Ancestral spirits

Ancestral spirits. Ancestral spirits were often contacted in dreams and the trances of spirit mediums, as were the

high gods and other nonhuman spirits. They would give people information about the causes of diseases, deaths,

and other misfortunes and would sometimes prescribe new medicines or new ones.

We all carry gifts that have been carefully held, nurtured, and passed down from previous generations. Maybe these

come from our biological lineage or maybe they come from a people and place we have chosen, or that has chosen us.

Taoism and Confucianism stress the importance of paying proper respect to elders, especially parents and

grandparents, and deceased ancestors are honored with various ceremonies and rituals.

The Bible expressly forbids any practices which have a remote connection with any form of idolatry. Ancestor

worship which has the notion of divine appellation intrinsic to it is therefore clearly forbidden by the Scriptures.

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