Profile 20: Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP)

***DISCLAIMER***The following is far from an exhaustive answer to the question. it is simply an answer nonetheless.

Recently, someone asked me about something known as Electronic Voice Phenomena (or EVP). What follows is the question followed by my response to it. Because this post is about something within the realm of the paranormal, I have placed this under the “profile” umbrella.

THE QUESTION

What is an EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon)? What does the Bible say about EVP? Is there such a thing?

MY RESPONSE

Electronic Voice Phenomena (henceforth referred to as EVP) represent, within ghost hunting and parapsychology, “sounds found on electronic recordings that are interpreted as spirit voices that have been either unintentionally recorded or intentionally requested and recorded.” Konstantins Raudive, a parapsychologist, popularized this idea in the 1970’s. Based on this video resource here and in light of the brief information mentioned earlier, EVP deals mostly with darkness and the paranormal. EVP is most certainly a thing.

The Bible does not address EVP verbatim. However, it is obvious “Christians should avoid any and all contact with the paranormal.” After all, the born-again believer is in a spiritual battle, not a physical one. Ephesians 6:10-24 further explains this battle (NASB):

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. 21 But that you also may know about my circumstances, how I am doing, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make everything known to you. 22 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know about us, and that he may comfort your hearts. 23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love.

After telling his audience members (specifically the members of the church of Ephesus) to be strong in the LORD, the Apostle Paul tells them to put on the full armor of God so they will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil (verses 10-11). Paul explains why this is to be done in verse 12. Specifically, he explains that the born-again believer is in a spiritual battle, not a physical one. The rulers, powers, world forces of this darkness and spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places partake in this battle. While EVP was not a thing in Bible times, it certainly is more aligned with the spiritual world than it is with the physical world. After all, it is dealing with electronic recordings instead of physicality of some sort.

Another thing Christians are not to partake in is the darkness. When Paul was exhorting the church at Corinth to not be bound together with unbelievers, one of the questions he asked was, “…what fellowship has light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14). In Ephesians, Paul exhorts his listeners to “not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness” (Ephesians 5:11). Darkness represents the way of the wicked (Proverbs 4:19). In fact, the fool walks in darkness (Ecclesiastes 2:14). Finally, John has much to say about how darkness does not characterize a believer in 1 John 1:5-2:14 (NASB):

This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.

Christ Is Our Advocate

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard. On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true Light is already shining. The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now. 10 The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11 But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes. 12 I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name’s sake. 13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father. 14 I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.

In this passage, John mentions the word “darkness” multiple times. First, in God is no darkness at all (1:5). Second, to claim fellowship with God while yet walking in the darkness is equal to lying and not practicing the truth (1:6). Finally, to hate one’s brother is tantamount to being and walking in the darkness (2:8-11). While this passage, like the passage in Ephesians 6, does not address EVP, it does address one of EVP’s clear characteristics (the darkness). Christians are not to partake in darkness. As a result, Christians should not involve themselves with EVP. It is a dark, paranormal activity that is not in alignment with the lifestyle of a born-again believer.

I hope this answer helps you.

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