I used to have an open mind about whether ghosts exist or not but now I believe there are no such things insofar as they are apparitions claimed to have been seen by many people. I do believe in the spirit world and as a Christian I am warned about the forces of darkness, ‘For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms’ (Ephesians 6). I believe that apparitions or ‘ghosts’ are manifestations of evil spirits and those who get involved with them through ghost hunting or ghost seeking don’t know what they are dabbling with. Those who put their faith in Jesus Christ are given protection against the forces of darkness if they call upon him but even Christians can be fooled if they are found off guard. When I was very young I saw what I thought was a ghost, an apparition at the bottom of my bed. It was in the form of my then only brother. He was actually lying alongside me as we shared a bed when we were young. I have never had a similar experience since but I have sometimes heard strange noises at home that I couldn’t account for such as the sound of footsteps or what seemed to be footsteps at the time when only myself was at home. Last Friday I had been out working in the morning and in the afternoon I decided to stay at home and spend some time on my computer. E had gone out for an hour or two and I was alone in the house. I had stopped working on the computer and spent some time with my guitar before returning to the computer an hour or so later. I had been sitting quietly for a few minutes when I heard the sound of the front doors being opened, that is the outside door then the inner porch door followed by the sound of someone going up the stairs. I thought it was E returning home but then realised the footsteps would have been too rapid for her because of her incapacity. She cannot move quickly anywhere and far less up the stairs. I then assumed it must be my youngest son who has a key and does visit the house quite often. When the sound had ceased a minute or so later I decided to go and see who it was but I noticed that the walking stick E uses when at home was still in the corner which meant she was still out. She uses another stick when going out somewhere away from home. The front gates leading the garage she uses were still open when I looked which meant she hadn’t returned home or else she had made a quick visit and then went out again. My son’s car wasn’t outside the house either, so I knew he hadn’t visited. He never leaves without saying goodbye and he would have known that one of us would have been at home because the house alarm wasn’t set. That meant that I had either imagined I’d heard the sounds or they were indeed real and made by some unseen spirit. Now I am not given to imagining things like this and the sounds were so convincing, enough for me to get out of my chair and investigate. When E came back home later I asked her if she had returned home earlier and then gone out again and she confirmed that she hadn’t. In any case I probably would have seen her as it was only a minute or so before I went to investigate after hearing the footsteps. She wouldn’t have been able to move fast enough for me not to see her. So who or what made the sounds? This isn’t the first time I have heard noises in the house that couldn’t be accounted for but who knows, maybe I am going slowly bonkers after all? I don’t think so.
- The Spirit World in Ephesians 1-6 (dontrest.com)
- Are Ghosts Real? Science Says No-o-o-o (livescience.com)
- Demons (christiansareus.wordpress.com)
- The Real Warfare is Spiritual (davidcalves.com)