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What Does the Bible Say About Ghosts?

This question was posed on the CHK message board recently. It is my hope that this article will be helpful if you are searching for answers to this question.

We live in an area where superstition, belief in ghosts and spirits abound and it has always been important for us to teach our children what God’s Word says about these topics. We’ve done a lot of studying and prayed for long hours about how to teach them, and now I am just so pleased that our efforts might help you, too.

Many Christians will say that they have ‘seen a ghost’ or ‘felt a presence’ but they have a hard time fitting those experiences in with their Christianity. So its not an unusual thing for Christians to wonder about this topic.

God lets us know in His Word that there certainly are spirits in this world. You are probably aware of all the many references to spirits in the Bible that aren’t talking about the spirit of men. Here are just a few:
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Eph. 6:12).

“That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick.” (Matthew 8:16)

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons…” (1 Tim. 4:1)

What this whole topic boils down to is this…. What happens to people after they die?

Without getting into a lengthy discussion, lets say for the moment that people who have rejected Jesus Christ go to hell and people who have accepted the atoning sacrifice of Jesus and been forgiven go to heaven.

Scripture teaches that when we leave this life…… life continues either with Jesus or not with Jesus. Once we are in the place we have chosen by our acceptance or rejection of Jesus, we are there. We don’t go in and out of heaven or hell. There is no scripture that suggests that we do.

You can see that one’s concept of what happens after death has direct bearing on what happens to one’s spirit. We believe that the Bible teaches this concept:
“Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”
2 Cor 5:8

The Bible explicitly forbids that we attempt contact with spirits that pretend to be spirits of the dead :

“There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 18:11).

The Bible states that the dead do not have contact with the living (Luke 16:19-31). Therefore, if one has contact with or ‘sees’ or experiences a paranormal being, you can be sure its not great aunt Mary. Rather, it is a spirit pretending to be great aunt Mary. And this is why we are warned NOT to have contact with people who claim to contact the dead. We are actually contacting fallen angels, unclean spirits or demons. These are deceitful spirits under the control of the father of lies, satan.
Even though it is tempting to think that a spirit or ghosts is harmless, remember what they really are and remember that:

“…even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”
(2 Cor 11:14)

The book of Isaiah calls these spirits ‘familiar spirits’. They are familiar with facts about deceased people and use those facts to draw other living people deep into paranormal activity and away from their relationship with God. They use signs and wonders, miracles, to draw people into experimenting with other forms of the occult like ouija boards, tarot cards, fortune telling, astrology and seances. Many times people are seeking contact with a deceased loved one and will use all these tools to find that loved one. And when they do, they are opening themselves up to influence by satan and his demons.

“In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4)

From experience, I can assure you that even Christians can sometimes become blinded and deceived if they are not walking in the Light as they should be.

In conjunction with the first question about ghosts, there was another question about Saul and the witch of Endor:

The scripture in question is in 1 Samuel 28.

King Saul goes to consult a medium. The problem though is that God’s law forbids contact with mediums (under penalty of death) and King Saul’s own laws have condemned it and had made all mediums leave his land. So obviously, he knew he was doing something wrong and he could be killed for it.

How does this apply to us?

What we know for sure:
If it were possible to contact the dead, it would be wrong to do so according to God’s Word. It is a radical offense to God to do so.

There are two ways of looking at this scripture:

#1 – Certainly God had the power to raise Samuel’s spirit from the place of the OT dead, but it would be against everything His Word teaches.
It is evident that satan made both the witch and King Saul believe that it was actually Samuel speaking.

#2 – God allowed the actual spirit of Samuel to appear and speak to Saul. This was a one -time occurrence used by God to carry out His will.

Comments are now closed on this post but if you would like to email me and ask a question you may.
sylvia @ christianhomekeeper.org leave out the spaces.

There is a follow-up post to this article about Ghosts here.

43 Comments

  1. Cindy Ortiz

    Hi Sylvia,

    I came across your blog because I have been watching this show called “Ghost Adventures” and I was immediately hooked because it was so entertaining and spooky with some of the things they caught on video. I remember reading in the Bible that we are not to communicate with the dead because we are actually communicating with evil spirits but I have to say I was second guessing myself with all the evidence I was witnessing by watching these guys film. Thank you for one, for clearing up this issue. Even though these guys think that they are talking to the deceased, they are really talking to demons who know just what to say. Second, it is bad to even watch these shows for entertainment? I was also wondering why does it seem like these “spirits” only dwell in places where there was some sort of tragedy or murder? I do not know much about the paranormal so I was wondering if you might know.

    • Sylvia

      Cindy,
      I don’t have any idea why these spirits would hang around a place of tragedy. In fact, that is simply something that I hear a few people say, its not something that I know first hand. As far as I know this could just be one of those things that is myth, just made up stuff like urban legend, KWIM?
      Glad to know you are reading your Bible and listening to the Lord on this topic!

  2. Tia

    And is there a time when you are chatting online? So that we could chat or you could e-mail me. There aren’t really a lot of people around me at the moment that enjoy discussing Jesus, God, and the Bible and I do. It would be nice to be able to ask questions that you would be able to help me answer.

  3. Tia

    Hi Sylvia! Hope things are well for you. Just wanted to ask a question about an up coming event… 2012!??? I know that the Bible tells us that we will not know the day or time that Jesus will return, but do you think it is possible that something truly catastrophic could happen on December 21, 2012? I have been stuck on the SCI and Hint, channel on tv. It mainly shows things like documentaries and actual scientific explanation to things such as volcanoes, the earths magnetic fields, the workings of the sun, and how the planet Venus will be visible in our sky on a certain day. Anyway I was wondering do you watch things like this? and what is your take on it all?

  4. Trey

    I am a Christian, and I have been watching a show on tv that is pretty convincing that there are spirits in this world that are in between, when in fact God’s word tells us they are demons playing tricks. I have been an ignorant Christian because these type of shows make you question and wonder if it is true. That is why it is very very important that you continue to read and study God’s word on a daily basis. I’m the type of Christian that seems to get relaxed in my faith and try to figure things out on my own and I do not study God’s word on a daily basis. That is why my flesh likes to take over. As a Christian I thank God for His guidance, because He lets me know real quick when I sin and or when the flesh is in control. If you are a Christian and seem to get caught up in things you are not sure of, or question your faith, you have to remember you are filled with the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ conqured death (the flesh).

  5. YURI

    hi Sylvia
    its great to have found such great blog
    its full of inspiration for others as well as insight

    i admire the fact that your aim is to keep everyone focus on God and His love
    rather then to try to decode verses from the bible to prove or disapprove the existence of ghosts (from people)

    unlike a blog from a so called pastor swope (have you heard of him?)
    your blog focuses on the following of God and love of Christ

    thank you
    and God Bless

    • Sylvia

      Thank you so much for stopping by CHK, Yuri. No I had not heard of the man you mentioned.

  6. Sylvia

    Tia,
    Yes, our sins are forgiven once we are saved. We do still sin, but we don’t worry about losing our salvation if we don’t confess those sins if we die before we confess. ALL our sins have been forgiven. Those we have committed, those we are presently committing and those we will commit in the future. We do still need to be confessing those daily sins and trying to live a holy life.

    So when a Christian sins, she still needs to ask God to forgive her, not so that she won’t lose her salvation, but so that the relationship between her and her God will not be hindered. Its similar to how we function with people. Just because we have an argument with a close friend doesn’t mean that we are no longer friends, but it means that the relationship is strained and not what it should be until we make amends.

    There are a lot of Christians out there who simply don’t know the truth about what God says regarding mediums and psychics. I don’t know any personally, but I think if a person was both a Christian and a psychic, the Lord would be convicting them and teaching them in different ways that they need to learn His ways.

    I have only heard second hand stories about children who supposedly have some kind of psychic power. The thing to remember is that we are all sinners, even little children, and we all need a Savior.

    I don’t recommend that you go to a psychic, Christian, or not, simply because God is very clear about how He feels about psychics and mediums. It just isn’t worth disobeying your Creator, God and Savior. I recommend rather that you search out God’s Word, pray to Him fervently for peace and understanding and realize that He does answer prayers and He gives us exactly what we need in our lives.

  7. Tia

    Thank You so much for answering my question. I think I understand better now. so if you are saved and you sin it doesn’t really count against you as long as you believe with your heart that Jesus died for you and rose from the grave, then we can ask for forgiveness and repent then everything will be alright? I know that i sin probably daily and not intentionally but it worries me that something as sudden as a car accident can happen and i won’t have the chance to ask to be forgiven for sins I may have commited that day… You know? And if all psychics and mediums etc. are of the devil then how can they be christians? and how could children grow up with this ability if they are all innocent in God’s eyes? Like some children can see ghosts or think that they are talking with their dead grandparents or something? I wanted to speak to a psychic who is also a christian to ask about my brother and to ask what direction does God want me to go in life.

  8. Tia

    I am so thankful to have found this site. I am a Christian who has been baptized and saved. My brother died a year ago, I was visiting this site to see what God says about trying to communicate with the dead, I definitely believe in heaven and hell and wanted to be able to ask my brother was he alright and in heaven with God. I just wanted a simple sign or a dream that he tells me he is ok and with God. He was a decent man, never hateful or hurtful to anyone, but he had done some things as we all have that were sinful, he was also baptized and saved as a child. I feel like I needed to know the answer to this so that I can feel happy that he has moved on and know one day we will see one another again. I ask because it seems like a lot of things will send a person to hell, loving material things, drinking, cigarrettes, arguing with others, not attending church etc. These things could possibly put you in hell and so it worries me. Will I do enough to be with God in heaven? Did my brother do more good than bad to be in heaven right now? I feel like I can’t go on with my everyday life until I know my brother is happy and in heaven doing more for God or suffering in hell for trivial things. I dreamt of my brother one night and we walked and talked and I couldn’t quite get a feel for where he was still. I remember telling him to do what’s right so that on judgment day we will all get to be together again and him giving me a big hug, so much so the entire next day my rib cage and back were kind of achy almost as if he had hugged me so tight, could that have been a sign? or was that not my brother? Please respond, my next step was to see a psychic that is also a true christian.

    • Sylvia

      Dear Tia,
      I’m glad you found us too. I feel so privileged to tell you what I know about salvation, the Bible and God. Everything I know I have learned from God’s Word; the Bible. You can find everything that I tell you in the Bible.

      I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. I have lost dear loved ones too and I understand the pain, especially the pain of not knowing their eternal state and not knowing if they are with God. As I have grown older, and grown in Christ, I have learned that sometimes, I just can’t know. And that I have to go on living for God while I am here on earth even though I don’t know everything. I hope you can do that too.

      You have a few misunderstandings about God’s Word and what it says about salvation, sin and feelings. I would like to try to help you with those.

      First of all, we are all sinners. God hates sin so much He died so that we can be free from it. There are all kinds of sin and they are all equal as far as being a reason for us to go to hell.

      There are some sins that are worse than others, God specifically says that he hates lust, envy, pride, jealousy, revenge and hatred of others. But even gossip or lying or cheating ares sins that Jesus died for. We all sin, and we are all headed to hell where we will not ever again be in God’s presence or have hope of forgiveness. Sin is serious business. And we can’t treat it as though we’re just making mistakes. Sin is what Jesus died for.

      The only way we can be forgiven is to present a sacrifice that is so holy, so perfect, that another sacrifice will never have to be made again. Hebrews 9:22
      I can’t do that, neither can you. None of us can because we’re sinful, we don’t have what it takes to be a perfect sacrifice.

      No matter how we try we cannot offer anything to God by ourselves that is worthy of our forgiveness. Isaiah 64:4-9

      However, God has made a way for us to be forgiven. He has sent His only Son, Jesus, to earth to be a sacrifice for our sin. Jesus was born, grew in wisdom and knowledge, lived a perfectly sinless life, was crucified, died, was buried and three days later God raised Him from the dead. Now He is in heaven at the right hand of the Father praying for all of us that we might know Him. John 3:16

      To be saved you don’t have to constantly do things or good deeds as if you were trying to earn your salvation. You can’t do it. Ephesians 2:8-9

      “For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved” Romans 10;9-11

      “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38

      That’s how we are saved.

      After you are saved God no longer counts your sins against you. 1 Corinthians 5:19

      Once you are saved, the Holy Spirit will be with you forever, to guide you, teach you and comfort you. John 14:15-26

      When we’re saved we want to do good deeds! We were created to do good works that God had for us before we were born! Ephesians 2:10

      Tia, I can’t tell you where your brother’s soul is. You may never know. But if you become saved and focus on Jesus and His Kingdom, He will give you that peace about your brother that you are seeking.

      Don’t rely on your feelings because, though feelings are helpful in life, they are not a trustworthy guide to making decisions. The Bible and the Holy Spirit are our only Guides and they are all we need.

      I am praying for you Tia, I hope you will let me know if I can explain more or be of any other help to you.

  9. Sylvia

    Thanks for the comments everyone, I will work on replies to those who haven’t been answered this week.

  10. Lis

    I have such a dilemna. I know and believe that ghosts do not exist. Three nights ago my 11 year old son refused to sleep in his bedroom. He said there were ghosts in there. One night he woke up to find a woman standing next to his bed straightening his blankets. The next night he was awakened by someone pushing him on the shoulder. He’s even blaming the stomachache he had on the ghosts. I’ve caught him trying to talk to the ghosts – trying to make them communicate with him. It’s been 3 nights in a row, now, that I’ve had to have my son sleep in my bed.
    My problem is that I want him to know that ghosts do not exist, but I don’t want to scare him by telling him that if, in fact, he’s really seeing something it is actually a demon spirit.
    How do we explain this to a child without scaring them?

    • Sylvia

      Since I am not there to witness what your son is experiencing, I don’t know what he is seeing or feeling. I think you have bigger problems than how to decide what to tell your child though I suggest honesty and gentleness. I believe that you have a responsibility to seek out God and be right with Him through Jesus so that your son can see your example. Romans 5:19

      But I can tell you these things:

      1. A child of God cannot be possessed. A Christian cannot even be oppressed by a demonic spirit unless the Lord God Himself allows it. So if you and your son are Christians, you must pray and seek God’s face and ask Him to protect you. You also have the authority if you are a Christian to tell any demonic spirit to leave.

      2. If you and your son are not Christians, I suggest that you fall to your knees and cry out to the living God and confess your sins, repent and accept the sacrifice of Jesus, the only Son of God, for your sins, then rejoice! And then pray as above. If you need more help and would like to hear the Gospel message again, email me.

  11. Craig

    The Bible clearly tells us to have nothing to do with the dead, with the darkness for what does the light have in common with the darkness? We have no right dabbling in the spirit world. Someone mentioned what harm is there in just investigating? Well God said: Don’t do it! Leave these things alone!

    Its interesting that those who are ghost hunters or investigators will quote scripture and yet Jesus said: “You search the Scriptures…but don’t do what it says!”

    • Sylvia

      I agree with you, Craig. Thanks for stopping by.

  12. John

    Hi, The only thing that doesn’t make sense is in the gospels when it mentions that the apostles were frightened as they thought that Jesus was a ghost, and then Jesus reassured them that he was not a ghost.
    From what I know from scripture about the purposes of Satan and the fallen angels is that they seek to steal, kill and destroy, seem to manifest themselves on numerous occassions in the form of disease and infirmity, and they take a portion of truth and fill it full of their own lies and deceit in order to get us on the wrong path. There are many hauntings that don’t seem to me to fulfil the purposes of Satan, too many to mention, but just as an example, a legion of Roman soldiers seen marching through a cellar in Yorkshire that seem completely unable to communicate or even see the living that witness them.
    That said I agree with your statements 100 % that it is best for all practical purposes to be suspicious of any paranormal activity as being within the realms of a zone that is potentially very dangerous. I have had this discussion with the spiritualists, that even if it is possible to contact dead relatives, surely that is then placing your faith in something very suspect (very likely to be a demon) instead of trusting in God. Even a well known psychic once said that you would not leave your front door open for just anyone to walk in without first knowing who they are.
    I knew a girl who messed with ouija boards and it really messed her up and she died young.
    As mentioned earlier there are many examples of hauntings that appear to serve no purpose for either God or Satan, particularly repetition hauntings where the so called ghosts seem to be re-enacting the same event and they don’t respond to human communication. What those situations are all about I don’t have a clue, but look forward to any comment that you have on them. I do think though that as the bible says Satan is the God of this world, I think the best self test for us is to ask in anything that we do, are we trusting in God or some other source, and any other source, even if not directly evil, can put us wrong.

    many thanks

    John

  13. Sylvia

    For K Eckman,
    Thanks for coming by and commenting.
    What kind of powers and abilities demons have would be a great Bible study for you to undertake, I heartily encourage you to do so.
    In order not to repeat my self too much, I’d like to direct you to my reply to Robert. You will find many answers to your questions.
    Sylvia

  14. Shanna

    I’m glad to see someone taking on this difficult topic.

    It’s always strange to me that when supposed manifestations of the paranormal come up, many of the people run for the closest occult group or turn to ouija boards and other types of divination. People don’t realize that the Bible is the authority on the spiritual realm, and it tells us that the only way a true demon can be exorcised is through the name of Jesus, often with prayer and fasting. It’s not something that should be taken on lightly by a novice Christian, but I think there may need to be strong Christian men who are willing to do this and to counsel people experiencing “hauntings.”

    I’ve also wondered how many of the people who experience extreme “hauntings” have been or are engaged in some type of occult activity, or if there has been occult activity in the house in the past. (I’m not saying everyone has; I had several bizarre experiences while working in an old hotel.) If so, the person may have to repent of his occult activity, and I’m not sure that some of the people would be willing to do that. Ghosts bring in money for hotels and tourist destinations.

    Sadly, I know Christians who try to capture EVPs and other evidence of ghosts. Even secular/occult parapsychologists, if they are responsible, warn amateurs not to try to do this as it opens one up to the spirits. As Christians, we KNOW from the Bible that there IS a realm of spiritual beings and that we should NOT try to contact them.

    God Bless

  15. Neita

    Sylvia–thank you for working so hard to provide the best evidence and most truthful information on this subject. I have a question that’s related to this subject. I was foretold of my Mother’s death 10 days before she died by an eerie dream. She was no where near ill prior to her death, so the dream was completely out of the blue. It was a dream that I had never experienced before, but made a very big impression on me. I have heard all my life of the “banshee” from my great-grandmother to my grandmother, to my mother, my great-grandmother being from a family that immigrated from Ireland in the late 1800’s. My great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother and I are/were very faithful women. They all considered the “banshee” a curse to them. The stories they told were mostly interesting family folklore to me, until I had this dream, which was exactly the terror that they said they’d experienced. What do you think of that? Is this an example of a spirit, or is it more in line with prophecy? I’d like to know so if it happens to family after me, I can make them understand it in a Christian perspective. Also, what do I do with this? Is it a gift or a curse?

  16. Sylvia

    I wanted everyone to know that I have received your questions regarding demons and their ability to harm people, Christians and non-alike. I am working on a reply and will post both the questions and my answers as soon as I can.

    Sylvia

  17. Robert

    I really found this website helpful, but I still have one question.
    I sometimes like to watch those shows on TV like “A Haunting” and “Ghost Hunters” and sometimes on those shows people are physically attacked by the demon, and I was wondering what the Bible says about a demon being able to actually physically attack someone?

    • Sylvia

      Dear Robert
      Its very easy to get away from sound Biblical perspective when talking about demons. TV shows are entertainment after all and what they show us doesn’t have to be truth. So lets look at what scripture says about this.

      Scripture is very clear that demons can cause physical pain and sensation (Matthew 17:14-18; 12:22 and Mark 9:25).
      Ephesians 6:12 tells us that there is such a thing as spiritual battle and that demons and angels do battle as well as believers and the enemy.

      There is nothing in scripture that tell us that Christians are immune from attacks from demons. But the good news is this:
      1 John 4:4 Greater is He who is in me, than he who is in the world
      Revelation 12:11 talks about how Christians conquer satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.

      James 4:7 tells us to resist the devil and he will flee. Jesus Himself resisted the devil (Luke 4:13-14).

      So while demons are able to inflict oppression, pain or other sensation, they can only do this to the extent that the Christian allows it in their life and to the extent that God allows it for His purposes. God tells us to invoke the Name of Jesus and because we belong to Him, demons flee and have no power where the Lord is.

      All the power and influence that a demon may have is subjective. As someone once said long ago, “The devil is God’s devil.” If you have any doubts about that, take a look at 2 Chronicles 18.

  18. K Eckman

    I know that I have enocuntered demons on numerous occasions throughout my life, and I know, as a christian, that they have no power to materialize in front of me, being I am a saved christian, however…
    what does the Bible say about their ability to torment us and in what ways are they allowed to do? Touching, interfering with dreams, etc?
    What does it say their abilities are, specifically?

    Thanks for coming by and commenting.
    What kind of powers and abilities demons have would be a great Bible study for you to undertake, I heartily encourage you to do so.
    In order not to repeat my self too much, I’d like to direct you to my reply to Robert. You will find many answers to your questions.
    Sylvia

  19. Angela

    I know this topic refers to belief in ghosts a lot, but I have some interesting stuff that has happened in my life just recently. My sister is also very open to seeing these so called “God Winks”. My 93 yr. old grandmother just passed away on Jan. 12th. After thinking about it, we realized she died on the same number day she was born which was Oct. 12th 1915. So, to make long story somewhat short….when realizing she was born on the 12th and died on the 12th I started thinking that maybe the number 12 was going to pop out at me more. Well, that’s when it started and it came as more of a comfort to me than anything. I felt as though it was Gods little way of letting me know my granny was with him and everything was going to be o.k. Well, the last time I saw my grandma was in Sept. of 2008. I got to looking at some pics. my dad had finally e-mailed me of that visit. I noticed the date that I had last spent time with her was the 12th of Sept. Then when I checked the e-mail again I noticed my dad had finally, after 2 months of asking him…sent me the pics. on December…yeah..you guessed it….12th. So, after that I was thinking “o.k., I hear ya God (or granny)”. I just thought that was too odd. So, we flew to L.A. on the 25th for her funeral. We arrived at the hotel and got our room. Come to find out the room number was 1222. What’s weird about that is the 22nd is the day my grandpa died back in the 60’s and my grandma was actually going to buried in a plot with him. THEN…when I found out not only was our room 1222, it was on the 12th floor. So, by now I’m really just amazed at God’s sense of humor and how it’s so awesome (or at least in my perception) that he’s allowing all of this to happen to let us know my granny and grandpa are o.k. and they are with him. That’s only a small part of my story….but it would take a while longer to finish the rest of the cool things that happened on our trip. My dad arrived at the hotel a few hrs. later and checked into his room which just so happened to be 2 doors down from us. That was not planned either. We felt as though God AGAIN was pleasing my granny by putting my dad so close to us in the hotel. It was a huge hotel and the chances of that happening…especially when we had different last names and my dad didn’t not request that…what are the odds??? So, as far as ghosts….I’m sure they exist…but I believe they a more from the evil one trying to deceive us. But I do believe God works things in our lives to show he’s thinking of us at just the right time and moment and even with us having the free will that we do….he’s got stuff timed out just perfectly.

  20. Debbie Carter

    Sylvia, Thank you so much for using the wealth of Wisdom and knowledge God has given us. I’m a firm believer in demonic activity in this world, but too many believers give too much credit to Satan and not enough to God and the power and authority he has given to us.
    We have power and authority to shut demons down in our lives. Devils can only have power over us IF we give it to them, and they are only as big in our lives as we ALLOW them to be. We have the weapons of mass destruction in our possession, its time and HIGH time to put them in action. The word says, “Your adversary, the devil is AS a roaring Lion seeking whom he may devour” HE’S NOT A ROARING LION, HE’S ONLY AS!!!! He’s all about deception; making himself to look bigger and more horrific than he actually is. MORE OF GOD IN OUR CONVERSATION AND LESS OF SATAN, MORE GLORY AND ADORATION TO GOD AND LESS TO SATAN. Thank you Sylvia for being a mighty Warrior for the Kingdom. Debbie

  21. Sudie Landry

    Wow, Praise God! I look forward to reading this blog. A job well done Sylvia. And the truth shall set us all free.

  22. Pam

    Sylvia,

    Wow,I believe you are doing God’s work here. Thank you for your devotion to this topic, searching the scriptures and spending time to help so many re-focus on Jesus Christ and His Word.

    I am a Believer and follower of Christ and have grown up knowing the Lord and it is a blessing beyond words. Recently, we have had some weird incidences in our 17 year old home, which we have lived in for 7 years. We have laughed about them and have dismissed a couple of things. They involved me hearing “boo” in the early morning in the kitchen while everyone was asleep. (My husband and I say “boo” a lot to each other, like as in “hi”. So, I dismissed that.) Another morning a few days later our blender came off and on by itself and sprayed blueberries everywhere in our kitchen! Then to top it off, my son and I were standing in our kitchen and the faucet, (which is tight) came on. Not just a trickle, but almost in full. My son and I looked at each other. He said “I’m getting outta here!” I had been a little fearful at home alone recently as a couple of other small incidences had happened as well. So I said “Absolutely not! We are going to pray demons out of our home right now because this is Jesus’ house!” I prayed aloud with my son. The blender had not been working properly for a week,since that incident. I went over to it afterward, and it has worked fine from that morning until now. I truly believe that I made it clear that this is not a place for demons to hang out and play with our minds.

    The faucet did come on one evening in front of me, my daughter and her friend. I just turned it off and said it must be a water pressure thing, which I know could be true…but I will keep claiming Christ as the Lord of our home.

    My parents had a bad experience when I was very young which I felt I have learned a lot from. They attended a wonderful Christian church where the pastor’s wife started reading horiscopes. She then stared checking out books from the Library on ghosts, happenings, witches, etc. She got so consumed by all of this. To make a long story short, the church ended up being a place of worship to SATAN! The congregation was consumed with the things that she had gotten into. They started fighting, destroying each other’s property. Some even ended up in the mental ward. It was amazing, allowing Satan’s hold to creep in like this, destroyed God’s house.

    So, I have always told my kids that if Satan can get one big fat toe in a small opening of a cracked door, he will push his entire self into it and overtake your mind, home, body and however far you will allow him to go.

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU for being a faithful follower of Christ and proclaiming HIS TRUTH!!!!!

  23. Ellen

    hello sylvia, i find your article and comment responses quite helpful in my understanding of ghost (in many ways) as a believer in Christ. thank you! 🙂

  24. Sylvia

    Dear Jennifer,
    Thank you for waiting for my answers to your questions. There are a lot of questions here! And they came at the busiest time of year for me. I appreciate your patience.

    Because of the volume of your post, I am going to divide it into sections and answer each question in order, but you will see that some of my answers are interconnected with many of your comments because so many of your questions have to do with the second coming of Christ and the state of the dead in Christ.

    There are so many interpretations of scripture regarding the second coming and what happens to people after they die. I will be sharing what I believe with you in this post. But as a baby Christian, you will grow and you may develop other beliefs and understandings of scripture. Be careful that those changes do not lead you to search for an “out” so that you can believe what your heart wants to believe about ghosts instead of continuing to search out God’s Word on the subject. Our hearts are “deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9

    What I want to stress to you is that there is something more important than our beliefs about the areas of the second coming and where the dead go involved in this conversation. The main focus has to be God and His glory.

    I am including a lot of Bible verses for you to read and compare with what I am telling you. I encourage you to read these verses prayerfully to get a better understanding of what the Bible says about ghosts.

    In His Grace and Joy,
    Sylvia

    I still have a hard time not believing in ghosts, and I am christian.
    This is an area of struggle and concern for you, I understand and I will try to shed some light or at least give you more to think about.

    Why do they call the Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit if there is only demonic or bad/evil ghosts or spirits?
    When we talk about ghosts we are talking about humans, not God.We’re talking about dead people’s spirits coming back to earth. God is a Spirit and that is our essence because we are created in His image. Our spirits are precious things. In God’s Word, spirits of dead people coming back to earth is not a good thing so that’s why we know that ghosts are not really the essences of people but evil spirits or demons trying to fool people for some reason.

    Also, if people who are saved go straight to heaven when they die, then why does it say in the bible that Jesus will come to judge the living AND the dead?
    Why, if the saved who are dead are already in heaven, do they get judged again, or why are they not judged before being allowed to enter into heaven?

    God tells us in His Word that we will see Him in our flesh ( Job 19:26). He will restore our bodies and give us a perfect body like that of Jesus..who will always be completely God and completely human with a body (Acts 1:11).
    What the Word indicates is that when someone dies who is in Christ, that person’s soul/spirit goes to be with Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:8). I would say that anywhere Jesus is will be heaven, so I loosely use that term to indicate where we will be: heaven. What we do know is that we will be present with the Lord and in a desirable place.
    At a later time known only to the Father (Mark 13:32) Jesus will return and at that time our bodies will rise from where they are, perfected by God, and be reunited with our spirits/souls.
    The righteous will be judged at that time, not to see if they will enter heaven, that has already been settled at their death when they were found to be “in Christ”, but they will be judged according to what they have done in life (1 Corinthians 3:12-15,Mt. 12:36, Romans 2:16) and if their deeds are worthless, they will lose some of their rewards.

    Those who are not in Christ at the time of their death will not be with God in death. Their spirits live on out of the presence of God. The Word tells us that the dead who are not in Christ are not here on earth but that they suffer without God’s presence from the time they die until the time of the judgment (Job 27:19-20; 2 Peter 2:4-10) when they will be cast into the lake of fire, which was actually prepared for the punishment of satan and his demons (Matthew 25:41).

    Even though it is only recorded once in the bible that God allowed a spirit of a dead human return to earth, does it meant that He would not or could not have allowed it more than just that one time?
    I moved these next two questions up here so I could answer them all together.
    Doesn’t it say somewhere in the bible that the dead or the sleeping will awake?
    What does that mean if they are already in heaven?

    In one perspective, He could allow it. However, nowhere else in His Word does He indicate that He did allow it and we have to live by what we have in His Word. In doing so today He would violate the very Word that He has given us to live by. So I would have to say that He would not do that.

    What is the difference if any of a soul or a spirit? We do have souls, which are suppose to go to heaven if we are saved, but what if we don’t go to heaven, and we are here waiting for Jesus to come again to judge us before allowing us to enter into heaven?
    There is a lot of different thought on the difference between the soul and the spirit of man. In scripture the two are commonly used interchangeably though there are several verses that make a distinction between the two (1 Thessalonians 5:23). I would say that the soul is the personality, intellect and will of man and that the spirit is the part that can grasp and understand the spiritual things of life.

    All that you said does make sense to me, and I am no scholar when it comes to the bible, I am just a baby christian, I don’t think I have actually even read the whole bible yet, but I am hungry for as much Jesus as I can get, and this subject has confused me for a long, long time. I believe that I have had some experiences with ghosts myself, and I do like the idea that my father who passed away looks out for me, still loves me, and tries to help me, but that doesn’t make me less hungry for God’s presence in my life, it doesn’t distract me from wanting to seek more of God and from wanting to know God more and more everyday, in fact I think that knowing my dad is with God, or waiting here for Jesus to return and judge him, makes me want God and His presence in my life even more.

    I don’t try to contact my dad through seances or mediums or anything like that, I don’t pray to my dad or anything, I don’t worship my dad in any kind of way, but I do like to think that we can believe that our loved ones who passed away can visit us, and we may be able to feel there presence, and they can come to comfort us, even in our dreams, but I do believe that just like there can be good spirits or souls, there are also bad/evil spirits and souls too. So why am I wrong in thinking these things?

    I don’t think you’re necessarily wrong about what you are believing here. God tells us in Hebrews 1:1 that there is a great number of witnesses to our faith. Those witnesses could be some of our own loved ones whom God allows to witness certain accomplishments and struggles in our lives.
    God does wipe away tears, but those tears are not wiped away until after the final judgement, so I tend to believe that our friends and family who are with the Lord could see good times and bad when He allows it (Rev 21:4). And that can be an encouragement to us.
    I do not however believe that God allows our loved ones to visit us. There is simply no scriptural support for that. In fact scripture argues against that. So as badly as I might want it, I want the truth of God’s Word and His way even more. I can see that you loved your Dad deeply. If you believe your Dad is with Jesus, then I believe that you can claim that promise that when we see Him we will be changed to be like Him. Your Dad in Jesus’ presence, is like Jesus in his character. So if you are pleasing Jesus you are pleasing your Dad. Your Dad wants nothing more than for you to love and worship Jesus with your life and actions.

    I hope you can help me finally put this topic to rest in my heart and mind, I don’t want to be disobedient, but some things just are not as clear as I would like them to be in the bible. I know, there is nothing I can do about that, and I have prayed that God tell me Himself whether the way I think is wrong or not, but I still haven’t gotten a clear answer that I have recognized as an answer anyway. Right now I am doing a research paper in my college class about the existence of ghosts, so I am looking forward to your response very much. Thank you for your help. God bless you and your loved ones.

    Keep searching, but always search out God’s Word, not what someone else may say about ghosts. There are a lot of things that are not clear to me, either. But God holds us responsible for whatever truth we may have. So when you search and learn, be true to it and live out out. God bless you on your way.

  25. Jennifer

    I still have a hard time not believing in ghosts, and I am christian. Why do they call the Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit if there is only demonic or bad/evil ghosts or spirits? Also, if people who are saved go straight to heaven when they die, then why does it say in the bible that Jesus will come to judge the living AND the dead? Why, if the saved who are dead are already in heaven, do they get judged again, or why are they not judged before being allowed to enter into heaven? Even though it is only recorded once in the bible that God allowed a spirit of a dead human return to earth, does it meant that He would not or could not have allowed it more than just that one time? What is the difference if any of a soul or a spirit? We do have souls, which are suppose to go to heaven if we are saved, but what if we don’t go to heaven, and we are here waiting for Jesus to come again to judge us before allowing us to enter into heaven? Doesn’t it say somewhere in the bible that the dead or the sleeping will awake? What does that mean if they are already in heaven? All that you said does make sense to me, and I am no scholar when it comes to the bible, I am just a baby christian, I don’t think I have actually even read the whole bible yet, but I am hungry for as much Jesus as I can get, and this subject has confused me for a long, long time. I believe that I have had some experiences with ghosts myself, and I do like the idea that my father who passed away looks out for me, still loves me, and tries to help me, but that doesn’t make me less hungry for God’s presence in my life, it doesn’t distract me from wanting to seek more of God and from wanting to know God more and more everyday, in fact I think that knowing my dad is with God, or waiting here for Jesus to return and judge him, makes me want God and His presence in my life even more. I don’t try to contact my dad through seances or mediums or anything like that, I don’t pray to my dad or anything, I don’t worship my dad in any kind of way, but I do like to think that we can believe that our loved ones who passed away can visit us, and we may be able to feel there presence, and they can come to comfort us, even in our dreams, but I do believe that just like there can be good spirits or souls, there are also bad/evil spirits and souls too. So why am I wrong in thinking these things? I hope you can help me finally put this topic to rest in my heart and mind, I don’t want to be disobedient, but some things just are not as clear as I would like them to be in the bible. I know, there is nothing I can do about that, and I have prayed that God tell me Himself whether the way I think is wrong or not, but I still haven’t gotten a clear answer that I have recognized as an answer anyway. Right now I am doing a research paper in my college class about the existence of ghosts, so I am looking forward to your response very much. Thank you for your help. God bless you and your loved ones.

  26. Pastor

    I found your wonderful site while studying for our upcoming documentary on this very subject. I wondered what you think about us studying this subject for a documentary. I’m a pastor of a church and a national level speaker about other subjects. This is not a subject I have ever tackled in front of a church or audience of any type but a subject that I have dealt with for many years. I believe in a ongoing spiritual warfare that goes on around us 24/7 and we can’t help but to be brought into it. At any rate I never would suggest that anyone provoke or entertain anything from the evil side of paranormal, (Paranormal is a general term that describes unusual experiences that lack an obvious scientific explanation,[1] or phenomena alleged to be outside of science’s current ability to explain or measure)but the good side of paranormal would be Angels and I would entertain a Angel any day!

    Thanks
    Pastor

  27. Kim

    Sylvia

    I have never believed in ghosts or spirits that are “stuck” in this world. I believe satan is running this world and intervenes in lives of Christians. I have a friend who says her mom has always had presences or spirits in her houses wherever she has lived and my friend says she and her 5 year old son have experienced them. Her mom was told they were extra sensitive because of the Native American heritage. My husband is also Native American and doesn’t believe in ghosts or spirits. My question is this, how do I handle this and what do I say? I pray for her everyday. Her husband doesn’t believe either. Any help you can give me will be appreciated.
    Kim

  28. Sylvia

    Hi Eden, Thank you for stopping by to read.
    I believe your Dad was right. There is no evidence whatsoever in the Bible that ghosts or spirits that we may encounter are the spirits of deceased animals or children. It doesn’t really matter what “form” a demon takes to seem like a departed spirit. Satan is in the business of deceiving human beings and demons can even take the form of a priest. Don’t be deceived.

    Sylvia

  29. Eden

    Thanks for the information. It’s very helpful. I have always been interested in ghosts because when I was in elementary school, I lived with one. Going into highschool, I became very religious as well as my parents. My dad said he didn’t believe in ghosts and that he thought they were demons pretending to be humans because they want to be like us. So that’s what I thought they were, too. Until I realized that there are ghost children and animals. I was wondering why they would take the form of animals and children (because they are innocent). Or could some even be angels, like a guardian angel? Because I’ve heard of a ghost priest that lives in a church and watches over the people that go there.
    Thank you very much!

    Eden

  30. Sylvia

    Hello Jon,
    Thank you for those kind words, I am so glad that this article has been helpful.
    To answer your question, Yes, I believe God’s Word indicates that it cannot be our loved one, it is a demon.
    Satan and his demons will do whatever it takes to get our eyes off of Jesus and on to something, anything, else. The Father of Lies will even break our hearts or give us unfounded hope of contact with a departed loved one in this life to get us to look at something other than Jesus. This is why we must place our hope in Jesus Christ only and look to Him to reunite us with our saved loved ones one day.

    Sylvia

  31. Jon

    Hello,

    Thank you for a very informative piece of information.

    I would cosinder myself to be a christian as I feel I have a relationship with God even though I do not attend church.

    I went on a ghost walk last june for a friends birthday. It was just abit of fun until they decided to do a seance. I said that I didnt wish to take part and left the building and waited outside. I knew it was wrong to communicate with the dead but you have helped clear up my understanding of what God speaks about ghosts.
    Just a quick question though, if someone claims they have seen a ghost in a building, or felt a presence, of someone they dont know, is that still a demon taking on the form of that person?

    Thank you ever so much.

    Jon

  32. Sylvia

    Hello Paul,
    That’s a very good question! The word “spirit” is translated in the bible in several different ways. One of the ways is a “familiar spirit” or demon.
    I believe in the verses you mentioned, Jesus was referring to demons or familiar spirits.

    Sylvia

  33. paul martin

    I was wondering why Jesus told His Disciples that unlike spirits that he was flesh and bones. Why didn’t He just say that there are no spirits? Luke 24:36-39

  34. Sylvia

    Hello Allen,
    I’m glad you stopped by.
    What God tells Christians is not just that worship of spirits is wrong, but that we are to have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with any spirit that may reveal itself to us, and that we are not to have anything to do with those who are familiar with spirits.

    For the Christian, there are no “good” or “evil” spirits. Those are characteristics that human beings have attributed to spirits. The label “spirit” for the Christian, there are demons which are to be avoided.

    There are times when demons actively attempt to interfere in human events. At those times, a Christian has the recourse of calling on God Himself to to protect him and command the demon to leave.

  35. Allen

    My question of the same is still uncertain. I am a paranormal investigator. We don’t so much try to reach the dead, but try to see if there are said spirits floating around and if they are bad or good spirits so we can educate who ever is claiming their house or business is haunted on whether or not to be afraid. I gather from what all you said and the scriptures to not worship other spirits basically and to not be a freak and set around conjuring up evil spirits or what knot. But is it wrong to go investigat a said haunting to see if we can debunk it or is it real? Is it wrong to invite spirits to talk into a recorder, or to show themselves?

  36. fran brashears

    Thank you for the scripture and finally putting to rest the question of what the Bible says about ghosts, and the fact we should resist from trying to conjure up the dead. I have had my sunday school class ask this question, and i pretty much said as much, however I am no scholor. May God bless you and your family. I hope to visit your web site again …………… Fran Brashears

  37. yadira

    thank you for the information.
    god bless you and your family