Ghosts and haunted houses are all a big part of the Halloween season. Today, you can even watch TV shows claiming that houses are being haunted by the spirits of people who have died. Is any of this real or is it just a hoax?
In order to answer this question, it’s important we consult scripture in order to get some guidance.
In the Old Testament, we see situations where fortune-tellers and mediums are able to call up the spirits of people who have died. In 1 Samuel 28, King Saul consulted a medium in order to talk to the deceased prophet Samuel. Not only did this take place, but Saul was able to have a direct discussion with Samuel about his future. Even though this type of activity is condemned in scripture (Deuteronomy 18:9-14), we do see the spirits of deceased people interacting with living people.
In the New Testament, we see similar encounters under entirely different circumstances. For example, when Jesus’ disciples witnessed the appearance of Moses and Elijah at the transfiguration of Jesus. (Matthew 17:1-8) Not only did Jesus take on a spirit type appearance but the disciples also encountered Moses and Elijah who had died thousands of years prior.
Therefore, the notion that someone living can have an encounter with someone who has died is biblically possible. On the other hand, we don’t really have any biblical examples of deceased people imposing themselves on living people without being invited. Nor do we see deceased people getting stuck in an “in-between” state with nowhere to go.
Probably the more important matter to address is the issue of spiritual warfare. Scripture warns that we are in a spiritual battle with evil spirits and an enemy who is very deceptive with the ability to take on unlimited disguises (2 Corinthians 11:14).This means that he could pretend to be someone he isn’t or trick people into thinking something is real when it isn’t. This could also include “haunted” houses and paranormal activity including disguised deceased people when it really isn’t true.
So Are Haunted Houses Real?
I suppose from a biblical perspective the answer could be both yes and no. Yes, there could be an encounter with an evil spirit who is trying to cause fear and deception and no, it most probably isn’t the spirit of a deceased person who’s unable to pass into the afterlife.
Either way, Christians have nothing to fear because we are protected by the Spirit of God living in us and have victory over any haunted house situation!
1 John 4:4 – Little children, you are from God and have overcome them (evil spirits), for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
That is Faith in the Real World.
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