Christian ghost hunters seek life on the other side

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c. 2008 Religion News Service HUNTSVILLE, Ala. _ Do you believe in ghosts? Michael Reed, a practical, middle-aged man who works as a baker in Madison,Ala., didn’t. Not until the night something in his apartment in an old house in New Orleans nearly squeezed the breath out of him. Kim Knight, who lives south of […]

  • Joe

    Ghosts and other paranormal phenomena are, according to Christian teaching, demonic in origin. Souls of dead people do not return to visit or to haunt places and/or people. Demons often produce apparitions which mimic souls of the dead; they may also cause a whole panoply of other bizzare effects, both spiritual and physical, which may be collected under the general lable, “Paranormal.”

    Prayer, discernment, and extreme caution is necessary here. Pray, particularly, for spiritual discernment, and plead the Precious Blood of Jesus and the sword of Michael, Archangel. The Precious Blood cleanses and restores life; the sword of Michael (cf., Book of Revelation) drives the devil and his forces from their strongholds (in Revelation, Michael drives the devil from Heaven itself).

  • Julie

    A Catholic perspective.
    As quoted from Father Gabriele Amorth’s (Italian Rome Catholic Priest and senior exorcist of the Diocese of Rome) book “An Exorcist: More Stories”:
    “When speaking of human souls, we know that their trials end with death. While they wait for the final judgement, how can they relate with the living? The dogma of the Communion of Saints tells us of the activities of the blessed souls. They can accept our supplications and intercede for us. The same dogma tells us of the activity of the souls in Purgatory. They can receive our suffrage and intercede for us. So far, nothing has been said about the souls of the damned.” (pg 183)
    A human soul is not the demonic. The demonic never walked this earth and is one of the fallen angels.
    His books and others are very interesting, in which they distinguish that there is a huge difference between the demonic infestation and “human” infestation.

  • Raven W

    I am a devout Catholic and I have over the years I have been visited by ghosts of people I have known, sometimes only slight acquaintances, shortly after their deaths (of which I have been at the time usually unaware). They rarely speak; but their presence always makes me pray for them, and I think that is why this happens. Evidently “being a ghost” is the form some people’s Purgatory takes, while God’s mercy allows them additional purification before attaining the Beatific visison. As a ghost, they learn to let go the attachments which are keeping them from pure love of God–our prayers can speed this process for them Those who have had little or no connection with the Christian faith invariably seem lost and confused and needy.

    One dear, very old woman, –all her life a humble housewife and wisely supportive mother of an adult bipolar child, –came to wave goodbye to me at the moment she died: I saw her as a magnificent and joyous beauty in her mid 20’s, dressed elegantly in a dress of shimmering light–she then turned and stepped toward a warm light I knew was God. ( I don’t count her as a ghost; she was eager to leave this fading, autumnal earth for the abiding springtime of Eternal life.)

  • Joe Esterhaus

    Ghosts are indeed real. And remember what the Bible says “Man has only one life – and then the judgement.” When people discuss extra-Biblical dogma, one needs to remember that what manifests is only human thought processes.

    Ghosts are demons. Since demons cannot live inside a true born again Christian, they can live inside a non-believer. When the non-believer dies, the demons stays in the general area (house, etc). So, what humans call ghosts are demons assuming the shape of the departed.

  • Thomas

    (Deut 18:10 [KJV])
    There shall not be found among you [any one] that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, [or] that useth divination, [or] an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,

    (Deut 18:11 [KJV])
    Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

    (Deut 18:12 [KJV])
    For all that do these things [are] an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

  • >”Personally, I don’t see how you could be a Christian and not believe >in spirits,” Brown said.”I think most ghost hunters are spiritual >people who want proof. They want to know there is something after this >life.”

    Of course Christians must believe in spirits, as God is spirit, and he created the angels as spirits, and the devil and his demons (however they fell) are spirits. And all human beings are made of more than simply matter; and God puts his Spirit in us if we confess Christ as Lord.

    That being the case — and keeping in mind St. Paul’s assertion that we fight not againts flesh and blood but against principalities, powers, spirits, etc.– the question is not whether “ghosts” exist, but what exactly there are. If you know your Bible, from a biblical perspective it seems pretty clear to me that ghosts _are_ demons who know how to precisely imitate human beings they’re familiar with (as someone else suggested). Even when the ghost/spir-t _seems_ benign (even taking the form of someone you know or love), you shouldn’t assume it is benign.

    Scripture indicates (through specific examples) that those who believe in Christ and belong to him go to live with him when they die. There’s no biblical evidence for any other view.

  • Patrick

    PLEASE, be of sound humility. Do not toy with things beyond your comprehesion or command. It is too much. I beg you, find humility and seek not to try to conquer that witch is beyond you or your ability or full understanding! At least have the respect for those things that man-made science has no mastery of. Do you think that the angels’ fallen or not have less than you?

  • Debra

    I have had more manifestations of spirits and such my whole life so I do not need to be convinced they exist. As to their intention or motive, this must be determined but NO ONE should ever accept having a ghost to live with them, thinking it’s is never ok to allow any spirit to cohabitate with you. All spirits are evil in the sense they chose to stay here which is always because they did not accept Jesus as Savior while alive so they do not want to go into the Light for fear of judgement. Usually most souls go where they deserve to be when they pop out of their body..but occasionally they do not..this is not the majority but rather the minority..human spirit or demonic, CHOOSE NOT TO PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS…it is not God’s will for anyone to do that…to help people get rid of evil spirits yes, but not to chase after them like silly, foolish children!

  • Steve

    Man you sent chills up my spine reading your story. I still haven’t had an experience like that, I hope I never have an experience like Michael Reed had, that’s horrible.

  • Ghosts are the souls of the dead.

    The church needs to wake up to the fact that has been evident for centuries. They are the unclean spirits that Jesus cast out many years ago and the Dybbuk.

    God told us to not communicate/learn from the dead. It would be a stupid pointless command if the dead were not present.

    The dead reside lower in frequency we do which is why they have to be ‘raised’.

    People don’t know about it because the don’t want to know about it. It is just like our sin. IT is obvious to all but us….why? We are in denial of it which is also why you refuse to see the dead that are around you every day.

    I’m embarrassed to say that we Christians would rather make up things like Nephilims than face reality…..sad…really ….really…sad.