Do Christians Believe in Ghosts?
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#1 Jan 23, 2014
I'd like to get opinions. Personally, I think if you believe in God, then you believe you either go to Heaven or Hell and don't come back for hauntings and communications with family.
#2 Jan 23, 2014
Satan preys on weaknesses, missing a loved one who has died is a weakness! if there are apparitions present then demons are there, the bible says the dead are concious of nothing, and there would be a resurrection of the righteous and the unrighteous and all those will be called out of their memorial tombs and will know the name of God, so I must ask with the bible stating that, if people are condemned to heaven or hell when they die, what would be the need for a resurrection? the bible says the wages of sin is death, so when u die,your sins are paid for. that being said by the bible, how could someone be condemned to hell when they die if their sins are then forgiven? isn't that what Jesus died for?
#3 Jan 23, 2014
I agree with you about demons using weaknesses, however I'm not sure about the rest. Are you saying that you believe everyone goes to Heaven and there is no hell? I think once a person passes, if they are truly a Christian, their soul is immediately in the presence of the Lord. After the resurrection we will be given new bodies. I'm not saying I'm right and you're wrong, that's just my interpretation.
#4 Jan 23, 2014
The word Ghost is used interchangeably with the word Spirit in the Bible.
#5 Jan 23, 2014
YES, Christians believe in Ghosts, personally I prefer the word "Spirit."
We will enter the Kingdom of Heaven as Spirit Beings. The Flesh you wear now over your Spirit is merely like a suit of clothes. The REAL You is Your Spirit.
You have 3 minds operating within your brain.
1. The Superconscious Mind, which is the Mind of God in You.
2. The Subconscious Mind, which is the Mind of Your Spirit.
3. The Conscious Mind, which is the Mind of your Flesh.
The First Two Never Sleep... The Conscious Mind does Sleep.
Dreams are in the realm of the first two. When the Conscious Mind Awakens to the Dream, you often become totally awake.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and ...
www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/1-Corinthians-15... - Similar to 1 CORINTHIANS 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and ...
Now I say this, brothers, that flesh and blood can't inherit the Kingdom of God; ... such flesh and blood as we are clothed with now, cannot enter into that kingdom ...
#6 Jan 23, 2014
How can you go to heaven, and worship Obama?
#7 Jan 23, 2014
Sorry Godshound.That was a cheap shot. You are, however, incredibly naive about politics. You never look below the surface, never question your sources.
#8 Jan 23, 2014
You see only one side.You have not the mindset to search for truth.YOU ONLY HEAR WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR! If it supports your worldview, you hear it, if not, it must be a lie. That kind of stupidity usually comes with youth, although there are exceptions. Too bad, really.You obviously aren't stupid.
#9 Jan 23, 2014
No! There is no such thing as ghosts.
Demons and Angles Yes!
But No ghosts!
In the King James Version of the Bible, the word ghost appears 108 times but the word is never used in the sense of the disembodied spirit of someone who has died. It is used in the phrase to give up the ghost, meaning to die. and it occurs as the title,the Holy Ghost, the third person of the Godhead or Trinity.
The Bible refers to the spirits of the dead as familiar spirits, as in intimate association, personal, or one well acquainted (see, Leviticus 19:31, Deuteronomy 18:11; 2 Kings 21:6; Isaiah 8:19, etc.) and warns against having anything to do with them.
The dead cannot come back and communicate with the living!
Ecclesiastes 9:5-6, NKJV.For the living know that they will die; But the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, For the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished; nevermore will they have a share in anything done under the sun.
#10 Jan 23, 2014
2 Corinthians 12:2 - King James Bible Online
www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/2-Corinthians-12... - Similar to 2 Corinthians 12:2 - King James Bible Online
2 Corinthians 12:2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago,(whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)...
You have probably heard this explained several different ways, IF you have heard about it at all.
The way I see it.... When you are traveling in the Spirit in a dream or vision, and you meet another person, you have No way of knowing whether that person is in their body of flesh, or they are traveling in the Spirit the same as you.. God Knows, you don't
The third Heaven? Jesus says, "In my Father's house there are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you."
Our Bible speaks of Three Heavens, but it does Not say that is all there are...
Old Chinese Religion says there are Seven Heavens..... who knows, maybe they are correct...
The 3 Wise Men came from the East....
#11 Jan 23, 2014
Most Christians use the two words soul and spirit interchangeably as if they mean the same thing. Even dictionaries will say they are the same. Soul and Spirit are Two entirely different things. Soul is Life Force or Energy, it comes from God and flows through all nature just as the American Indians describe it. American Indians call it Manitou, the Power of the Great Spirit flowing through All Nature.(Nothing like the Hollywood version of Manitou). Nothing Lives Without Soul. Soul powers Spirit, even the Spirit will die without Soul.
That said, as you stated, upon the death of a Christian his Spirit or her Spirit is immediately led into the presence of God. Often a deceased Family Member or Family Members will come to get the Dying Person. Sometimes those who are dying will see them and make some remark to that effect before they Die. Sometimes it is an angel or some other Heavenly Being will come for them.
If you are an Atheist and you believe when you take your last breath, you fade into oblivion and darkness, for you it will be just so..."As a man thinks, so is he", is the hard truth of Death.
#12 Jan 23, 2014
Jews dislike the use of the words Jewish Denominations, so I will use the words Jewish Sects.
The Jews of the Old Testament did Not believe the same things about life after death.
All of the various Sects, at least three sects, speak in the Old Testament, and there are contradictions in their beliefs.
Many people say the Sadducees did not believe in life after death. They did, but, they believed the dead knew nothing at all and went to Sheol and waited there for God to remember them and bring them back to life, or Not. So they Did believe it was possible to survive death.
The Pharisees believed you died and went to Judgement and to Resurrection or to Damnation.
The Scribes Believed you die and are reincarnated in the flesh again, here on the earth. Some will say the Scribes did not believe in Reincarnation, but, there is ample evidence in the Bible to prove that they did.
I believe the Scribes are correct.
Nevertheless, Jesus said at the Tomb of Lazarus, "He that believes in me, tho he were dead, yet shall he live."
Jesus goes on to say, "And, If ye will receive it, he that believes in me Shall Never Die."
That should tell you that the Body Dies, But the Spirit Does Not Die.
The Spirit just steps out of the dead body and continues on it's way.
#13 Jan 23, 2014
To Waco, Obama is going to run you crazy. Get over it hes got you..
#15 Jan 24, 2014
I believe in one ghost and that is the Holy Ghost.
#16 Jan 24, 2014
If your ancestors could hang around after death, you would think they would give you warnings.
Let you know your wife is cheating on you, your kids are doing drugs, give you financial advice etc
Since that never happens I would say any aberration or ghost that comes to you is of satanic nature
Deuteronomy 18:9-12 ESV
When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you.
God forbids necromancy (attempting to contact the dead).
1 John 4:1 ESV
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
There are Spirits (Angles and Demons)
But Spirits in the bible does not refer to disembodied humans.
#17 Jan 24, 2014
Elijah was reincarnated as John the Baptist. Follow the scriptures.
Malachi, Chapter 4, Verse 5 & 6
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
#18 Jan 24, 2014
Luke Chapter 1
Luke 1:17 Reads almost the same as Malachi 4:6
The Angel says John the Baptist will be born with THE Spirit and Power of Elijah.
15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.
16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
#19 Jan 24, 2014
Matthew Chapter 11
You Can Not Deny what Jesus Christ says in Matthew 11:14
He who has ears to hear, let him hear....
7 As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John:What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 8 But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings houses. 9 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet.
10 For this is he of whom it is written:
Behold, I send My messenger before Your face,
Who will prepare Your way before You.[b]
11 Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
14 And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come.
15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
#20 Jan 24, 2014
The Bible opposes reincarnation. It shows that man is the special creation of God, created in Gods image with both a material body and an immaterial soul and spirit. He is presented as distinct and unique from all other creaturesangels and the animal kingdom alike. The Bible teaches that at death, while mans body is mortal, decays and returns to dust, his soul and spirit continue on. People will be resurrected, to eternal judgment or to eternal life with a glorified body (John 5:25-29). The emphatic statement of the Bible in Heb. 9:27 says it is appointed unto men once to die and after that the judgment
Elijah was not reincarnated as John the Baptist. One of the strongest testimonies that John is not Elijah is on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matt. 17:3; Luke 9:30; Mark 9:4-5). Elijah and Moses appear and Jesus talks to Elijah. The disciples recognize him as Elijah in his original form, not as John the Baptist. One must either concede that they are 2 different people or that John the Baptist turned back into Elijah.
#21 Jan 24, 2014
Matthew Chapter 17 The Transfiguration
The Disciples saw these things which frightened them, they feel face down in fear, and fully realized that Jesus was God on Earth.
Then the Disciples asked Jesus, how can you be here when Elijah did not come back before you came, like the Scribe Malachi said?
Jesus said Elijah has come already, men didn't know he was Elijah and they killed him, so shall they also do to me.
THEN the Disciples Understood he spoke of John the Baptist.
5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.
7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.
8 And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.
9 And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.
10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?
11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.
13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.
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