Our main Post Office in Leicester is located in the basement of the W H Smith’s store. Earlier this week I was down there and noticed some intriguing new categories on the shelves displaying the books.
Do angels write much? I know there’s all those instructions to the angels in the book of Revelation. And that poem about Abou Ben Adhem which I had to learn at school was about an angel writing in a book of gold.
Maybe one should consult the World’s Leading Angel Expert?
No, I hadn’t heard of her either. I went to her website and decided she’s certainly found a cosy niche in the market for making pots of money. I also found this article which shed a little more light on her background, including her “PhD” and her “clairvoyance”.
Aren’t all Bibles inspirational, you ask? Well these ones have titles like ‘The Yoga Bible’ ‘The Crystal Bible’ ‘The Sacred Sex Bible’
I came away from the store feeling really sad. Sad that people are spending their money on literature which purports to inspire and give hope – but I believe that 99.9% of these books are distorting the truth written in the Bible. Isaiah 8:19 is quite clear on this
When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God?
Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?
I looked up the Isaiah passage in The Message [always an interesting exercise- even if not quite as accurate a translation] and found this
When people tell you, “Try out the fortune tellers. Consult the spiritualists. Why not tap into the spirit-world, get in touch with the dead?" Tell them, "No, we're going to study the Scriptures."
People who try the other ways get nowhere—a dead end! Frustrated and famished, they try one thing after another. When nothing works out they get angry, cursing first this god and then that one, looking this way and that, up, down, and sideways—and seeing nothing. A blank wall, an empty hole.
They end up in the dark with nothing.
[btw I do believe in angels – but not as described in these books]