One of the questions I’ve been hearing on a regular basis over the past few months has been the Catholic perspective on “mediums” – persons who believe that they have a special calling to connect us with those in the afterlife. My reply is always along the same lines: Catholic Christians don’t believe in mediums – because we don’t need them. When Jesus died on the Cross, the curtain separating the inner court from the Holy of Holies (the very presence of God) in the Jerusalem temple was torn in two (see Matthew 27:51). Christians see in that passage a remarkable sign: any of us now have direct access to God… when you couple this with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on any Baptized Christian – you start to see how each of us is not only connected to God, but we are also connected to all who have died and are in His presence (which is you find the Catholic tradition of praying to the saints). It has long been considered heresy (error in teaching/belief) that certain people are given secret knowledge or abilities to connect to the spiritual realm – this is refered to as gnosticism, from gnosis meaning “knowledge.” The real danger in believing in mediums, ouija boards, horoscopes, or anything else we’d consider “occult” is the fact that as Christians – as human beings living after the death & resurrection of Jesus – we all have access to God. If you require these special means to contact the spiritual realm, you need to understand that you’re not addressing God, because you wouldn’t require these mediums to make that connection.
Which brings me to a current viral trend spreading across the internet: the “Charlie Charlie” challenge. [Read more…] about The Charlie Challenge & the 1st Commandment