||Ghosts...Spirits In The Bible - Ghosts In Christianity
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I write this to show the christian religious that yes, the bible does
contain ghosts, or "spirits." I feel it necessary to correct the
mis-thinking that the traditional, christian religion has created by stating,
"ghosts are impossible...because when one dies, they are either in
heaven or hell." This is incorrect. First of all, heaven is simply the realm
of spirit; and hell is the state of a mind bound by fear created through
mis-thinking. Religious, christian doctrines create much of the fear that
places people in a self-created hell or prison of the mind. Secondly,
ghosts are possible because the spirit realm and physical realm
co-exist; yet are on different planes. Thirdly, some ghosts may not be
people on the other side; they could be residual energy or thoughts left
over from traumatic or emotional past events. The christian bible is full
of "paranormal" activity...why not ghosts?
Ghosts and spirits are one in the same - they are people on the other
side of the grave...in the afterlife, if you will. They are common in
scripture, if you look for them mentioned within the christian bible. One
of the first verses that most are aware of is in I Samuel 28:15, where
Saul has a medium, "call up" the prophet Samuel from the other side of
"And Samuel saith to Saul, Why hast thou troubled me, to bring me up?"
Most christians will bury their heads and come up with an excuse for
this scripture that God allowed this for one occasion. Or
fundamentalists (traditional christians) may say this wasn't a ghost but
Samuel was resurrected back to life. Or they may even say that this
wasn't Samuel at all, but a deception from the woman - a trick. Yet, the
scripture is very clear that this was Samuel; and as Samuel had died
and crossed over to the other side...that would make him a spirit or
ghost. This passage should also plainly show that mediums can have
contact with people on the other side. This medium, whom Saul used,
saw many people on the other side, when she was calling up Samuel.
One should also note in this verse, that Samuel had maintained his form
of an old man wearing a mantel, just like many documented ghost
sightings of apparitions, report the ghost to be dressed in "period
dress" from their own time era, here on earth.
Moving into the christian new testament, we see Jesus having
"appeared" to many after his resurrection. To "appear" indicates the
idea of manifesting from the invisible to the visible, just as a spirit or
ghost might manifest, from the spirit to the physical realm. It is
interesting to note that he "appeared" to Simon (Luke 24:34); and he
"appeared" to Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9). Jesus "appeared" to two
of his followers in a different form that was not recognizable to them.
What? I mean they had a conversation with him and still didn't
recognize Jesus physically! Yes, the scripture says:
Mark 16:12, "...to two of them, as they are going into a field, walking, he
was manifested in another form."
He also "appeared" to the eleven disciples and stood in the midst of
them during their conversation (Luke 24:36). Can you imagine that?
He manifested right before their eyes from the realm of spirit. But what
is interesting to note is Jesus' statement concerning their fear of him
"appearing" right before their eyes:
Luke 24:39 "...handle me and see, because a spirit does not have flesh
and bones, as you see me having."
Well, at first blush, one might argue, hey, Jesus wasn't a spirit or ghost
because he had flesh and bone. I would have to agree, but I might add
that Jesus still was "appearing" like a ghost or spirit might do. Does
flesh and bone "appear" out of thin air? However, the biggest point
might be missed if one does not consider Jesus' statement further,
about not being a spirit or ghost...he was in effect stating that spirits
(ghosts) do exist, but that he was not like them!
This common belief in ghosts is found in another new testament
passage, as well. You may remember Jesus walking on the water
towards his disciples who were in a boat on the sea. The verse in
Matthew 14:26 states:
"and the disciples having seen him walking upon the sea, were troubled
saying, 'It is an apparition,' and from the fear they cried out."
Apparitions were obviously believed to exist and even by the followers
of Jesus who were learning rapidly about the spirit realm from him.
Other people obviously believed in ghosts during Jesus' time on earth,
because they "appeared" in the city of Jerusalem after Jesus'
Matthew 27:52-53, "and the tombs were opened, and many bodies of
the saints who have fallen asleep, arose; and having come forth out of
the tombs after Jesus' rising, they went into the holy city and appeared
The writer of Hebrews, (probably the apostle Paul) mentions the fact of
spirits being all around us, in Hebrews 12:1,
"Therefore, we also having so great a cloud of witnesses set around us."
This to me, is confirmation of the spirit and physical realms co-existing
with one another, but on different planes. It is a spiritual truth, that what
exists here on earth, must first exist in the spirit realm; for spirit is the
life-giving force behind all. And that spirit is God. God is life. The bible
proclaims in the Lord's prayer,
"On earth (physical realm), as it is (first) in heaven (the realm of spirit)."
But there is one last bible passage I wish to share that many overlook
that proves the manifestation of spirits from the spirit realm into this
physical world. That verse can be found in Mark 9:4, in the famous
Mount of Transfiguration passage:
"and there appeared to them, Elijah with Moses, and they were talking
Wow! This passage not only proves that spirits can manifest here, but
it shows a very important spiritual truth, as well. Jesus spoke with
people on the other side of the grave. Therefore, those on the other
side of the grave can speak to us! The religious will try and explain this
passage away; but the fact remains, it is not only possible for ghosts to
exist, but Jesus, who is to be our example, shows us some spirits
communicate with us! Why did Jesus choose only to reveal this truth to
James, John and Peter? To us, this truth has been spoken against by
traditional christian doctrine for years. Yet, Jesus felt it important
enough to reveal to these three disciples what was really going on
"behind the scenes." Jesus seemed to understand quite a lot about
what was going on "behind the veil" of this physical world. Perhaps, we
should follow his example and not fear ghosts; but seek to understand
the truth of the spirit realm.
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