Is dowsing a form of divination? Is dowsing an acceptable occupation for a Christian?
Deuteronomy 18:10 - 12
ESV - 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer 11 Or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead.
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I'm not sure that the Bible specifically addresses dowsing (that is, the practice of searching for underground substances or objects (such as water, buried metals, gemstones, and so forth) by holding a Y-shaped "divining rod" that supposedly detects the presence of the substance or object by being drawn downward to point at its location). However (speaking from a Lutheran perspective), Luther considered dowsing (which apparently arose in the context of Renaissance magic in Germany) to be a violation of the first commandment as an occultic practice. Since there is also no scientific evidence (that I could find) that dowsing has any greater effectiveness than random chance would have, I would say that not only Christians, but people in general, would do well to avoid it.
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