A Look At Paranormal investigations and Christianity!

As a clergy member of this community with his own unwanted experiences with the “paranormal,” I was disheartened and appalled that ghost hunters are conducting an event at the Anna Palmer Museum.

More than this, I think a well balanced view of ghost phenomena and its investigations was needed in preparation for those interested in attending such an event.

 First, let me say that I understand all the hype, the seductive mystery and thrills in trying to communicate with spirits and other illogical things. In fact, every Halloween I try to tell my youth about the spiritual dangers of such things.

There should be no confusion, there is nothing safe, funny or innocent about ghost hunting or opening yourself up to these so-called spiritual experiences. 

The well-written article by Ms. Wilkinson (York News-Times of Thursday, July 19) entitled, “Ghost hunter to conduct event at museum” quoted from a team leader that “We are very much Christian…We are [a] spiritual, positive group.

We’ve been doing this since January and nothing negative has happened before.”

I disagree with this statement and more. Christianity and dealing with the paranormal are not two peas in the pod. They are like oil and water or corn and soybeans.

There is a great difference between the two. A Christian is a person who believes by faith, which is a free gift from God, that Jesus Christ, True God and Man, died and rose again for sinners and defeated sin, death and the Devil.

A spiritual, positive group can be any group … from atheists to a secular service organization.  Christianity deals with the reality that there is a spiritual side to this world, but does not delve into areas where God forbids for our own good; such as ghost hunting or occult practices.

A spiritual, positive group that encourages investigations into darkness is un-biblical and contradictory in nature. You cannot seek the darkness while claiming to be of the light of God.

And a Christian is more than just a positive person, he or she is a redeemed person who knows the reality of freedom from sins that makes them joyous and knows from the bible about truth and lies.  And here are some misconceptions that need to be clarified:

Death is permanent on this side of heaven. You die once and are either in Heaven or Hell. As Christians we believe that one day we will be united together in body and soul in the resurrection of the dead when Christ Jesus comes again.

But, once a person dies, they cannot cross the chasm, there is a divide that we cannot cross over no matter what TV or other media tells you. The soul of a human being does not return to earth to wander around as if it were trapped and not knowing how to get out of this existence.

You see, God does not want you to inquire nor embrace anything that is of the Devil, because he is the Father of Lies. He will tell a person anything they want to hear, including what happens while doing “paranormal” investigations.

Nor does God want you to inquire with those who are “investigators” or “psychic” persons as it says in Leviticus 19:31, “Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.”  

The article also quoted Northrup saying, “There are passages in the Bible that reference ghosts — they are there.” There is no doubt that in the Scriptures spirits are mentioned.

In the Hebrew and Greek, the original language in which the bible was written, the term ghost is never used … instead phantom or spirit. It is used to describe beings who do not have a body.

The problem with using the word ‘ghost’ is that it conveys the wrong idea that it’s the soul of a departed person.

This can’t be true. Dead men tell no tales and the dead do not come back to tell us about past or future events as we hear in the Rich man and Lazarus from the Gospel, “And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.” 

And although in the Old Testament we see a glimpse of what looks like the prophet Samuel speaking to the evil King Saul (1Samuel 28:5-9, 11-19) it is not to be taken as the actual prophet back from the dead. The dead do not come back as a ghost.

However, it is the case that demons can appear as loved ones or those whom we recognized in life … and even speak the truth at times. The Bible talks about this chameleon-like skill of demons in 2 Corinthians 11:14-15.

“And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness.”

Again, let me be clear, ghost (souls of the departed wandering earth) do not exist, but spirits do and they are either demons or angels. The former are of the darkness and the latter are from God, who dwells in light which is Heaven.   

It was also quoted by Ms. Northrup that, “I realize this is a controversial subject … We handle this in a positive, scientific way. Humans only use 15 percent of our brains-this is a matter of just tuning in, being receptive.”

I beg to differ on this point as well. How do you “tune-in” in a scientific way? A Feb 7, 2008 article in Scientific American by Robynne Boyd entitled, “Do People Only Use 10 Percent of Their Brains: What’s the matter with only exploiting a portion of our gray matter?” indicates the opposite, we actually use a great portion of our brains that God has made.

The article said that, “Although it’s true that at any given moment all of the brain’s regions are not concurrently firing, brain researchers using imaging technology have shown that, like the body’s muscles, most are continually active over a 24-hour period.

Evidence would show over a day you use 100 percent of the brain,” says John Henley, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Ghost Hunting or investigating should not be allowed in any town or place of business. Because our battle is not with other people, no it is with the demons of this world and Satan, who is prowling around like a lion seeking whom to devour.

Instead of investigating demons and “haunted-places,” investigate the Word of God, who speaks of the true reality and nature of this world.

Instead, look to Jesus Christ, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever and who won the battle over death, the devil and sin for us all.

Originally Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 11:21 pm, Mon Jul 23, 2012.
Source: http://www.yorknewstimes.com/editorial/guest-opinion-paranormal-investigations-and-christianity-not-two-peas-in/article_cc240d58-d546-11e1-b1de-001a4bcf887a.html

About Andrew

Co-founder & lead investigator of Paranormal Encounters. I've experienced the paranormal all my life, having encountered ghosts, angels and demons. I live in a haunted house and when not exploring and researching the unknown, I enjoy single malt Scotch whisky & potato chips (though not necessarily at the same time).