Google: Online Searches for Ouija Boards Up 300 Percent

Ouija BoardIn a report recently released by the search engine giant Google, online searches for Ouija boards—occult boards used to communicate with the dead—have risen 300 percent in the past few months, raising concerns with Christians over those who may engage in the Bible’s forbidden practice of necromancy.

“Certain retro toys are making a comeback this season,” Google wrote in its Black Friday article on the most popular searches for gifts online. “Thanks to the new movie ‘Ouija,’ searches for ‘Ouija boards’ are up 300% since October.”

The LA Times reported just before the opening of the film this fall that Hasbro Studios President Stephen Davis, the head of the company that creates the “Ouija Board Game,” had posted on his wall a “framed New Yorker cartoon in which a child with a Ouija board says, ‘It’s like texting, but for dead people.'” The “Ouija Board Game” is available in the toy section of retail stores such as Walmart, Target and Toys R Us.

Although the film based on the occultist board was spurned by critics, “Ouija” was successful at the box office, raking in over $20 million on its opening weekend and showing in over 2,000 theaters nationwide. It grossed over $50 million total in the USA alone.

“A girl is mysteriously killed after recording herself playing with an ancient Ouija Board, which leads to a close group of friends to investigate this board,” a description of the horror film reads. The friends hold a seance to try to communicate with the deceased girl and find themselves getting in touch with other spirits, unraveling a murder mystery.

By the end of the film, the youth “find out that some things aren’t meant to be played with, especially the ‘other side.'”

But despite the film’s conclusion that “some things aren’t meant to be played with,” the movie has reportedly piqued the interest of many of its viewers as Google saw a significant spike in searches for Ouija boards online.

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Some state that this raises concern over those who may now become entrenched in the occult by experimenting with necromancy, a practice forbidden in the Scriptures.

“The fact that people’s intention is to contact the spiritual realm outside the blessings and parameters that God has set out could lead to them to connect with the evil spiritual realm,” Darren Gallagher, a spokesman for Ellel Ministries, told Christian Today. “Therefore such things as Ouija boards are not just harmless fun, but could potentially be spiritually dangerous for those who take part in such things.”

He noted that in the book of Acts, the people “gathered together their occultic objects and burnt them because they knew that these practices were not compatible with their new life in Christ.”

Matt Slick of Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry (CARM) likewise stated that Ouija boards should not be considered innocent or harmless.

“Ultimately, it’s never a simple and harmless thing to use any method to contact the dead and/or the spirit realm,” he wrote in an article entitled “Can a Christian Use an Ouija Board?” “As someone who has experience in the occult, though I never used a Ouija board, I can tell you that participation in such practices invariably leads to deception and further involvement. It was only by the grace of God that I escaped from getting more heavily involved.”

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  • 1 Timothy 4:1 “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;”

    Revelation 16:14 “For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles…”

    Verifying the 100% accuracy of the Christian Bible that prophesied such things would happen in the end times…in fact they are rapidly increasing! New to this truth? Do you study prophecy? See this page for a head start

    • Bo Hanan

      You are a Seventh Day Adventist and that my friend is a “false religion”.

      • Demopublicrat

        They have their issues, but so does a large number of evangelical churches.

      • Sorry brother but the SDA church (at least their leaders) are in apostasy and have embraced the teachings of Babylon. You can see the overwhelming evidence of this fact here:

      • pax2u

        I think that john is some kind of ellen g white, remnant of the SDA church, maybe he believes that the SDA have become soft of their hatred of Christians?

        • LOL…You love Ellen White don’t you? Judging by every other comment that you post, Ellen White this, Ellen White that, would not it be fair to say that you have read at least ONE of her works …or you went to a website that is dedicated to promoting falsehood…as if she is alive to defend herself…:-) Yet in not one of my posts have I ever quoted her, and if one were to read her writings (which I do) she says clearly if you read the Scriptures, you will not need her writings…

          • Magister_militum_praesentalis

            SDA apologists very rarely quote White or allude to her. They know that if they do so they open themselves up to easy attacks by those who hold orthodox positions on prophetic revelations and women in teaching roles.

          • I’m sorry brother, but I do not defend apostasy, for it is written…

            Ephesians 5:11, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”

          • Magister_militum_praesentalis

            Does that mean you are not defending Ellen White because she was an apostate?

          • The apostasy being referred is that of the SDA or “Adventist” corporate body. Nowhere did I mention Ellen White as being an apostate.

          • Magister_militum_praesentalis

            So, what, you consider White to be a trustworthy prophetess who has delivered valid prophecies?

          • Yep…and you can SEE those valid prophecies for yourself, predicted then, fulfilled and are being fulfilled NOW…and you be the judge…the choice if yours 🙂

          • Magister_militum_praesentalis

            No thank you. I will stick with the prophecies that have been proven to be valid for orthodox Christians everywhere from the beginning.

          • Figured that…Oh well can’t say that I did not try, even though the proof is undeniable even to most hardened scoffers 🙂 So I guess you will stick with prophecies like secret rapture, 7 year trib, 1000 years of peace on earth, Islamic Antichrist…those kinda prophecies?

          • Magister_militum_praesentalis

            Nope, I am not a Dispensationalist nor a Rapturist.

          • pax2u

            sorry no I do not, is she your prophet of God?
            I would not read a book by a fraud, sorry
            are her books in the fiction section, or are her books in the comic book section

          • Acts 2:17, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:”

            Never said she was my prophet…but it has been confirmed that she is a prophet. And judging by your posts, I can imply that you have never read her works…or even Scripture because I have seen neither from ANY of your posts on my threads…Really…why do you hate her so much? I love you…and I don’t even know you…but you express hate for a woman sleeping in the dust of the earth is something else, might I say? Is it because her prophecies that many claim false..simply because…well…they haven’t come to pass? Easy cop out I suppose…but using your logic…the whole BIBLE bears false witness because there are prophecies in it that have not been fulfilled…so which one is it? I do not have to defend her…I simply match up what she says with Scripture…its that easy…but if you refuse to simply use biblical jurisprudence and “prove all things”…well…”ye shall know them by their fruits”

            What amazes is, Ellen White never claimed to be a prophet, yet all her enemies say she is one. They claimed her to be false, yes, but a prophet nonetheless. Still, many did say she claimed to be a prophet, but did she?

            “During the discourse, I said that I DID NOT CLAIM to be a prophetess. Some were surprised at this statement, and as
            much is being said in regard to it, I will make an explanation. Others have called me a prophetess, but I have NEVER ASSUMED that title. I have not felt that it was my duty thus to designate myself. Those who boldly assume that they are prophets in this our day are often a reproach to the cause of Christ.”My work includes much more than this name signifies. I regard myself as a MESSENGER, entrusted by the Lord with messages for His people” (Letter 55, 1905; quoted in Selected Messages, book 1, pp. 35, 36).

      • Terry Roll

        as opposed to which religion that clear isn’t?

  • James Rankin

    This proves to me that people are searching for the truth, unfortunately in the wrong way. You want to know about life and death then read your Bible especially John 11:25-26, 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” and also Luke 16: 19-31, 19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

    22 “The time came when the beggar died AND the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died AND was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’

    25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’

    27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’

    29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’

    30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’

    31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” Notice the all important connection word “AND” denoting a continuance of life after death. In paradise or in Hell.
    God bless.

    • You do know that this is a parable correct? The word “and” being used here is referring to The Law of Moses AND the prophets that confirmed that Law.

      Luke 24:44, “And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.”

      “And” doesn’t denote an immediate continuance in life after death. That happens only at the resurrection of the last day repeated over and over through the entire Bible.

      Jesus gave the Jews a parable and a prophecy…He told them,

      Luke 16:31, “And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. ”

      Jesus final miracle during His earthly ministry, He raised a man from the dead! One that was dead for four days! Did the Jews believe? Many did…but the five brethren (The five son of Leah, not named Judah) did not (Examine the character of each of these 5 tribes throughout the Scriptures). Matter of fact they sought to kill Lazarus for the testimony he bore.

      This is a Truth so common in the Scriptures…”fell asleep”, “slept with his fathers”, “sleep in thy lot” means just that…death, until the resurrection…yet where do we hear of communication with the dead, something that God specifically prohibits!

      Question…why on every tombstone you find the words “rest in peace”, yet the Scriptures declare…

      Psalm 146:4, “His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.”

      Psalm 30:9, “What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?”

      Isaiah 38:18, “For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.”

      Just a few verses out of many that prove conscience at death in an immortal body is a lie that echoes the lie told in the garden of Eden “Ye shall not surely die”…Yet God says “the soul the sinneth it shall die”

      • pax2u

        I am glad that you do not agree with the false prophet ellen g white

        • You are on a roll 🙂

          • pax2u

            you are right ellen g white is not a prophet of God

          • Proverbs 18:19, “A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.”

  • Phipps Mike

    Ouija boards are NOT necromancy! They are a GIMMICK that MOST people enjoy sometime in their childhood. People OUTGROW the idea that you can talk to the dead.

    • Demopublicrat

      “People OUTGROW the idea that you can talk to the dead.” Obviously.

    • jennylynn

      Mike, these things are dangerous. When I was about eight years old I was with a group of kids who pulled one out, and out of curriosity not believing it was anything, we played it. The next thing I knew doors were opening and closing and weird things began to happen. I was so frightened I ran as fast as I could out of that house. It was such an experience that to this day I never forgot it. I can still remember the house. This is not a gimmick. Satan would like people to believe that, as he draws them in to his powers. The dead are not awakened but the demons are manipulating you to make you think so.

      • annie

        My experience was almost exactly the same as yours jennylynn. I agree…it’s NOT a gimmick.

  • jennylynn

    “Difficult Times Will Come” 2 Timothy 3
    Jannes and Jambres were the magicians in Egypt who mimicked Moses’ miracles and the Bible predicts that Magic will increase during the end times, a plan of satan.

    3 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of [b]godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. 6 For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 JUST AS Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith. 9 But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, JUST AS Jannes’s and Jambres’s folly was also.