Christian Questions Answered – Do Ghosts really exist?


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Do Ghosts really exist?

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Hello and good question, the simple answer to this subject is yes but not quite in the way that most people would think. Almost everyone associates ghosts with departed souls who have died and have come back to appear and even torment the living but this theory, if you believe the authority of the scriptures, is in fact impossible. Only under very extreme circumstances would this ever be seen, for example Moses appearing to Jesus however, in the general sense it would be impossible to happen.

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The Word of God tells us that when a person dies their body goes to the ground until the days of resurrection and their spirit/soul departs to either Paradise (Heaven) or to Hades (Hell) and since Jesus has the keys, neither are permitted to come back.  Jesus illustrated this in the Gospel of Luke with a true account of a boy called Lazarus and a rich man, who both died and departed this earth. Young Lazarus ended up in Abraham’s Bosom (Heaven) and the rich man went to Hades (Hell) and there was a great divide between them.  The rich man then made a request to the Angels asking if he could return to the earth to warn his family of what could await them however, the Angel refused his request.

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It’s quite an account and an amazing window into what most would call ‘The Afterlife’ but on this subject, it shows us that departed souls are not permitted to return, so a departed soul coming back is impossible.

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Having established that scriptural fact, we can now go on to look at the subject of evil spirits manifesting themselves into what most would term as a ghost and the question is, does that actually happen? I can tell you that yes it does happen, for some reason the presence of an evil spirit can become so strong, that a physical manifestation takes place revealing the spiritual realm.  I must admit, years ago I would have been very sceptical about this kind of a situation if I hadn’t experienced this in my own Christian life, right before my very eyes.  It happened when I was locking up the house for the night and switching off all of the lights and as I was walking through the hallway to the stairs, I felt this presence. So I turned around and to my amazement, there in my hallway was a ghost.  It was a very unsettling experience and let me tell you, it got both barrels of ‘IN THE NAME OF JESUS’ and then it was gone. It only appeared for a few seconds however, I’ll never forget it’s face because believe it or not, it was my face.

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The following day I went to talk to my Pastor, who was very experienced in the realms of casting out spirits as well as discerning spirits, so told him what had happened and how bizarre it was that it had manifested looking like me.  He told me that it most likely happened because of the victory Sharon and I were experiencing in our lives at that time and that situation was an attack to destroy our confidence in God.  He then proceeded to tell me about an experience he had where he’d walked into his living room and the room was freezing, so much so he could feel the presence of something evil so, he dispatched the spirit in the same way I had and the room came back to it’s normal temperature.
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I must admit, I’m still not sure about the exact details of this kind of subject, I’ve cast spirits out of individuals before but as for the manifestations, all I can say is it was a lot more common than I’d first thought however, there is no way these spirits are ghosts our departed family or friends, they’re just the tools of the devil to try to scare Christians so that we’ll focus more on the enemy, than on God.  Let me leave you with a thought before our minds get too carried away on this subject, the focus of our lives is Jesus Christ and let me tell you, if your saved and walking with God, then you already have within you the scariest, most lethal spirit in existence, the Holy Ghost.  I’ve seen spirits absolutely terrified at the coming of the presence of God into a room so make no mistake about it, an evil spirit is like a speck of dust compared to Jesus so don’t ever worry.
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I hope this answer has satisfied your thoughts about the subject but please let me encourage you, don’t focus on the enemy nor his tactics, focus on Jesus and let him do the rest.  Please feel free to add to this article so that we might enhance this teaching further. God bless………
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About Pastor Steven

Steven Birnie is a former local Church Minister and the author of Christian publications which include non-fiction, fictional and teaching eBooks with audio sermons. From the north-east coast of Scotland, Pastor Steven is married to Sharon and together, they have two young children called Emily and David. After seven years of training, three years of overseeing youth and young adults and, three years of being the Assistant Pastor in his local Church, Pastor Steven moved on to focus on writing Christian Publications. In the future, he hopes to open a Christian Children’s Home in his home town and write The Tribulation Soldier, his newest Series of Fictional, Military EBooks on the End Times, the Rapture and the Tribulation Period, as a 2.5 Million Word Series. But despite continuing pastoral work and writing, Steven remains devoted to his children, enjoying his family life with caravan holidays in the Highlands, fishing, canoeing and his favourite pastime, riding his motorbike through the Scottish countryside.