What does the Bible say about GHOSTS?
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Question: Are ghosts REAL? What does the Bible say about them? I have a friend who believes he has ghosts in his home. He has noticed things moved from their normal places, doors opening by themselves, etc. He has questioned his 3-year-old son who says that "John" comes to play with him and that he lives under the house.
Answer: Surprisingly one reference to ghosts in the Bible involves Jesus' disciples using the word to describe HIM! Jesus had his disciples get in a boat and go to the other side of the lake while he went up a hill to pray (Matthew 14:22 - 23). Sometime in the middle of the night, as the boat was being tossed about by the waves, Christ stopped praying and began walking on WATER toward the ship.
25 Between three and six o’clock in the morning Jesus came to the disciples, walking on the water. 26 When they saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. 'It’s a ghost!' they said, and screamed with fear. (Matthew 14:25 - 26)
From your Email, however, it looks like what are called ghosts are actually rebellious, evil spirit beings (demons). To determine if demons are involved, we suggest you first do some thorough investigating. Children of a young age many times do have imaginary friends. It is their process of maturing to become sociable beings. Children generally have a great imagination that is healthy. When they become older, they outgrow their imaginary friend and make real friendships. Make sure the son does not really see John. If he merely talks to a friend, then he probably is playing a friendship game.
Secondly, you mention things move and doors open by themselves. Check and be sure they really move where your friend sees them move. Wind can close doors. Check to see if your friend really observes doors closing without any draft.
If after all your investigation these events prove out to be real, then demons are likely. In Matthew 12, Christ discussed when a man has an unclean spirit (demon) in his house and a demon leaves. When the evil spirit cannot find any place to go, he takes more unclean spirits and goes back to the house he came from. The problem can be serious.