At an early age, I can recall my love for scary movies and ghost stories. I never truly formed an opinion on ghosts until I had further knowledge on what scripture had said about the subject. Someone would ask me about ghosts, I would always respond with “I don’t know too much about them to form an opinion”. Fortunately, I had developed a bit of skepticism for the paranormal, astrology, and psychics early on, which would only come in handy years later.
Mind you, even if I loved scary movies, and paranormal stories, I had not completely given myself up to think that all of this was “real”. Growing up, I had always asked my peers and my elders on what their opinion towards ghosts were. My mistake was not turning to scripture right away. If I had just opened up my bible and read, I would’ve easily found the correct answer to all of my wondering. Still curious as a kid, although a little older to understand more, I took all of my preconceived ideas formed from what others said, and what I’ve heard, and threw them out the door, because the only real answer I would receive was from the word of God.
So let’s break it down.
What are ghosts? Western culture has created ghosts out to be dead spirits who have not yet crossed over to “the after life” (which I’m assuming the mean Heaven or Hell). Ghosts have been portrayed in television and movies as either scary “beings” who haunt people, dead relatives, or even friendly companions such as Casper.
What are ghosts according to the bible? Well for starters, a “ghost” is not the correct term when addressing dead spirits. In fact, spirits of the dead do not walk among the earth haunting people, waiting to cross over to heaven or hell.
Job 7:9, As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more.
This means that when a person dies, their spirit does not linger on earth, it quickly vanishes and is not seen or heard from again. The spirit goes on to judgement, and then on to heaven or hell. Scripture negates the idea that “ghosts” are anything of God, which brings me to my next point.
Demons are real. Demons are the closest thing to what a “ghost” would probably embody.
Isaiah 8:19-20, And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
This passage basically asks: Why do people seek out psychics, and not seek out their God? If there are spiritual beings that you can supposedly speak to, or even see, there is no light in them (in other words, they are not of God, they are evil).
Now let me not confuse you, there are spiritual beings that can physically contact earth such as angels. Angels are holy and righteous, and are faithful in serving God. There are also demons, who are meant to deceive people into thinking they are angels of light. These demons pose as “ghosts” and trick humans into thinking that they are their dead relatives, that they are messengers and servants of God. Demons are quite the opposite of angels, as they are fallen angels, and are evil, deceptive, and unholy.
In fact the Bible repeatedly condemns those try to seek out the dead. Psychics are usually nothing but phonies, but their practices are evil and not something to be messing with. Going to see a psychic, playing with an ouija board, or even trying to independently call out to the dead, are just some of the ways that you can allow demons to enter your life.
Deuteronomy 18:10-12 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
Which brings me to my last point: do not believe or seek out psychic practices! I have had the unfortunate experience of coming across modern day psychics and evil practices via social media. Everywhere I seem to look, teenage kids are reading astrology, following what their horoscope says for the day, and judging others based on what their “zodiac sign” is! It’s appalling that I was bringing up an issue at work that concerned me, only to have my former manager laugh in my face and say “Oh Emilie, you’re such an aquarius”.
What does this mean? Why does me being an aquarius have anything to do with my problems in our work place?
Answer: It doesn’t.
I log onto twitter, and I see teen girls retweeting tweets from horoscopes, telling the world their daily problems, who they’re compatible with, all from silly little star signs that mean nothing! Zodiac signs were man made, by people who once thought that the earth was the center of the universe, which is easily disproven. We do not receive blessings from the planet Saturn, we receive blessings from God. We do not know if our day is going to be a particularly good day, based on what our horoscope said. We live our lives according to God, follow His path, and worship Christ along the way.
Apart from astrology, psychics and readings are becoming more popular in the mainstream entertainment world. Youtube unfortunately has introduced the younger generation to the Psychic Twins, with the help of popular internet stars that kids know and love. The Psychic Twins, Linda and Terry Jamison, are sisters who believe they have psychic powers, through automatic writing. Their claim to fame was predicting the events of 9/11 two years prior, and since then, their voices have been heard and worshipped world wide. Their vague predictions and amateur psychic readings have made me laugh at my computer screen numerous times, but they have more so made me angry that their evil practices are influencing a generation.
Their new youtube channel features psychic readings of popular youtubers, which is a smart marketing strategy to gain an audience. The downside to it is that these youtube moguls are looked up to by young impressionable kids, and highly opinionated teenagers. Shane Dawson, Andrea Russet, Trevor Moran, are some of the big names that have had their future told by the Psychic Twins. Popular within the community by establishing friendships with these big wig youtubers, I don’t expect to see the twins fade away fro quite some time. Whether or not the Psychic Twins have some weird demonic ability, or they’re just really good at leading to tell the obvious, these women are doing collateral damage to our children. They encourage contacting the dead, are practicing buddhists, believe in past lives, and everything evil that the Bible does not allow.
For now, I will continue to dismantle the psychic world and educate others around me on why contacting the dead is bad. Ghosts are evil, and not of God. Period.