"It's a sin.." replied Pastor James, "it's the same as halloween and witchcraft."
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As teenage valdeezy, I asked my preacher about palm reading. I asked him specifically, why we must live questioning day-to-day life, when some palm readers (emphasis on SOME!) can accurately predict what youre going through and show you your life's path. I had a bible with an index of key words, so I knew there was nothing mentioned regarding palms or palmistry. This is what Christians (no offense, Christians) believe, and what I was told about palmistry some time ago (rr-bb.com/showthread.php). How convenient: another Val questioning palm reading lol.
It didn't bother me so much that my pastor put Palmistry in the same box Christians fight hard to get out of, as did his confidence and certainty in reply. I used to think you had to know your Bible inside out to become a pastor. Oh, if we only read the textbook before taking our tests... KJV Bible state in Job 37:7, ahemm ahemm (clears throat philosophically) "He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work". In other versions, like the New Living Translation Bible for example, the very same chapter and verse states: "Then everyone stops working so they can watch his power". Wooow. Don't know about you, but I have a huge problem with the Bible being re-translated for anyone unless it's braille for the blind. Rephrasing the good book for an intelligent, competent human being is the equivalent of saying, "Hey, remember when the Bible meant this to you? Well you're wrong, this is what it REALLY means..." I sense the sarcasm emerging as do you, I'm sure, I digress...
There are all sorts of translations for this scripture. Some are so scientifically complex, they reference what was said 26 Chapters before and even start talking about rain and snow. I won't call out names (bible.cc/job/37-7.htm), but God is easier to understand, I believe. Look at your hand. Examine it like an episode of CSI. What other seal could there possibly be other than the palm of the hand? The only way I can relate this controversial scripture about hands to snow is, "fingerprints are like snowflakes, there are no two alike". Police investigators know this, that's why they used to dust for fingerprints, and still do today. To me, this one sentence in the bible justifies palm reading. I have a book on the basics of palmistry, and even if you study the main 3 lines alone, the head, heart and life lines, that in itself is enough a "seal" to determine someone's personality, the way they think, and if they know what they want to do in life. Sounds like God proving his work about me, to me...
Some years later I picked up the very Bible I used as a teen, and turned to the index. Though it did not mention "palm" or "palmistry", it did link "hand" to Job 37:7. We are given two eyes, two ears and one mouth for a reason. Maybe.. we should spend less time trying to preach to others about what to believe, and do a little more observing and listening (if this sounds like a contradiction, I did two times the research prior to writing!) Boy, did I wish I knew that scripture before asking my preacher about it. It probably would have been less of a question and answer session, and more of a discussion. Through my experience, however, preachers are a lot less privy to discussions and prefer the power provided via Q&A.
This is not in any attempt to disrespect Christianity or my pastor. I, for one am on the path of wisdom, and I respect all religions in there is something to be learned in each one of them. My pastor told me it was also a sin to read other religious books. Shortly after, I decided to remove the label of 'Christian' from myself. I can actually thank my pastor for forcing me to look and think for myself. Now If you'll excuse me, I've got to give praise to God. Why are my palms up and facing me instead of closed?.... read Job 37:7!