This isn’t directly about creationism, but it’s close, because it involves supernatural phenomena. We found it at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the online creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo). This is their new article: Do You Believe in Ghosts? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us and most scripture references omitted:
Ghosts. What do you really think about them? If someone pushes us, most will admit a degree of love for scary stories. But what about reports of real ghosts, even by sincere Christians? Few Christians seem to know what to think. If we look to the Scriptures, however, we find solid answers, even on this murky subject.
Pay attention, dear reader, because AIG is presenting us with news you can use. And it’s timely, because Halloween is coming. So here’s The Truth™ about ghosts. You know you can trust ol’ Hambo’s website in such matters. They say:
But what is a ghost? Although definitions vary, the most common one is that ghosts are the disembodied spirits of dead people that linger on earth. According to tradition, ghosts are invisible but can permit humans to see them.
Of course, either a thing exists or it doesn’t. No amount of belief will cause ghosts to exist if they don’t; nor could personal opinion cause ghosts not to exist if, in fact, they truly do exist. Because a person’s belief in ghosts creates very serious and far-reaching ramifications, it’s a topic that no Christian should ignore.
Belief is irrelevant to reality? Be careful, AIG. That applies to a lot of things that people may believe in. Let’s read on:
Tales involving apparitions drift down to us from ancient times. Various languages contributed words such as wraith (Scottish), phantom (French), specter (Latin), shade (Old English), banshee (Gaelic), and poltergeist (German).
And there are more recent tales, like those that come from Seattle about the intelligent designer. Oh, wait — that one doesn’t count, because no one has ever claimed to see it. AIG continues:
In ancient Iraq, the Epic of Gilgamesh portrayed Gilgamesh conversing with the spirit of his dead friend Enkidu. Old Egypt left a cryptic tale about the ghost of Nebusemekh chatting with the high priest of Amun-Re. Such stories prove nothing, of course, except that the concept goes back a long way. In fact, even Christ’s twelve disciples fearfully mistook Jesus for a spirit when He appeared walking on the sea at night.
That’s very true — ancient tales prove nothing. Those are words to live by. Here’s more:
Most reports of ghost sightings include details that defy logic. For instance, most alleged apparitions are clothed. But if a ghost is the spirit of a dead person, shouldn’t a spirit appear unclothed after shedding his earthly body and its garments? Is one to conclude that pants, shirts, dresses, and medieval armor contain spirits of their own that faithfully cling to the ghost of a person?
That’s an important principle, dear reader. Beware of tales that defy logic. Moving along:
God — the Creator of the universe — offers solid answers to man’s questions. His Word, the Bible, is the foundation for understanding both the visible and invisible world because God is Lord of both the natural and the supernatural. Regardless of whether a question concerns the origin of life or human souls, the first resource to check is God’s Word.
Yes! That’s where we can learn The Truth™ about ghosts. And what is that? Here’s another excerpt:
Even new students of the Bible quickly notice that it never portrays souls as lingering after death. (The immediate destination of heaven or hell rules out that idea [references omitted].) Yet Scripture bluntly affirms the existence of immaterial intelligences. Mark 5:2–15 details Jesus’s encounter with a man indwelt by a multitude of unclean spirits. Christ ordered them out but permitted them to enter a herd of swine. In Samaria, Philip preached and “unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed”. Later, Acts 19:14–17 tells of a man inhabited by a demon. The sons of Sceva tried to exorcise it, but the man attacked them. However, these aren’t ghosts; they’re demons — fallen angels — governed by Satan.
Not ghosts, but demons. Then they quote a bible scholar who says:
Demons are not humans; neither are they God. But they are superhuman with superior intelligence and experience and powers. To deny the existence of demons is not skepticism; it only displays ignorance. To be unrealistic about their power is foolhardy.
We don’t want to be foolhardy. On with the article:
Interestingly, the Bible records one occasion when the living appeared to contact the dead. King Saul donned a disguise and visited a medium to summon the dead prophet Samuel. An apparition that looked like Samuel appeared to the witch — causing her to cry out in fright.
AIG explains that one away. They say it wasn’t a real ghost. Then they tell us:
No evidence has produced a single fact that should sway a Christian into believing that the spirits of deceased people can loiter on earth. In light of the Bible, the only conclusion is that ghost sightings are either the figments of overactive imaginations, or else they are demons.
And now we come to the end, where AIG gives us this solemn warning:
Coming to a wrong conclusion about the afterlife has eternal consequences, and the wrong choice on this side of the grave can condemn a soul to eternal agony on the other side.
So there you are. There are no ghosts — only demons. We are grateful to AIG for this timely information.
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