Ghost are real, but they are not dead people or dearly departed relatives whose spirit are lost and roaming aimlesly
The Bible does not speak of ghosts as spirits of dead people. The “unsaved dead” sleeps, waiting for their final judgment. Believers in Christ go to heaven after they die, while fallen angels roam earth awaiting punishment.
The King James Version (KJV) uses the word “spirit,” or “spirits.” The NIV, Amplified Bible, and NASB use the word “ghost.” (Luke 24:37; Matthew 14:26; Isaiah 29:4)
Ghosts are not dead people haunting us
Demons prance in Hollywood. They’ve made huge profits on making movies about the paranormal. TV series bank on them as well. In fact, they have glorified ghosts so we can fear them or seek their help.
In short, we think of ghosts as dead people haunting us because that’s how “demonic Hollywood” portrayed them.
Dead people cannot linger on earth or communicate with the living
The Bible says there is a great chasm that separates the living from the dead (Luke 16:26). The dead know nothing (Ecclesiastes 9:5).
Therefore, bad people or those who died unexpectedly do not become ghosts. Man’s death is appointed.
Also, those who died without Christ, evil or not, sleep in their grave, awaiting their final judgment (Daniel 12:2).
Ghost are demonic beings roaming the earth
The Bible tells us Satan brought with him a third of the angels in heaven (Revelation 12). It is highly probable that ghosts on earth are the fallen angels, mentioned in the book of Jude.
There are basically two groups of angels in the Bible:
- The “imprisoned angels” who left their proper domain in heaven. (2 Peter 2:4)
- The “fallen angels (Jude 1:6), who freely roam the earth, awaiting their punishment (Matthew 25:41).
The Bible does not say that we can cast out ghosts
Richard Ing, author of Spiritual Deliverance said, “I ask God to send angels to pick up any ghost or disembodied spirit. It’s been effective 100% of the time as I have cleansed many haunted places using that prayer.“
Three things to do when faced with demonic spirits or ghosts
- Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. (Ephesians 6:16)
- Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:16)
- Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.”
True story: Exorcism of Clarita Villanueva.