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What Are Ghosts

As I understand it when I die I will go to another plain of existence, from there I will not be able to converse with anyone on this planet. If this is true, what are ghosts and who do psychics talk to?

Moderator - They are talking to fallen angels or demons.

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The Catholics have MARY GHOSTS!
---John on 6/4/10

---catherine on 6/3/10

Physics are from Satan? Really?

Does this include gravity?
---atheist on 6/1/10

Physics are from Satan. God does not know these people....When you die you will go to hell or heaven. Making it to heaven will depend on your RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LIVING GOD, while you are here in this world. You wil be conscious through-out eternity, whether you are in heaven or hell. Conscious you will be. Yes. Your relationship with the living God rests on your relationship with His Son, JESUS CHRIST+ HELL is brutal.
---catherine on 5/31/10

At the end of Luke, we are told that Jesus stood amoung his disciples and they were afraid, believing they saw a spirit.....

We are not told exactly what they believed, we are just told they were afraid, indicating that the idea of a 'spirit' was scary in those days as well

There is also 'spirit' of Elijah, which appeared to Saul the night before he was killed

This is more of a problem, as we can assume that Elijah went eventually to heaven (as he appeared with Jesus), and yet his spirit was somewhere else in the days of Saul

Any ideas?
---peter3594 on 5/31/10

Quick response may add Scripture comments in the near future. This subject can not be placed into a box. Rightly dividing the word of truth with discernment is needed along with a statement Jesus made. " This type needs to be handled by prayer and fasting. . Ghosts are residual energy of a once living human being. They do not exist. It can be likened as a movie. God created laws that govern his creation. Gravity etc. Energy can not be created nor destroyed only transformed. This is one reason we are instructed to tame our tongues. Words create.
This is of my humble opinion.
---David on 5/31/10

I am a "Ghost hunter" but I usually call myself a "Demon hunter" becouse that's what I always find. The "spirits" I deal with are without a doubt demons. I know the truth about them and things can get really interesting when encountering them. What I do is go into People's homes to document the torment they are living under. I don't suggest doing this unless you're really serious about wanting to show the world the real truth. I trust in God for my protection and He always comes through for me. These are NOT human spirits. No doubt about it. They gain your confidence by pretending to be a relative or some poor lost soul trying to make it to the light. Then they attack.
---Jason on 5/28/10

There is more then just one type of demon. However, the unclean spirit is a human spirit that hasn't be cleansed by Jesus and is the soul of a dead person who isn't saved.

this is from pagan christianity and not from scripture

Gods Truth says ALL unclean spirits are FROM Satan who is the god of this world 2Corin 4:4, Rev 12:9
---Rhonda on 8/19/09

There are people who believe so strongly in spirits, that they jump at shadows. Yet, there are demons (familiar spirits) that can do an imitation of a person. They desire to destroy you, but Jesus was sent to give you life *1. God offers you liberty and salvation through receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (who paid the price through his death on the cross). The Lord will set you free if you so desire. Do not participate in witchcraft, and necromancy *2.
*1John 10:10-11, 2Corinthians 2:11, 2Timothy 2:25-26, Hebrews 2:14-16, James 4:7, 1Peter 5:8-9
*2 Leviticus 19:31, Deuteronomy 18:9-14, 1Samuel 28:5-25, 1Chronicles 10:13, Isaiah 8:19, Acts 16:16-18, 1Corinthians 1:20, 10:20 Revelations 16:13-14.
---Glenn on 8/19/09

*All souls belong to God.*

Behold,ALL SOULS ARE MINE,as the soul of the father,so also the soul of the son IS MINE,the soul that sinneth,it shall die.

*When the flesh dies,All SOULS RETURN back to God.*

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was:and the spirit shall RETURN UNTO GOD WHO GAVE IT.
---char on 8/19/09

Demons masquerade as ghosts. Psychics are into the occult & have familiar spirits which are demons.
---Betty on 7/22/09

The Jews called them the dybbuk. Ghosts are spirits. They are unclean spirits. There is more then just one type of demon. However, the unclean spirit is a human spirit that hasn't be cleansed by Jesus and is the soul of a dead person who isn't saved.

They are the spirits that enter people. I know and am a pastor and an exorcist and see their faces with the gift of discernment while doing exorcisms. Once they are cast out, people are healed.
---Sharon on 7/20/09

Thats not according to scripture. I know most christians dismiss psychic ability altogether but read 1st Samuel 28 verses 6 through 20. The bible makes it clear that Saul sought out a medium to perform a seance to talk with Samuel who had since died and he did speak with Samuel Gods prophet(not a demon or evil spirit). Being able to talk with the dead is real . However, I do believe the only contact God wants us to have with the spirit world is through Him. The spirit of truth, creator of all spirits.
---David on 10/21/07

I will make make myself clear. When you die and take your last breath, your spirit will leave your body and will either go to heaven or hell.We are not to believe in ghost. We are not to talk to the dead, God forbid. And God forbids us. And no, we won't be able to converse with people down here. Why would you or me want to? We will be with Jesus, for goodness sakes. Except for the ones, the unfortunate ones, who will be converseing with Satan and feeling the heat.
---catherine on 10/8/07

I believe that ghosts are demons also. What is the Christain approach when we come in contact with one?
---Tammie on 10/7/07

I believe that ghosts are demons also. What is the Christain approach when we come in contact with one?
---Tammie on 10/7/07

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Ghosts are demons pretending to be dead people. I am a Christian who learned about their behavior and characteristics from my son who was once a Satanist and invoked them. I have entertained God's angels whose holiness is easy to discern from human imperfection. You can tell if an angel is good or evil by the message it brings. Why would angels help humans contact the dead when they represent Jesus the giver of life? Angels help guide souls into eternal life, they don't bring tidings from the grave.
---Cindy on 9/23/07

The definition of ghost is:

The soul of a dead person, a disembodied spirit imagined, usually as a vague, shadowy or evanescent form, as wandering among or haunting living persons.
---Holly4jc on 8/26/07

1) Lori: When the bible speaks of "entertaining angels unaware", it is speaking of an angel that comes to you in the form of a human being...not a ghost! Tell can you entertain a ghost? I have had this experience (entertaining an angel) where I met this woman and was asked by a pastor to take her in to sleep at my home for a few days as she passed through town. While at my home she prayed for me and blessed my home and then left and disappeared as quickly as she had come into my life.
---Holly4jc on 8/26/07

2) God showed me that I had "entertained an angel unaware". She was not a ghost...but flesh and blood. However, I have also been attacked by demonic spirits and they did not appear as flesh and blood, they were in spirit form...of course they can come as flesh and blood if they are inhabiting a person, but if not, they appear in spirit form (ghosts, etc). Angels do not come as ghosts, ghosts imply a dead person appearing and angels are NOT dead people.
---Holly4jc on 8/26/07

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3) Dead people are dead and cannot appear to us, if something like that does happen, it's demonic. Every account you ever hear of when a person says an angel came and helped them, they always come in a form appearing as a real person and then they disappear, they never come in a ghostly type manner. Oh far as believing...I believe 100% in Jesus Christ of Nazareth and His Holy word, the Bible! :-)
---Holly4jc on 8/26/07

2 Corinthians 11:14

And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.
---Holly4jc on 8/26/07

Holly, I can understand what you are saying, but you are totally wrong to say everything is a demon. we have guardian angels sent to protect us and guide us. Jesus said, lest ye beware, you may be entertaining angels unawares. if you want to call Jesus Christ a lier, that is your right, but why then cry Lord Lord and don't do or believe what he says. if you don't believe in the bible or Jesus is the Christ, just say so. I hope No one here will judge you for that.
---Lori on 8/26/07

Apparitions that appear in a ghost-like fashion are demonic spirits. Sometimes they imitate a loved one or a person that has died or they can even imitate a person that is still alive, but somewhere else. Nevertheless, they are all demons. Psychics talk to demonic spirits and those spirits give them information about people, whether dead or alive. Since demons don't die and observe people's lives, they are able to communicate to the psychic information regarding a person, even if they have already died.
---Holly4jc on 8/25/07

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To everyone here, everything is a demon. hogwash. the veil separating the spirits in paradise or prison is so thin, it is possible to see our loved ones in this life appearing to us. You have to live righteously though and that excludes millions of christians. they live evil lives and God will not bless or reward wickedness. you know you are righteous if those around you know you are not of this world through your example. if you blend in with heathens, you are as they are.
---Lori on 8/26/07

Personally, since becomming a christian 9 years ago, I do not believe in ghost. I believe that a person upon death either goes to heaven or hell based on whether they were IN CHRIST, or were lost. Correction, the only ghost I believe in is the HOLY GHOST.
---Cynthia on 8/25/07

I am a Christian but I do not agree with the opinion of most other Christians on this matter. It is possible for a human spirit to choose not to cross over and remain on this earth until the time of judgement comes.
---Justin on 8/24/07

Lisa-*A demon called my house and left a message of my dead son. I know it was not my son!! This is not scriptual.*

Good for you. Some Christians get fooled when things like this happens. Before they know it they are pursuing phychics and using a ouija board(dabbling with the occult) and have fallen from the faith.
---Matthew_from_LA on 8/4/07

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Ghosts could be ancestors that have passed in
to heaven
---anonymous on 8/4/07

ghosts are demons
---Lisa on 8/4/07

The evil spirit pretending to be someone's "ghost" can have the personality of the dead person, if that evil spirit was the one giving a selfish person his or her selfish personality. In which case, it would NOT be just "imitating" the person...if the person selfish got a lot of his or her tendencies from that spirit.

There is "the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience" (in Ephesians 2:2) > Satan WORKS personalities to be how they are and do what they do.
---Bill_bila5659 on 8/4/07

I second the moderator. Demon/fallen angels see everything we say and do. They imitate our dead relatives. I know. A demon called my house and left a message of my dead son. I know it was not my son!! This is not scriptual.
---Lisa on 8/3/07

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Marcia: What a perfect explanation of how all this works. I was a victim of a psychic right before I got saved. Later on, God showed me that the reason she knew stuff about my past or what was going to happen in the future (such as a phone call I was going to receive) was because the demons were feeding her info and also setting up events that would come to pass. Once you see the truth, it becomes so clear. Thanks for sharing that!
---Holly4jc on 8/3/07

There is no such thing. Ghost are fictious inventions of the imagination. Psychics talk to demons. Satan has been around since the beginning of creation and so has his demons. They possess psychics and give them information about your past.
---Marcia on 8/3/07

The Bible tells God's people not to commune with "familar spirits", which are Satan's servants. It also warns against necromancy which is conjuring up,or trying to, the dead for purposes of telling the future. We are to bury the dead and leave them alone,not try to commune with them, for the Bible tells us there is no knowledge in the grave.
---Darlene_1 on 8/3/07

The bible say's our sptite goes back to god from which it came And when Jesus died an rose a gain he cared his on bood back to heaven with him
---Betty on 1/12/07

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The Word says that satan can transform himself into an angel of light. Don't be fooled. I agree with the moderator on this.
---faye4464 on 1/11/07

Ghosts are demons and they appear as "ghosts" to try to trick people into believing people's Spirits roam the Earth after death. This can cause people to reject the Bible and even worse get involved with the occult. The same goes for aliens it is all one big trick to get people on the wrong track. When a ghost appears to a Christian who knows what ghosts truly are it is nothing more than scare tactics.
---Matthew on 1/11/07

danie9374, I wasn't referring to the present ideas of what "ghost" means. Thats why I said that psychics are speaking with demons.

---Kay on 1/8/07

Kay: Be careful when saying so little, many are prob. going to misunderstand your "A ghost is the spirit within each of us." comment, thinking you do mean people can see other people as ghosts! I HOPE you're simply using the word as the old KJV English did to speak of 'spirit' (Holy 'Ghost', etc.) and NOT people's present ideas of what 'ghost' means!
---danie9374 on 1/8/07

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[1] WHAT ARE 'ghosts'? MOST OF THE TIME, and I mean rarely otherwise, they're a figment of people's IMAGINATIONS; and those people can also be Christians, since God normally doesn't keep Believers from falling into willful sin! What sin you ask? How about spending time watching movies/TV shows promoting as reality the idea ghosts exist? Stuff on witches, death, occult, etc. etc., then they wonder why they're fearful of the possibility of ghosts?! It's because they weren't heeding Philippians 4:8!
---danie9374 on 1/8/07

[2] YOUR MIND WILL (not just can) 'play tricks on you' if you don't take care of it, both physically and mentally. You can also spend too much time thinking demons are everywhere in your world too. Though mostly about false teachers and heretical ideas, I believe there's also a caution in 1 Timothy 4:1's: "paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons," to NOT give them credit for having caused things they had nothing to do with! We are very emotional beings. [Cont.]
---danie9374 on 1/8/07

[3] When we're alone and don't have God or loved ones on our minds, it's easy to become frightened, and even become subject to the SUGGESTIONS of some, who may be like those women in 1 Timothy 4:7 at times, instead of helpful, Godly friends. When dealing with a person whose truly possessed, I have no doubt they see all sorts of things we don't and will def. try to harm you if you bother them! For altogether different reasons, so do those who are 'on drugs'. [Cont.]
---danie9374 on 1/8/07

[4] Therefore, be careful about making judgments in this matter. Neither are the two mutually exclusive! ANYWAY, don't pay demons much attention outside Scripture, or when witnessing to the lost, who may be controlled by them. There more than enough physically real, evil people to be concerned about, so keep your mind sharp, alert and be in prayer. Phil. 4:8 everyone! ;-)
---danie9374 on 1/8/07

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A ghost is the spirit within each of us. And psychics are communicating with devils.
---Kay on 1/7/07

It amazes me how many Christains read the Bible and don't understand it! Ghost are DEMONS!!! If you knew the Bible then you would understand this. May God enlighten all!
---Philip on 1/7/07

Ghosts are fairy tales believed to be true by fanatic people.
---Caring on 1/7/07

jana, Tofu: Well of course in SOME passages, 'soul' refers to a whole person; including their body. BUT IN CONTEXTS which discuss the spiritual part (soul/spirit) vs. the physical part (body) of a human being, 'soul' will NOT mean body. So depending upon which passage is in view, you could both be right! 'nephesh' (Strong's# 05315) has MANY different meanings, each depending upon it CONTEXT! Soul, life, person, mind, creature, body, etc. etc.
---danie9374 on 1/6/07

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tofu The soul and body is the same thing if u read your dictionary. I didnt say it, the bible even says 5 souls came out of Jacobs loins..if soul is not body then what came out of Jacobs loins? If soul is an unseen thing like breath, then how did they know what came out and how many.
---jana on 1/5/07

Jana, so what's your point? The soul and physical body are still seperate entities as far as the Bible is concerned. There are more examples than I can number where the Bible refers to the soul and it is obviously not flesh. The soul is our life, we are souls and our bodies are just the vessels.
---tofurabby on 1/5/07

tofurrably, my brittanica dictionary says soul is a body not spirit. Read Eccl 12:7 and Ex1:5number of souls came out of Jacobs loins. Rev20:4the souls of them that were beheaded. Spirit/breath is what went back to God who breathed it into our souls to make it a living soul Gen2:7. Read James 2:26 also
---jana on 1/5/07

jana, the body goes back to dust but our soul/spirit goes to be with the Lord. Jesus said in Matthew 10:28 "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul". Why would he make such a statement if our soul was not capable of living without the body?
---tofurabby on 1/4/07

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The Holy Ghost is not a demon
---tonne on 1/4/07

Ghosts are demons, and that's what psychics talk to. When you die you go to either Heaven or Hell, depending on wheather or not you have accepted Jesus Christ into your heart as Lord & Savior.
---Leslie on 1/3/07

ghosts are demons they inhabit the universe we live in, and are highly organized and intelligent. for a (perhaps) unwittingly doctrinally accurate description of what demons are really like, check out the movie "Mothman Prophecies" starring Richard Gere. Demons are about one thing and that is playing with our innate human curiousity, whatever form they may take (aliens, ghosts, through ouija boards, etc.) You don't get answers from being involved with this stuff, just the run around.
---Ray on 6/17/06

when we all die, we go back to dust just as the bible says..we dont see,taste and feel nothing..we cease to exist..when christ returns, he procreate us again into perfect beings and rapture us up t b with him. mediums operate with fallen angels. keep away from such if you are of christ.
---jana on 5/8/06

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CONT: 1 Sam 28:8 Saul and two other men went to a woman and said, diving unto me a familiar spirit and the wizards out of the land, then Saul assures her that she wouldn't be punished for this. Saul wanted Samuel, this woman saw Samuel coming up from the ground, then Samuel and Saul were talking. God tells us not to go after mediums or familiar spirits, for he is against it. Now I have seen angels around my children, so I do know and believe in guardian angels but they are not ghosts.
---Rebecca_D on 2/1/06

When Jesus walked on the water the disciples looked out and said, "It's a ghost", so they must have believed in ghosts. Of course Jesus Take courage, it is I, don't be afraid. Luke 24:36-43, Jesus said Peace be unto you, the disciples were frightened, thinking they had seen a spirit (ghost) Jesus explained to them that it was him. Jesus also believed in ghosts because he had to eat something in order for the disciples to believe him.
---Rebecca_D on 2/1/06

Ghosts are demons.
---Melissa on 2/1/06

Any apparitions (ghosts) I believe to be evil spirits sent to confuse. Anyone contacted by a medium is also an evil spirit. Once dead a human being has no contact with those still living. They CANNOT contact us and we are told NOT to try to contact them. However there have been numerous occasions when people have claimed to have seen angels protecting them or protecting others. Billy Graham's book Angels has some fascinating chapters about this.
---M.A. on 2/1/06

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So which is it? Are ghosts our dead loved ones, or are they demons?
---joe on 2/1/06

Read the scriptures Eloy suggests.
If 'phychics' are so 'in tune', how come you never see one win the lottery?
We are forbidden in the bible to try to communicate with spirits, they are from the pit of hell.
---NVBarbara on 2/1/06

ghosts are the spirits of people who have died and are now outside of their physical bodies. Psychics claim to communicate with these disembodied spirits. Please read I Samuel 28:3-19; I Chronicles 10:13,14; Leviticus 19:31; 20:6; Isaiah 8:19,20.
---Eloy on 2/1/06

The dead know nothing. All will rise in the ressurection. Ghosts are demons trying to confuse people.
---canda3996 on 2/1/06

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