Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” Luke 24:39
People often ask me as a Christian writer, are ghosts real? There are 120 mentions of the word “ghost” in the Bible, if you include Holy Ghost. Back when I was growing up in church, that is what we called the Holy Spirit because we all learned from the old King James version of the Bible.
Jesus was certainly aware that his disciples had heard of ghosts, and perhaps believed in them. They thought He was a ghost when they saw Him walking across the water. But what are ghosts? Are they the same as spirits?
I believe there is Biblical evidence that people believed in ghosts, but I do not see where it says they are correct in doing so. Scripture teaches us that we have souls- made up of mind, body and spirit. When we die, our spirit part doesn’t roam the earth haunting people. It rests in Christ Jesus until the end of the age when we will be given new bodies without decay, disease or sin. Or, if you are not a believer, it becomes separated from God’s grace, which is hell.
Sure, after my husband passed my mind and heart played tricks. I was used to having him around, so that void was incomprehensible. There were times I literally caught my breath and turned, only to see nothing there when I was certain it was him. But that was not a ghost, it was grief.
I do believe in demons and principalities. That is Biblical. But not even they can separate us from Christ’s love, no more than can death. We need not fear them if we have Christ in us.
Ghosts are no more our dead ancestors as are the angels who watch over us. There is only one ghost who does that – the Holy Ghost, our guide and comforter given by the Father and the Son until the Second Coming. He is all I need. Sorry Casper.
What do you think?
About Julie B Cosgrove
Julie is a freelance writer and speaker and has authored six books. You can preview them at www.juliebcosgrove.com, or on Good Reads or Amazon.com. You can also follow her at Twitter@JulieBCosgrove