Astral Projection & The Bible

There I was minding my own business, just walking along the street without a care when I begin to feel the sudden rush of energy, gravity in reverse, lifting me off of my feet and yanking me away from the chains of my physical limitations. It was exhilarating. It was liberating. It was an indescribable moment that I would cherish to live forever.

I’ve probably had a dozen variants of that same dream over the years. That ‘floating’ experience where you feel like you can fly away out of your skin. The dream feels so real I wake up almost questioning the previous state of my existence. Am I awake yet? Despite the strength of those physical sensations pulsating with the neurons of my body during the REM cycle, I know their just dreams. Everything can seem so real when your eyes are closed. bible astral projection

Astral Projection nerds would probably love the notations of such an experience. Not that I buy the hype mind you. It’s all too ‘unscientific’ for my mind. But such a topic does make one wonder what the Bible says on the matter. Do “out of body” experiences exist to the degree that pop-culture hovers over it [no pun intended]? Can I leave my body? Should I?

I’m not alone in thinking up such questions. A simple google search reveals plenty of Christians asking the same thing. I began to dig around for the answers and found that, like most digs, there was a whole lot of dirt. You know dirt when you see it because it doesn’t answer the question.

Most Christian blogs give lengthy speeches about occult references when discussing Astral Projection: a “guilt by association” type of argument. People who believe in astrology also believe in astral projection and since the bible says astrology is bad then astral travel must also be bad. Don’t get me wrong, birds of a feather stick together is usually a good warning sign on something but it’s not a valid argument in and of itself. If OOBE’s (out of body experiences) could be scientifically proven, what’s the Biblical argument for or against them?

The Bible is not silent on the matter. I’m sure most Christians can recount the Apostle Paul’s words when he was “caught up into heaven”:

I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) (2Co 12:2-3)

Paul found himself in a condition for which he could not explain. It was so spiritual it defied his flesh. What state was he in? He had no idea. One thing was certain though, he heard things he wouldn’t dare repeat:

And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. (2Co 12:3-4)

So if (and it’s a 50/50 shot) Paul was out of his body, he heard things unlawful to repeat. Why it was unlawful is an entirely different discussion and unnecessary to pursue at this juncture. The primary point is that being in a state or condition that puts you in violation of the law (God’s law) is not a good state or condition to be in. This argument against out of body experiences however is, as I noted, a 50/50 shot. We need something more solid, scripturally speaking.

The bible is ever faithful.

We don’t find clearly anybody in the Bible soaring around out of their body to enjoy a mid-day walk and we don’t have record of Moses penning anything that says, “Thou shalt not fly”. But if A+B=C then we must also concur that C-B=A. Can we find the opposite of what we’re looking for in the Scriptures? Seek and ye shall find. On this the Bible delivers most plainly.

And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. (Gen 6:1-4)

Genesis 6 gives us the perfect example of not someone leaving a body, but the Angels of heaven taking one on! Hollywood butchered the true story with the 1998 Nicholas Cage movie, City of Angels but I digress. Angels with spiritual bodies took on physical bodies. That is a biblical fact and one part of our equation. Now to the next part. Was it ok? How did it turn out for everyone that parachuted on down?

Well, after giving birth to some rather and monstrous and amazing children (think Hercules), it didn’t quite pan out like those cherubim intended:

I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. (Jud 1:5-6)

If the angels which left their first state or condition were condemned, would it being any better for us who are of a lower state. I trow not. These Bible verses do raise a lot of other interesting and speculative questions but they do finely address Bible doctrine and astral projection.

Changing our state is our hope in Christ. Trying to do it ourselves won’t work for us. That is after all the entire point of the Old Testament law. We need Christ to change us:

For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (Php 3:20 -21)

One day that dream I’m having will get to come true. One day I’ll fly just like the Angels.

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