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Are Ouija boards harmless?

Full Question

A friend of mine has used a Ouija board on several occasions. I have advised him against using it, but he insists it is used just for fun and that it is harmless. Is this true?

Answer

No. The Ouija board is far from harmless, as it is a form of divination (seeking information from supernatural sources). The fact of the matter is, the Ouija board really does work, and the only “spirits” that will be contacted through it are evil ones.

It’s true that many people view the Ouija board as harmless. They often claim, “Oh, I don’t believe in it,” or something to this effect. However, a disbelief in something does not necessarily mean that something isn’t real. The Ouija board has an objective reality that exists apart from a person’s perception of it. In other words, it’s real even if you don’t believe in it. And we know this because God himself tells us so.

The Lord repeatedly condemns any and all occultic practices, including divination. While many Bible passages could be cited, the following one is typical of his view of occultic practices: “Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord” (Dt 18:10–12, NIV).

On the experiential side of the issue, we have the testimony of the Church’s exorcists. Their experience shows that Ouija boards are far from harmless. Some investigating supernatural phenomena from a Catholic perspective have gone so far as to say that 90 percent of their very worst cases involving demonic activity have been linked to the use of the Ouija board.

Simply put, nothing positive can ever come from the use of the Ouija board, and God warns us against such things for our own spiritual safety.










17 comments

  1. Marian Barnes Reply

    I know from my own personal experience that Ouija boards open a door that you cannot close by yourself. This is extremely dangerous and I advise all parents to be on guard against anyone bringing one of these into your home. Strongly caution your children against this. If I know of anyone using these or even talking about using these I tell them strongly to reject it and if need be I tell them about my own experience. Take heed.

    1. leonarda Reply

      Do tell

  2. Dolores Reply

    What was your experience? i have done the O.B. and it always intrigued me. Noteveryone has bad experiences as long as the O.B. is not used on a daily basis i feel they it is ok

  3. mary Reply

    it it’s not ok even if nothing happens right away. spirits can disguise themselves

  4. Alicia Reply

    This is not ok!! This is real and scary. When my sister and were young and stupid teenagers back in the 70’s we played with it thinking it would be fun. We had a sleep over with some girlfriends at our home and decided to play with it. What a mistake it was because it this truly scared us to death! To this day I will never forget how much it did. I swore to our Lord in Heaven that I would never touch this game ever again!! Please, please do not ever allow your children or family members around this because it is not a game to be played with, it is the Devil in disguise!

  5. Dave Reply

    NO. Do NOT get involved with the board. even those who practice divination will tell you to be VERY careful with it. “Spirits” it attracts aren’t necessarily benevolent one. It may seem like fun and all is well in the beginning but beware because it can take a bad turn.

  6. Don Allen Reply

    And how do you know that even if it “didn’t work”, that you didn’t just open yourself up to evil spirits that could affect you in other ways. When you use something like this you are saying “I am open”.

  7. Pete Parks Reply

    My experience with it when I was 12 or 13 scared the stuff out of me. To me it is evil. I would never tell anyone it was anything less.

  8. Annette Beckett Reply

    really bad thing. Friends of mine used to play with it t lunch time. A few of us advised them to leave it alone. To prove the point the asked if the “spirit” was of God – The think started spinning so fast – the board broke

  9. Rudy Reply

    Those are very bad luck, it predicted the death of my grand mother 3 days before it happened. After we got rid of it, strange things started happening in the house, such as cold breezes, doors slamming,, footsteps, etc. Had to have the house blessed

  10. Lori Dahlstrom Reply

    Why even risk it??? Satan is so subtle.

  11. Mamacita Reply

    Very bad experiences with this as an entire family. Some of them thought it was harmless, but for two others of us, it took years to get away from the evil. It seemed, after, prayer and discernment, that our family had spiritual ties through the generations to this kind of stuff and it really latched on to us. We needed prayer with a few priests over several years to cut those ties and lose the occurrences of non-Godly spirits. Definitely avoid this and other occult things! Please!

  12. Russ Reply

    Have enough bad luck all on my own, sure do not need any more. In any way shape or form, Just sayin …… Copy?? Yooooou know!!!!

  13. Rita Reply

    Back in 1995 my daughter & some friends played the Ouija and it scared us so bad that we threw it in the garbage…scarier than that, the next day it was back in the top of my closet!!! Figure that one out!!

  14. Pianist89123 Reply

    I watch “A Haunting” which exposes experiences that people have had with Ouija Boards. One episode told of how a woman, who experimented with one as a child ONE TIME and didn’t “appear” to have results from it, was later bothered by demonic spirits during her adult years. The paranormal investigators attributed her problem to that one childhood experience. This article is 100% correct. DO NOT experiment with Oiuja boards, or any other type of occult practices. The Bible instructs us to stay clear of them; what else do you need to convince you?!?

  15. Christian Martin Reply

    Do not mess with the ouija board!!! When I was younger my friends and I played with a ouija board to scare our neighbor, it did that. Then when I got home I for some reason ran right through the sliding glass window and was lucky I lived. My mother was screaming at me ” what where you kids playing with!” I told her and she said that something very evil came in the house with me and lead me right through that window. So do not play around with these games. They’re not games at all.

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