Is meditation a sin?

I sinned, visited the fortuneteller, I very much repent of it. But it is very difficult for me to deal with those thoughts in my head that appeared after the heard information of fortune telling, I do not know how to pull from the heart a belief in fortune telling. I have been told this. That the one I love is not my man, that I am not his destiny, that I will never be with him, no matter what I do. And once upon a time one clairvoyant told me that I would be lonely all my life, because “it was not created for a family”. How to be?

Dear Eugene! Be sure to tell about it in the sacrament of confession. Divination is a very big sin. The question of fortune telling is a mystical question, for fortune telling is far from harmless, it is a way of communicating with fallen spirits, that is, demons. The enemy of the human race is the father and the father of lies, will he speak the truth? Only if it meets his far-reaching plans. But this small grain of truth is served together with such a monstrous lie that will only contribute to mental and physical death, and not to salvation.

All forms of divination came from the ancient pagan mysteries. They wondered by the stars, by the entrails of the sacrificial animals, by the various elements of nature – whether this list should be continued. Guessing is either idle curiosity, or an unreasonable desire to build your life, relying not on this reason and God-given free will, but on an absurd event.

Many will argue about this: they, they say, once guessed from the cards, and everything was really fulfilled.

Divination is not always innocent fun or quackery. Satan does not always show us his business card and puts a sign on the spot where his field of activity begins. On the contrary, he is ready to disguise himself and hide behind a cloak of innocent fun. In any case, it is impossible to joke with fortune telling. Even the simplest prediction can have dire consequences.

One eighteen-year-old girl allowed a gypsy woman to read her fortune. And she said that she would die on the day she was twenty years old. The girl believed these words, and one can imagine what fear her life was filled with later. The approach of her birthday brought her incredible torment. She began to suffer from depression. The birthday itself passed without any adventures, the girl remained alive, but the mental anguish turned out to be so strong that after a while she became insane and died two years later.

This is the main danger of fortune-telling, a person is so bound up with the obtained information that she can no longer think about anything else, she binds him, fills him with fear, paralyzes his will. What the person suddenly believed becomes reality in his life. Jesus words ". according to your faith be it unto you" (Matthew 9:29) are performed here and in such a tragic sense. The predicted future manifests itself as an exorbitant spiritual burden, which is far from everyone’s ability to carry.

Is meditation a sin?

The Bible says: ". do not sedate and guess" (Lev. 19:26). This is an abomination in the eyes of God. And in relation to the soothsayers and fortune-seekers, the Word of God is more radical. God told his people to destroy them in their midst. "Pick up the dead" (Ex. 22:18).

Today is still a time of grace, let the person close to you repent at the Sacrament of Confession in this sin and ask the Lord with all his heart that He forgive this abomination and cleanse him from this sin and its consequences. He will do it, for it is written: ". The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin" (1 John 1: 7) And this is true.

I would like to end with the advice of the Optina Elder Paisius: “Look for great meaning in everything”. Look for – and do not fall for the various tricks of crafty spirits seeking your doom!

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