Halloween is soon approaching, and pumpkins and witches and other such decorations abound. One source claims that Americans spend more on Halloween activities each year than was spent in the entire 2008 presidential race. Along with this madness, and the rising popularity of ghost-sighting events, we need to consider what Scripture teaches about ghosts, which is really a study of what happens when people die. Do they go straight to heaven or hell? Or do they hover around earth to be sighted by the living? Or, is the truth “none of the above”?
The vast majority of Christians believe and teach satan’s first lie as though it came straight from the mouth of Yeshua/Jesus. In Genesis 3:4, the serpent said unto Eve, “Ye shall not surely die.” This lie is repeated continually as a means of comfort to someone who has lost a loved one. You’ll hear things like, “I know where he is”, “He’s in a better place”, “She’s in heaven now”, “They’re looking down on you”, etc. But if the idea of immortality of the soul comes from satan, is it safe to believe? Or might it be part of his grand delusion that will deceive even the very elect?
In my last column, we studied how Scripture teaches that death is likened to a state of sleep, during which time the dead person knows nothing. We also learned that we do not go directly to heaven or hell when we die, but instead the dead sleep in their graves until they rise at the second coming of Christ. Based on those facts, how can we explain the many documented instances of ghost-sighting or family visits from dead loved ones? There are many verifiable occurrences of supernatural visits from beyond the grave. In fact, I experienced one myself when my former husband died. So what is really going on when we experience the dead communicating with us? Who is doing this very real communicating?