A Question I Was Asked:

Witch of Endor; Who Was to Blame?

The Questions:

In 1 Samuel 28 Saul, king of Israel, visits the medium at Endor who had escaped the previous order to destroy all the mediums. Leviticus 20:6,27 and Deuteronomy 18:10-12 dictated that mediums and those who used them should be put to death. 1 Sam. 28:8 mentions the two men who went with Saul.
1. Were they also guilty of consulting her for going along with Saul?
2. Should they have refused to obey, or should they have reported Saul and stoned him?
3. How could they have obeyed God in this situation?

UK Apologetics Reply:

Nobody can state a definitive answer on this question though many have attempted to do so.

Yes, all of these people share some guilt for going to a banned medium/necromancer/clairvoyant. Yes, any of these individuals could have chosen to simply obey God, but how strong was the walk of any of these men with the Lord at that particular time? Humanly it probably seemed easier and safer to simply go along with the request of Saul.

Whether Samuel actually came up from the dead, or the whole thing was a deceiving charade is an open question. Since the Bible forbids asking questions of the dead, it seems that it may indeed be possible but we are instructed not do so. It seems that it is not entirely impossible that certain demons could indeed perform this act, though possibly only for very brief periods. Nevertheless one is in no doubt that the vast majority of those who have set themselves up as mediums/claivoyants are complete frauds and charlatans who are more interested in raising money (for themselves) than in raising the dead. It simply becomes a matter of deceiving the gullible and naive.

Robin A. Brace. May 18th, 2012.