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Do You Believe In Ghosts

Do you believe in ghosts? What are they? Are they demons posing as those who died? I would like to hear opinions from other Christians.

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I see this blog is kind of old so I hope someone responds. I think the idea of unsaved people being the wandering ghosts is likely, but what about children seen wandering, are they Satan disquised as children? And why is it a sin to try to contact the dead if they can't be contacted anyway?? And the bible only says there is a great chasm between the rich man and the poor man...he never actually says you can't return to earth or that there is a chasm between them and earth...I feel I need to understand these things.
---Sherry on 11/4/09

I feel that there are spirits,both good and evil,and they are around us all the time. God instructed us to test them to see whether they are good or evil, because Satan and his demons can disguise as Angels of Light, I believe our souls are asleep somehow,and when Jesus returns He will awaken the Dead. He tells us they are aware of nothing, it is like going to sleep and next thing you know Jesus will have returned, so I am apt to believe that any "Ghosts" seen are more likely demons in disguise, sent to confuse those and to deceive!! God told us to rebuke those evil spirits in the name of Jesus!! I do not believe in "Ghosts" of humans.I do believe in Evil Spirits and we humans should not become involved in any way with them!!
---Cindy on 9/30/08

It is their vain imagination. I do not believe someone in their right minds has ever seen a ghost. Remember, I said in their right minds. Also, do not underestimate Satan. Since he loves to fool people into believibg most anything that's a lie.
---catherine on 10/31/07

There's nothing in the Bible about the spirits of some dead humans "staying behind" on earth. Spirits return to God (Eccl. 12:7). Whether it's a real-life account or a parable, Jesus' story of Lazarus and the Rich Man in Luke 16:19-31 emphasizes that the dead aren't allowed to return to earth. Google InfoQuest for Truth, access its Web site, click Newsletters, and read my newsletter on ghosts for more information.
---Erich on 10/30/07

Beelzebub cannot cast out Beelzebub.
---Rebekah_Martin on 10/30/07

I have been involved in the deliverance ministry for over 20 years and have dealt with demons and ghosts. They are not the same. Christians who insists all ghosts are demons in disguise have the least or no amount of direct experience dealing with these entities. Christians shouldn't box themselves in an ideology that ghost don't exist just because the Bible doesn't say much about it. Remember, God didn't expose the demonic kingdom for 4,000 years before Jesus' time.
---Robert on 10/19/07

Actually, it is written:"to be absent from the body is to be present with Christ", which applies to those who have been "born anew" and are able to enter the loving arms of God after leaving their mortal bodies. But for those who did not choose salvation, there is not any clear scriptural evidence to suggest that souls cannot be "wandering" here on earth, a type of perdition. It doesnt necessarily have to be "demonic" activity.
---Rob on 9/26/07

we christians should know that satan like to make people believe that their dead can come is satan himself deceiving them..he can masquarade as the dead person..dont believe for one moment that your dead can come back..its a load of baloney...its satan himself..Lord have mercy...
---jana on 6/21/07

Have you walked in my shoes sweetwater? If you had, you would have met demons face to face, cast out of a home. You would have entertained an angel from God. You would have seen things that make your skin crawl. You would have seen the hand of God save my life numerous times from certain death. People witnessed it and had no explanation. You would have seen mysteries of God with your own eyes. That is why I say the things I do, because unlike many here, I know Jesus is the Christ and do not deny him.
---ashley on 6/4/07

Ashley, that's really common amongst the LDS for them to see their dead loved ones. The dead are always showing up, it's talked about alot at BYU.
I bet you've seen alot of dead people, Ashley.
---Sweetwater on 6/3/07

God didn't say you will know Spirits are of God or not by their fruits. INstead we are told to "try the Spirits to see whether they are of God". Remeber we are told Satan masquerades as an angel of light(2 COrinthians 11;14). He is the great deceiver and if a demon knows you go by how a Spirit acts to judge whether are not they are of God, then that demon will act polite and wonderful. We are to try them with the Word of God.
---Matthew on 6/3/07

It's impossible to see our loved ones; there's a great gulf between us.
Those would be familiars. They can appear just like your dead uncle Charlie.
That's how they operate.
Our loved ones do not travel back and forth, in and out of our lives. Those are familiar spirits.
---Michelle on 6/2/07

I agree that familiar spirits can deceive. When you are in my shoes and have seen demons, spirits, angels from God in person, the Holy Ghost is the bearer of all truth. through discernment you know which is which. The veil between life and death is so thin, it is not uncommon for us to see those who have died. I guess in your view guardian angels, ministering angels are demons too. God said by their fruits you will know if they are of Him or satan. anything that is good is from God, yet many deny that.
---ashley on 6/2/07

Ashley, you're talking about familiar spirits. There are familiars that can be passed down through families, hence, familiar spirits. The door has been opened and Jesus Christ can shut it. If you enjoy/name the familiar spirits, they'll play along/coast through the generations. Someone will have to want the "Buck stops here" badly enough, for it to stop. Which means many things, Ashley. I don't think you want me to tell you.
---Michelle on 6/1/07

Familiar spirits operate like that, Ashley.
They will "warn" you, then cause the incident to happen. It is a double-edged sword. Psychics work the same way, through familiar spirits, they warn you, then help set you up, so the disaster will happen. The devil does play tricks like that. When you make pets out of the familiars, they'll sit in the corner and mock you.
Casper, the familiar ghost, is not friendly at all.
---Michelle on 6/1/07

Exzuch, I need to study more of the word of course the more I do,the more educated I become. READING is one THING coming in DIRECT Contact is Another. I hope you have read enough on demons from this website to be able to deal with them. The devil is irrespective of persons and demon activity is more rampant than you care to believe. Thats okay! I was exactly the same once and it's no shame, until you come nose to nose with evil spirits. Look forwards to your post on how to cast them out. LOL LOve CarlaX
---Carla5754 on 6/1/07

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I do not equate God to Ghosts via the world God is a Spirit and those that worship him must worship in spirit and in truth. I know the scriptures how am I going to lie, I would be kidding myself and dammed to a lost eternity, God knows that my answer is true and thats good enough for me. I do not need to prove anything as always with doubt you will eventually come to learn what some people have experienced, I pray that you don't, It won't get posted anyhow shame is a big thing for some on this site!
---Carla5754 on 6/1/07

So shame the devil if you get the same experience as explained and let us know how you got on?
---Carla5754 on 6/1/07

Ghosts are real. I know. I had one in our old farmhouse for fifteen years. The air would go cold around me. We named him Simon. I knew he was there. My family would hear him opening and closing doors, walking up and down the stairs and he always warned us ahead of time when something was going to happen. Our lives were spared from injury by protecting ourselves when he would go into one room constantly and pound on the walls. The plaster ceiling collapsed the night we moved the beds, saving our lives.
---ashley on 5/31/07

Rue is propably talking about ghosts seen on TV - the dead human spirits walking the earth. They are demons appearing to be the ones you love. For it is written that when Jesus returns, the dead in Christ will rise and the living in Christ will be caught up with them. This is the first resurrection. These people will not see the second death. At the end of the thousand years, the rest of the dead throughout all history shall rise and who shall not be written in the Book of Life shall die a second death.
---Steveng on 5/31/07

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Ramon & Robyn, I knew I'd get a response like yours! But I totally understand what you mean. My belief in God is differant that a belief in ghosts. It's something I kind of 'know' in my brain and feel in my heart, not like ghosts. I did have a hard time with blind faith (in God), but it's getting better and I keep praying.
---sue on 5/31/07

Sue. Are you a Christian? You believe in God? You can't see him either, yet He exist. You can't see the wind. God is a Spirit...I guess you don't believe in God
---Ramon on 5/31/07

Robyn, Did not Abraham see God at Mamre? Did not Moses see God face to face on Horab?

I find this notion of a 'ghostly' cosmic deity in three parts, the Roman trinity vacious, unlovable. It as if they are saying Jesus is a part of God that broke off.
---MikeM on 5/31/07

Sue: Well my friend. If you are finding it hard to believe in ghosts then you need to ask yourself this question: Are you really saved? God is a Spirit. You can't see Him either. Another name for the Holy Spirit is Holy Ghost. You go figure. You have a lot of soul searching to do. Be blessed.
---Robyn on 5/31/07

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If you are a true believer, Please don't believe in ghosts. Please believe in the Person of the Holy Ghost. Thank you!
---catherine on 5/31/07

*I try to have an open mind, but I know, deep down inside I dont believe in ghosts and never will until I see one for myself.*

It's a good thing you didn't have the same attitude with God. Don't you think?
---Matthew on 5/31/07

Call me crazy, but I just find it so difficult to believe in something that I cant see! and probably never will! I try to have an open mind, but I know, deep down inside I dont believe in ghosts and never will until I see one for myself.
---sue on 5/31/07

Demons aren't free to do everything they want to. God has limitations pressed on them. A world with all houses with visible ghosts would mean an extreme fewer amount of people believing in the Gospel. Why? Ghosts are a trick. "Oh I see my family member so she is roaming the Earth so she can't be in heaven so the Bible is wrong." You would be suprised how many people who believe that ghosts are real dead people delve into occultic things(visiting psychics,new age spirituality etc.)
---Matthew on 5/30/07

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Since the end result of believing ghosts are actually real dead people, is delving deeper into things that are occultic it is an easy and credible assumption that it is a phenomena caused by demons. The same goes for aliens. You can argue "the mind can play tricks on you." Until you actually see a "ghost" or hear one or see objects move across the room please don't be so quick to assume.
---Matthew on 5/30/07

These things unfortunately do happen. People have commited suicide from visual demonic torment(seeing demons dance around them , faces looking at them etc.). To assume all of this comes from mental illnesses is quite unfair. Many are in hospitals when what they really need is deliverance and salvation.
---Matthew on 5/30/07

I don't believe they're Demons; they could be, but that may be a stretch of the human imagination if you ask me.

If demons can have that much presance in a material world why arent they all doing it?

Why isn't every house haunted?
I don't care if I'm right or wrong, that's my opinion.
---Pharisee on 5/30/07

Your off the deep end carla5754 you need to study more of the word of God.
---exzucuh on 1/1/07

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The only Ghost I know about is the Holy Ghost,at death all spirits go back to God who gave it, and Souls in Jesus receive a spiritual body, Souls not in Jesus are judged and condemned to hell for all eternity. There are millions of demonic Angels not in hell but you can send them there in the name of Jesus and bind them a thousand years till judgement.
---exzucuh on 1/1/07

Each person has a spirit, some have the breath of God being the Holy Spirit, and some do not have the Holy Spirit. But the demons, or unclean or unholy spirits, are known to possess people and animals; which can be cast out by the word. Yes demons can impersonate family spirits or familiar spirits., and many disguise themselves as angels of light when in fact there is no light in them. When a person dies the spirit leaves the body and soul, and goes back to God who gave it.
---Eloy on 1/1/07

According to the scriptures all dead are waiting for Judgement to go to their earned places. No one apart from those mentioned in the bible have gone straight to heaven. Hell is a different matter since there are several places, Sheol. Ghenna, Hades. Outside the camp, the earth,ect and the ultimate place for satan/hosts/ the wicked, the bottomless pit.
---Carla5754 on 1/1/07

What are they? fallen angels that were once angels of God that followed satan and was thrown out of heaven. Now although I kept hearing the stories I never in my wildest dreams think I would meet it. I had experienced two types of demons and fort againt them but I have never casted any of them out before so this is become something of an experience for me now and it has made me a stronger christian.
---Carla5754 on 1/1/07

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People always talked about ghosts/gouls. Since I have become a christian I now realise that there are variant different types of demons. terror by day/night ones that try to posses,Ones in high places,low places, ones that use fear to over power you,ones that are felt and break lights, move things, posses houses. But ALL bought UNDER the POWER OF THE NAME OF JESUS/Fasting and Prayer.
---Carla5754 on 1/1/07

I was invited round for the New Yr and decided not to go to watchnite at church. While I as there my sister told me about some strangeexperiences that she was experiencing. She couldn't talk infront of everyone and asked me to go with her upstairs in private. As we stepped through the door before she could say what happened we were confronted with atemprature change in the room and this strange claustrophobic like a forceful feeling.
---Carla5754 on 1/1/07

Immediately I asked her if she could feel anything and she replied yes she could, and as it got stronger I said you don't need to tell me anything I could feel it, and could she feel it too. At that time I prayed fighting against this spirit in Jesu's name and although it took some time, as my sister run ot of the room I opened up her window and commaned it in the name of Jesus to go.
---Carla5754 on 1/1/07

I could see my sister was full of Goose bumps and both our hearts were pounding like drums, every body that was out side was asking us what went on but be just told them we had to pray as not to alarm anyone. She was very nervous and frightend to go in the room but I told her to believe in the same name we both used to send the evil spirit out of the house and not to invite it back in.
---Carla5754 on 1/1/07

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Ghosts ARE demons.
---Leslie on 12/31/06

Rebecca_D , (3.)In regard to a "Familar Spirit" this term is in the Bible, See: (1 Samuel 28:6,7)"And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor."
---Mrs._Morgan on 9/11/06

Rebecca_D , (2.)When Saul in the Old Testament was talking to the "so-called" ghost of Samuel, it wasn't Samuel, but a Familiar Spirit, imitating Samuel, Samuel wasnt and couldnt communicate with Saul. Saul had failed God and stooped down to the level of seeking a medium(witch) for guidance and answers, he should of sought God! **Anyone who has devil's in their house needs to Plead the Blood of Jesus, and command them in the Name of Jesus to get out!
---Mrs._Morgan on 9/11/06

Rebecca_D , (1.)What you saw/heard was a Familiar Spirit Demon/Demons. They are forever causing confusion . When a person dies, their soul goes to heaven or hell, it doesn't linger here on earth, the devil wants people to be confused .
---Mrs._Morgan on 9/11/06

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Ghosts are also known as spirits are they not? God sent his holy spirit (ghost) catholics say in the name of the father, son and holy ghost.. so yes there are ghosts.
---paua5558 on 9/11/06

I do not believe in ghosts. What are presumably ghosts would almost certainly be demon spirits or demons sent from satan himself to scare people. When I was very young (probably 5 and under) there were, I know now, demons or demon spirits in the family home sent to frighten the wits out of me -- was bad because I ended up believing as a small child that there was a man in the house! Praise God greater is He that is in me.
---Helen_5378 on 5/24/06

Something weird just happened in my house. My wife sneezed and immediately, I heard a weird sound.

Ran to the living room and noticed that the insect screen rolled up by itself although I suspect it was my wife's sneezing that caused it.

I cautioned her not to sneeze anymore!!!
---A_Catholic on 5/24/06

If some say that there are no such things I would'nt be the one to try to convince you of them I would just say'' Good for you nothing evil deserves everyones attention, better for them to stay in the under the kerb where they belong''
---Carla5754 on 5/24/06

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In my new house very rarely does anything spooky happen, and if it does, I always repeat tyhe name of Jesus continually until it is gone. Ghosts as in men/women human form I really cannot say but evil spirits, you have to have been in the house I left to believe it.
---Carla5754 on 5/24/06

After that so many strange things happened I decided to leave b/cos I was'nt getting any answers, so the first house that came up I begged the vendors to sell me the house without even doing the proper assesment which cost me dearly later.
---Carla5754 on 5/24/06

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At that my older son said Mom if xxxx was in bed who went downstairs, I jumped up ran into the room grabed them both and ran out of the house into my neighbours, house where she called the police. They came but I couldn't look,b/cos if someone came out I would never go back in and if no one came out the consequences would have been the same.
---Carla5457 on 5/24/06

One thing is clear, they are not the spirits of dead people. "For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion forever in any thing that is done under the sun." (Ecc 9:5, 6) So it must be some of the evil angels which were cast out of heaven.
---jerry6593 on 5/24/06

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I don't believe in ghosts. I entered two "haunted" houses and didn't hear or see anything and those who "saw" something did so because they were so scared that their imagination made them "see" or "hear" whatever was not there.
---A_Catholic on 5/24/06

MikeM, what about the remaining 0.01%, are they ghosts? I'm not attacking you, I'm just unsure why you left a fraction out.

I believe all ghosts are demons (and when I say demons, I actually mean demons or occultic people who leave their bodies in spirit form and practise witchcraft and demon-agenda). Demons are deceptive, remember.
---Okebaram on 5/23/06

Ghost is from a German word. I believe 99.9% of the time they are demons. Different people have different degrees of 'sensitivity' to such things. As a boy when my family would fight in the day then at night sounds would bounce around the house, click and clack. Unnatural shadows would cross the room. God you must invite in your life, likewise, evil you must invite, contendion is an invite. Contendion in the home breeds and feeds evil.
---MikeM on 5/23/06

I used to believe in ghosts cause I'd seen them so many times. After becoming a Christian and learning the dead don't roam around the earth, I think they're demons. We had successful seances and it was incredible what went on. Yes, I think they can definitely change form to fool us. Be watchful.
---Nellah on 5/23/06

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One night praying as we always did at night my son and I heard something run pass the b/room door and down the stairs. I called my other son in the next room who was 3/4ys sleeping at the time, but he never came so I asked his brother to go get him maybe he went down stairs after us. But somehow I sensed something wrong and went myself, only to find my son still in his bed.
---Carla5754 on 5/23/06

Do you believe in Ghosts?

I believe what the bible says about the terror, and evil that are in both the day and night why because I have seen and experienced them. I will not be promoting lies and confess that Jesus is Lord of my life, It would make me a fool, and fool I am not.
---Carla5754 on 5/23/06

Paul stated that when a person dies their spirit either goes to be with the Lord or they go elsewhere. there are no earth bound spirits. only demon activity. superstition is reverence for demons. God forbids it!
All of this is a ploy to get people curious about the supernatural and leads them into bondage of the occult. Why would it be of such interest to Christians whose mind is stayed upon Jesus?
---Tsuanne on 9/28/05

Only The Harauch Hakodash [Holy Ghost, Paraclete, Pneuma, Wind, Breath] of God.

Ghost sometimes refer to the souls of mankind. THEY WON'T COME BACK UNTIL THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGEMENT OF CHRIST!

Unless some disembodied spirit [demon] impersonates someone!

Luke 10:19-20.
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 9/18/05

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Thanks to everyone for your input.
God Bless
---Rue on 9/14/05

[Part4] Let's speak out against such things and never be fearful! 1John4:4--"Greater is He who is in you, than he who is in the world!" There are so many voices in our world trying to fire up your imagination into seeing/feeling what's just not there, no wonder some Believers may even think they do. Let's spend more time praising God and filling our minds with His thoughts. I really like Philippians 4:8 SING IT! Amen.
---Daniel on 9/14/05

[Part3] TV/movies have always had some form of "supernatural" that totally rejects God. It started out as 'funny/humor' with Disney/sitcoms so as not to offend too many "Christians". For years now the media has been full of DEAD people, witches, demons, and many treating them as realistic not canned stupid frights for "halloween". Why is there so much spirit-garbage, people claiming to talk to the dead in USA,UK,Europe?! Not that many 'real' Christians I must assume. [CONT.]
---Daniel on 9/14/05

[Part2] I believe that's what most of these so-called 'ghost stories' really are! Some of you are simply too susceptible (and fearful too; why?) to the suggestions of others! I believe that demons have been involved in some 'ghostly' things over the centuries, but if you're a true Believer in Christ they'll likely have nothing to do with you! Ungodly people could always be directly influenced by demons, nothing new. But in some cases for decades now, they 'see' saucers/aliens instead of 'ghosts'. [CONT.]
---Daniel on 9/14/05

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[Part1] It seems even those who call themselves Christians are being influenced too much by the media instead of reading Scripture! Once someone dies, they normally go to 'hades'(AV,hell) or to heaven until the final judgment; they *NEVER* stick around as spirits on the earth! ONLY if God Himself has some VERY special reason (e.g., Jesus raising Lazarus to prove His deity) will there be any exceptions to the rule of Hebrews 9:27. Your own mind can cause a great deal of problems for you, and... [CONT.]
---Daniel on 9/14/05

Yes, Jesus' ghost or spirit left his body and went to paradise when he died. The soul is with the body, but the spirit can leave the body. Please read Matthew 27:50-53. The Bible speaks of ghosts as spirits. Demons don't have flesh, they are unclean spirits or fallen angels that were thrown out of heaven. And ghosts are spirits that had a flesh body, but are without their body.
---Eloy on 9/14/05

I loved those books Co ach, "This Present Darkness" and "Piercing the Darkness." Peretti has written many books that combine fiction and biblical fact. I like to read fiction now and then, his is the best!
---NVBarbara on 9/13/05

Maybe you need a mousetrap Steve!

Our cat "Knothead" has a nerve in his tail that the Vet says he can sometimes feel twitching. He takes off running up and down the hall, we call it "alien tail."
Knothead has learned to come to me when he feels this coming on and I 'adjust' the lower part of his back and he's fine.
---NVBarbara on 9/13/05

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I do not believe in Ghost. Read the parable jesus told about the rich man and the poor man who died and had the dog lick his sores. Jesus said this parable is what heaven is like. The man who was in torment asked jesus to send someone and warn his brothers. Jesus said no they have the Law. No one was allowed to go back. Jesus says in Romans it is appointed unto man once to die but after that the judgement. Once a person dies his soul is judged by GOD and it is sent to where ever the LORD sends them.
---Gregory on 9/13/05

I really don't know what they are. I've seen things too. This is why I'm asking this question. My mother saw my father standing in the doorway of their bedroom after he died last year. He was very young and standing up straight. He was 81 when he died. It could have been a dream or just her imagination.
---Rue on 9/13/05

I believe in ghosts. My sister and her husband used to live in this old house, (built on a slave burryial ground but didn't know it), She had a son, at the time was an infant. One night her son was crying, we all got up, it was a scard cry. We saw a woman ghost, searching for this baby, she would call out his name (her child) going up and down the stairs, into each room. We left and waited until daylight to get our things. that house is still standing, today. Some have tried to tare it down.
---Rebecca_D on 9/13/05

Frank Peretti has written a few FICTIONAL books about spiritual warfare and angelic dementions(sp???)they will make you see the world a little differently if you read them and they will make alot of things of this world make sense..But keep in mind they are FICTIONAL.
---co_ach on 9/13/05

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, i don't believe in ghosts, but my cat freaked out a few nights ago over something that she thought she saw in our house. woke me up and scared me for a while.
---steve on 9/13/05

You asked for opinions so here goes. I don't believe in ghosts. I believe in the spiritual world as spoken about in the Bible. I believe in angels and in evil spirits. I can't explain the abnormal experiences people say they have in their homes, etc., but I do think some of it is just imagination.

God bless.
---Dorothy on 9/13/05

when we were stationed at McDill AFB, Tampa, we had ghosts in our house. I felt an evil presence and things would happen in the house especially at night. We moved after about 2 months. No problems since then.
---shira_5965 on 9/13/05

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