There is a power game being played; a battle for your mind. Lawyers, politicians - and even clergy - often take a sentence out of context, and twist it to persuade others that 'their view' is correct.
Perhaps you should always read that part of the Bible from which the preacher takes his text; often you may find that the truth is different ! And you will get to know the Bible better !
These verses have been taken from the revised standard version, American Bible Society, 1973. Check with YOUR bible that the context is as described !
And DO NOT take our comments as Gospel - make up YOUR OWN MIND !
Context: Joseph, well in with the Egyptians, wants to speak with Benjamin; Joseph having been sold to the Egyptians when young; Benjamin does not know that Joseph is his brother. Joseph orders a silver cup to be hidden in Benjamin's sack; after Benjamin leaves, Joseph sends his servants to arrest the person who stole the cup; it is found in Benjamin's sack, he is arrested, and brought to Joseph who makes himself known and seeks news of his father.
44-04: (Joseph tells servant to say to Benjamin) .. why have you stolen my silver cup ?
44-05: Is it not from this that my lord drinks, and by this that he divines ? You have done wrong by so doing. [Joseph divines from the silver cup].
44-15:(On being brought to Joseph, who says:) Joseph said to them, "What deed is this that you have done ? Do you not know that such a man as I can indeed divine ?
Comment: Perhaps Joseph used his cup (as Nostradamus used his bowl) to foretell the future.
Context: The people of Israel had left Egypt, were in the wilderness without water to drink.
17-04: So Moses cried to the Lord, "What shall I do with these people ? They are almost ready to stone me"
17-05 .. and take in your hand the rod with which you struck the Nile, and go.
17-06 Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, that the people may drink.
Comment: Just how did the Lord communicate with Moses ? It is recommended Dowsing practice to ask for the help of God in finding water for the purposes of Good. This procedure by Moses is remarkably similar to the ways by which Dowsers are led to the right place.
Context: Concerning the Levitical priests, all the tribe of Levi. 18-10: .. There shall not be found among you any one who burns his son or daughter as an offering, any one who practices divination, a soothsayer, or an augur, or a sorcerer. 18-11: or a charmer, or a medium, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 18-12: For whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord; ..
Comment: Without any doubt, a strong speech against ALL psi stuff ! Had the Levites been misusing powers ? Later genuine prophets are promised.
Context: There is drought in Israel - God has been forsaken; Jeremiah intercedes with God, who replies:
14-14:And the Lord said to me: "The prophets are prophesying lies in my name; I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds".
Comment: When false prophets / priests speak lies in the name of God they can fool the congregation.
Context: The punishment is for Israel to be subjected to Babylonian rule for a period.
27-08: (God speaks to Jeremiah) But if any nation or kingdom will not serve this Nebuchadnezzar ...
27-09: So do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your dreamers, your soothsayers, or your sorcerers, who are saying to you "You shall not serve the king of Babylon"
29-08: (A repeat of above, when in Babylon) For thus says the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel: "Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream, for it is a lie..."
Comment: God then goes on to say "Pray to me instead". Prayer is enhanced or concentrated thought. Perhaps all thoughts go to God, even those we would rather keep to ourselves (or wish we had not thought).
Context: Ezekiel has been telling all that visions and prophecies will no longer come true; God says : "Whoa - fella; its is only the FALSE ones that will not come true !"
12-21: And the word of the Lord came to me:
12-22: "Son of man, what is this proverb that you have about the land of Israel, saying 'The days grow long, and every vision comes to nought' ?
12-23: .. but say to them, the days are at hand, and the fulfilment of every vision.
12-24: For there shall be no more any false vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel.
13-01: And the word of the Lord came to me:
13-02: "Son of man, phophesy against the prophets of Israel, prophesy and say to those who prophesy out of their own minds "Hear the word of the Lord !" ..
13-06: They have spoken falsehood and divined a lie; they say 'Says the Lord' when the Lord has not sent them, and yet they expect him to fulfil their word.
13-07: Have you not seen a delusive vision, and uttered a lying divination, whenever you have said 'Says the Lord' although I have not spoken ?
13-08: Therefore thus says the Lord God: "Because you have uttered delusions and seen lies, ...
13-09: My hand will be against the prophets who see delusive visions and who are giving lying divinations..
Comment: One prophet prophesies against other prophets. What bystander can tell who is the true and who is the false prophet ? Only the prophet himself can tell if he speaks the truth; is he sure that the message comes from God ? or is he saying so for his own gain ?
Context: Ezekiel is prophesying the sack of Jerusalem by Babylon.
Ezekiel is prophesying the sack of Jerusalem by Babylon. God tells him to sharpen his sword AGAINST the Israelites.
21-19: "Son of man, mark two ways for the sword of the king of Babylon to come; both of them shall come forth from the same land .."
21-21: For the king of Babylon stands at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination; he shakes the arrows, he consults the teraphin, he looks at the liver.
21-22: Into his right hand comes the lot for Jerusalem ..
21-23: But to them (Israelites) it will seem like a false divination; they have sworn solemn oaths; but he brings their guilt to remembrance, that they may be captured.
21-29: while they see for you false visions, while they divine lies for you - to be laid on the necks of the unhallowed wicked ..
Comment: Divination seems to be the foretelling of the future from entrails, thrown stones, etc. Today Tarot cards, tealeaves, I Ching, and Runes are more likely to be used. This is not the same usage as Dowsing (when a stick or Pendulum is used to amplify the signals received by one's intuition). But the emphasis seems to be on false prophecy and false divination - presumably non-false is OK.
Context: Not really understood. It seems that Hosea is ranting about the behaviour of the people, real good cussing session ! 04-12: My people inquire of a thing made of wood, and their staff gives them oracles. For a spirit of harlotry has led them astray ..
Comment: His opening session is about God telling him "to marry a harlot, and to have children of harlotry, ..". Did he have a happy marriage ?
Context: The Lord, concerning the prophets who lead people astray.
03-06: Therefore it shall be night to you, without vision, and darkness to you, without divination ..
03-07: the seers shall be disgraced, and the diviners put to shame, ...
03-11: Its heads (house of Israel) give judgement for a bribe, its priests teach for hire, its prophets divine for money ..
Comment: The inference is clearly that divining is a blessing which is taken away due to misuse, in the same category as phophesying.
Context: An oracle - the redemption of His people.
10-02 For the teraphin utter nonsense, and the diviners see lies; the dreamers tell false dreams, and give empty consolation. Therefore the people wander like sheep; they are afflicted for want of a shepherd.
Comment: Without true divination the people are lost; God will provide a good shepherd.
Context: Paul visiting Macedonia (a Roman colony).
16-16: As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by soothsaying.
16-17: She followed Paul and us, crying "These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation"
.. Paul did not like this, since it was attracting the local police, etc. so he removed the spirit of divination; her owners then took him to court.
Comment: Nothing wrong in the divination, but it was bad politics; also the owners of the slave girl were making a profit from her skills.
One would expect prophesies (foretelling by visions ?) to be approved, yet they are given almost identical condemnation as divining. Only time will tell whether the prophecy was accurate.
Divining is foretelling the future by 'throwing bones, etc'; it is most surprising that the condemnations given are mainly for false divination ! Only time will tell whether the divination was accurate.
Dowsing is finding facts to help others; and the correctness will be proven in a very short time.
God may well be trying to reach us, to help us, via our intuition. But many of us have a great deal of trouble in hearing our intuition.
Dowsing may be a way that God has given us to enable us to better contact our intuition, so that we can lead better lives and help others more.