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Some people believe that humans possess a sixth sense which is stronger in some than in others. If that is true, then it yet interacts with other realms of the mind in a similar way to our “conscience.” Many debates take place in our minds as information from our senses is processed. We get ideas, notions, and feelings that we either build upon or dismiss (see Whispers in the Mind, in my December 11, 2011 archives).

Artistic expression and invention often develop around these mental suggestions. Some argue that it is truer to say that humans have a spirit that enables us to discern certain things through inspiration. Some people claim to actually be able to make contact with spirits. Others say that intuition is no more than an evolved brain function.

My Webster’s Dictionary defines “intuition” as, “the power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without rational thought or inference.” In other words, the mind sometimes skips to conclusions, which can often be brilliant, without possessing all the information that it needs to do so. Though this sort of thing has sometimes led to scientific discoveries, it is a very fallible process. People make most of their mistakes by jumping to conclusions, or thinking that they “just know” the correct answers.

The word “con-science” means “to know,” but that doesn’t mean that we actually know everything we think we do. Our conscience can be deceived. The conscience can make us conscious of things we would not otherwise comprehend, but it can blind us to others.

Is extrasensory perception really a different thing from inspiration, or the workings of the conscience? ESP may seem more other-worldly and mysterious only because of its association with the occult and unusual happenings. There are often anomalies involved, and though science knows that anomalies exist, it isn’t very good at dealing with such things. They are most often ignored (see “Out of Place Data” in my November 2013 archives).

I personally believe that the word “supernatural” should be defined as, “the natural which is beyond our present scientific understanding.” If science happened to physically detect God at this point in time, it would yet be unable to determine what was being sensed, even though God is just as real and natural as the nature that he created.

A couple of months back, I wrote about our senses, and how the good things of life are evidence that God is good. In that post, I mentioned the idea of the existence of a sixth sense. My post preceding this present one was about deception and evil. The existence of evil is evidence that the Bible is truthful about man and his world. The fact that we are yet wondering about a sixth sense is also evidence for God.

Science believes in the existence of other dimensions, but doesn’t accept that intelligent beings, some of which are hostile toward us, could populate another dimension. If God didn’t restrict them, it would be simple for such beings to deceive us, whether or not they revealed themselves to us.

The Bible tells us that we have a spirit (Ecclesiastes 12:7, Ezekiel 13:3, 2nd Corinthians 5:8), and while it teaches that God has at times made contact with man in a direct, physical manner, he most often speaks to our spirit through the conscience. Mainstream science is currently experimenting with wireless transmission of information directly to the human brain, but yet science doesn’t accept the Bible’s testimony that this is already happening.

In Hebrews 1:7, the angels are called “spirits,” and there is a being that the Bible calls “the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2). That description indicates that this “prince” uses all forms of communication to broadcast misinformation. The Bible warns us of the danger of flirting with the occult (1st Timothy 4:1), and tells us to “try the spirits whether they are of God” (1st John 4:1).

There was a woman who had a spirit of “divination” (Acts 16:16-19) who guided her employers to financial gain. After she followed Paul and Silas around, day after day proclaiming in a mocking manner, “these men are servants of the most high God,” Paul commanded the spirit to “…come out of her.” Her employers afterward made trouble for Paul and Silas when she was no longer of value to them. The Greek word “Puthon” (Python) translated as “divination” in Acts 16:16 was also the name of the area where the seat of the “Oracle” of Delphi was located.

It would be simple for an angelic being or spirit to manipulate the mind of a person dabbling in the occult. They know what is around the next curve of the road. They could give you déjà vu, or foretell the future to a limited degree. They know many things about people of the past, and could convince someone of reincarnation. While we might think that we are only playing a game, the game is playing us.

Be that as it may, I think that at some point in our lives, most people experience something that causes them to wonder about the existence of the “supernatural.” There’s a big difference in studies concerning the percentages of people (31% to 96%) who have experienced déjà vu, but it averages out to be two-thirds of us. That amounts to a lot of people.

Science “explains” the experience of déjà vu as an anomaly of memory, but it is really beyond the capability of science at the present time to prove very much about it. Studies indicate that most of those who have experienced déjà vu are college educated, and that the incidence of occurrences decrease with age. Because these things can be viewed as evidence in favor of the Bible, I’m going to list a few things from my own experience and that of others that I have confidence in.

I am by nature a very skeptical person, and I don’t expect to persuade someone to believe me if they themselves have not had similar experiences. Personally, I have only had a few déjà vu experiences, and they haven’t been too remarkable. Once however, when a stranger was introducing himself, I knew his name before he said it. I’ve also had the experience of knowing the buildings that I would see around the next bend of a road where I had never been. In my experience these things have been totally sporadic, and I don’t see how science could verify that sort of anomaly. I have experienced feelings of “déjà vu” less as I have grown older.

I have experienced other kinds of unusual coincidences, or anomalies. For instance, I chose the name for my younger brother, but we didn’t know at that time whether Mom was expecting a boy or a girl. I already had younger sisters, and Mom didn’t tell me until after my wife and I were married that if she had another girl, she was going to give her a feminine form of the first and middle names that I had chosen. You can make of it what you will, but I did not choose my wife because she was named what Mom had chosen for another daughter. I didn’t even notice it at the time.

I had noticed that the girl who became my wife, and the girl I dated previously, had the same first and last initials. They both had these initials in small letters on their eye-glasses, and when I first met my wife, besides thinking she was very pretty, I kept looking at her and wondering what seemed familiar about her. I don’t think she will be offended at my telling of this.

I’m not going to give the name of a christian man because some people would automatically be skeptical of him for telling this story. Many times, for this same reason, credible people will not tell something if it seems incredible. This man bought a little house several years ago, and one day looking off his front deck, he thought he remembered his parents taking him as a child to a house that once stood about 300 yards away on the hill across the road.

This was not in the area where his family had lived, but his dad did odd jobs and work around town. He verified with his parents, who were still living at that time, that he had been to a house that was once there. As a child, his parents had told him about a woman who had predicted his birth and that of his siblings, and he was reminded of this story.

The man doesn’t know if the woman was a christian who happened to get a bit of inspiration, or if she was someone who just happened to get it right. There was someone, perhaps the man’s uncle, who thought that this woman was a witch. She probably was just a quaint little lady.

Anyway, my christian friend’s parents had wanted children for some years, and his father was building a fence for this woman. The subject of children came up and she told him that he would father a family if he would quit smoking cigarettes. Science today seems to verify that smoking interferes with conception, but I don’t think it was known in those days. My friend’s father felt like the woman’s saying was a prophecy, and he must really have wanted children. He buried his pack of cigarettes in a post-hole in the lady’s yard and never smoked again.

My friend doesn’t think that he was subconsciously drawn to buy a house in this area because of some childhood memory, but he thinks it is more than just a coincidence. He says that when he looks across the road, it feels like he is looking across a valley of time. He feels that the woman’s prediction has something to do with him coming to believe there is more to life than meets the eye. God alone knows the whole truth.

I’m not going to tell any ghost stories, but I lived for a short time in a small duplex where some strange things were thought to take place. I do know that people who lived there had toyed with the occult. Not long after I moved out, in the middle of the night, a neighbor from up the little hollow awakened all the occupants of the duplex screaming that the attic was on fire. There was no fire, and he went home looking like a fool. A friend who yet lived there told me about it. A few weeks later, when no one was home, the house burned to the ground. I can think of a few possible explanations, but nothing that makes much sense. There was no suspicion of arson or anything.

So, maybe esp exists but I’m not sure that we know much more than we would otherwise. Life is a mystery, and so is the Bible (the Script), and Science is far from omniscient. We know more about the brain than we know about our mind.

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