Halloween Spooks: Should We ‘Talk to the Dead’




Halloween is also called “Night of the Dead” because it is believed that on this night “the veil that separates our world from the Otherworld is at its thinnest,” and “the spirits of the dead roam freely among the living.”
Tradition or not, Hollywood’s obsession with dialog with the deceased is eerily evident. Thrillers like White Noise and The Sixth Sense, prime time TV series such as Medium, Ghost Whisperer, and Lisa Williams: Talking to the Dead (whose second season premiers Oct. 12), combined with the spooky insights of psychic mediums like Allison Dubois, John Edward, and Sylvia Browne have catapulted the notion of ‘talking to dead people’ into mainstream society. Even J.K. Rowling’s climactic Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows depicts an end-of-the-series conversation between Harry Potter and his dead mentor, Albus Dumbledore, just pages before Lord Voldemort bites the dust. Are such dialogs possible? Can your dead grandmother speak from The Other Side?
“Definitely not!” warns media veteran and bestselling author Steve Wohlberg, whose newest book, Demons in Disguise: The Dangers of Talking to the Dead (Destiny Image, 2007) raises a clarion Red Alert against this spooky practice. “I realize how painful the death of a loved one can be,” Wohlberg clarifies, “yet seeking solace from a dead relative is fraught with risks. Lying spirits also exist ‘beyond the veil.'”
A biblical expert with B.A. and M-Div Degrees in theology, Wohlberg demonstrates conclusively that, in spite Hollywood’s glorification of ‘necromancy’ (dialog with the dead), the practice is strictly forbidden in the Bible (see Deut. 18:11); and for good reason. “Deceptive ghosts can easily impersonate dead loved ones,” Wohlberg warns. With penetrating insight, his eye-opening book not only provides sensible answers to the perplexing question of what lies “beyond death’s door,” but also offers tender comfort and solid hope of a future reunion with deceased relatives and friends.
Steve Wohlberg is the Speaker/Director of White Horse Media (Fresno, CA). TV producer, radio host, and the author of 15 books, he’s been a guest on over 500 radio and TV shows, including CNN Radio, USA Radio, American Family Radio, Cable Radio Network, Information Radio Network, Focus 4, and The Harvest Show.

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