What Does The Bible Say About Astral Projection?

For Christians new to Astral Projection, it can bring a lot of questions about how they’re going to integrate it into their life and existing practice, as well as what the Bible might say about it. 

Thankfully, there are passages that touch on this question, with easy answers if you know where to look. This article will tell you exactly what the Bible says about Astral Projection, and what you need to know.

Christianity and Astral Projection

What is Astral Projection?

The shortest answer to this question is that Astral Projection is allowing your consciousness (or spirit, in Biblical terms) to leave your body and witness things you otherwise couldn’t experience. 

There are multiple methods to learn how to do this, and if you’re interested, you can read our beginner’s guide to Astral Projection, but this post isn’t about how to learn how to Astrally Project. It’s about how the Bible sees it, and whether you should start to practice it.

What does the Bible say about Astral Projection?

The clearest passage in the bible regarding Astral Projection is 2 Corinthians 12.1-4. It says:

‘It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who, fourteen years ago, whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows, such a one was caught up to the third heaven. And I know such a man, whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows, how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, that it is not lawful for a man to utter…’

The bible - Out of Body Experience

Breaking this down – What does this passage mean?

Biblical scholars all agree that this passage has a clear and understandable meaning, which we’ll break down here line by line.  

The first line is clear in meaning. Paul wants the reader to know that he is not boasting, but he has had vision and revelation. The Bible is full of visions and revelations (literally meaning something that has been revealed) and these are Paul’s own experiences with the phenomenon. 

The second line explains how Paul knew a man who experienced a vision delivered from God, when he was caught up to the Third Heaven

Firstly, Paul isn’t breaking heaven down into different levels here. Archaically, people from the time this was written would refer to the blue day sky as the first heaven, the starry sky behind it as the second heaven, and the true, third heaven where God resided above it all. 

This passage is saying that the man was taken up into the true heaven, and the presence of God. 

It’s important to understand that Paul is being humble here. He didn’t personally witness the events, so he’s saying that how the man received his visions was in the hands of God. 

However, the Bible makes it clear, throughout every book, that man’s body and spirit are two different things. 

It also makes it clear that man’s body does not go to heaven, only his spirit

Putting these two pieces of knowledge together, it’s clear that the man was raised out of his body, and received visions in spirit, i.e., it was a clear out of body experience

Finally, the passage says that this man was cast up into Paradise, and witnessed inexpressible words, i.e., words he could not otherwise have known, and words that were unlawful to utter, i.e., knowledge that was given only by God, and could only be disclosed on God’s law. 

These are pretty clear in their meaning. The man in question saw things that he could not otherwise have seen and heard things he could not have heard.

The spirit and the body

A second passage helps to clarify what the Bible thinks about Astral projection. 

2 Corinthians 5.8 says:

‘We are confident, I say, and willing, to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.’

Out of Body experience in Christianity

These words can only be taken one way. It’s possible to be in the presence of the Lord outside of your body, and as Paul says willingy, this is tacit approval to try. 

There are also dozens of other passages that make it clear that our spirits and our bodies are separate, and that God has given people visions over and over again.

Examples include:

  • Thessalonians 5.23
  • Luke 1.8
  • Luke 24.22
  • Acts 7.55
  • Acts 12.9
  • Revelation 1.1
  • Acts 22.6

Is Astral Projection against Biblical rule?

Some people ignorant to what Astral Projection really is might think it’s against Biblical rule. We’ve heard people suggest that Astral Projection is some form of witchcraft, or against God. 

As this article has demonstrated, the Bible clearly shows that visions are from the grace of God, and that our bodies and our spirits are two separate entities. 

Furthermore, people like Paul bear witness to men and women who have experienced God given, out-of-body visions. 

Putting both of these facts together, it’s clear that the Bible isn’t against Astral Projection at all!

Demons and Astral Projection

You might also have heard that Astral Projection is in some way demonic, which could cause you to have trepidations about learning it.   

This is absolutely false. While there are entities in the Astral Plane that could be considered demons (as there are supposedly demons in every plane and place) Astral Projection is in no way demonic. 

If you are worried about Astral Projection and demonic entities, we recommend you read our article on entities in the astral plane here.


So, what does the Bible say about Astral Projection?

Through its language of God-given visions, and people witnessing things in spirit but not in body, it’s clear that Astral projection has been known and understood since Biblical times, and that early Christians experienced things that could easily be called Astral Projection. 

If you’re interested in learning more, including how to start, we recommend you begin by reading our starter guide to Astral Projection, which goes over how to know when you are Astrally Projecting, the easiest methods to begin with, and what might be holding you back.

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