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Ouija Boards and the Catholic Church

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Ben Hufford

on 27 February 2014

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Transcript of Ouija Boards and the Catholic Church

Introduction
What Are Ouija Boards?
- Wooden or plastic boards that supposedly can be used to communicate with spirits
-Often sold in toy stores and marketed towards children
-Direct contradiction of the Catholic faith

Thesis Statement: Ouija boards are a direct contradiction of the Catholic faith because they are considered to be a form of divination, they draw people away from God, and they go against the Church's teaching.
Church's Teaching
- The Bible condemns Ouija boards
-Deuteronomy 18:10-12 "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."
- Catholics are called to look to God in their search for truth, so using a Ouija board in search of truth is condemned by the Church.
Conclusion
-Ouija boards are a direct contradiction of the Catholic faith
- Regardless if someone believes it will work or not, spirits can still be contacted
-Directly contradict Church teaching and Ten Commandments
Significance within Church History
- Ouija boards go directly against the Ten Commandments
- "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" Exodus 20:3
- From a Catholic perspective, using a Ouija board is sacrilegious because we should seek answers in God himself and not through false gods/idols.

- "The first commandment embraces faith, hope, and charity. When we say 'God' we confess a constant, unchangable being, always the same, faithful and just, without any evil. It follows that we must necessarily accept his words and have complete faith in him and acknowledge his authority
- Put faith in God alone, nothing else
- Ouija boards are just toys, nothing more
- Sold in toy stores, look like toys
- While they may appear to be toys, they promote communication with spirits/demons

- Ouija boards only work if the person using it truly believes that it will work
- Joel S. Peters, an apologist, wrote, "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. Just because someone regards the board as harmless doesn't mean it is."
Ouija Boards and the Catholic Church
Opposing Viewpoints
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