If you're familiar with this web site, you've probably taken a look at the Lea's Perspective section that's associated with some of the topics. Since I've gotten a bit of feedback and a fair amount of criticism about that section, I figured it would be good to do a section on the process of channeling to further explain both Lea's contribution and the Biblical background concerning channeling.
Channeling is a method where a regular
person chooses to allow an external source to actually talk through them.
Essentially, the person allows the external source to use their voice to
audibly relay a message. There are also other forms of channeling where
the person writes or types the messages instead of actually talking, but
in this article I'll address the speaking form of channeling since it's
by far the strangest form to most people, and the most controversial.
My wife made a great observation the other day that I thought might help explain channeling and perhaps make it seem less strange. She has worked in a few call centers. Sometimes she would get a call from a deaf person so they use a "relay call" to communicate. What happens is that the deaf person will use sign language
and an interpreter will speak exactly what the deaf person would like to say into the phone. Then the answers that my wife gives over the phone to the interpreter are signed back to the actual caller. So while the interpreter's voice is the one you hear on the phone, it's really another person communicating. You can see that even in our normal lives we use a variety of inventive communication methods. I personally consider channeling just another one of these methods, not some mystical kind of spirit conjuring or anything like that. To me it's not much different than an online chat room or instant message. That is why I don't find information heard through channeling to be any more dangerous than anything I might see using those communication methods (which, of course, like channeling, would ALL have the potential to be VERY dangerous if the person you are talking to is themself dangerous).
My wife made a great observation the other day that I thought might help explain channeling and perhaps make it seem less strange. She has worked in a few call centers. Sometimes she would get a call from a deaf person so they use a "relay call" to communicate. What happens is that the deaf person will use sign language and an interpreter will speak exactly what the deaf person would like to say into the phone. Then the answers that my wife gives over the phone to the interpreter are signed back to the actual caller. So while the interpreter's voice is the one you hear on the phone, it's really another person communicating.
You can see that even in our normal lives we use a variety of inventive communication methods. I personally consider channeling just another one of these methods, not some mystical kind of spirit conjuring or anything like that. To me it's not much different than an online chat room or instant message. That is why I don't find information heard through channeling to be any more dangerous than anything I might see using those communication methods (which, of course, like channeling, would ALL have the potential to be VERY dangerous if the person you are talking to is themself dangerous).
The main question: Is this method of communication really supported Biblically, or am I being deceived by the dark side into presenting messages obtained illegitimately?
I'm well aware of some of the arguments that are commonly used against channeling as a valid method of communication. I've been referred to 1 Samuel 28:3-20 where Saul wrongly consults a medium for advice and also to the advice given in Isaiah 8:19-22 about consulting God instead of mediums and spiritists. But do these passages condemn the method of channeling? After reading them, it seems to me that they condemn the source that is being contacted (usually the dead), but they don't condemn the method itself.
As a result of Biblical admonitions like these, I've been warned very sternly by some people with the standard phrase to "test the spirits." When they say this it seems they usually mean "Don't even go there, all spirits are evil." But what does it really mean to "test the spirits?" Seems to me that any test can be either passed or failed. When it comes to communicating with the spiritual world, so many people want to immediately give into fear and automatically give out a failing grade in the test in an attempt to be safe. Is this really what is intended when we are told to "test the spirits?"
To find out, I think we have to take a look at the original passage where this phrase is taken from:
|1 John 4:1-3 (NIV)|
|Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.|
Interesting to note that the passage doesn't say all spirits are automatically evil, deceitful and dangerous, does it? It definitely says that many are, and warns against having anything to do with them, but it also states that any spirit that "acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh" is from God. While modern day religious people often use the term "test the spirits," I wonder how many of them would admit that a spirit could conceivably pass this test and in fact be from God?
For further clarification, I'd like to go straight to my favorite source and look further at Jesus' stance on the method of channeling.
|John 17:7-8 (NIV) - Jesus Praying to The Father|
|"Now they have come to know that everything You have given Me is from You; for the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me."|
In this next example, he explains to his disciples that in the same way words will be directly given to them when they most need them:
|Mark 13:11 (NIV) - Jesus Speaking|
|"When they arrest you and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but it is the Holy Spirit."|
While these examples may suggest a type of channeling, many people might argue that it's far from the trancelike state that they usually relate with the word. It's not like the disciples layed down and went into an altered state of mind to relay the words they were given. So what about this deeper form of channeling? I'd like to relate a personal experience that might shed some more direct light on how Jesus feels about this form of communication.
A little while back, I became involved in a Bible study with some people from a Pentecostal church. The people doing the Bible study of course invited me to attend their church. I had never been to a Pentecostal church before and was curious to see what it was like, especially after being impressed by the knowledge these people seemed to have of the Bible.
During one of the first services I attended, a man stood up and started talking loudly in what sounded like some foreign language. I had talked to this man a number of times prior to this incident, and he seemed very sane and very sincere in his faith. He was also very humble. It surprised me to see him doing something like this. But I watched silently, and when he was done speaking, the congregation was absolutely silent. Then another person began speaking. This person was speaking in English as if he were relaying a message from Jesus in first person.
This was all very strange to a newcomer like me, so immediately after the service I didn't hesitate to go to the folks who were involved with the Bible study and ask "What was that all about?" They informed me that the man was doing something known as "prophesying in tongues." Of course, I was curious about any Biblical references to this kind of thing, and they gladly showed me the following passage:
|1 Cor 12:4-11 (NIV)|
|There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.|
I was told that I had just witnessed the "interpretation of tongues" live and in action. Certainly was interesting, but I had the same doubts as any logical person would have. How do I know they weren't faking it? One of the people I was talking to assured me that he had once had the opportunity to interpret tongues. In his case it was unexpected, unplanned and he insisted that it was definitely real. Nonetheless, I remained somewhat skeptical.
This happened a number of times after that, and one thing that started to convince me was the brilliance of the messages. If these folks were making this up, I'm sure the pastor of the congregation would like to know where they were getting their material so he could use some of it. It didn't strike me as the kind of words and ideas they'd even be able to make up. Because of the content of the messages, I started to wonder if these messages really were coming from Jesus as they appeared to be.
But that's not what finally convinced me. After a while, these messages seemed to taper off. To be honest, I kind of missed them. They always seemed to provide some valuable insight into spiritual issues. So one day I went to church there and prayed "Jesus, if that was really you, please come through today and give us some more wisdom that we can't find in the Bible." (note that's exactly how I phrased it)
Seconds, and I mean seconds, after I thought that short prayer, suddenly the same man from the first incident started speaking with his foreign language. "Wow," I thought, "It actually worked, he came through." Was this a coincidence? I waited for the man to finish and eagerly awaited the translation to see what the message was. Surprisingly enough, when it finally did come through, it wasn't what I expected at all. The translator simply recited 1 Corinthians 13 word for word - and that was it.
Now go back to exactly what I had prayed for: "more wisdom that we can't find in the Bible." Maybe this was Jesus' way of saying "Jim, you don't get it, it's all in there if you just look, let me provide an example." If not, it was sure one strange coincidence. This last incident finally convinced me that this whole method was probably valid. No one there could have known about my short prayer just seconds before it happened, and why would they go through all that hassle just to recite a Biblical chapter? You'd think that if they were making it up they'd surely be more creative than that.
So what do these events have to do with the whole topic of channeling? If these messages were legitimate, think about what Jesus was really doing. Essentially, Jesus was using a form of channeling to address the congregation.
So take it for what you will, but I think it says a lot about what Jesus' thoughts on the method of channeling are. If he uses it himself, the method itself can't be wrong, can it?
First of all, I have to note that Lea herself is not a spirit, but a living being just like you and I who simply uses the method of channeling much like we'd use a telephone. Very different from talking to the dead using mediums or spiritists. But even though she is a living being and not just a spirit, I think it's fair to put her to the same test anyway to see if she is in fact from God.
I'm going to use some of what Lea has said in other sections to see if what she has said correlates with the statement "Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God."
From the Reincarnation issue: Lea: "Ahh, reincarnation. Jesus did talk about a lot during his time on Earth. He told of how God is the Creator and He creates all things."
My observation: Sure seems like Lea believes that Jesus came in the flesh
From the Ghosts issue: Lea: (on Satan's lieutenants) "It is a quite high up, yes and I would question why anyone would want to brag about that except that is maybe all they have to brag about in their life. Instead of accepting the Lord, they accept a substitute and not a good one."
My observation: Interesting how Lea directly states that we should follow the Lord instead of a substitute (an antichrist)
From the UFOs issue: Lea: (on Jesus' return) "He will come back. It will be stationed outside of the atmosphere and he will come down on a cloud which will be a ship there in the cloud."
My observation: Lea is quite clear not only about the fact that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, but will return in the flesh just as he promised
These are just a few examples. Please take a look at everything else she's said and decide for yourself which side she's working for. I hope that once you examine the content of her messages you'll understand why I felt comfortable including channeled material from Lea on this site.
In a nutshell, I can see nothing wrong with the actual method of communication known as channeling. But I do think we need to be careful about who is being channeled. Think of it like a telephone. For most people, if someone calls them on the telephone, they don't wonder if the telephone itself is evil or deceptive, but any reasonable person would be wary of the message if they didn't know the person who was calling. I think channeling is a lot like that, and see no reason to fear the method, but every reason to be very cautious about the source that is speaking.
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