I’m ready to give up fortune-telling. Now what do I do?

June 25th, 2019 Posted by Ask the Rabbi 21 comments

I recently decided to come back to my faith based roots. I went away from it for many years as I lived in the way of the world and not God’s ways.

During that time I have built up a successful business as a Tarot card reader/fortune teller. Since reading scripture and seeing what it says about divination I realize I may have made a grave mistake. I know now this is probably something I need to get out of.

I fully realize that I got myself into this. My dilemma is, I am praying to God to help me find a way out, a new career. I am at the same time tormented by thoughts that since I am in a state of sin he won’t hear me. I guess my question is, I got myself into this tangled mess and I don’t know how spiritually or physically to get out. Is this career having a bad effect on my life?

Sincerely,

Tara M.

Dear Tara,

Before we say anything else, let us tell you how much we admire you. It is an incredibly difficult thing to turn one’s life around, acknowledge having gone the wrong way, and be willing to start over on a better path.

Second, and even more important, God is always open to our repentance regardless of how far we’ve sunk. We can assure you that there are many worse failings than tarot reading and fortune telling. Always know that He is always standing by and waiting to hear from us as soon as we call out to Him.

The Lord is near to all who call Him, to all who call upon Him with sincerity.
(Psalms 145:18)
 

Ancient Jewish wisdom teaches that repentance comprises three steps on which you are already making good progress.

  1. Acknowledgment of wrongdoing (check)
  2. Regret (check)
  3. Abandoning the wrong behavior (still working on it)

We can certainly pray to God to help us have the strength to do these three steps, but we are the ones who have to take them.

There are also three choices of how to think of what you have been doing.

  1. You have been preying on people’s weaknesses and misleading them into thinking that you have answers for their lives. Not only have you been selling spurious solutions but in your heart, you know that it’s all bogus.
  2. You actually have been accessing negative spiritual emanations. This is exactly what the Bible prohibits.
  3. You have taken a blessing granted you by God of special sensitivity that lets you pick up on people’s deepest inner thoughts and desires and cheapening it by dressing it up in anti-Godly garments.

We can’t imagine anyone writing to us and explaining that they have built a career shoplifting in order to support themselves but they are asking God to help them find an alternate career. Stealing is wrong and if someone knows that, they need to stop. Period.  Obviously relinquishing your income will take fortitude, courage and great integrity. We encourage you to do so without waiting for an income replacement.

We feel confident that your search for a remunerative and honorable occupation in which you genuinely serve the needs and desires of God’s other children will more readily succeed once you have banished the negativity of fake fortune telling from your life.

King David says in Psalms 37:27: Turn away from evil and do good. If what you are doing is wrong, you need to stop doing it. That is first. We have no doubt that your career is affecting you in a negative way and bless you that you find success and joy on a new path.

With admiration,

Rabbi Daniel and Susan Lapin

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21 comments

Kalvert says:

What are the passages that are against tarot card reading etc?

Vanessa says:

Tarot card reading is plainly witchcraft. Google bible verses on witchcraft and you will find plenty. That is a work of darkness.

Tara
God’s mercy is beyond human understanding. It is not too late to come back to your real Father. He knows where you are and is waiting for you with opened arms.

Jean says:

The Bible prohibits fortune telling and “associating with familiar spirits” – i.e. witchcraft, Ouija board, etc. Aside from inviting negative spiritual influences into one’s own life, too often those who frequent fortune tellers become totally dependent on their advice. They do turn away from the “still small voice within” and believe the fortune teller is the voice of G_d. They also give away their OWN power to solve problems, make good judgment calls and steer their own destinies.

Susan Lapin says:

Jean, thanks for all these good points.

Michael Gries says:

Rabbi Lapin: You said; “Always know that He is always standing by and waiting to hear from us as soon as we call out to Him.”
The Lord is near to all who call Him, to all who call upon Him with sincerity.
(Psalms 145:18)
Yet isn’t He there if called or not? “Vocatus atque non vocatus Deus aderit.”

Ndodana Sibanda says:

There is a huge differrence in the thereness of God between those who call and those do not call. Two pictures 1) God reaching out and being ignored. 2) God is in and loving warm embrace.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Sure He’s there, Michael,
as you say, however, will He respond if not called upon?
Cordially
RDL

Tara says:

I was the one who wrote in. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for answering. I will listen to the advice given. God bless you both.

Susan Lapin says:

Tara, we can’t tell you how much we appreciate hearing from our letter writers and finding out that our words were helpful. Blessings as you move ahead.

Barrett Sanders says:

Tara, your courage gives me strength and encourages my faith. Thank you!

Susan Lapin says:

Be strong and of good courage, Barrett.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Thanks for writing Tara-
It means a lot to us to hear back from people whose questions we’ve studied and answered.
Cordially
RDL

Simon Muyambo says:

I would say to Tara, God loves you and will accept you when you turn to him. Read Romans 10:9 to 13 and follow through

Carolyn says:

I would add that Tarot card reading / fortune telling is also wrong because you are assisting and encouraging people to turn away from God for help and answers.

Susan Lapin says:

Absolutely, Carolyn.

Elizabeth says:

I remember the hour when The Lord told me to never again return to the dark place that provided my family’s income. I wish I could say I was immediately obedient; sadly, the struggle between my heart and my head took about a year. Tara, be encouraged by Abraham’s experiences–The Lord WILL provide. Your responsibility is to take the (scary) steps toward the direction He has showed you. Then, when you have been strengthened, you can strengthen others.

Susan Lapin says:

Elizabeth, it is always encouraging to hear from people who have walked a path before us. Thank you.

Stephen K Meitzler says:

I’ll never forget May 2, 2011. That was the morning that I first tried vocalizing my prayers; in other words, praying out loud. I’d heard that it was effective, so I tried it. I talked for over a half hour and I was amazed at the amount that I had to talk about. previously I’d always prayed quietly, but never for more then 5 or 10 minutes, but here I couldn’t seem to quit.

As I left my prayer room I was walking by my living room recliner when my hand reached down and picked up my NIV Bible and it fell open to Isaiah 56. The first words my eyes fell on were “This is what the Lord says.” My thoughts were something like, “I’ve just been talking to the Lord and now He wants to respond,” so I read on. I got excited with the words from the first verse and the first half of the second, but then in the last half of verse 2, He said he wanted me to quit desecrating His Sabbaths. It was like a 2×4 across the side of my head. How could I quit my business in producing and selling historic photo prints on weekends? That was fully 50% of my income and I needed it!

I cooled and tried to think logically, then several hours later I was back on my knees repenting for doing it “my way.” I asked His forgiveness, then I gave my business to Him, telling Him it was His business now. His to run His way and I would be His employee. Several months later my wife told me that we’d kept our finances in the black ever since that day when we chose to Honor His Sabbaths and do His will, His way. I can’t help but believe that it is His greatest desire to empower us to serve Him His way.

Thank you for allowing me to share.

Susan Lapin says:

Thank you for sharing, Stephen. What an incredible story.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Praying can be hard for many men, Stephen,
Kudos for overcoming your natural reluctance and opening that door to growth.
Cordially
RDL

David says:

Dear Tara, Jeremiah 33:3 YHVH says, “Ask Me and I will show you great and mighty things which you do not know.” After ten years of misusing the gifts given, I exercised what RDL shared with you in his reply w/ 3 steps; 1. Acknowledge wrongdoing 2. Regret 3. Abandon the wrongdoing
… May I suggest a fourth which REALLY changed everything for me?

4. “Ask, ask, ask…”

Ask for His desires for you to be revealed. Ask where He is moving. Ask Him to provide as you join Him in His work.

I pray you will stand in awe and be amazed by how He answers.

He is always good and in control. He will cover you when you choose dwell in that secret place He generously provides for you. (Psalm 91)

You are in my prayers for His voice to be present and clear.

Blessings,
db

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