Why do ghosts interact with us

Are there demonic activities in today's world?



Ghosts, visitations, séances, tarot cards, witch boards, crystal balls - what do they have in common? They are fascinating to many people because they supposedly give glimpses into the unknown that lies outside the confines of our physical existence. And to many, such things seem innocent and harmless.

Many who look at these issues from a non-biblical perspective believe that spirits are the spirits of the dead who, for whatever reason, have not reached their "next stage". According to those who believe in ghosts, there are three different types of hauntings: (1) unexplained hauntings (similar to videotaping, with no actual interaction with a ghost). (2) Visitation by a human spirit whose nature is a combination of good and evil (but not diabolical). Such spirits just want a person's attention; others may be pranksters out there, but they don't really harm anyone. (3) Interaction with non-human spirits or demons. These beings can pretend to be human spirits, but they are harmful and dangerous.

When reading about spirits and visitations that are of non-biblical origin, it should be noted that even if an author refers to the Bible or biblical characters (e.g. Michael the Archangel), he or she does not necessarily look at the subject from a Biblical perspective. If we do not know the authority with which the author gives this information, the reader has to ask himself: “How does the author know that it is so? With what authority does he / she report on it? ”For example, how can an author know that demons are posing as human spirits? Ultimately, writers who provide information on such subjects from a non-biblical standpoint must base their understanding on their own thoughts, those of others, and / or past experiences. However, based on their own assumption that demons can fake and imitate human spirits, such experiences can be misleading! If anyone wants to have a correct understanding on this subject, then they have to go to the source that has always shown itself to be 100% correct - God's Word, the Bible. So let's see what the Bible has to say on this subject.

1. The Bible never speaks of visitations. Rather, it teaches that when the person dies, a person's mind goes to one of two places. If someone believes in Jesus Christ, their spirit will be brought before the Lord in heaven (Philippians 1: 21-23; 2 Corinthians 5: 8). He will later be reunited with his body at the resurrection (1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18). If someone does not believe in Christ, they go to the place of torment called Hell (Luke 16: 23-24).

Regardless of whether the person was a believer or an unbeliever, there is no return to communicate with our world or to interact with people, even for the purpose of warning people of the coming judgment (Luke 16: 27-31 ). There are only two recorded incidents in which a dead person contacted the living. The first was when King Saul of Israel tried to contact the late prophet Samuel through a medium. God allowed Samuel to be disturbed just long enough to pass judgment on Saul for his repeated disobedience (1 Samuel 28: 6-19). The second incident occurred when Moses and Elijah had contact with Jesus when he was transfigured (Matthew 17: 1-8). There was nothing “ghostly” about the appearance of Moses and Elijah.

2. Scripture repeatedly speaks of angels moving unseen (Daniel 10: 1-21). Sometimes these angels interact with living people. Evil spirits or demons can actually take possession of people, dwell in them and control them (e.g. Mark 5: 1-12). The four Gospels and Acts of the Apostles tell of various incidents of demonic possession and of good angels appearing to and supporting believers. Both good and bad angels can trigger supernatural phenomena (Job 1-2; Revelation 7.1; 8.5; 15.1; 16).

3. The Bible shows that demons know things that humans are not aware of (Acts 16: 16-18; Luke 4:41). Of course, since these evil angels have been around for a very long time, they know things that people with their short limited lifespan do not know. Because Satan currently has access to God (Job 1-2), demons may also know specific things about the future, but that's just speculation.

4. Scripture says that the devil is the father of lies and deception (John 8:44; 2 Thessalonians 2,9), that he poses as an “angel of light”. Those who follow him - human or otherwise - practice the same deception (2 Corinthians 11: 13-15).

5. Satan and the demons have great power (compared to humans). Even Michael the archangel only trusts God's power when dealing with Satan (Jude 1: 9). But the power of the devil is nothing compared to that of God (Acts 19: 11-12; Mark 5: 1-20); and God is able to use Satan's evil intentions to good use for himself (1 Corinthians 5: 5; 2 Corinthians 12: 7).

6. God commands us not to have anything to do with the occult, devil worship, or the unclean spiritual world. That would include the use of media, seances, witch boards, horoscopes, tarot cards, card reading, fortune telling, etc. God regards these things as abominations (Exodus 18: 9-12; Isaiah 8: 19-20, Galatians 5:20, Revelation 21: 8) and those who deal with them invite disasters (Acts 19, 13-16).

7. The believers of Ephesus gave an example of how to handle occult objects (books, music, jewelry, games, etc.). They repented of participating in such sins, repented, and burned the items in public (Acts 19: 17-19).

8. Liberation from Satan's power is obtained through God's redemption. Salvation comes through faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 19:18; 26: 16-18). Attempts to free yourself from demonic influence are fruitless. Jesus warned against a heart that is free from the presence of the Holy Spirit: such a heart is just an empty place ready for even worse demons to move in (Luke 11: 24-26). But when a person comes to Christ for the forgiveness of sins, the Holy Spirit comes into the person's heart and remains until the day of salvation (Ephesians 4:30).

Some paranormal activities can be attributed to charlatans. It seems best when accounts of ghosts and visitations are understood as the work of demons. Sometimes they may not try to hide their true nature, but other times they may use delusions, appearing as disembodied human spirits. Such deceptions lead to more lies and confusion.

God says it is stupid to consult the dead on behalf of the living. Instead, he says: “Towards instruction and revelation!” (Isaiah 8: 19-20). The word of God is our source of wisdom. Believers in Jesus Christ should not be involved in the occult. The spiritual world is real, but Christians need not be afraid of it (1 John 4: 4).

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