Have you ever played with a Ouija Board? A Ouija Board, or “talking board”, was invented in the late 1800’s and was a way that many
charlatans spiritualists would contact the spirit world. People would place their fingertips on a planchette which was a heart-shaped piece of plastic (originally made of wood) and ask questions. Some people might ask about a departed loved one and then the piece would move, seemingly by a spiritual force. The piece would either move from letter to letter, or to a number or to the words “yes” or “no” in order to give an answer. You could ask it anything you like and the answers would come. This “game” has stirred up much controversy and is a little taboo in religious households. I myself had one, (despite being a Christian) when I was younger and I always felt a little weird using it.
Here’s the thing about Ouija boards: they’re not a gateway to the spiritual world. You cannot communicate with the dead by moving a heart-shaped piece of wood or plastic over the alphabet. It’s fake. So how does it work? It works with your subconscious. You are thinking of the answer in your head without even knowing you are doing it and your brain relays the signal to your fingertips and the piece begins to move. You are answering your own questions with the answers you want to hear. That’s it. It’s not Satan or demons or witchcraft at play here. It’s you. You are moving the piece and you are telling yourself what you want to hear.
As a Christian (remember, I was one for a long time. I know what I am talking about) I would often look to the Bible for answers to life’s questions. I would sometimes just open up to a random page, hoping for guidance. I know a lot of other Christians do that as well. Have a question? Open the Bible up to any page and read. Chances are, this “random flipping” will produce incredible results. Are you unsure about the future of your career? Pray about it and then open your Bible up to any page you like. You’ll most like find something helpful or encouraging. Marriage in trouble? Again, go to scripture. Any question you have and any problems you encounter can be answered this way. How is it that the Bible can have such good answers to specific questions? How is it that this book written thousands of years ago can be answering me today? How can it be so personal and so amazingly accurate? How is this possible? It is simple. We are subconsciously finding connections to make our questions seem like they were answered. We have a question and we scan the pages, manipulating the meaning of passages to make them fit. It is us. It is not God. We have placed our fingers on the Christian Ouija board and we move them around until we spell out something meaningful. We have become the god we so desperately seek and when we talk to ourselves we get the answers we want to hear. I mean, who knows us better than us, right?
I came across this video clip from “The Atheist Experience” which is a radio call-in show hosted by Matt Dillahunty. The caller is doing what I used to do and what billions of Christians still do: she’s moving the planchette towards the answers she desires. She claims that God did it but when asked how she knows that, she replies with “I just know.” If you have about 10 minutes, watch the clip and enjoy. If not, let me just say this in summation: Ouija, whether made by Hasbro or written for King James, is just a game. It is not real and it is not a gateway to a spiritual realm. Any answers found there are answers we ourselves have come up with and have done so to ease our worry. We see what we want to see because we are afraid of the alternative. What we need to do is separate fact from fiction. We need understand that we have (in our mind) turned a parlor game into our own reality…but it’s still only a game.