Are There Ghosts in the Bible?

Are There Ghosts in the Bible?

There are 40 comments on the About.com story from Oct 14, 2011, titled Are There Ghosts in the Bible?. In it, About.com reports that:

Besides the Holy Ghost , are there other ghostly appearances in the Bible? Something spooky did turn up in 1 Samuel 28 when King Saul consulted a medium, the witch of Endor, to bring back the spirit of Samuel the prophet.

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redneck

Glendale, OR

#1 Oct 14, 2011
There are talking animals and plants, unicorns,a flat earth that the sun travels around, zombies, why not ghosts?

“Wear white at night.”

Since: Jun 09

Albuquerque

#2 Oct 14, 2011
redneck wrote:
There are talking animals and plants, unicorns,a flat earth that the sun travels around, zombies, why not ghosts?
There are plenty of ghosts in the Bible. They just don't bear much similarity to Casper.

Matthew 27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

Thirty-seven percent of Americans believe houses are haunted but only thiry-two percent believe in ghosts. A scant twenty-one percent believe in witches.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/17275/onethird-ame...
http://www.gallup.com/poll/19558/paranormal-b...
itsaysgoodthings

United States

#3 Oct 15, 2011
Great post dalai.

The bible goes on to say that people aren't ghosts, that when people die that they only dead, so, what does that make a ghost, provided you believe in them and the bible.
Thinking

Ashford, UK

#4 Oct 15, 2011
So that's why their priests put the willies up small children.
15th Dalai Lama wrote:
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There are plenty of ghosts in the Bible. They just don't bear much similarity to Casper.
Matthew 27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
Thirty-seven percent of Americans believe houses are haunted but only thiry-two percent believe in ghosts. A scant twenty-one percent believe in witches.
http://www.gallup.com/poll/17275/onethird-ame...
http://www.gallup.com/poll/19558/paranormal-b...
itsaysgoodthings

United States

#5 Oct 15, 2011
Furtermore it says that we don't have spirits. It says that we as we are are called living souls. A soul it says is nothing but a body that is made alive by the spirit, but it says that it is nothing but a source of power for the body. And it says that the body could not live without the spirit. So he may have been trying to contact a dead guy but only did not realize that was impossible. You can't contact the dead, and if you think that you did you didn't. Many lies.
itsaysgoodthings

United States

#6 Oct 15, 2011
Have to wonder if the witch of endor knew that or if perhaps she was lied to as well.

“so tell me......”

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#7 Oct 15, 2011
People did believe that ghosts existed back then because when the disciples saw Jesus walking toward them on the water they thought at first that He was a ghost.
True Christian

Claremore, OK

#8 Oct 15, 2011
Satan the Devil is a powerful spirit god, in control of millions of wicked spirits called demons.

Almighty God Jehovah the true God of the Bible, warns humans to avoid spiritism or the use of spiritual powers, demons or spirits do pretend to be dead humans.

(Deuteronomy 18:10-13). . .There should not be found in you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, anyone who employs divination, a practicer of magic or anyone who looks for omens or a sorcerer, 11 or one who binds others with a spell or anyone who consults a spirit medium or a professional foreteller of events or anyone who inquires of the dead. 12 For everybody doing these things is something detestable to Jehovah, and on account of these detestable things Jehovah your God is driving them away from before you.

“Life Force One”

Since: Jul 07

The Spiritual Universe/God

#9 Oct 15, 2011
Are There Ghosts in the Bible?

I doubt it. If there are ghosts in the bible they would have to be very thin to fit in between the pages.
ur sick

Liverpool, UK

#10 Mar 19, 2012
Thinking wrote:
So that's why their priests put the willies up small children.
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ur sick
WonderingAboutCh rist

Canton, OH

#11 Mar 26, 2012
True Christian wrote:
Satan the Devil is a powerful spirit god, in control of millions of wicked spirits called demons.
Almighty God Jehovah the true God of the Bible, warns humans to avoid spiritism or the use of spiritual powers, demons or spirits do pretend to be dead humans.
(Deuteronomy 18:10-13). . .There should not be found in you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, anyone who employs divination, a practicer of magic or anyone who looks for omens or a sorcerer, 11 or one who binds others with a spell or anyone who consults a spirit medium or a professional foreteller of events or anyone who inquires of the dead. 12 For everybody doing these things is something detestable to Jehovah, and on account of these detestable things Jehovah your God is driving them away from before you.
So you are saying that the true power is with Satan? I was considering giving my life to Jesus but this clears up alot! I almost made a huge mistake there. Thank you and all hail Satan!
thisisfunnyashel l

Las Vegas, NV

#12 Mar 26, 2012
Of course it's with satan, who else.

He owns the place, we are just kind've renting it, literally.

He offered all of his kingdoms to jesus, how else could he do that? Perhaps jesus was to smart for that? Maybe knew that he didn't really need them at the time. I've gotta say, if I was just going to rise from the dead I might say no as well, just to be a dic#head to satan, it would be the funniest sh#t ever! could you imagine? "here, have the world, it's yours." "no thanks, Im just gonna go whack it and get some mcdonalds."

Oh, and by the way, we don't give our lives to anyone, they are up there making there deals or whatever, you belong to one or the other and thats it.

People have never felt so free as when they were slaves.

Did you know that god does not always mean god. They have a right and a left side(the whole lot of the spirits I mean), we come from the left obviously, satan being at the very least a part of the left. And people have been boned since they were created, the right is trying, or according to this book has already, to help us.

If indeed "it is finished", then there is nothing left to do but wait. Who even cares though right. Wouldn't even need to know at this point.

So that clears all of that mess up huh? The left being our makers, and according to this book, the right "buying us", " saving us", "paying the ransom". And I hear the left make horrible deals, and for no reason at all really, just like hurting others.

But unfortunately, perhaps, this book, or these writings never even said that "God"(or love) made us in the first place, it probably stated that "God" did(no the other one, the left, or as we all call it "hate").
thisisfunnyashel l

Las Vegas, NV

#13 Mar 26, 2012
The wierd thing is though, that I don't even seem to give a s#it at all.
KissTheDwarfOh

Canton, OH

#14 Mar 27, 2012
thisisfunnyashell wrote:
The wierd thing is though, that I don't even seem to give a s#it at all.
Hi Kisadio. How was your trip to "China"?

“It is well with my soul”

Since: Feb 10

Whereabouts in Jersey

#16 Mar 27, 2012
True Christian wrote:
Almighty God Jehovah the true God of the Bible, warns humans to avoid spiritism or the use of spiritual powers ...
I disagree with your statement here.

1Cr 12:1 ¶ Now concerning spiritual [gifts], brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Jhn 14:12 ¶ Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

“It is well with my soul”

Since: Feb 10

Whereabouts in Jersey

#17 Mar 27, 2012
angelinaUK wrote:
People did believe that ghosts existed back then because when the disciples saw Jesus walking toward them on the water they thought at first that He was a ghost.
Great example! Don't forget these:

Jhn 20:26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them:[then] came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace [be] unto you.

Mar 16:11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.
Mar 16:12 ¶ After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.
Mar 16:13 And they went and told [it] unto the residue: neither believed they them.
Mar 16:14 ¶ Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

“so tell me......”

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#18 Mar 28, 2012
Ibborbi wrote:
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Great example! Don't forget these:
Jhn 20:26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them:[then] came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace [be] unto you.
Mar 16:11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.
Mar 16:12 ¶ After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.
Mar 16:13 And they went and told [it] unto the residue: neither believed they them.
Mar 16:14 ¶ Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
Also in the OT King Saul consults a medium in order to contact Samuel,who was dead, for advice.

1 Samual 28.3-20

The consultation didn't go to well for Saul though.

Since: Dec 09

Chicago, IL

#19 Mar 28, 2012
thisisfunnyashell wrote:
Of course it's with satan, who else.
He owns the place, we are just kind've renting it, literally.
He offered all of his kingdoms to jesus, how else could he do that? Perhaps jesus was to smart for that? Maybe knew that he didn't really need them at the time. I've gotta say, if I was just going to rise from the dead I might say no as well, just to be a dic#head to satan, it would be the funniest sh#t ever! could you imagine? "here, have the world, it's yours." "no thanks, Im just gonna go whack it and get some mcdonalds."
Oh, and by the way, we don't give our lives to anyone, they are up there making there deals or whatever, you belong to one or the other and thats it.
People have never felt so free as when they were slaves.
Did you know that god does not always mean god. They have a right and a left side(the whole lot of the spirits I mean), we come from the left obviously, satan being at the very least a part of the left. And people have been boned since they were created, the right is trying, or according to this book has already, to help us.
If indeed "it is finished", then there is nothing left to do but wait. Who even cares though right. Wouldn't even need to know at this point.
So that clears all of that mess up huh? The left being our makers, and according to this book, the right "buying us", " saving us", "paying the ransom". And I hear the left make horrible deals, and for no reason at all really, just like hurting others.
But unfortunately, perhaps, this book, or these writings never even said that "God"(or love) made us in the first place, it probably stated that "God" did(no the other one, the left, or as we all call it "hate").
Well, one can’t actually GIVE their life away, can they. One can do everything but though - waste it; burn it out; kill it (suicide); use it: wisely or frivolously etc. What one does is DEDICATE their life: to a cause, a purpose, an ideal, or a pursuit.

“The left being our makers, and according to this book, the right "buying us", " saving us", "paying the ransom".

If the left made us, why would the right want us? Can’t the right make creatures of their own ?

“…you belong to one or the other and that’s it.”
We do belong to one or the other, only not the way you meant it .
If we’re all made by the left, then we all belong to the left.

“Of course it's with satan, who else.”
You might want to allow for the possibility that it is indeed,“Who else” authoring all power.
This view is ok for now… But it won’t be when your head begins straightening out. And the problem is, getting your head straight is going to be much harder than it has to be, as long as you’re holding to it.(this view)
You’d be a lot better off just hanging out in the Presence of the Lord, and started building a view all your own from scratch.
Christian Witness

Tulsa, OK

#20 Mar 28, 2012
Ibborbi wrote:
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I disagree with your statement here.
1Cr 12:1 ¶ Now concerning spiritual [gifts], brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Jhn 14:12 ¶ Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
The holy spirit or holy ghost that the Bible speaks of is not uncanny spiritual power from Satan who is also a god and can move humans to satisfy their selfish desires.

You quote Scriptures that show the motivating power of God's holy spirit to accomplish his will back in the first century as well as today. Anyone can ask Jehovah God for his holy spirit to help you endure trials and persecution for trying to be righteous as Jesus was, since he was the example we are to follow in pure worship to Almighty God Jehovah.

Satan can and does influence people today to be ungodly and disobedient to God's direction from his word the Bible. Satan has people thinking he doesn't even exist, and the evil in a person is your own originality, that is not true.

James 1:14,15
crossfire

San Diego, CA

#21 Mar 28, 2012
janeebee wrote:
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Well, one can’t actually GIVE their life away, can they. One can do everything but though - waste it; burn it out; kill it (suicide); use it: wisely or frivolously etc. What one does is DEDICATE their life: to a cause, a purpose, an ideal, or a pursuit.
“The left being our makers, and according to this book, the right "buying us", " saving us", "paying the ransom".
If the left made us, why would the right want us? Can’t the right make creatures of their own ?
“…you belong to one or the other and that’s it.”
We do belong to one or the other, only not the way you meant it .
If we’re all made by the left, then we all belong to the left.
“Of course it's with satan, who else.”
You might want to allow for the possibility that it is indeed,“Who else” authoring all power.
This view is ok for now… But it won’t be when your head begins straightening out. And the problem is, getting your head straight is going to be much harder than it has to be, as long as you’re holding to it.(this view)
You’d be a lot better off just hanging out in the Presence of the Lord, and started building a view all your own from scratch.
Sounds like someone in Chicago believes what goat herders 2,000+ years ago dreamed up while their herds..

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