The Wisdom of the I Ching

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Isn't the I Ching a pagan religious document? Isn't it contrary to the Judeo-Christian religion?

    Not at all. The I Ching contains no religious dogma. It is founded on a belief in a Divine Creator, but it is compatible with any religion.

Q. Isn't the use of divination contrary to the Bible?

    No, it is not. Proverbs 16:33 says, "The lot is cast into the lap; but its every decision is of the Lord." Many biblical characters used forms of divination in order to learn the will of God for their lives.

Q. Can't a person be led astray by the I Ching and encouraged to do an evil act?

    Not very likely. The I Ching always counsels moderation, modesty and an opposition to what is evil. Only a person who begins with an evil intent is likely to distort its advice and interpret it as counseling to do evil.

Q. Has the I Ching been endorsed by reputable people?

    Yes. The renowned psychiatrist, C. G. Jung, wrote a lengthy foreword to the Wilhelm-Baynes edition of the I Ching in which he gave examples of his own use of the book. He wrote about the book, "It offers neither facts nor power, but for lovers of self-knowledge, of wisdom--if there be such--it seems to be the right book."

Q. Does a person need to "believe in" the I Ching in order to use it?

    Oddly enough, no. In fact, the best way to approach the I Ching is with the intent to consider and accept its advice only if it speaks to oneself in a meaningful way.

Q. If the I Ching is such a wise, wonderful and enlightening book, why don't more people use it?

    Because it is a wise, wonderful and enlightening book. Also, because many people who might otherwise use it have little or no acquaintance with it.


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