This week I had a chance to meet with a friend for coffee. As we talked about our families he said that his daughter started to date this boy that was a Christian. She is reading her Bible and a lot of the darkness had left the home. I asked him what he was talking about. He said that when his daughter was doing a lot of things that she shouldn’t have I saw dark shadows moving around the home and heard noises. It was getting so bad they had purchased some cameras to record any “paranormal” activate if possible. They set up cameras and were not able to capture anything on video. He said once his daughter prayed over the house it had been gone for at least a year.
You need to know that this person has not talked with me about any beliefs and does not seem to have accepted Christianity. He also is a professional and when he was talking about this he seemed to be 100% serious. In fact it seems that it has sparked an interest in him to want to know more.
I know I have not had to deal with this personally and never had anyone really talk about this with me.
In researching this I found this commentary that I thought was interesting:
Demons are masquerade artists. In other words, they can disguise themselves. In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 11:14-15), we are told how these creatures are able to appear or disguise themselves as what Paul calls “angels of light” and “servants of righteousness.” Because of this ability, it is certainly reasonable to assume that a demon could in fact appear to someone as the spirit of a deceased person–especially that of a loved one–if it helped the demon to carry out its evil purposes.
The Bible assures us that we only die one time, and then we will await judgment. There are several passages which help to explain how it would not be possible for us to die and then to live on, in some sort of spirit form, as a ghost. Hebrews 9:27 (NIV) tells us clearly that we are “…destined to die once and, after that, to face judgment.” And when we are judged, the decision for us is heaven if we believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior (John 3:16). However, if a person chooses to become an unbeliever (and continues being an unbeliever), then their destination would be hell (Matthew 25:46; Luke 16:22-24).
There is no “in between” state of existence for us between death and eventual eternal life or eternal damnation. We are assured of this again in Matthew 25:46 (NIV), where words similar to those in Hebrews 9:27 (NIV) are used. We therefore know that there can be no “in between” state for us, and, therefore, it cannot be possible for the spirit of a deceased person to roam the earth as a “ghost”. Chances are, if you truly think you have seen a “ghost,” it was probably just one of Satan’s servants (demons), sent to trick you.
Do you believe this? Have you ever dealt with this? What do you think?
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