Why can't people just answer a question and then ask theirs?
So, let me ask you this: do you think God would be pleased if someone was 'selling' His blessings?
Well, now we are on to something. What do you mean by 'people doing that for a living'? Do you mean being paid?
Yes. My grandfather hired once a guy to find a place where to dig a well. It was a regular job. Like blacksmith or something.
As Michal has said again and again, such people do not think of dowsing as anything supernatural. It is no more a blessing than the skills of a blacksmith are.
Do you not feel a skillful blacksmith is a blessing?
So let me ask you this: do you think God would be pleased if someone was 'selling' His blessings?
Why can't you actually read the context of a post before commenting on it? Look at what Father Giryus says.
I did. I have paid extra attention to this thread and you still didn't answer the question. Here, I will show you how it works. I will answer yours. No, I don't think a person can sell God's blessing, but attempting to do so it not something I believe pleases God.
Also, I have looked at what Father Giryus posted and have yet to find fault in his statement, but if you know something I do not I am willing to have my mind changed.
So you think it's wrong for a blacksmith to be paid for his work?
You apparently fail to grasp how this type of exchange works, but I see your faulty logic. There is a difference between "selling" God's blessing and using a blessing God has given you to have an occupation.
Dowsers use their skill to have an occupation, like blacksmiths. So what's the problem?
It is only a "skill" if it is something that can be explained through natural means. I don't see anyone here or anywhere else giving any remotely feasible explanation of how this "skill" works other than some supernatural explanation. In that way, it would be more closely related to a prophet than a blacksmith, and I'm pretty sure the Church frowns on prophets selling their prophecies.
Would you say the same thing about using astrology to predict the weather? How about explaining phenomena using four-elements theory, or the humors? Because many in the Church, including church fathers (such as St. John Damascene), thought these were part of natural science.
Again, people in this thread are confusing modern scientific assumptions with the teaching of the Church. There are many, many "sciences" throughout the world and throughout history which offer, based on their assumptions, a natural explanation for various phenomena which would not pass muster according to the modern scientific method. You may reject those assumptions, but to then conclude that such folk sciences can only be witchcraft or demon-worship is ludicrous.
The modern scientific philosophy that you are holding up as the standard for judging all claims about the natural world is quite new for the majority of mankind even today; prior to the 20th century it was restricted to a very small group of people mainly in Western Europe. This is the point that you, Kerdy, and Father Giryus are consistently failing to acknowledge or understand. You are treating a philosophy elaborated by Western thinkers in the 17th-18th centuries as a cornerstone of church teaching.