Spirits and Ghosts
The nature of this Hub has to do with supernatural and/or paranormal activity and may not be suitable for all readers.
Are we alone in this world?
Ghosts and spirits, sure you may have seen Ghost Hunters on TV or some other show that presents the supernatural or paranormal, but should we be afraid?
Outside of what people claim to have experienced and outside of what thermal imaging or highly sophisticated audio equipment has shown, those shows may only scratch the surface. There are many books on the occult where persons may offer advice on how to conjure up spirits or speak with persons who have left this world, but I will start at the first place I always do, the Bible.
If you would like to explore this topic of Spirits and Ghosts further with me then read on and let's see what we think of it all, together.
The search is on
In the Bible
Proverbs 2:18 (NIV 1984) For her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead.
Isaiah 14:9 (NIV 1984) The grave below is all astir to meet you at your coming; it rouses the spirits of the departed to greet you— all those who were leaders in the world; it makes them rise from their thrones— all those who were kings over the nations.
1 John 4:1 (NIV 1984) Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
and now ghosts...
A scripture passage from Luke and Jesus speaks about ghosts
Luke 24:37-39 (NIV 1984) 37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
Gave up the ghost/spirit
Gave up the ghost, in the Bible, King James Version, it is mentioned ten times. It literally means that a living person gives up theirs spirit, they die.
Now, with that being said and in reading the Bible and from Genesis 2:7 (NIV 1984) the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
The English word spirit (from Latin spiritus "breath") has many differing meanings and connotations, most of them relating to a non-corporeal substance contrasted with the material body. The spirit of a living thing usually refers to or explains its consciousness. The notions of a person's "spirit" and "soul" often also overlap, as both contrast withbody and both are understood as surviving the bodily death in religion and occultism, and "spirit" can also have the sense of "ghost", i.e. a manifestation of the spirit of a deceased person. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirit
This all may not be very shocking or even exciting to you, but ponder this thought a while. Spirits/ghosts of people or ... appear to other people only when they have died or could they appear while still alive? Could a living person appear to another living person in spirit? Of course this means they are outside of their natural body and that is called Astral projection.
Astral projection is a term describing leaving your own body to be in another place, although not a pratice of Christianity, it may be practiced in other religions and cultures and to what extent, either for good or evil purposes one could only speculate. There does appear to be a link to the occult, witchcraft and other esoteric practices and some of these outside of curiosity could bring you harm. Look at this passage in the Bible when seven sons of a priest try to remove an unclean spirit.
Acts 19:13-16 (NIV 1984) 13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” 14Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.
Don't get burned
Sometime ago, before I was married, my girlfriend's mother asked if I had ever experienced an out of body manifestation. I told her I don't believe I had, she spoke further about that particular subject and in the end, she convinced me to try and do some meditation and try to relocate my conscious body on a different plane of consciousness.
I agreed and as I slowly, slid away from my more normal self, I found myself surrounded by fire. I came back to my consciousness a relatively short time later. She asked me what had I seen, to which I answered fire, all around, fire.
Two minutes later, we heard sirens. The fire trucks came straight up our street and stopped at the house. The neighbors house across the street was apparently on fire. I had not been outside for a while and I had no idea ahead of this that there was a fire. I do not think this was cool and I am not willing to try that again and for the obvious reason being there was nothing positive about that experience.
I had another experience once, somewhat different than the aforementioned one, it involved my father, who had been deceased for almost ten years. I work as a plumber and early in my career, while still an apprentice, I had been working with a partner in the lower level of an old inn, the State House Inn of Annapolis, MD. Now a time into the job, my partner had to leave me alone, he had to retrieve something. He had been gone about five, perhaps ten minutes when I heard "Robert" I turned to see no one. I walked out of the small alcove of this completely gutted inn and looked for the source of the voice that had called me by name. Nothing and no one and so I dismissed this as hearing things, even though that voice sounded familiar and I had heard my name.
My co-worker returned and I did not share with him and we went back to the small alcove working on what would be the kitchen area.
Years had passed and I found myself over my mother's home one evening and somehow the topic of strange phenomenon came up. I then remembered my encounter with the voice and shared that experience with my mother. While I was telling this story, I happened to notice my mother's face growing taught and whitening. When I had finished telling my story, my mother asked if she could share something with me "of course mom" I said.
My mother re-affirmed how my father had taken his own life back in the 1970's and she relived the details of how he had a drinking problem and possible schizophrenia which pained her in the telling. Then the kicker, my father apparently had taken sleeping pills excessively and topping that with alcohol, had succeeded in accomplishing what had not been done before, to stop hurting. The real shocker to hear outside of these details that had not been shared previously, was that my father had taken his life in that exact inn!
Spirits do not play well with others
What has just happened?
You just saw that video, do you really think we should try to conjure up the dead or try our hand at looking into the future? This is what mediums and spiritualists do, psychics and those who play with the unknown are likely to get hurt. Jesus and some of his apostles could drive out demons, but they also told sorcerers and mediums to get away from them, they knew who their father was.
I know as a child I was fascinated by the unknown, the occult and it lured me into it's web of lies and trickery, do not be fooled. Every good spirit and there are good spirits, but every good spirit has a counterfeit, lying spirit, a minion from the serpent, who is Satan.
Overexposure or ... ?
Are they real?
Phony? Fake? I can't believe that, but some of these people have made this about industry and money. What I know, is that I don't know a whole lot and that is the reason we get scared, we don't understand what or who we may be seeing, hearing, feeling.or even smelling, yes smelling. I remember somewhere hearing/seeing a show and they reported smelling what they thought was sulfur.
Myth or real? How many times have we heard tales of ghosts or strange sights in homes or places? Surely there is a place you are already thinking of, how much of that story is tale and how much is real?
Stories in my area
From the Headless Horseman of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" Ichabod Crane did his best to stay away from that menacing ghost that terrorized the countryside, but alas, the horseman caught up with Ichabod and then, no more Ichabod. There are many tales such as these, maybe not quite as famous, but many just the same. My own city of Annapolis,MD. happens to have its share of haunts. From Mary Reynolds haunting of the tavern by the same last name, to that of a haunting on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy, of a morgue and old hospital. We have hauntings at bridges for which Jumpers Hole Road is named.
Perhaps, you may recall a movie and based on true events (so they say) the Exorcist. The possession of a young girl in Georgetown, nearby Annapolis, in Washington, D.C. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Exorcist
What about other spirits?
Poltergeist, here we have another spirit or ghost and the activity of these alludes to their unsettling nature. Objects falling off of counters or items moving forth through the air, these are indicators of this type of spirit. The appearance of the poltergeist has been associated with teen aged girls and boys and perhaps the teens having an especially difficult and troubling matter.
Of course, the timing is ever so perfect for the accuser, the devil, to send one of his minions forward to cause further grief and perhaps even pain. I know my language is rather strong concerning these spirits and their origin, but I can not see any other source for their appearance outside of evil.
The most famous or infamous haunting involving a poltergeist and within the borders of the United States, more specifically Tennessee, would be the Bell Witch. I have included this link from Wikipedia to allow further exploration on the matter. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_Witch
What do you think?
Are ghosts and spirits real?
There are many things unknown to mankind, ghosts or spirits, are just one of those mysteries we encounter while living. Now before we go try our hand at exorcising those spirits from their quarters or perhaps conducting a séance to draw them nearer to us. Remember what I first said about the dangers of acting upon those curiosities, you may get hurt!
Although I have been curious about my own experiences and have tread in places searching for answers as to why or who, I may never have a clear answer until the day I leave this earth. So, if you see strange occurences around your home or the place you happen to find yourself at any one time, please proceed with caution.
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If you have had any firsthand encounters you would be interested in sharing, please do so below in the comments section. If you have information that could expand upon this Hub and would perhaps be of use to someone else reading this, again please leave a comment. I am also interested in understanding where they come from and why they might linger on.
Thank you for reading this Hub and for any comments in advance.