I think teenagers have natural curious tendencies to want to explore everything they don't understand. I grew up in Catholic School surroundings. Even though I went to a public high school, my family stayed in touch with the Church, and many of my best friends remained in private schools. I never considered myself religious, but I do pray once in awhile and go to Christian sermons -- I switched Churches, that story is reserved for another post.
I remember, around grade 9 or 10, a friend of mine was having a birthday sleepover and invited a bunch of friends from her Catholic school as well as me. As midnight drew closer, we finished our dinner, movie, games of truth and dare, and karaoke already. It was then that somebody suggested we play with an Ouija board. I'm not sure why my friend had this in her possession, but there seemed to be no objections from all the other girls. We piled into the bathroom and followed all the instructions with making salt circles and lighting candles. I didn't know what an Ouija board is at the time, only that it was a device used to contact spirits -- or so the box says. I was skeptical until the little arrow moved.
"Are you a good spirit?"
Arrow pointed to "yes."
"Why are you here?"
Arrow then pointed to "no."
Naturally being teenage girls, we giggled and kept asking the "spirit" questions about boys. A couple minutes later, the arrow started pointing to random letters, and one of the girls jotted it down in pen. The letters didn't spell anything comprehensible, but all the girls around the board swore they didn't push the arrow.
I was getting freaked out and the air around me felt dense. Maybe it was a psychological effect, but I felt the hair on the back of my neck stand and wanted nothing to do with this game anymore. After I promptly left the bathroom, the game was over quickly. It seems the girls got frustrated with trying to make out what the letters were trying to spell, or so they say.
Since then, I have never touched another Ouija board. I have read scientific explanations on how Ouija board works because of involuntary finger muscle twitching, or perhaps one of the girls was pushing the arrow, but that night felt too weird and real to me. There are people who argue the spirits that the Ouija board contacts may not be evil, but the way I figure i, if you're purposely trying to contact spirits, you're asking for it. It's like playing with fire -- you won't regret it until you get burned.Have you ever played with an Ouija board or heard of other people's experiences? Is it against Christian beliefs to play with Ouija boards just for "harmless fun"?