By Reverend Mark Hunnemann
Psychic Phenomena, or Psi, are events that cannot be explained by conventional scientific observation. These are the phenomena that parapsychologists study. Extrasensory perception (ESP) and Psychokinesis (PK) are primary, but there are others. My goal is not to give an exhaustive analysis of the Rhine Institute or of Psi. I simply want to accent that Dr Rhine and his followers failed to distinguish between normal Psi and demonic Psi, a fatal presuppositional flaw.
Everyone reading this has had some occasions when they intuited their loved one was in need. Some of this can be dismissed in that we tend to be always focusing on our loved ones, and often nothing happens...but jump when it does happen. Nevertheless, there is too much anecdotal evidence to dismiss--we have some inexplicable connection to our loved ones when there is a problem, I have experienced this. It is mysterious, but not necessarily demonic. It may be the Holy Spirit prompting us.
The problem arises when we intentionally seek to to contact the dead.
"Unfortunately, Dr. Rhine dismissed biblical data in his classification of ESP and thus missed a vital area of information and a fundamental fact : psychic phenomenon and the occult have always been intertwined." Dr. Walter Martin.
Whenever we intentionally attempt to seek knowledge beyond us, or try to move an object, we have moved into the occult. Martin acknowledged that there was normal ESP but hastened to add that most ESP and all PK was demonic.
If one attempts to seek information re the future or tries to move an object, it is done in disobedience to God's law...and is occultic in nature. And any observable results are demonic..
Since Rhine and his successors did not make a distinction between normal Psi and demonic Psi, and since many of them do intentionally study ESP and PK, many (if not most) of their findings are fatally flawed. Our presuppositions do matter!
Mark Hunnemann is the author of Seeing Ghosts Through God's Eyes: A Worldview Analysis of Earthbound Spirits. It's also available in eBook format.