While I was at the beach I caught a brief glance of American Horror Story (a new series on FX). It looked really interesting, but at the time I didn’t want to just watch bits and pieces. When I got home I started watching the show and so far it’s been REALLY good and very, super duper, creepy! It also made me start wondering about hauntings and ghosts. As a Christian, what should I believe about these things. I do believe that there are certain things in this world that we do not understand. I did a bit of searching on the net and found some interesting sites that try to explain ghosts from a Christian point of view.
This was a very interesting opinion from a site I found.
The Bible says that one third of the angels rebelled against God (see my page on Satan for more info). Satan (Lucifer) was the angel in charge of this rebellion. These angels were punished by being banished from heaven.
Satan hates man. Man has a relationship with God that angels could never have. Man was made in the image and likeness of God. Satan is jealous of this and hates us for it. He wants to deceive human kind into rejecting God, so that man will share the same punishment that he is destined for.
Satan knows that one single lie wont be effective in deceiving everyone. So he came up with several. Some men would be deceived by Ghosts and reincarnation. Others would adopt an evolutionary philosophy, that the world created itself without God. Others would be deceived into believing in pagan gods, etc…
I believe (and the Bible says) that Satan sends fallen angels to earth to deceive us. Satan wants us to doubt the existence of God. He wants man to share in his punishment.
Part of this deception is the appearance of “ghosts”. Satan wants man to believe that these are the spirits of people who have died. That they have overcome the chains of death and returned.
This is opposite of what the Bible says happens when we die. By being presented with these spirits one tends to question if the Biblical destination after death is the correct one. Because if ghosts exist, then clearly heaven does not.
I’ve known people who believed in ghosts and even seen one or two in their day. It’s hard to deny the existence of spirits in this world. I’ve occasionally have walked into someone’s house or in a particular room and felt something in the pit of my stomach that was a sense of uneasiness. Something that felt off, like something didn’t want me there. It’s hard to say where those feelings come from or what spawns them. I suppose I always try to keep an open mind even if it doesn’t always jive 100% with my religion. I try to lead a good life and be nice as often as I can. Personally I’ve never seen a ghost or heard from them, but from what I’ve heard that’s probably a good thing.