Too many "Christians" have shunned the spiritual and the spirit world because of an admonition in the Scriptures concerning consulting "familiar spirits" when the truth of the matter is that the spiritual does indeed exist and it is a very real place.
Even Albert Einstein, the noted physicist / all around smart guy, was in the process of proving the existance and co-existance of this dimention we refer to as the spirit world.
Although the Bible does warn about consulting "familiar spirits", another word for chamman (as in a certain magician of late and a very noted "psychic", ect...) These chamman are generally attached to Egyptology in recent times as this is where the more powerful spirits are, and it is of no doubt that these people do possess some extraordinary powers of insight and divination.
Now let's take a look at the flip side of the coin;
In the Old Testament the prophets were called "seers" 'cause they could "see" stuff before it happened.( "Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer". 1Sam 9:9).
Also in the 12th chapter of Corinthians it speaks of differing spiritual gifts,
7 : But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
8 : For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 : To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 : To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
11 : But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. )
The Biblical counterpart is found primarily in Vs 10 "the discerning of spirits". The main contention is not so much that these people have extraordinary perceptions, as many of God's children also manifest many evidences of strong spiritual power.
Let us not forget the showdown between Moses& Aaron and the magicians and chammans of Pharaoh's Temple in Egypt before the liberation of the children of Israel and the subsequent anihilation of the Egyptian army by drowning .
But it is the fact that these will never flat out admit that Jesus Christ is the resurected Son of God come to salvage our lives from eternal darkness.
That is where the rub comes. God has specifically set it up so that His Son Jesus is the key to eternal light and life.
( Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.John 14:6) In the EndTime we are told that many false christs and false prophets will arise. Some Christians have been so busy applying this to various "sects" and so-called "cults" of the Christian faith that they have completely missed the growth of these for-real magicians and chammans. The apostle Paul once got in some hot water by exorcising one of these spirits of divination from a woman, which really pissed off her bosses 'cause they were making a bundle from her "talents".see Acts 16:16-22
This is what differentiates the Christians from the worldly. We have the power of the Holy Spirit, and at times it is manifested in some rather unorthodox fashions, but this is done by the power of God and in accordance with His will and not for "gain" or "entertainment". God had to show Pharaoh that Moses' power was greater than that of his chammans to get his attention so he would let the Israelites go. There is a time and a place for these manifestations of extraordinary power. Is all divination evil ? How can it be when the Holy Spirit himself gives this gift to some of God's children? Of course the Bible calls it discernment, or to discern or to have the gift of divination. A rose by any other name is still a rose.
Many spiritual truths can be found by listening to the chammans and, for the lack of Godly councel by organized religion, many are turning there to get the answers to their many questions in this department.
I can assure you though that all these truths and more are found in the Bible, but only those who really want to know will be rewarded with the answers.
The Bible has been terribly misrepresented by organized religion and the vast majority of the "Christian" world are woefully ignorant in areas they should be quite educated on, after all the Bible says that, " God is a spirit" and so what is the big deal with fearing the spirit world? The Bible says,"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." 1John 4:4
The Parables that Jesus taught bring out the fact that the "good" and the "bad" will co-exist here on earth until such a time that the Great Plan will come to a close and it will be time to sort out the positive and the negative, so to speak. (see the parable of the wheat and the chaff...Mathew chap 13)
Astrology is something understandable because it is based on rules and mathematical equations set up by God to ensure diversity in life. The wise men followed a star to get to where Jesus was. It would be catastrofically boring if we were all the same. This way there is a system in place that is maintenance-free and has worked just fine for thousands of years.
Things in the spiritual are no different; there are sets of rules and equasions that are put in place that if you combine certain factors you will be able to "get it".
Those who hunger and thirst get fed, those who don't don't, they get something else fed to them .
Those who completely reject all notion of an ever powerful God get something entirely different. The Bible calls it "strong delusion".2Thes 2:10-12
Anyway, hope this helps in shedding some light on the subject. It is a big room and will require some time in order to cover all the corners. May you find God's peace in your life, and for the lives of your loved ones.
You want to know if one of these chammans is of God? The Bible clearly states that if they don't confess Jesus Christ as the Son of God then they are not!
"Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world."1John 4:2-3