(I actually wanted to write about something different related to this book, but it’s hard to do that without first describing the book.)
My new age mom gave me a book to read: We Don’t Die: George Anderson’s Conversations With the Other Side. It is an account of a psychic medium. To build bridges of communication with my mother, I tried to read the book with an open mind. After all, what do we really know of the afterlife?
To my surprise, I didn’t read about any specific thing that I could point to and say, “That contradicts the Bible.” George Anderson himself reminded me in some ways of John Wimber: he is remarkably accurate but doesn’t hype things in the least. And many years ago, I read Angels on Assignment which included the idea that when you die, you go to a “waiting area” before judgement. (The pastor to whom the angels appeared complained that he couldn’t find this idea in the Bible.) So I can accept the possibility that when you die, you do not immediately go to heaven or hell. What do we know? It does not seem unbiblical to suppose that judgement happens all at once at the end of the age.
The problem I have with We Don’t Die is that God is conspicuously absent. It doesn’t point to God at all. Instead, it is filled with account after account of psychic readings that comfort the grieving by saying their loved ones have not ceased to exist, but are continuing on. Don’t we already know that? In stark contrast, the thing that won me over to Angels on Assignment (even though the writing itself is terrible) is its continual focus on Christ. Jesus seemed to be the only thing the angels wanted to talk about.
Any sort of spiritual infatuation is potentially dangerous because it leads us to a fascination with something that was created (angels and such) or given (tongues and such) rather than captivating our hearts with the Creator and Giver.