowledge or understanding; mysterious
God works in mysterious ways, so says the Bible. You might say that God works in occult ways, using the definition just explained. Yes, the Bible is full of occult stuff. But not all occult stuff is equal in the Bible. There is good occult (miracles, casting lots, talking to angels, rods turning into snakes, etc.) and bad occult (conjuring the dead). So the Bible supports some occult.
But, if you want to use the Bible as support as far as evidence, then yes, the Bible supports the notion that occult stuff like conjuring the dead exists, amongst other occult things.

Jenny

the bible never denies the dark forces and the spiritual realm. But God should be who we confide in. All else is wicked.

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