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Ask the Pastor-Are there Ghosts?

May 27, 2009

The short answer is “No” if you mean “Do dead people come back as ghosts?” When a person dies their spirit is either present with the Lord in heaven or separated from the Lord in hell. There is no temporary period when a dead person’s spirit lingers in this world or is able to haunt or harass the living.

In the movie “Ghost Whisperer” Melinda Gordon (played by actress Jennifer Love Hewitt) supposedly has a gift – she can communicate with earthbound spirits or ghosts who cling to the living because they have unfinished business in our world preventing them from “crossing over” or going into the light. This movie was inspired in part by the work of famed medium James Van Praagh and of Mary Ann Winkowski, a supposed real-life communicator with earth bound spirits. GHOST WHISPERER explores the spiritual side of life and death. Melinda bridges the gap between the dead and the living with her actions as an intermediary between the ghosts and those they haunt.

People are searching. There is a lot of emphasis on the supernatural. However, being a medium or contacting the dead is forbidden by the Scriptures [Lev 19:31, 20:6, 2Kings 23:24, 1Chron 10:13, 2Chron 33:6]. It is forbidden because it is really contact with demon spirits, not dead human beings.

Satan is very deceptive. The movie industry is taping into a real need in peoples lives: the spiritual. A person today can be “spiritual” and not be a follower of Jesus Christ. We don’t have to fear ghosts (which are not real) or demons (which are real).

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