Saved from Catholicism, Palm Reading and Fortune Telling

Monica - Bournemouth, England

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Hello, I would like to share with you my life changing salvation story. We do not choose into which family or country we are born. I was born in Poland, a country that is mainly Catholic.

My background

Nobody in my family was however particularly religious.

Usually one would not know anything other than church traditions, repetitive prayers and most prayers in the church are directed to Mary and so called Saints for salvation, help etc.

I remember that once, when I was around ten years old, we were invited to the church for the showing of a film about the life of Jesus according to the Gospel of Luke. I was very moved after watching this film and as I walked home I prayed/talked to Jesus, saying that I would like to ‘always be with Him’.

During the following years I would regularly go to the Catholic Church and attend Sunday mass.  When I became a more mature teenager I realised that there was so much hypocrisy in the Catholic Church, so I stopped going there.

Involvement in fortune telling, palm reading and astrology

Instead I was drawn to an alternative life style and joined a group of friends who were into punk and heavy metal music and were more rebellious. There was one song especially I listened to constantly, which triggered me to behave very badly towards my parents.  However, this phase did not last long with me as I just could not get myself to fully fit in and

...I was drawn to an alternative life style...

after about a year I stopped meeting- up with them.

I was getting very curious about knowing the future and what was going to happen to me in my life. So my mum and I we started going to a fortune-teller who used Tarot cards to read our futures. Not knowing what I was actually getting myself into, I got ignorantly involved in this type of fortune telling and astrology (observing times; DEUTERONOMY 18:10-14 "There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. ACTS 16:16-19 & LEVITICUS 19:31 "Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.").

I even started doing these things myself, and read people’s future from their hands (Palm Reading) after reading books about it. When I was doing it, I did not know how, but ideas came into my head and I would say some stories of what is going to happen to these people in the near future. Some people confirmed later that these things actually did come to pass.

Please note what I have written at the end of my testimony more about these practices (ISAIAH 2:6 "Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines... ")

Hearing the truth from the Word of God

 One day, just around that time when I was 19, I went to the stables where I had horse riding lessons. It was a spontaneous idea to go there since I was meant to meet up with a friend at my place. Now I know that God planned for me to go to the stables instead.

 At the stables I met a guy called Pawel, who was kind enough to give me a lift to go to my place so I could apologise to my friend for leaving her waiting. On the way we got to chatting about astrology, he saw that I had magazines about it. After I had apologised to my friend and driving her home, he invited me for a coffee and we continued our

...it was not mentioned like a past fairy tale...

conversation about history and astrology. We agreed to meet up again and exchanged telephone numbers. The next few times we met Pawel started to tell me how he was a Christian and believed the Bible, quoting and showing me scriptures. Some I had previously heard in the Catholic Church, but this time I was intrigued, as it was not mentioned like a past fairy tale, but as the truth and God’s living word that it is still applicable to my life today.

 One particular scripture that hit the nail on the head for me was as one Pawel quoted from ACTS 2; verses 1-4 especially and verses  38-40. What really stood out for me was that the disciples received the Holy Spirit and were praying ‘in tongues’ as a sign following (ACTS 2:1-4, ACTS 2:38-40). I never knew that I could get this gift too, as I thought, like most Catholic people do, that this happened only to the disciples to preach the Gospel during their time.

 At one time Pawel invited me for a short flight in a small plane to enjoy the beautiful views of lakes near Warsaw. I was a bit scared to fly in that small aeroplane, as it did not look very safe but I still went on it.

 During the flight Pawel asked me ‘So, If the plane crashes, I will be saved and what about you?’ This question hit me like a hammer. I realised then that I was not really saved, I had no assurance of going to heaven and being with Jesus.

 Since we survived our ‘spontaneous’ flight, I started to seriously think about needing to get saved and about God.

Nonetheless, I was still a fairly immature young adult and I had not yet fully decided to follow God’s ways. During this time I still went to several discos and drank, which nearly ended in disaster. God made me realise that I should not mess with my life anymore and it became apparent to me that I needed to finally decide to follow the Lord, Jesus Christ, as the only way to come to got God and salvation.

The day I got saved

 I phoned up Pawel and said to him that I want to receive the Holy Spirit and be baptized. He agreed to come and pick me up from home. After a short time of prayer and some time for me to repent and get things right before God he then laid hands on me to pray for me to receive the Holy Spirit as written in Acts chapter 2. A feeling like a pillar of fire falling through me overcame me and I started to pray instantly in ‘a new tongue’ as given utterance by the Holy Spirit.

 I was baptized by full immersion under water at Monika’s place; another young convert in the Warsaw church house group.

 It was a relief to know that God allowed a new clean start to my life by washing my sins away and I had a clear conscience through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. It was an amazing experience one day to be burdened with the weight of your sins and the next day to be freed from it ALL. After receiving the Holy Spirit, reading of the Bible was like somebody opening my eyes and now I found it easy to understand the scriptures and the relationship of the Old and New Testament.

 Later I found out from Pawel that he had been on his knees praying many hours for days for people to get saved in Warsaw and that the Holy Spirit told him to go to the stables. Pawel questioned God as to why he should be going there again, he had been preaching there for over a year with no result. However, the Holy Spirit told him ‘Go! And you will

4 months later my mum got saved!

see what I will do’. Praise God for leading this young man to meet me at the stables. 4 months later my mum got saved, having seen the positive change in my life.

Equipped with answers

 Also, as I mentioned before, after I got saved some people came back to me confirming the things that I was ‘fortune telling’ them and asking me to read their future again from cards or through palmistry, but then I was able to tell them that I had became a Christian that God hates fortune telling, divination and observing of times like astrology as it deceives people and keeps them away of enquiring about God’s plan for their life. The scriptures below confirmed to me this very strongly and changed my views about fortune telling and anything associated with it.

 LEVITICUS 19:31  "Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them:  I am the LORD your God. "

 LEVITICUS 19:26  "Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times."

 DEUTERONOMY 18:9-14  "When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do."

 ACTS 16:16-19 "And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.  And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.  And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,"

Praise the Lord for the many blessings and healings I have received since getting saved.

 

 Life never is or has been boring with Jesus, and even when we walk in darkness God is willing to shine His light upon us and open our eyes to the Truth if seek it and hunger and thirst after righteousness (MATTHEW 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.).

 

Some word of warning and encouragement to seek God

I think it important to explain that fortune telling does not really mean that one sees the future and tells it. What happens is that people speak simply what one imagines (ideas that come to their mind at the beginning) and then  being more and more drown in to that type of fortune telling they start speaking out what they have received in their minds through inspiration of deceiving spirits. Let’s stop here, think, you are opening yourself here to evil spiritual forces. These will even make sure that words of fortune telling will come to pass to deceive those who are intrigued by and open to it.

I urge you to not get involved in or be used for any of such deceitful practices, knowingly or unwittingly. It is intolerable for Him that people are being lied to, or seeking lies for their own lusts and desires. It will cause only misery and carry a sting of death in its tale. God says in ...

JEREMIAH 23:32  Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and  cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.

REVELATION 21:8  But the ... sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

 

The devil will try to fortify his claim for your life and soul mercilessly unless you turn away from it, clearly repent about these things and be washed clean from your sins through the blood of Jesus Christ.

Seek God, turn to His word, The Bible, and He will open your eyes to the Truth. He who created and cares for you with untainted love does not wish you to be condemned together with the devil and his demonic cohorts for eternity.  This Only through God’s only begotten son, Jesus, who died on the cross on your behalf that you should not perish but have everlasting live, if you believe and follow Him.

 

 

1. TIMOTHY 4:1-2 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from
 
the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
 
Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
 

2. THESSALONIANS 2:9-10 ...  the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

 

JEREMIAH 14:14  ... they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.

 

JEREMIAH 23:32  Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and  cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.

 

REVELATION 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do ...

2. TIMOTHY 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their

 
own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
 
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
 

 

 

JOHN 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

2. PETER 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

 

 

 

JOHN 3:12-21 ... For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
 
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him
 
might be saved.
 
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already,
 
because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
 
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather
 
than light, because their deeds were evil.
 
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be
 
reproved.
 
But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are
 
wrought in God.
 

Hope you find the above helpful and can rejoice with me about God’s wonderful Grace and love for me.

Monica

Comments

Thank you so much for sharing your impressive and well-documented journey! Before stumbling onto your website, I have been considering having my palm read by a respected palmist in the United States. To me, palmistry seems to be more of a scientific endeavor in personal development than a practice in the occult. I reviewed palmistry websites on the Internet and did a reading on myself. I really wish I hadn’t opened that door because the lines and markings on my hands profess failure / doom and the descriptions accurately portray my short-comings in life. I am Catholic so if I just focus on self-improvement and my relationship with God, maybe the actual lines and markings will change. Or maybe I shouldn't even give it a second thought. In closing, it's probably best if I don’t pay a visit to the Palmist :). Thanks again for your insight.

I used to go to fortune tellers but nothing good happened to me to the contrary. My dreams for a family never came true. I started to think that fortune telling is actually a curse that prevents my dream to happen. Is there a way to clear myself from this sin? Is confession enough?

Hi, God asks us to repent and ask Him for forgiveness of our sins in the name of Jesus, his son. This does not require confessing our sins to a 'priest' or earthly institution. You are correct to think that fortune telling will cause problems for you.
However, God also says that we should confess our sins one to another. This is to ensure there is someone to help and assist you. In this case you need a Christian brother/sister you know and can speak to. This person should assist you to keep away from falling back into that sin.
In your case I would simply confess this sin to God, repent and then bring forth the fruit of repentance, turning fully to God.
Please see Acts 2:38 and more about full salvation on our website. Jesus has been always willing to forgive and he has paid the price for even the worst sinner, if we are repentant and believe and except his forgiveness that He paid for with his own blood at the cross. God wants all to repent and are born again as Jesus required of every follower.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
I cannot say what God’s plans are for your life, however God promises in his Word, that you follow him, you can trust that he will take care of all your needs and he knows your wishes, though his plans may turn out to be different for you. The bible says, ask and it shall be given you, seek and you shall find.
I would advise you to seek out further help from true Christians should you still be tempted to go back to fortune tellers (see our web-site for details what true Christianity means according to God's Word and how to be saved).
Praying for you. In Christ's love, Monica

I sincerely thank God for you, my sister in Christ. May God bless you

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