Ghosts, poltergeists, apparitions, paranormal activity – you name it, anything and everything that can be categorized or associated with those words will pique the interest of ANY human being, believer or not!
It’s a curious topic for everyone, this possibility of dealing with something “supernatural”. I have known people who believe in “ghosts” and “spirit entities” who are yet unable to believe in God. Puzzling, isn’t it? Well, there are some things you and I need to discuss, my dear readers:
Do ghosts exist? Is the existence of ghosts or former people’s spirits something supported by scripture?
There are many people out there who will claim they have experienced ghosts, either by catching a glimpse of one or sensing some dark presence in the house, or waking up to the sounds of footsteps or other activity inside their homes. So of course there is wide speculation that ghosts do indeed exist.
And I’m here to tell you that in a way, they do. People have this notion that ghosts are the spirits of deceased humans, for some reason lingering around the earth instead of “moving on”. That part is the lie.
Here’s why: God doesn’t leave any crucial information like this to the imagination. The Bible tells us what happens to the spirits of people who have passed away.
Dead people are asleep. They do not wander the earth as spirits to haunt people. They simply go to sleep in their graves.
“Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;” (Psalms 13:3)
In this Psalm we see death being described as a state of sleep.
Also notable is the time when Lazarus had died, and Jesus went to raise him from the dead. Jesus said to them:
“….Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.” (John 11:11 )
Lazarus was in the grave, and yet Jesus told them that he was merely sleeping. This then would explain why we read that the dead in Christ shall rise first upon the Day of the Lord:
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:” (1 Thessalonians 4:16)
This verse talks about the end times when Jesus shall return to take His bride, the Church. If the dead are to rise up to meet Jesus, then surely they are still on the earth somewhere, i.e., sleeping in their graves, which is again mentioned in the previous verses leading up to 1 Thessalonians 4:16 several times.
Do these sleeping dead know what is going on in the earth after their passing away? Are they conscious and awake?
“For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 9:5,6)
Basically, they have no more part in the earth. Whatever happens on the earth after they pass has nothing to do with them, they have no influence over anything, their memories perish, as do all their previous emotions.
So the final answer is that the current idea of “ghosts” that haunt others or return to visit loved ones, as cool as it may sound, is NOT supported by the word of God.
So if ghosts are not the spirits of those who have passed away, what are they exactly?
That, my friends, is a topic for another week!! Stay tuned, and until then, God bless!