In my current WIP, REFLECTIONS OF THINGS PAST (the sequel to SHADOWS OF THINGS TO COME), I deal with the issue of ghosts in, what I hope, will be a very God-pleasing, God-honoring way.
I’ve always been fascinated with ghost stories…ever since I was a very young child. I remember checking ghost story after ghost story out of the library (and buying them up in bookstores too – books didn’t used to be so expensive!): The Dollhouse Murders, Wait Till Helen Comes, Christina’s Ghost, etc.
And then I started reading the “real” ghost story books. I remember I was somewhere at night with my parents (I think at a Bardstown community theater practice or something), and I had this book with me (I always had a book with me – still do). I began reading this story about Anne Boleyn’s ghost, and a storm started brewing. It scared me so much, the first thing I started doing was praying. I stopped reading and prayed…and the storm ended. Fear gone. That incident still says with me, in the back of my mind, over 30 years later. That’s a lesson I’m still trying to learn: STOP. PRAY. FEAR GONE.
But just because I’ve always been fascinated by ghost stories, that doesn’t necessarily mean I believe in ghosts. I’ve never seen one, although I have had some pretty unusual experiences. The fact is, though, I do believe in ghosts…sort of. Here’s why:
1) God Himself is Spirit, and I believe in Him; therefore, it would be foolish of me to not believe in a real spirit world. I do believe in it. In fact, sometimes I think the spirit world is more real than the world I’m living in right now.
2) The Bible (1 Thessalonians 5:23) tells us that man is made up of three parts: body, soul, and spirit. The body is what connects us to the physical world around us. The soul (itself composed of three parts: mind, will, and emotions) connects us with our own inner realities; that is, how we think, feel, and interact with the physical and spiritual worlds around us. The spirit is what connects us to the spiritual world. It is what enables us to communicate with God through the work of the Holy Spirit.
See there? The God who created us is Spirit, and we are made in His image (so we have a spirit inside us, as well). When we die, our physical body dies, but our soul and spirit keep on living.
By this reasoning, then, it would make perfect sense to believe in ghosts. If someone’s spirit isn’t really dead, then they could go on living here on the earth eternally… Except for one very important thing, which I’ll get to next week.