Examining the biblical feasibility of ghosts being disembodied souls
Are ghosts real? Is reincarnation a legitimate process in the patterns of life? For billions of people in our world today, the answers to one or both of these questions is a resounding yes. It all has to do with the mystery of what happens after we die. Life is precious, and because we cannot physically see what happens after death, humanity longs for an answer to our mortality. For all the ages that humanity has existed, we have found explanations to bridge the gap between what we know and what science cannot confirm. For many, there is what they consider substantial evidence in defense of these beliefs. Is there a way to know the truth about these things? As Christians, the best we can do is use the Bible as our basis. To the best of our ability, we will address what is brought forth as evidence with our clearest thinking.
The Bible does not support a belief in ghosts
While there are isolated scriptural events one can argue about, (we will touch on these later) we need solid proof. The best place to start is at the beginning. It would seem reasonable to base our understanding on the clearest biblical statements we can find. Ideally, we also want to access the cleanest context available. We want one that assures us there are no unexpected details that would alter meanings. It is no surprise that the Bible supplies such statements and context.
The statements come from God Himself
The context is regarding the basic rules and consequences given to Adam. There is NO better source and context because this is where it literally all began. God creates man from the “dust of the ground” and gives him rules for living. The rules are violated and God specifically says that Adam will die. God gives no indication of the body dying and a soul living on. He is emphatic that Adam, the man as a whole, will return to the elements from which he came. This simple statement of God is verified in many other Old and New Testament Scriptures. It is telling us that ghosts don’t exist because humanity is actually dead after they die.
What about the resurrection? And heaven? What about the supernatural? All these things remain intact according to Scripture and need to be understood in their proper context. The key matter for us now is what do we do with the idea of ghosts. One potentially major biblical contradiction here is the account of King Saul going to the witch of Endor and having her summon the prophet Samuel from the dead. How do we explain that?
Check out our October 19, 2020 podcast, “Ghosts, Reincarnation and Humanity – What’s Real? (Part I)" for more. We carefully examine and answer the King Saul debacle, dive deeply into Scriptures on life and death and discuss what roll demons play in all these things. Part II deals with reincarnation. This journey is not for the faint-hearted, but it is an important journey well worth taking.
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