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Do You Believe in Ghosts?

Reports of paranormal activity have increased during the coronavirus pandemic. Have you ever experienced strange, unexplained sights or sounds? Do you have a personal ghost story?

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By Jeremy Engle

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Have you ever heard strange noises in the middle of the night? Have you seen household objects mysteriously move or be suddenly gone? How about free-floating, full-torso vaporous apparitions, in the famous words of “Ghostbusters”?

Have you experienced more strange, perhaps paranormal, phenomena during the pandemic? If yes, you are not alone.

In “ Quarantining With a Ghost? It’s Scary, ” Molly Fitzpatrick writes:

It started with the front door. Adrian Gomez lives with his partner in Los Angeles, where their first few days of sheltering in place for the coronavirus pandemic proved uneventful. They worked remotely, baked, took a two-mile walk each morning and refinished their porcelain kitchen sink. But then, one night, the doorknob began to rattle “vigorously,” so loud he could hear it from across the apartment. Yet no one was there. In mid-April, Mr. Gomez was in bed when a nearby window shade began shaking against the window frame so intensely — despite the fact that the window was closed, an adjacent window shade remained perfectly still, the cats were all accounted for, and no bug nor bird nor any other small creature had gotten stuck there — that Mr. Gomez thought it was an earthquake. “I very seriously hid myself under the comforter, like you see in horror movies, because it really did freak me out,” he said. Now, though neither he nor his partner noticed any unexplained activity at home before this, the couple can “distinctly” make out footsteps above their heads. No one lives above them. “I’m a fairly rational person,” said Mr. Gomez, who is 26 and works in I.T. support. “I try to think, ‘What are the reasonable, tangible things that could be causing this?’ But when I don’t have those answers, I start to think, ‘Maybe something else is going on.’” They’re not alone … possibly in more ways than one. For those whose experience of self-isolation involves what they believe to be a ghost, their days are punctuated not just by Zoom meetings or home schooling, but by disembodied voices, shadowy figures, misbehaving electronics, invisible cats cozying up on couches, caresses from hands that aren’t there and even, in some cases — to borrow the technical parlance of “Ghostbusters” — free-floating, full-torso vaporous apparitions. Some of these people are frightened, of course. Others say they just appreciate the company.

Students, read the entire article, then tell us:

Do you believe in ghosts ? Why or why not?

Does the article change your views on the existence of ghosts? What do you think best explains the strange phenomena experienced by Mr. Gomez, Ms. Hill and the others described in the article?

Do you or does someone you know have a personal ghost story? Did it involve disembodied voices, shadowy figures, misbehaving electronics or invisible cats cozying up on couches? Tell us about it.

The article cites a 2019 YouGov survey that revealed 45 percent of U.S. adults believe in ghosts and a 2009 Pew Research Center report that found 18 percent of Americans believe that they have seen or otherwise encountered one. Are you surprised by these results? What do you think they tell us about ghosts — or humans?

Kurt Gray, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says: “In quarantine, you are physically confined and also psychologically confined. Your world narrows. You’re trapped at home, you’re needing human contact — it’s comforting to think that there’s a supernatural agent here with you.” Do you agree? Why do you think there has been an increase of reports of haunted houses and other paranormal activity during this time of quarantine and social distancing?

Do you enjoy movies, television shows and books about ghosts and the supernatural? Why or why not? Why do you think they are so popular?

Students 13 and older are invited to comment. All comments are moderated by the Learning Network staff, but please keep in mind that once your comment is accepted, it will be made public.

Jeremy Engle joined The Learning Network as a staff editor in 2018 after spending more than 20 years as a classroom humanities and documentary-making teacher, professional developer and curriculum designer working with students and teachers across the country. More about Jeremy Engle

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Do You Believe in Ghosts? The Christian View of the Paranormal

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Updated: 12-13-2023

The Explosion of Paranormal Shows

I have a confession to make. Not sure if this is to you or to God, but here is goes: I love paranormal shows like Ghost Hunters. Back in 2008, I even planned a watch party for the first show of the new season! Project Fear is my favorite show. I do believe in ghosts! I think . . .

Maybe you are not familiar with these kind of shows. Normally they are weekly programs that air on YouTube or the Discovery Channel.  There are dozens of them now. In them, paranormal investigators broadcast their search for activity of “high strangeness.” They take calls from around the country from those who believe that their place of residence is “haunted.” Each show consists of the investigation crew traveling to the “haunted” location and listening to stories from the witnesses. After this they set up their cameras, night vision and thermal imaging, and begin to walk around in the dark looking for some type of communication from the dead or paranormal experience. What I like most about Ghost Hunters is that they don’t seem to be looking to claim any place as haunted. In fact, for the most part they “debunk” people’s claims, finding plausible alternative explanations to the their experience. But every once in a while (maybe every third show) they find something that leaves you scratching your head asking “How do I fit that into my theology?”

Since Ghost Hunters began two decades ago, there has been a massive surgence of television and YouTube shows about paranormal activity. From Ghost Hunters spin-offs to reenactments of “actual” hauntings, the entertainment business has found a niche to peak and feed peoples’ insatiable curiosity in the spiritual world. Its popularity cannot be ignored.

What is a Ghost?

The most popular understanding of the word “ghost” is in reference to disembodied spirits of humans who have died yet still walk the earth. It is believed by many that these disembodied spirits “haunt” certain locations. Trapped between this world and the next, these ghosts, it is claimed, often reach out to the land of the living.

Do You Believe in Ghosts?

This is an odd question. In one sense the answer is absolutely yes. Christianity denies physicalism (the belief that the physical comprises the sum total of reality). We believe that once a person dies, their spirit leaves their body. Therefore, there are disembodied spirits. The problem comes when the claims are made that these disembodied spirits remain on earth in some form and “haunt” or communicate with others.

The Three Christian Options

There are three primary views or perspectives that Christians take concerning this issue:

1. No there are no ghosts. Any supposed paranormal experience, if authentic, should be labeled as demonic activity.

This view would argue that the Christian worldview does not allow for disembodied spirits to roam the earth. When people die, their spirit enters into an intermediate state of existence, either going to the presence of God (heaven) or a waiting place to be judged (hell; see the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus—Lk. 16:19-31). In other words, there is no intermediate state of the intermediate state. Demons, however, do roam the earth as does Satan. Demons will often manifest themselves in ways that will confuse people’s worldview and undermines the Christian message. If a person were to believe in ghosts, this is, at the very least, a compromise with regards to proper Christian eschatology (beliefs in the here-after). Demons may appear as those who have previously died—even animals—in order to disenchant people about the afterlife, making the Christian worldview conflict with personal experience. These demons may communicate with a knowledge of the lives of those whom they are impersonating, giving the definite impression that they must be identified with that person.

Therefore, according to this view, it is unbiblical and destructive to believe in ghosts in the popular sense.

  • It would seem the Bible teaches, both explicitly and implicitly, that upon death people either go to the presence of God or await judgment.
  • Demonic activity does present a plausible and biblical explanation for paranormal activity (Job 2:2; Eph. 6:12; 2 Cor. 4:4).
  • The Bible has very little about the existence of disembodied spirits, but much about demonic activity.
  • The Bible warns against any communication with the dead—necromancing (cf. Lev 19:31; 20:6; 1 Sam 28:8, 9; Isa 8:19; 19:3; 29:4).

Weaknesses:

  • Many of the “hauntings” are hard to explain simply through demonic activity. Often those places that are claimed to be haunted are abandoned hospitals, ghost towns, and the like. These places are uninhabited and therefore do not seem suitable for a malicious demon to inhabit.
  • Most of the time communication with these “ghosts” is very limited. Shadows, moving objects, and faint voices does not seem effective toward the demonic agenda of confusion.
  • “Hell” or the “lake of fire” does not seem to be open for business yet. I don’t think it gets created until after judgement (Rev. 20:12-15). Therefore, those who die and are not “in Christ” are in a “place” awaiting judgement. But we are not sure where.
  • It is not necessary that disembodied spirits of humans roaming the earth would confuse the Christian worldview.  While the Bible does speak about the intermediate state, much of it remains a mystery. We just can’t be definitive about this issue, even if the Bible does suggest that it is normative for people to be situated in one place or the other upon death.
  • We don’t know where the intermediate state is. It could be a parallel plane to our own dimension.

2. Ghosts may be spirits of disembodied people who are left on the earth without explanation.

While not discounting the possibility that many of these events can be attributed to demons, this view believes that paranormal encounters may be legitimate encounters of disembodied spirits of people. We don’t have an explanation as to why these people would be on earth, but a lack of explanation does not mean that it is impossible.

There are four primary biblical arguments that this view uses to justify its openness to ghosts.

  • When Saul sought a medium the witch of En-dor was apparently able to bring Samuel back from the dead in a disembodied state (1 Sam. 28:7-19). It is interesting that Saul was able to determine it was Samuel by his age and dress. This suggests that even in a disembodied state, spirits retain their physical characteristics that they possessed at death—even their clothes! This parallels with what many people describe when they encounter spirits whose characteristics, language, and dress remain the same as when they died.
  • When Christ was transformed on the “mount of transfiguration” Moses and Elijah appeared in a pre-resurrected disembodied form (Lk. 9:29-33). While it is difficult to know how Peter recognized them, it seems evident that they were recognizable. Again, this parallels modern ghost tales.
  • When Christ was walking on the water, the disciples thought he was a ghost (Matt. 14:26). This suggests that even the disciples’ worldview allowed for ghosts. Christ never corrected this (at least in the text).
  • In the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus, the rich man requests that someone be sent back from the dead (i.e. a ghost) to warn his brothers about their impending doom (Lk. 16:31). While this request was denied, it was not denied based upon its impossibility, but its inefficiency to bring about belief. (Although, this story seems to suggest that Lazarus be resurrected to go inform the rich man’s brothers, not go back as a ghost.)

In addition to the arguments above is the evidence provided by near-death experiences (NDEs). Often people will describe a post-death experience where they remained, for a time, in a conscious disembodied state of existence without going to either heaven or hell. Often they will describe how they remained near their lifeless body observing the activity around them as attempts were made to revive their life.

Based upon these arguments, this view would tentatively believe that some paranormal activity can be legitimately attributed to disembodied human spirits (ghosts), believing that the intermediate state is too much of a mystery about which to make definitive pronouncements. They would be agnostic as to the purpose of this ghostly activity and this view would caution people about pursuing such activity.

  • The intermediate state of existence (the state between death and resurrection) is a mystery that God has seen fit to leave in relative obscurity.
  • The appearance of Samuel in his disembodied form does seem to give credence to the belief that 1) disembodied spirits—even of believers—can manifest themselves and 2) they do retain the physical characteristics they possessed at death.
  • The nuances of certain “hauntings” seem to favor something other than a demonic spirit (i.e. residuals—where the manifestation is non-personal having an entity that expresses itself the same way over and over again without any personal engagement—i.e. the same sound of a child’s laughter).
  • The “why?” question does not have many plausible explanations.
  • It is problematic when people tell of dead Christians who continually contact them. It seems that “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:8) would preclude any manifestation here on earth.
  • Necromancing (communicating with the dead) is a sin that the Lord prohibits (cf. Lev 19:31; 20:6; 1 Sam 28:8, 9; Isa 8:19; 19:3; 29:4). Therefore, it would seem odd that God would allow such activity from people who have died—especially dead believers.
  • Near-death experiences are often problematic varying from culture to culture as well as being contradictory to the Biblical witness.
  • This seems to concede to and draw from cultural folk-theology about ghosts.

3. All “paranormal” activity has a naturalistic explanation.

As in Ghost Hunters where most of the supposed activity is “debunked,” this view believes that all activity, if all the information were available, would be debunked, having a purely naturalistic explanation. It is illegitimate to suppose a “ghost of the gaps” mentality that explains all the “unexplainable” with paranormal explanations. God neither allows ghosts nor demons to manifest themselves in such a way today.

  • Most activity does seem to have an alternative naturalistic explanation.
  • Fits better within an advanced worldview that is able to understand most things natralistically.
  • Does not resort to a “ghost of the gaps” mentality which can be and often is abused.
  • Less sensational and usually will allow you to keep respect of your colleagues.
  • Fails to recognize the continued reality of demonic activity due to a borderline naturalistic worldview.
  • Fits better within a deistic worldview than a Christian worldview.
  • Too easily discounts people’s experience.
  • Is often abandoned when there is a subjective experience, leaving the impression that people hold to this simply because they have not experienced activity personally , not because it is true.

Hopefully this primer has been helpful.

Now I want to ask you a couple of questions:

1. Which view do you believe is most plausible?

2. Have you ever experienced something “paranormal”? If so, what and how did/do you explain it?

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I am a Christian and the subject of ghosts wasn’t really brought up in my home but I always believed that ghosts were just untrue, just hollywood stuff. I do however believe demons and angels are in this world. About a month or so ago I was home alone, kids were at school, husband was at work. It was a bright sunny day, nothing unusual about it. I had a horrible headache and decided to lay down for a bit before the kids got home. I had been laying on the couch for maybe 10 min, not quite asleep yet, and my cat was laying on top of my stomach. All of a sudden I heard what sounded like a door slamming shut. It was so loud. The air was not on or anything that could cause a draft. I know I wasn’t hearing things either because my cat heard it and jumped off me and got low to the ground as if to prowl for something. I was so scared someone was in my house (even though I keep the doors locked when I’m home alone) that I grabbed a knife from the kitchen and slowly started checking out each room. My cat slowly followed me. I looked under beds, closets, everywhere…I even looked to see if something had fallen somewhere…there was no one in the house but me. When I came back from the back of the house my cat was in the doorway of the office and hallway which is where I thought the sound had come from and she had her back arched and tail poofed out like she was trying to scare something off or scared herself. That alone freaked me out. I knew I wasn’t imagining things. So my question is what in the world made that sound and even had my cat scared? There is no other way to describe the sound except that is sounded exactly as if the office or a bedroom door had slammed hard. My husband’s mom passed away in our house 20 years ago from cancer but I just can’t believe that would be her. I had never met her, she passed before I even met him. We live in the house he grew up in, it was built I think in the 1950s. I just want to know what that was.

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OH MY gosh!! are you a christian for real? I say this because you should know that hell was created for Satan when he was pushed out of heaven, it exists now! not after the judgement.. And if you say that ghost activity is mostly seen in hospitals and abandoned places (which is not entirely true) where humans dont live, and therefore demons shouldnt be there because there are no humans to bother,but at the end many humans go to those places because they know that there could ghosts there and demons know that so they confuse people contradicing the bible. Hope that I cleared things up!! ps: I am not a native english speaker so sorry about grammar 🙂

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I have always been fascinated by the supernatural or paranormal. I like to get various views when researching so this has been very interesting. Just wanted to leave a theory on good or evil ghosts. If you are not a believer in Christ Jesus, satan really doesn’t have to work to hard to steer you away and if you are a believer then satan knows your smart enough to spot evil. In both scenarios think of this. The non-believer, if confronted with only evil, hurtful, demonic spirits might be scared into seeking out God and his Son instead of dabbling deeper and deeper into the darkness trying to find answers. The believer is not so easily deceived by demonic spirits because we expect them to portray hate and anger etc. So if satan is trying to deceive a believer wouldn’t it be more convincing if it seemed to be a harmless good spirit or if it portrayed itself as a long lost most loved relative trying to reach out to the believer from beyond? Lets not forget who we are dealing with. Our fight is not just against flesh and blood remember, we are all fighting a spiritual battle against the rulers of this earth. The ruler.. satan and his demons. He is THE great deceiver. Don’t think for a minute that he wont study you to find your weakness of mind and spirit in order to deceive even you! He concentrates on the believers! We are his ultimate goal. Satan is not bound by natural law as we are here on earth. He can and will use the supernatural in what ever way he knows it will work to lead one more of God’s children astray! Just my opinion!

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I would like to say that as far as I know these spiritual entities are demons. God never intended or want us to get involved with the spiritual realm. See… Our minds are patterned and think according to what we see, hear and feel. Satan can manipulate these senses and hence can completely throw us off the word of God. My brothers and sisters in case any of you encounter the dark side remember this-“Greater is he who lives in me than the one(God Almighty) who lives in this world(Satan)” .I liked what carrie said. I am not 100 sure if Ghosts exist or not but I am sure that I am safe and sound as Jesus said,’ I will never leave you’. I have been attacked by the devil many times right from my childhood but every time I have chased him away in the name of Jesus. Attacks happen. We sometimes get attacked by animals , people, vehicles and parasites so its just a way of life but wait- we have a 100% proof that is -God will never leave us to the mercy of the demons and I say confidently NEVER. I say this from my life experience. I read the entire blog and even after coming to the last blog wasn’t convinced of some issues(if departed human souls exist) but I know for sure that I am safe from all that might harm me. So remember that We have more power because Jesus gifted it to us(greater things than these shall ye do also) . if the legions begged Jesus they shall to us too but only if we have the faith and assurance that God lives in us.For more materials and things to make you more confident check out -Pastor benny hinn, pastor andrew wommack, pastor zac poonen.Their preachings have helped me a lot.Praise the Lord and All Glory to God.

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I am a christian and a believer and have been my whole life. I also know that there are spirits among the living, ghosts if thats what you want to call them. I have experienced the evil side and the good side, or friendly side. A house that I lived in for many years and one that I own has something there that just stays there. I evidenced happenings when I lived there and now my daughter and her children are still experiencing evidence of a presence of some kind. Years ago before purchasing my home, I had a very scary occurence happen to me. I had just gone to bed, alone, and all of a sudden I was pinned to my bed and there was something evil in the top right hand corner. I could not move or speak and my body from my shoulders down began to rise from the bed at an angle that is virtually impossible. I could not move or speak, the only thing I could do was pray, which I began to do in my mind. All of a sudden I dropped back to my bed and was able to move so I got the heck out of that room. This was myonly experience with evil. I have had numerous other things happen in my home, that was just signs

Continuing my post. In my home I have experienced things moving, things turning on, cold spot and an apparition of some sort, that really could not be seen. Once as a child some friends and I used a Quiga board and it scared me by knowing things that was impossible for anyone there to know. My daughter as an adult used a Quiga boatd and the same thing happened to her. Neither of us will get near one of those things again. I believe that a person can open a door to the evil side if they take the steps to do so. I have also had a near death experience and have been in the light and told to go home because it was not my time. This was confirmed by the nurse that I truly had flat lined for a short time when this happened. God is REAL and satan is also. I put my faith in God and I do not mess around with anything that could possibly open the door to evil. A lot of people, when hearing these things, think I’m crazy. I know that they are true and so do others that experienced them with me.

To ask Linda Orze

What are the scriptures in the bible about good and evil souls staying here on earth that you are referring to?

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I’ve had the experience of being pinned down to my bed a number of times. It happened several times while I was in the Air Force, in the dormitory. Other Christians in the same dormitory also had similar experiences. All of us had no doubt that it was demonic. Whenever it happened, when I muttered “Jesus”, even incomprehensibly because my mouth also was paralyzed, whatever it was always left immediately.

Christians and non-Christians alike can be tormented by false spirits of different types because of sin, wrongful vows, sins of previous generations in the family, curses, abuse, and so on. The difference is that Christians are given the means to overcome these situations. When a person dies, the tormenting demon spirit no longer has a home. The behaviour of ghosts is often quite consistent with demons, and the atmosphere they create and exist in. The spirit of course knows about the person, their life, their desires, etc.

Also many times, these “hauntings” happen in a house or place where something wrong was done. I heard once of a foul atmosphere in a room where a child was locked up abusefully in the past. A mature Christian was called in to “clean” the place and sanctify it and declare the peace and presence of God on the place, and break the power of the sin that was committed there because of the inner vows the child had made while being abused there.

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hello people? what about this: 1 Samuel 28:11–15

“Then the woman said, ‘Whom shall I bring up for you?’ And he said, ‘Bring Samuel up for me.’ When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice. And the woman spoke to Saul, saying, ‘Why have you deceived me? For you are Saul!’ And the king said to her, ‘Do not be afraid. What did you see?’ And the woman said to Saul, ‘I saw a spirit ascending out of the earth.’ So he said to her, ‘What is his form?’ And said, ‘An old man is coming up, and he is covered with a mantle.’ And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground and bowed down. Now Samuel said to Saul, ‘Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?’ And Saul answered, ‘I am deeply distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God has departed from me and does not answer me anymore, neither by prophets nor by dreams. Therefore I have called you, that you may reveal to me what I should do.’ ”

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Something interesting to note… 2 Cor 5:8 is most often misquoted and misunderstood. It does not say that to be absent from the body IS to be present with the Lord. Rather, Paul says he had rather be absent from the body AND be present from the Lord. There is an important difference between these two little words, “is” and “and”.

In other words, I’d like to be on vacation AND at the beach. But to be on vacation does not necessarily mean that I AM on the beach. 🙂

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It seems like a simple explanation, but even scriptures as quoted in the #2 explanation above have also given me further questions about ghosts. I have been a Christian for nearly 50 years. I am Spirit-filled and know that there are spiritual forces at work all over the world and beyond. From the age of about 20, I began to have occasional demonic experiences, similar to what some others have mentioned here. I would have a visitation at night, an oppression that is hard to describe, but it is something like suffocation. Even if sound asleep, I could sense the presence of something in my room. The ONLY thing that would cause this to stop was the name of Jesus. The choking feeling would make it difficult to even get the name out, but I even found that calling on Him in my mind would allow me to break through this oppression. The second that Jesus’ name was spoken, this horrific demonic oppression would instantly disappear. I could breathe, pray and eventually go back to sleep. I learned to anoint and pray over every place that I moved into. This has made a huge difference. I once had moved into a temporary apartment and was so tired I went straight to bed. That was the strangest night, as a voice literally spoke something to me in the night and I literally knew in my spirit NOT to repeat the words, even though I was asleep. The words were not English. The next day, I anointed and prayed over my place and never had this experience afterwords. Over the past year, the strangest events of all have happened. My mother passed away of cancer. She was a devoted born-again Christian. I was with her during her final month. Later, I visited that same house and stayed in the bed where she had died. During the first night, I had a very strong sense of a presence in my room. I forced myself to wake up, saying “Who are you?” There was a figure next to my bed, the very same size and shape of my mother, only it was very dark and only the silhouette could be…

The presence left immediately. Later, my sister, who stayed in that same house for nearly a year, told me about several events. Once, she heard a noise in the other end of the house. She went into the kitchen to find two plates that had hung on the wall were now perfectly arranged on a placemat on the the table. Another time, a huge mirror that had hung for decades suddenly came crashing down onto the buffet underneath it. Later, when the house was being shown for selling, one of the shadow boxes that contained items from my parents’ lives, fell off the wall while the people were in that room. Nothing like this had ever happened over the many years that my parents lived there. Only after my mom died. Eventually, my sister and a friend did a prayer walk and set a boundary of protection over the house and property. She didn’t have any further events during the final months of living there. I really don’t have an explanation for this, as it has caused me to ask new questions.

Like Cris, who commented above, I too am a spirit-filled, born again Christian who has had recent experiences that have caused me to rethink things I have been taught all my life.

We purchased a home recently that has antique items that the original builder brought in from various locations and “built them into” the home; a mantel from 1897, stained glass, 1920’s hotel doors, doors from a Civil War mansion… Within one month of living there, we began to experience inexplainable things. The first was that our double master bedroom doors closed on their own when my wife was home alone. A few days later, my wife was awakened by footsteps that sounded like boots walking on the hardwood floor in the living room, just on the other side of the same bedroom doors.

Our 70 yr old neighbor and her brother built our house for their parents 40 yrs ago. We asked her about the history of the home & if it had ghosts. She smiled and said, “Maybe. But they’re harmless” (which honestly freaked me out). We told her the antique doors had closed on their own, but said nothing to her about footsteps. Then she shared her story about the doors. She explained that she grew up in a 25 room antebellum mansion that had been used as a Civil War hospital (decades before she was born). As a little girl she would often lay in bed and hear what sounded like soldiers boots walking across the front porch outside her bedroom. Then she revealed that the double doors on our master bedroom had been taken from that house. They had been her bedroom doors leading to that front porch. We freaked out hearing this and told her that we had heard the same boots and she just smiled. Creepy!

That night, my wife and I anointed and prayed over the home, commanding in the name of Jesus any spirit that was not of God to leave. We’ve never had any more trouble. I was taught that spirits are either demons or angles, not dead people, but this makes me wonder how much we really don’t…

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As a progressive Christian who doesn’t believe in the existence of hell or Satan, my theology has always been that as soon as you die, your soul is immediately one with God. So ghosts and demons aren’t something I believe in. However, we are made of energy and it does make sense that there are many leftover energies in the world from the people who have lived which could account for the things we label ghosts.

Sherri, not trying to start a debate, but I am curious as to with you being a Christian, how you don’t believe in Satan or Hell? The Bible teaches they are very in fact real.

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why do you have to follow the word of man word by word follow your heart thats where god is the bible is a political mess and only should be used as guide lines the rest is up to you if you believe something then believe it

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I am a born again believer and always thought that because the Holy Spirit dwells within me I was immune to “haunting” by evil spirits. I don’t believe in ghosts but do believe that Satan is out to deceive as many as he can by tricking people into believing that spirits of deceased people linger on earth in certain places. I am fascinated by the ghost stories on tv and watch them frequently. I have never had a paranormal experience myself and quite frankly don’t want one. Was wondering though are born again believers in fact immune to such things?

I am a born again believer and always thought that because the Holy Spirit dwells within me I was immune to “haunting” by evil spirits. I don’t believe in ghosts but do believe that Satan is out to deceive as many as he can by tricking people into believing that spirits of deceased people linger on earth in certain places. I am fascinated by the paranormal and watch ghost stories on tv frequently. I have never had a paranormal experience myself and quite frankly don’t want one. Was wondering though are born again believers in fact immune to such things?

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I know this is an old post but I feel I need to post The ghost as we have came to know though TV and Books is different for me. Te ghost can only come from 3 forms. 1) is and angle or God him self. 2) is the spirit of a once human on earth. They have only came to earth for a specific purpose through God. In other words God allows them or commands they to do Gods work. 3) is the devil or demons. This is that I be leave at this time and day for me. I was born again drowning at the bottom or a river. I said: “God I am yours. I ready to come home.” But he had something different for me. Later in my early teen years I bargain to doubt God’s existence. He have my soul to the devil in order to save my soul. I have seen, herd, physically Touched and lived for 5 years in continuous torment by the devil and demons. I did not know this until about 3 years ago. In short God showed me what it was like not to have God in my life. When I met my wife all demonic things stopped. I still see, hear spirits bit nothing bad. I keep this to my self except tell my wife. In closing no matter if you believe or not does not change the fact that there is a real spirit world. God has chosen this Burden for some. He chose people to deal with this matter. For other like my wife has never had any experience of such. For my? It is God’s will for me. How can I disagree. Cheers

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1) The word ghost in any language or movie often carry the idea that a

dead person souls or spirit remain or returned to earth to do

something bad and appears to be ungly and hostile. Which CHristian or

not, should never relate it to Biblical Samuel, Lazarus, Moses or

Elijah. Samuel was illegally called, Lazarus raised from dead back to

human mortal form, Moses and Elijah are in their glorifed form like

2) JESUS did not say anything about ghost when Peter thought that HE

was ghost, should not be used here, as hebrew word ghost in that

context does not mean hostile returned dead person, but simply refers

to spiritual being that defies gravity and appear to walk on water.

That was why JESUS ask Peter to touch Him.

3) Demons impersonate dead people to deceive those who does not know

the word of GOD or JESUS. if a murdered victim returned and has the

ablity to make events in this physical world, then he or she would go

arrent the murderer. Obviously demons will not go arrest bad guys,

because bad people are under their influence to kill, they are their

agents, just different job scope.

4) Why demons pretend to be ghost in some country and as alien in some

other? because they will appear to you the way you believe they are,

as long as you think that ghost is scary and powerful, you will think

that demons are more powerful, so human spend their life fearing

ghost. the TRUTH is, we should fear GOD instead of all these ghost or

demons things. Hell is will be made to punish evil spirits and demons

and their human alliances.

5) forget about panaroma or ghost, GOD is whom we shall fear. The

punishment for attempting to waste HIS time and try HIS patience is

more scary than any ghost or demons.

Fear GOD, Respect GOD. Seek JESUS

6) Human are strange, they have a LOVING GOD they should spend time knowing, but instead, they scare of ghost but admire its fictional power, worship Satan and lust for its pleasure, Admire Aliens thinking of their high technology.

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When my husband passed suddenly, I was in shock and sadness. The confusion of sorting everything out was overwhelming. I admit I called to my husband for answers, for goodbyes Not afforded. My California relatives were positive I should go to a medium ( I did not) and the pressure was intense. I clung to my faith and the question why would he want to come back if he’d seen the face of God? The first two weeks alone in the house proved to be mildly eventful. One day the smell of “Skin Bracer” (his aftershave) permeated the upstairs making me think the cat had knocked it over. It was so strong it burned my eyes. But the bottle was intact and cap on. Another time I walked past the spot where I last saw him alive and smelled it again. And then it was gone, no more. About six months later after moving to s. Texas, I was praying as I drove to the hospital to see my Mom who broke her hip. In my prayer I told The Lord I loved him and if possible, tell Larry I love him, too. About that time a car passed me and got in front of me. The back windshield had “I Luv U 2” written on it. I do see the irony of it, but it was the timing. It made me smile. Now, no more smells or anything like it. Hmmmm.

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My husband and I are both born-again, Bible-believing, evangelical Christians. Up until 2 1/2 years ago, I had never had any sort of experiences involving ghosts, and figured I probably never would. In October 2011, though, we bought a house that was several years old. We bought it from a couple our age, who had purchased it from the original owners. Shortly after moving in, I began hearing noises at night. It sounded like someone tapping a plastic object (such as the little plastic nob at the bottom of the blind pull cord) against the wall. My husband never did hear it. I started sleeping with a fan going, to drown out the sound. One night I was awakened out of a sound sleep by what sounded like a small object being dropped on glass. I knew that on the dresser was a small mirrored tray with tiny sea shells on it, and it sounded just like someone had picked up one and dropped it. I put the tray inside the dresser drawer and never heard that sound again, although I would still hear the tapping sounds. In asking my neighbors about the original owners, they said that an elderly couple had built the house, and that the man (Mr. Gray) had died, and shortly thereafter Mrs. Gray sold the house and moved to a small apartment. I became convinced that this was the spirit of Mr. Gray who paid those nightly visits. A few months ago we sold the house and decided to move to another state. I felt so relieved, because I would be rid of Mr. Gray forever. The house we chose in our new location was being sold by a woman whose husband had died a few years after they had the house built. I thought to myself, “Oh, no, I hope Mr. Johnson doesn’t come back and visit,” but we liked the house so much, that we went ahead and bought it. Well, it wasn’t long until I started hearing noises. I was sleeping alone in one bedroom, while my husband was sleeping in another one. One night after I went to bed, I heard knocking on the bedroom door. I got up, but nobody was there. (to be cont’d)

Continued from above.

This happened several more times, so I started leaving the door open, and didn’t hear any more knocking. (It wasn’t my husband; he was upstairs at the time, and could not possibly have knocked on the door and gotten back across the room and up the stairs without my seeing him. And also, he is not the type to play jokes like that) I would also start hearing noises just behind the wall at the headboard. This was the wall to the terrace, and it was pretty clean, so there was nothing loose to knock around. The noises sounded like someone beating on wood or such, and sometimes woke me up several times in one night. I would turn up the fan as high as it would go, and the noises would still wake me up. Later I started sleeping in another room, and didn’t hear them any more. I never SAW anything odd until one day this week. My husband asked me to look at some dusty footprints on the living room floor (hardwood). It appeared to be footprints of a man wearing a very pointy-toed shoe and an animal (dog?) walking next to him. The prints appeared to start from the hall and across the living room, stopping at the piano. They ended there. We don’t have a dog. Our cat has much smaller feet. And there is no explanation for where the dust came from. The prints started from the center of the house, not from the outside. This phenomenon has caused me to lose sleep. I have prayed, recited protective psalms before bed, and begged God to take away whatever is causing these upsets. It is simply not possible that this is anything other than supernatural. We love this house and we paid a great deal for it. I’m afraid to mention it to the neighbors, because if we ever decide to sell, I don’t want any potential buyers concerned about ghosts. I would appreciate any prayers you are willing to offer.

In reading some of the above posts, I note that various people say they anointed and prayed for their homes. We did the same thing when we moved in here, which makes it even more strange that these things keep happening. I am seriously thinking about having our pastor come and anoint it again and pray. I just hope he doesn’t think we are totally dotty!

I made three posts to this blog yesterday. Half an hour later I verified that all were here. An hour later, they disappeared.

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I’ve been a committed Christian for more than 30 years. I have also been a praise and worship leader for a while. At the same time, I have been very interested into the paranormal. From my maids, close friends and family, I had heard many ghost stories. The widespread belief is that where there have been people who died, mostly brutally, their ghosts hangs around. Then came the ghost hunters shows which fascinated me. And for a long time I thought that ghosts were dead people and from time to time some demonic entities would pop up. It’s actually after viewing several shows and particularly a ghost adventure show at Bobby Mackey that I understood that all ghosts are actually demons. They mimic living persons as well as dead persons. They know when to be friendly to gain people’s confidence and trouble them afterwards. Now let’s be logic. Do you think that dead persons and demons would live in the same dimension at the same time? It’s a deception. Only demons hangs around on earth. Sometimes angels come to intervene but that’s all. Dead people do not interact with living persons anymore.

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I agree with a lot of what Protect Malaysian says. The stories in the Bible do not refer to ghosts for the most part. The story of Moses and Elijah is about them showing up in their glorified form, not as ghosts. And Jesus was not a ghost when walking on the water. Even after Jesus rose from the dead, he still had a body and was even able to eat. If ghosts really had power, they would make sure that murderers were convicted, etc. Above all, it is the Holy spirit we should be interested in, not ghosts. I believe that there are some phenomena that can be difficult to explain, and God does not want us to know everything. There is what the Bible refers to as forbidden knowledge. I think Christians can experience disturbing phenomena, and they should be taken seriously when that happens. However, everything I have read about either ghosts or demons tells me that it is foolish and a waste of time for Christians to be fascinated by ghosts or demons. I attended college in the 80’s and for a while there was a lot of us of crystal balls and Ouija boards on campus. Christians got together to pray about it, and God simply told us to sing praises to him. It worked. We could feel the darkness scattering. Also, in my experience dealing with spiritual warfare, the Holy Spirit and the resurrection power of Jesus Christ is infinitely complex. I can spend the rest of my life learning about it, and it would never be enough. Demons on the other hand, resemble rats more than anything else. With that, I mean that they can be dangerous and destructive, but they are also disgusting creatures and very mindless. They are in severe bondage to certain spiritual principles. I watched a documentary where a Catholic priest was called in to exercise a demon. The demon spoke only in single words, not even in sentences. This proves that the more you give yourself over to Satan, the more you will be in bondage, and loose your individuality. The more you give yourself to God, the freer you…

I agree with what ProtectMalaysian said. Jesus was never a ghost. Even after his resurrection when he went through doors he had a body and was able to eat. I believe that Christians can have strange experiences which should not be dismissed. I don’t have a firm theology about ghosts, but in regard to demons, what I have seen is that they are very simple and mindless compared to the Holy Spirit. As a college student, I experienced praying with other Christians because of the use of Ouija boards and crystal balls on campus. God told us simply to praise him. It worked, and the evil atmosphere scattered. I don’t usually watch documentaries on exorcism, but did one. A Catholic priest was called to exorcise a demon who had told a man to kill his family. The voice of the demon could be heard through some sound equipment. The demon only spoke in single words, not sentences. It had almost completely lost its individuality. The more someone gives themselves over to Satan, the more they will loose their own personality. The more someone gives themselves over to Jesus Christ, the more they will become who they truly are. The Holy Spirit is infinitely complex. Demons are in many ways very simple and mindless. They are bound to certain spiritual principles. If there is such a thing as ghosts, God who is all-powerful and all-knowing can show us what to do with them. Demons are created beings, and far from all-powerful and all-knowing. God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are so much more interesting and worthy of attention than any ghosts or demons.

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It says in the Bible that the angels are a company they do not produce off spring, that they are stronger than us and more intelligent than us, we are made a little lower than the angels psalm 8;5 Then in his explanation of how angels in heaven do not rail against other angels like prideful humans rail against certain angels, Peter states in 2 Peter 2:11 that angels are “greater in power and might” than humans. This means they are higher than us in the ranks of God’s creation you must not underestimate demons as you should not give them more power than they have. satan and his demons are under Gods rule at all times, there is nothing satan can do or not do without Gods permission, satan can oppress Christians but cannot possess them you cannot share the holy spirit with a demon spirit inside you. If a demon acts dumb you may lower your guard thinking them to inept to worry about.

I appreciate the comments and confirmations from readers above. I have come to believe also that ghosts are demons that are trying to cause confusion and fear. Ever since the “footprint” episode, I have been saying special prayers before going to bed each night. Primarily I pray the Lord’s prayer, especially the phrase “Deliver us from evil” and the 23d Psalm (“I will fear no evil.”). I then ask the Holy Spirit to fill every room of this house and protect us from any other spirits. I have had no trouble since then. I have to conscientiously refuse to let my mind think about those footprints, though, because that was such an unnerving experience, that if I think about it much, I start feeling fear again. The Apostle Paul says that “God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Tim. 1:7) I claim that principle, and I believe it causes the evil spirits to flee.

After I wrote the above posts, I recalled another experience about 20 years ago, which I believed then and now involved a demon. I was working for the Army in Germany and was living in an apartment in an Army housing area. I had a rather new Oriental (Chinese) rug on the floor of the living room. One evening I was sitting on my sofa and got up to go across the room for something. As I did, I stumbled over what felt like a metal dowel coming out of that rug. I looked down and saw nothing. I then stooped down and ran my hands all over that area of the rug and felt nothing. I wondered if I was imagining things. A few days later the same thing happened again. This time I hit my foot so hard that the skin was scraped between my big toe and the one next to it. Again, there was nothing on the floor (how on earth can a piece of metal come up out of the floor through a rug and not be visible?). I knew then that it was a demonic spirit, and I immediately cast it out in the name of Jesus. Jesus said in Mark 16:17, “These signs will accompany those who…

“These signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name….” I still have that rug and have never had any trouble with it again. I have wondered since then if the demon was haunting that apartment rather than my rug. In any event, I fully believe that the Holy Spirit removed it.

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Michael’s TV show is pure fiction. I too love a good zombie or alien movie, but there is nada real about any of it. I would concur with option #1. No such thing as disembodied spirits on earth. It is all demonic.

Here is the theology behind my view: Disembodied spirits of humans are alive. They can think, act and move. Life is available only in Jesus. Thus the Redeemed are alive in spirit after body death, awaiting the resurrection while in the presence of Christ in heaven.

But the unsaved are dead. Just as their body died, so too their spirit died. Sin kills every aspect of life, including especially the spiritual. The unsaved are unconscious in the grave (meaning of Hebrew ‘sheol’=grave)awaiting judgment. They are not yet in hell, as CMP said in the post, LakeFire is not yet populated, because there has not yet been Last Judgment.

Conditional Immortality posits that the wicked do not receive the gift of Life, so they ultimately go extinct. Likewise, what I’m saying is that Intermediate Immortality (life after death before the resurrection) is also Conditionally granted based on faith in Jesus Christ. To say that humans have immortality OUTSIDE of Jesus’ gift is incorrect, and contravened by 1Tim 6:16. Only God is Deathless.

The wicked don’t “go” anywhere. They are dead in the grave. Thus no such thing as a ghost.

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Very Interesting article on Ghosts.

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Hi. I just wanted to say, “well done.” You presented a very open and respectful dialogue with your readers and have invited them into conversation rather than play a modern day pharisee boasting of your wisdom. Suffice it to say, I really enjoyed reading your post. Keep up the good work… it matters. Peace and grace to you.

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I have video taped them and seen a shadow with my naked eye, I have been given the gift from god to be able to see such things. I see blue orbs everywhere they are always around me and in my church

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I can’t say much except from a personal standpoint but it seems that the majority of the weaknesses in view 1 stem from the idea that it doesn’t make sense for demons to be causing these paranormal occurrences because they doesn’t further the agenda of undermining faith in God. I would argue that they do further this agenda, just in a more subtle long-term way. When we think demonic activity, we automatically assume such actions will mirror the exorcist or be some variety of large evil, immediately harmful act. So who hears of an old haunted hospital and thinks demons are behind it? No real harm or trouble is being caused so why would it be the work of demons? The same can be said of overly accurate psychics and other seemingly harmless paranormal occurrences, how can this be causing harm? Because it leads to the belief that there is something paranormal out there that is not of God. If we believe that innocuous paranormal acts are not the work of demons, then we believe they are caused by some other higher power. To believe in another higher power beyond what the Bible states exists (God, angels, demons) is to accept that Christianity is fundamentally wrong or incomplete. If this is so then is there really a God? Did the son of God really exist? This doubt is what demons achieve by appearing in such discrete non harmful way. How many Muslims have you met who claim to be psychic? It is very hard for us to actually believe in multiple things, so if you believe in spirits, psychics and other non religion based paranormal activities then its very doubtful that you will also believe in God.

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I’ve been having a problem with a spirit, ghost, angel or demon. They have shaken objects, tapped, pressed my pillow area as I try to sleep. It has touched my arm, back, and swat my but, even attempted to choke me. When I stare at myself in the mirror my face will change into men I never met, and a hideous demonic thing. All my attempts to dispell this have failed. Senseless phych meds havent cured it. I’m at a loss to how to get this to stop harrassing me. Any input would be appreciated

Adam, I’m certainly not an expert, but from all I have read, this is definitely demonic activity. You say that “all my attempts to dispel this have failed.” I don’t know what kind of attempts you have made, but I recommend following Jesus’ admonition in Mark 16:17, “These signs shall follow those that believe…. they shall cast out demons in My name…” In my post above (Feb 24), I cite using that scripture for the authority to remove a demonic spirit that was in a rug. If you don’t feel strong enough to do this alone, ask your pastor or a strong Christian friend to believe with you and command this evil presence to remove itself. I will be praying for you.

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I’ve really enjoyed this! I have always been a Christian. Recently while traveling Route 66. America’s Haunted Highways. I’ve had a strange addiction to want to learn About ghost & paranormal activity. Yet I’ve never experienced it. Thank God I haven’t. I’m really scared of such!. I don’t know what’s happened to me lately. I don’t like it. Thank God I stumbled Upon this thread. Once you open the door To this it can turn bad. I’m praying for God To feel my mind with power, love & a sound Mind. For he doesn’t give us the spirit of fear. Also I’ve been reading about Black eyed kids. It’s dangerous. The Devil doesn’t have long So he is getting to people thru the spirit world As well as Drugs, alcohol & disease. We have to keep in faith & praise him every Waking moment. People, just like the War That Israel has fought for ages. We have to fight The fight. God is our Father. We are his children. We can’t & must not give up. Pray, fast, believe, Receive. For God is the way the truth & the life. Thank you all for the stories. Love hearing them. God bless!

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In all things I pray about it. I always try to trust God in all situations. To me this is something that shouldn’t be messed with. I also have had a frightful experience with meditation. I believed in Jesus, but didn’t read the Bible. I was meditating one night trying to induce a out of body experience because I was listening to Oprah talking about Christ consciousness and all that. I was like Oprah is a nice woman. She wouldn’t lie, so I set out to do it. I thought it was something I had to do to be with Jesus. Well lemme tell you I was completely wrong. I meditated that night in the total thought that I was gonna leave my body. I listened to certain beats while relaxing and focusing on it. I couldn’t get to the point of leaving my Body because my fiancé who was next to me sleeping kept moving, but the one thing that was really noticeable when I was done doing the meditation though was that my Brian felt completely open. It was the weirdest feeling ever. I set my iPod down and tried to go to sleep. I laid down for a second and my Window was open and I have vertical blinds in my bedroom. Once I laid my head down I heard a crash through my blinds. Like a sudden burst. I looked over and saw my blinds just flying all over the place. I looked out the window and it wasn’t Windy or anything like that, so I couldn’t explain why they just flew open. I decided to just go to sleep and forget about it, but as I laid to sleep I couldn’t help but think about how my Brain felt wide open after the meditation. I finally fell asleep and a little while later I was woken up. I was in a state of sleep paralysis. I have had sleep paralysis happen before, but not like this. In that moment all I could sense was pure evil. I was completely paralyzed. I couldn’t move or talk. I felt complete evil around me. I sensed something was there and then all the sudden my head was picked up off the pillow. It was being moved side to side like someone or something was investigating my head. I tried to scream but I couldn’t. Then all of the sudden I could talk, but I wasn’t the one talking. The words that came out of my mouth changed my life forever. I said “I am not yours in the name of Jesus Christ”. Then I started to senselessly bable nonsense I thought. Right after I said that my head was placed back on my pillow and the whole experience stopped. I was totally frightened at what just happened. I was scared to fall back asleep because the feeling of my head being open was still there. Well to say the least I did fall back asleep. Then the whole thing happened a second time just like the first. The same words came out and the experience stopped. Jesus saved me that night. I felt horrible for what I did the next day. He even put people in my way to tell me not to mess with that stuff, but my pride got ahead of me and I thought This is what God wanted, because I was looking for some higher supernatural truth. God has always been there for me. I rededicated myself to him and asked forgiveness. I trust God through it all. He has showed me that these things in life that we chase after aren’t as important that we make them out to be, as a matter of fact he showed me in the Bible. That’s how he talks to me sometimes. I’ll pray about it then read the Bible and find the answer. That’s why it’s called the living word. He is most gracious and awesome and he loves all. He showed me that all these things will not last forever, but the only things that last forever is Faith, Hope and Love. These three things should be out focus. Love to all and God Bless.

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Hey! I need to know what people’s Biblical view is on my situation. Tonight at an old fort in my hometown, I took pictures of the buildings. One building was an old jail for the soldiers. I went to see if when I took pictures, anything would show up-and it did! Lots of men in old uniforms and two women, one child(or so as they looked). For some reason, I got excited and sent them to the town’s paper by e-mail. Now I am feeling so guilty, especially after reading how God does not want us to mess with the dead- yet question the verses on the Bible’s talk of ghosts. Did I do something against God? Are these pictures of real ghosts or of demons? This article is a good layout, I just don’t want to anger God because of being caught up in a moment. If I did wrong, it definately was not worth it. Honestly, it just seemed kewl at the time to see soldiers who may just wanna be known. Opinions, please 🙂 Thanks!

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We do know where these disembodied spirits go. According to the word of God, Luke 16:19-31, The Messiah (Jesus Christ) explained the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man. He gave us a view into the afterlife confirming that the rich man went to hell for his greediness and selfishness to Lazarus. Lazarus went into the Bosom of Abraham or (Paradise) after he passed into the afterlife. When the rich man asked for a drink from Lazarus and he was denied, Abraham had to explain to the Rich Man that in life he received many good things and Lazarus received many bad things. Abraham also explained to the Rich Man that there was a great chasm between Hades and Paradise. No one from either side could cross over to the other. By Jesus giving us this lesson, we are made aware that Hell is for the unrighteous and Paradise is for righteous. We are also made aware that souls don’t get stuck “inbetween”. Of course, after Jesus died for our sins, he went into Hell for three days and took captivity captive. Jesus went into Hell and took those who (Abraham, Lazarus, Isaac, Jacob, etc) were in Paradise into Heaven with him. All souls that are not saved go to Hell. Those who are saved by our Lord Jesus Christ, when they die, they will sleep until the final judgement. Those who are not saved go into hell. Remember, Rev. 20:14-15 states that God will take Hell (All inhabitants) and Death ,and throw them into the Lake of Fire which is the second death.

We are also made aware through this lesson that Jesus taught demonstrates that there is no “inbetween”. If you are saved, you go to heaven, if you don’t accept Jesus as your Lord and personal savior, you go to hell. If you want to call that inbetween, that just about “inbetween” as it gets. Meaning, people’s spirits don’t get trapped here and run around which attributes to hauntings. You don’t get to stick around and haunt your relatives or whomever when you die. You either go to heaven or hell. According to Gary Kinnaman’s book, Angels:Dark and Light a, demon can change form and come back as a relative or a so called “friendly” ghost of a child. For example, there is a verse in Deuteronomy 5:9 stating that all of the iniquities of the fathers shall be visited to the sons to the third and fourth generation of those who hate him. We are made aware from this verse that generational curses are real and they possess a demonic presence. Demons will stay with a family for many generations to ensure that those generational curses are fulfilled. Demons can study the mannerisms of all human behavior and learn how to act it out. They can stay in families and learn intimate details about your life. What Lullaby mommy sanged to you before you went to sleep, etc So, if a person thinks that they are contacting their, Mommy or their Dear Dead Aunt Sally, they are mistaken, they are contacting the demon that was familiar with their Mommy or Dear Dead Aunt Sally. All of these things are done in order to lead you from the Word of God. Because if you begin to believe that loved ones can be contacted from the dead, then you begin to believe that the spiritual world is not operated by God’s Word or His Rules. You begin to believe that some people, when they die, can get trapped here and wander around and haunt which isn’t true. Pay close attention to these shows, you notice every time someone has a haunting, they have to “Cleanse” the house. Of course, they have to cleanse the house. Because it’s not the spirit of a dead person prancing around that house. It’s a demonic spirit taunting them. Anyway, Read the bible 15 minutes a day and read the book Angels: Dark and Light. Reading the bible and having a personal relationship with Christ is the only way to never mistake these things.

We are also made aware through this lesson that Jesus taught demonstrates that there is no “inbetween”. If you are saved, you go to heaven, if you don’t accept Jesus as your Lord and personal savior, you go to hell. If you want to call that inbetween, that just about “inbetween” as it gets. Meaning, people’s spirits don’t get trapped here and run around which attributes to hauntings. You don’t get to stick around and haunt your relatives or whomever when you die. You either go to heaven or hell. According to Gary Kinnaman’s book, Angels: Dark and Light, a demon can change form and come back as a relative or a so called “friendly” ghost of a child. For example, there is a verse in Deuteronomy 5:9 stating that all of the iniquities of the fathers shall be visited to the sons to the third and fourth generation of those who hate him. We are made aware from this verse that generational curses are real and they possess a demonic presence. Demons will stay with a family for many generations to ensure that those generational curses are fulfilled. Demons can study the mannerisms of all human behavior and learn how to act it out. They can stay in families and learn intimate details about your life. What Lullaby mommy sanged to you before you went to sleep, etc So, if a person thinks that they are contacting their, Mommy or their Dear Dead Aunt Sally, they are mistaken, they are contacting the demon that was familiar with their Mommy or Dear Dead Aunt Sally. All of these things are done in order to lead you from the Word of God. Because if you begin to believe that loved ones can be contacted from the dead, then you begin to believe that the spiritual world is not operated by God’s Word or His Rules. You begin to believe that some people, when they die, can get trapped here and wander around and haunt which isn’t true. Pay close attention to these shows, you notice every time someone has a haunting, they have to “Cleanse” the house. Of course, they have to cleanse the house. Because it’s not the spirit of a dead person prancing around that house. It’s a demonic spirit taunting them. Anyway, Read the bible 15 minutes a day and read the book Angels: Dark and Light. Reading the bible and having a personal relationship with Christ is the only way to never mistake these things. Just like Carolyn Smith said about, Rebuke the devil in the name of Jesus. I loved your post by Carolyn Smith, it moved me to tears. But, what I also loved about it is that you took Authority that only Jesus Christ can gave us. You casted those demons out in the name of Jesus. Your post was encouraging and I encourage others to read that Carolyns post and the word of God. There is nothing you need to fear, because God didn’t give us a spirit of fear or timidity, but of power, love, and self discipline (2 timothy 1:7). Praise God!

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I do not believe in ghosts per say but I have personally experienced demonic activity most all my life. I don’t agree with any of te 3 choices. Scripture is more clear than modern Christianity is aware of. Scripture indicates that once we die we “rest “. I have yet to read any biblical verse indicating the dead rise to paradise (in fact it states no one has ascended into heaven accept Him who came down from heaven). I also am convinced, that if it’s not for YHWH (god), it is against Him. Having said that, ghosts seem to be demonic. If this were not so, why are ministers and religious members contacted for consultation and exorcisms? I am always open to any thoughts on the matter.

One additional thought. 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, watch, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Considering the times and experiences many people have, the absolute best thing you can do is pray, study the Scriptures, and if needed anoint your house with prayer and Set-aSet – apart oil. Also, be extremely cautious as to what you allow in your home (TV, guests, objects) because if you let it in- its now in your home.

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I am a strong believer in #1. I think that demons take on the form of those who once lived to skew your beliefs and faith in God. As a child I saw many things that couldn’t be explained. Family members that I had never met because they passed away before I was born. I always felt an uneasy presence with them. I thought they were evil. I believe it was a demon taking the form of those that have passed. In the weakness section you say, “Many of the “hauntings” are hard to explain simply through demonic activity. Often those places that are claimed to be haunted are abandoned hospitals, ghost towns, and the like. These places are uninhabited and therefore do not seem suitable for a malicious demon to inhabit.” That being said, ghost towns are a sort of attraction that people go to visit, so perhaps ghost towns are the perfect place for demons to reach the masses. The people come to them. This makes it easier for them to skew our beliefs.

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just wanted to mention two mistakes the author makes when trying to disprove version 1 (ghost are all demons) : 1. he says demons should not be in desrted places. Luke 11 clearly says that “demons when they are driven out of a person it goes into deserted places to find rest”. We also find that a lot of the persons heavily possessed by demons went to deserted places and in graveyards. From this we find that actually demons do tend to inhabit deserted places. 2. he mixes hell with the lake of fire. Actually hell and the lake of fire are two different things. Hell (sheol) is where humans that have no followed God go. The lake of fire is where hell the demons and the people that followed them will be thrown at the end times.

There are though cases when deceased had appeared in dreams to ask for absolution sermons to be held so that their soul may be freed from hell. this is different of what is refered as ghost though.

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The last post on this blog topic was in 2015, it’s now 2022! I guess it’s time to fire things. Ack up!

I was curious one evening about what Christian theologians believed about ghosts and I found this post.

I too am a believer. And a fan of Ghost Hunters and other paranormal shows. The topic has always fascinated me. As a young boy I heard stories from my grandmother and mom about crying babies in my grandparents attic. So the topic has always intrigued me.

Fast forward several years, and I’m married with three kiddos and we had moved to Nebraska to a 10 year old house. After about 5-7 years in the house we started experiencing paranormal activity. It started with my second child hearing footsteps at the foot and side of her bed and hearing other weird activity in her bedroom downstairs. She would get so scared that she would freeze under her covers and have to build up the nerve to reach over and turn her light on and then run upstairs to tell us about what was happening to her.

After her telling us the stories, my wife and I began to hear loud footsteps down our hall to our bedroom. They were so Loud they would wake us up, we would both sit up in bed and think an intruder was in the house, only to discover there was nobody there.

We then began hearing loud crashing sounds in our bathroom down the hall like the shampoo bottle falling into the fiberglass tub. My wife would make me check it out, and nothing was moved. Crazy!

Then we heard loud, crazy loud crashing sounds in the kitchen. It sounded like silverware was being thrown to the floor or our plates and bowls were being thrown against the wall. It was so loud it would wake my entire family up.

I would of course again go to the kitchen only to see nothing out of place. So weird.

Then my son saw the apparition in the basement. Ugh! He saw something.

Then one evening my wife and I were watching tv in the downstairs and heard what sounded like someone walking around upstairs. No one was home except us . My wife again made me clear the house only to find out no one was there.

I have about 50 plus documented stories of weird stories like this.

I believed it was demonic and would go room to room and pray and cleanse the house.

The activity has stopped and we haven’t had any activity in about a year, but I don’t really know what it was.

As a believer i tend to think it was demonic, but I don’t believe we will know until we go home to Heaven and ask God.

Fascinating nonetheless!

I pray for all of you!

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Thanks for the very interesting comment and story. I am glad it has all stopped.

I don’t know why you can only see to 2015. While there has not been a lot of writing, there has been dozens since then. Are you going to the front page?

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Is it possible for there to be ghosts? – Madelyn, age 11, Fort Lupton, Colorado

Certainly, lots of people believe in ghosts – a spirit left behind after someone who was alive has died.

In a 2021 poll of 1,000 American adults , 41% said they believe in ghosts, and 20% said they had personally experienced them. If they’re right, that’s more than 50 million spirit encounters in the U.S. alone.

That includes the owner of a retail shop near my home who believes his place is haunted. When I asked what most convinced him of this, he sent me dozens of eerie security camera video clips. He also brought in ghost hunters who reinforced his suspicions.

Some of the videos show small orbs of light gliding around the room. In others, you can hear faint voices and loud bumping sounds when nobody’s there. Others show a book flying off a desk and products jumping off a shelf.

It’s not uncommon for me to hear stories like this. As a sociologist , some of my work looks at beliefs in things like ghosts , aliens , pyramid power and superstitions .

Along with others who practice scientific skepticism, I keep an open mind while maintaining that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Tell me you had a burger for lunch, and I’ll take your word for it. Tell me you shared your fries with Abraham Lincoln’s ghost, and I’ll want more evidence.

In the “spirit” of critical thinking, consider the following three questions:

Are ghosts possible?

People may think they’re experiencing ghosts when they hear strange voices, see moving objects, witness balls or wisps of light or even translucent people.

Yet no one describes ghosts as aging, eating, breathing or using bathrooms – despite plumbers receiving many calls about toilets “ ghost-flushing .”

So could ghosts be made of a special kind of energy that hovers and flies without dissipating?

If that’s the case, that means when ghosts glow, move objects and make sounds, they are acting like matter – something that takes up space and has mass, like wood, water, plants and people. Conversely, when passing through walls or vanishing, they must not act like matter.

But centuries of physics research have found nothing like this exists, which is why physicists say ghosts can’t exist .

And so far, there is no proof that any part of a person can continue on after death.

What’s the evidence?

Never before in history have people recorded so many ghost encounters, thanks in part to mobile phone cameras and microphones. It seems there would be great evidence by now. But scientists don’t have it .

Instead, there are lots of ambiguous recordings sabotaged by bad lighting and faulty equipment. But popular television shows on ghost hunting convince many viewers that blurry images and emotional reactions are proof enough.

As for all the devices ghost hunters use to capture sounds, electrical fields and infrared radiation – they may look scientific, but they’re not . Measurements are worthless without some knowledge of the thing you’re measuring.

When ghost hunters descend on an allegedly haunted location for a night of meandering and measurement, they usually find something they later deem paranormal. It may be a moving door (breeze?), a chill (gap in the floorboards?), a glow (light entering from outside?), electrical fluctuations (old wiring?), or bumps and faint voices (crew in other rooms?).

Whatever happens, ghost hunters will draw a bull’s-eye around it, interpret that as “evidence” and investigate no further .

Are there alternative explanations?

Personal experiences with ghosts can be misleading due to the limitations of human senses. That’s why anecdotes can’t substitute for objective research. Alleged hauntings usually have plenty of non-ghostly explanations.

One example is that retail establishment in my neighborhood. I reviewed the security camera clips and gathered information about the store’s location and layout, and the exact equipment used in the recordings.

First, the “orbs”: Videos captured many small globes of light seemingly moving around the room.

In reality, the orbs are tiny particles of dust wafting close to the camera lens, made to “bloom” by the camera’s infrared lights. That they appear to float around the room is an optical illusion. Watch any orb video closely and you’ll see they never go behind objects in the room. That’s exactly what you’d expect with dust particles close to the camera lens.

Next, voices and bumps: The shop is in a busy corner mini-mall. Three walls abut sidewalks, loading zones and parking areas; an adjacent store shares the fourth. The security camera mics probably recorded sounds from outdoors, other rooms and the adjacent unit. The owner never checked for these possibilities.

Then, the flying objects: The video shows objects falling off the showroom wall. The shelf rests on adjustable brackets, one of which wasn’t fully seated in its slot. The weight of the shelf caused the bracket to settle into place with a visible jerk. This movement sent some items tumbling off the shelf.

Then, the flying book: I used a simple trick to recreate the event at home: a hidden string taped inside a book’s cover, wrapped around the kitchen island, and tugged by my right hand out of camera range.

Now I can’t prove there wasn’t a ghost in the original video. The point is to provide a more plausible explanation than “it must have been a ghost.”

One final consideration: Virtually all ghostly experiences involve impediments to making accurate perceptions and judgments – bad lighting , emotional arousal , sleep phenomena , social influences , culture , a misunderstanding of how recording devices work , and the prior beliefs and personality traits of those who claim to see ghosts. All of these hold the potential to induce unforgettable ghostly encounters.

But all can be explained without ghosts being real.

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One difficulty in scientifically evaluating is ghost are real is the surprisingly wide variety of phenomena attributed to ghosts.

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If you believe in ghosts, you're not alone. Cultures all around the world believe in spirits that survive death to live in another realm. In fact, ghosts are among the most widely believed of paranormal phenomenon: Millions of people are interested in ghosts. It's more than mere entertainment; A 2019 Ipsos poll found that 46% of Americans  say they truly believe in ghosts. (The nation is discerning in its undead beliefs; only 7% of respondents said they believe in vampires ).

And about 18% of people say they have either seen a ghost or been in one's presence, according to a 2015 Pew Research study . Why do so many claim to have such brushes with the afterlife?

"One common cause may be pareidolia, the tendency for our brains to find patterns (especially human faces and figures) amongst ambiguous stimuli," Stephen Hupp, clinical psychologist and professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Told Live Science in an email. "One common example is when we see faces or figures in the clouds and another is when random shapes and shadows in a dark house look like a ghost," said Hupp, who is also the editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine.

Stephen Hupp is the editor of "Skeptical Inquirer" magazine. He is also a clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). He has published several books including "Pseudoscience in Therapy "  (Cambridge University Press, 2023) and "Investigating Pop Psychology" (Routledge, 2022). 

But the idea that the dead remain with us in spirit is an ancient one, appearing in countless stories, from the Bible to "Macbeth." It even spawned a folklore genre: ghost stories. Belief in ghosts is part of a larger web of related paranormal beliefs, including near-death experience, life after death, and spirit communication. The belief offers many people comfort — who doesn't want to believe that our beloved but deceased family members aren't looking out for us, or with us in our times of need? 

People have tried to (or claimed to) communicate with spirits for ages; in Victorian England, for example, it was fashionable for upper-crust ladies to hold séances in their parlors after tea and crumpets with friends. Ghost clubs dedicated to searching for ghostly evidence formed at prestigious universities, including Cambridge and Oxford, and in 1882 the most prominent organization, the Society for Psychical Research, was established. A woman named Eleanor Sidgwick was an investigator (and later president) of that group, and could be considered the original female ghostbuster. In America during the late 1800s, many psychic mediums claimed to speak to the dead — but were later exposed as frauds by skeptical investigators such as Harry Houdini. 

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It wasn't until recently that ghost hunting became a widespread interest around the world. Much of this is due to the hit Syfy cable TV series "Ghost Hunters," which aired 230 episodes and found no good evidence for ghosts. 

The show spawned dozens of spinoffs and imitators, and it's not hard to see why the show is so popular: the premise is that anyone can look for ghosts. The two original stars were ordinary guys (plumbers, in fact) who decided to look for evidence of spirits. Their message: You don't need to be an egghead scientist, or even have any training in science or investigation. All you need is some free time, a dark place, and maybe a few gadgets from an electronics store. If you look long enough any unexplained light or noise might be evidence of ghosts.

That vague criteria for ghostly happenings is part of the reason why myths about the afterlife are more alive than ever.

One difficulty in scientifically evaluating ghosts is that a surprisingly wide variety of phenomena are attributed to ghosts, from a door closing on its own, to missing keys, to a cold area in a hallway, to a vision of a dead relative. 

When sociologists Dennis and Michele Waskul interviewed ghost experiencers for their book " Ghostly Encounters: The Hauntings of Everyday Life " (Temple University Press, 2016 ) they found that "many participants were not sure that they had encountered a ghost and remained uncertain that such phenomena were even possible, simply because they did not see something that approximated the conventional image of a 'ghost.' Instead, many of our respondents were simply convinced that they had experienced something uncanny — something inexplicable, extraordinary, mysterious, or eerie." 

Thus, many people who go on record as claiming to have had a ghostly experience didn't necessarily see anything that most people would recognize as a classic "ghost," and in fact they may have had completely different experiences whose only common factor is that it could not be readily explained. 

"There are plenty of misunderstood phenomena that influence ghost sightings. For example, sleep paralysis in a recognized experience that leads to people feeling like they have seen a ghost, demon, or alien," Hupp said.

Personal experience is one thing, but scientific evidence is another matter. Part of the difficulty in investigating ghosts is that there is not one universally agreed-upon definition of what a ghost is. Some believe that they are spirits of the dead who for whatever reason get "lost" on their way to The Other Side; others claim that ghosts are instead telepathic entities projected into the world from our minds.

Still others create their own special categories for different types of ghosts, such as poltergeists, residual hauntings, intelligent spirits and shadow people. Of course, it's all made up, like speculating on the different races of fairies or dragons: there are as many types of ghosts as you want there to be.

There are many contradictions inherent in ideas about ghosts. For example, are ghosts material or not? Either they can move through solid objects without disturbing them, or they can slam doors shut and throw objects across the room. According to logic and the laws of physics, it's one or the other. If ghosts are human souls, why do they appear clothed and with (presumably soulless) inanimate objects like hats, canes, and dresses — not to mention the many reports of ghost trains, cars and carriages?

If ghosts are the spirits of those whose deaths were unavenged, why are there unsolved murders, since ghosts are said to communicate with psychic mediums, and should be able to identify their killers for the police? The questions go on and on — just about any claim about ghosts raises logical reasons to doubt it.

Ghost hunters use many creative (and dubious) methods to detect the spirits' presences, often including psychics. Virtually all ghost hunters claim to be scientific, and most give that appearance because they use high-tech scientific equipment such as Geiger counters, Electromagnetic Field (EMF) detectors, ion detectors, infrared cameras and sensitive microphones. Yet none of this equipment has ever been shown to actually detect ghosts. 

"If someone hands you an electronic device to sense a ghost, then they’re probably doing it to get your money during a ghost tour," Hupp said.

For centuries, people believed that flames turned blue in the presence of ghosts. Today, few people accept that bit of lore, but it's likely that many of the signs taken as evidence by today's ghost hunters will be seen as just as wrong and antiquated centuries from now. 

Other researchers claim that the reason ghosts haven't been proven to exist is that we simply don't have the right technology to find or detect the spirit world. But this, too, can't be correct: Either ghosts exist and appear in our ordinary physical world (and can therefore be detected and recorded in photographs, film, video and audio recordings), or they don't. If ghosts exist and can be scientifically detected or recorded, then we should find hard evidence of that — yet we don't. If ghosts exist but cannot be scientifically detected or recorded, then all the photos, videos, audio and other recordings claimed to be evidence of ghosts cannot be ghosts. With so many basic contradictory theories — and so little science brought to bear on the topic — it's not surprising that despite the efforts of thousands of ghost hunters on television and elsewhere for decades, not a single piece of hard evidence of ghosts has been found.

And, of course, with the recent development of "ghost apps" for smartphones, it's easier than ever to create seemingly spooky images and share them on social media, making separating fact from fiction even more difficult for ghost researchers. 

Most people who believe in ghosts do so because of some personal experience; they grew up in a home where the existence of (friendly) spirits was taken for granted, for example, or they had some unnerving experience on a ghost tour or local haunt. 

Belief in a spirit world may also fulfill a deeper psychological need.

"There’s still so much to this universe that we don’t understand, and it’s comforting to fill in the void with explanations. Supernatural explanations are often stated with confidence, even when there’s no actual evidence, and this confidence provides a false sense of actual truth," Hupp said.

For instance, some claim that support for the existence of ghosts can be found in no less a hard science than modern physics. It is widely claimed that Albert Einstein suggested a scientific basis for the reality of ghosts, based on the First Law of Thermodynamics : If energy cannot be created or destroyed but only change form, what happens to our body's energy when we die? Could that somehow be manifested as a ghost?

It seems like a reasonable assumption — until you dig into the basic physics. The answer is very simple, and not at all mysterious. After a person dies, the energy in his or her body goes where all organisms' energy goes after death: into the environment. The energy is released in the form of heat, and the body is transferred into the animals that eat us (i.e., wild animals if we are left unburied, or worms and bacteria if we are interred), and the plants that absorb us. There is no bodily "energy" that survives death to be detected with popular ghost-hunting devices.

Related: Top 10 most famous ghosts

While amateur ghost hunters like to imagine themselves on the cutting edge of ghost research, they are really engaging in what folklorists call ostension or legend tripping. It's basically a form of playacting in which people "act out" a legend, often involving ghosts or supernatural elements. In his book " Aliens, Ghosts, and Cults: Legends We Live " (University Press of Mississippi, 2003) folklorist Bill Ellis points out that ghost hunters themselves often take the search seriously and "venture out to challenge supernatural beings, confront them in consciously dramatized form, then return to safety. ... The stated purpose of such activities is not entertainment but a sincere effort to test and define boundaries of the 'real' world."

If ghosts are real, and are some sort of as-yet-unknown energy or entity, then their existence will (like all other scientific discoveries) be discovered and verified by scientists through controlled experiments — not by weekend ghost hunters wandering around abandoned, supposedly haunted houses in the dark late at night with cameras and flashlights.

In the end (and despite mountains of ambiguous photos, sounds, and videos) the evidence for ghosts is no better today than it was a century ago. There are two possible reasons for the failure of ghost hunters to find good evidence. The first is that ghosts don't exist, and that reports of ghosts can be explained by psychology, misperceptions, mistakes and hoaxes . The second option is that ghosts do exist, but that ghost hunters do not possess the scientific tools or mindset to uncover any meaningful evidence. 

But ultimately, ghost hunting is not about the evidence at all (if it was, the search would have been abandoned long ago). Instead, it's about having fun with friends and family members, telling stories, and the enjoyment of pretending to search the edge of the unknown. After all, everyone loves a good ghost story.

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Halloween is a time when ghosts and spooky decorations are on public display, reminding us of the realm of the dead. But could they also be instructing us in important lessons on how to lead moral lives?

The origins of modern-day Halloween date back to ‘samhain’, a Celtic celebration for the beginning of the dark half of the year when, it was widely believed, the realm between the living and the dead overlapped and ghosts could be commonly encountered.

In 601 AD, to help his drive to convert northern Europe to Christianity, Pope Gregory I directed missionaries  not to stop pagan celebrations , but rather to Christianise them.

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Accordingly, over time, the celebrations of samhain became All Souls’ Day and All Saint’s Day, when speaking with the dead was considered religiously appropriate. All Saint’s Day was also known as All Hallows’ Day and the night before became All Hallows’ Evening, or  ‘Hallowe’en’.

Not only did the pagan beliefs around spirits of the dead continue, but they also became part of many of early church practices.

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Pope Gregory I himself  suggested that people seeing ghosts should say masses  for them. The dead, in this view, might require help from the living to make their journey towards Heaven.

During the Middle Ages, beliefs about souls trapped in purgatory led to the church’s increasing practice of selling indulgences – payments to the church to reduce penalties for sins. The  widespread belief in ghosts turned the sale of indulgences into a lucrative practice for the church.

It was such beliefs that contributed to the Reformation, the division of Christianity into Protestantism and Catholicism led by German theologian Martin Luther. Indeed, Luther’s 95 Theses, nailed to the All Saints Church in Wittenburg on 31 October 1517, was largely a protest against the selling of indulgences.

Ghost stories are common in folklore in countries like Japan and often have a strong moral message (Credit: Science History Images/Alamy)

Ghost stories are common in folklore in countries like Japan and often have a strong moral message (Credit: Science History Images/Alamy)

Subsequently, ghosts became identified with ‘Catholic superstitions’ in Protestant countries.

Debates, however, continued about the existence of ghosts and people increasingly  turned to science  to deal with the issue. By the 19th Century, Spiritualism, a new movement which claimed that the dead could converse with the living, was fast becoming mainstream, and featured popular techniques such as seances, the ouija board, spirit photography and the like.

Although Spiritualism faded in cultural importance after World War One, many of its approaches  can be seen in the ‘ghost hunters’ of today,  who often seek to prove the existence of ghosts using scientific techniques.

In Taiwan, for example, about 90% of people report seeing ghosts

These beliefs are not just part of the Christian world. Most,  although not all , societies have a concept of ‘ghosts’. In Taiwan, for example, about  90% of people report seeing ghosts .

Along with many Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, China and Vietnam, Taiwan celebrates a  Ghost Month, which includes a central Ghost Day,  when ghosts are believed to freely roam the world of the living. These festivals and beliefs are often tied to the Buddhist story of the  Urabon Sutra , where Buddha instructs a young priest on how to help his mother whom he sees suffering as a ‘hungry ghost’.

A month long festival is held in Taiwan where the gates of the underworld are believed to open so the dead can return to the land of the living (Credit: Ashley Pon/Getty Images)

A month long festival is held in Taiwan where the gates of the underworld are believed to open so the dead can return to the land of the living (Credit: Ashley Pon/Getty Images)

As in many traditions, Taiwanese ghosts are seen either as ‘friendly’ or ‘unfriendly’. The friendly ghosts are commonly ancestral or familial and are welcomed into the home during the ghost festival. The unfriendly ghosts are those that are angry or ‘hungry’ and haunt the living.

Moral reminder

As a mythology scholar at the University of Southern California who has studied and taught ghost stories for many years, I have found that ghosts generally ‘haunt’ for good reasons. These could range from unsolved murders, lack of proper funerals, forced suicides, preventable tragedies and other ethical failures.

Ghosts, in this light, are often seeking justice from beyond the grave. They could make such demands from individuals, or from societies as a whole. For example, in the US, sightings have been reported of African-American slaves and murdered Native Americans. Scholar  Elizabeth Tucker , from Binghamton State University of New York, details many of these  reported sightings on university campuses , often tied to sordid aspects of the campus’s past.

Sightings are often a reminder that ethical lapses can carry a heavy spiritual burden

In this way, ghosts reveal the shadow side of ethics. Their sightings are often a reminder that ethics and morality transcend our lives and that ethical lapses can carry a heavy spiritual burden.

Yet ghost stories are also hopeful. In suggesting a life after death, they offer a chance to be in contact with those that have passed and therefore a chance for redemption – a way to atone for past wrongs.

This Halloween, along with the shrieks and shtick, you may want to take a few minutes to appreciate the role of ghosts in our haunted pasts and how they guide us to lead moral and ethical lives.

This article   originally appeared   on The Conversation, and is republished under a Creative Commons licence. 

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The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia, rumored to be haunted, is the site of Saturday night ghost hunting tours.

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Halloween is coming, and this past weekend the Times Travel section featured a piece about ghost-hunting tours at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, a mental hospital in West Virginia built in the 1800s that is now “rumored to be a hotbed of paranormal activity.”

Do you believe in ghosts? Do you have a ghost story of your own? Would you spend the night at a place like the Trans-Allegheny?

In “Getting Into the Spirit,” John Searles writes about the night he attempted to spend at the Trans-Allegheny:

Everyone has a ghost story, or at least that’s how it has always seemed to me. My mother’s best friend used to tell a doozy about a soldier she met when she was a bookkeeper in the Air Force. He claimed to be a ghost, then proved it by walking into the middle of a moonlit airfield and disappearing before her eyes. Another friend of my mother’s used to bring over a Ouija board when she baby-sat for me. As that plastic pointer whizzed around the board (with seemingly little help from her fingers), she spoke of the messages that the spirit world sent to her on a regular basis. Blame my mother’s friends, blame the hundreds of people who have since answered my favorite question, “Do you believe in ghosts?” with tales of lost loved ones appearing at the foot of their bed or disembodied voices heard in some shadowy hallway. But for as long as I can remember, I’ve been desperately searching for my own ghost story to tell. That is how I ended up listening for suspicious sounds in the middle of the night at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, W.Va. The building is rumored to be a hotbed of paranormal activity, and it is easy to understand why. Constructed between 1858 and 1881 to accommodate 250 patients, it housed nearly 10 times that number by the 1950s. They were a discontented bunch, and not just because they were in a mental hospital — many had been severely mistreated by other violent residents and a few were eventually murdered by them.

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  • Do you believe in ghosts? Why or why not?
  • Do you or does someone you know have a personal ghost story? What is it?
  • Do you enjoy scary movies, haunted houses, television shows about paranormal activity and the like?
  • Would you spend the night at a place like the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum?

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I don’t believe in ghosts, I have never seen any ghosts and I believe only in what I see. The only place where we can see ghosts is just in movies. So, I think I can spend the night in a place like Trans-allegheny , that can be funny whith a group of friends!!!

I do not believe in ghost, for everything that happens there is a reasonable explanation. People just exaggerate a simple crack in the floor from pressure to be something that it is not. I do enjoy scary movies and haunted houses but only for the thrill of it. I do not find any of the stories to be true I just simply enjoy watching for the entertainment. I would not spend the night in the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum only because it looked gross and full of spiders.

I personally do believe in ghosts because there are so many stories of them that I can’t see them all being false. My friend has a personal story of walking into his kitchen and claiming to have seen a ghost. I do enjoy haunted houses, movies, and other paranormal things, they’re more thrilling to me than horrifying. I would never spend a night at a Lunatic Asylum building; I would be too scared to sleep. All the old things in the building combined with natural noises equal a horrified person.

Yes I do believe in ghosts. My grandma always used to tell me stories about how this ghost is living in her house and has helped her with opening cupboards and dishes and other things. She has said that ever since she moved there about 60 years ago that “fred” has been there. I don’t know for sure if that’s his name but that’s what she calls him. Fred helps out a lot with my grandma and grandpa and I am thankful that he’s there because he makes things a lot easier for her.

I believe ghosts can be real. I said can because most of the time people over exaggerate any bump or movement to be the working of a ghost. Ghosts are a big thing on television there are countless amounts of paranormal stories, ghost hunting and especially it being Halloween time there are even more. Although I would enjoy to ghost hunt at maybe a cemetery I would never spend the night at an asylum. Having a horrible history of mental illness and whatever treatments that may have been used just leads to more of a fear factor.

Yes I do believe in ghosts, but I hate movies about ghosts and haunted houses. I hate ‘scary’ ‘true’ ghost stories, because they are all incredibly stupid and obviously fake. If something like a house was being haunted you would hear more than creaking floor boards. Many of those things take place in old homes and in old houses things creak. Haunted houses are a waste of time and money, you go in knowing people are supposed to jump out and scare you, and it is just unrealistic. I do believe in ghosts, I just think they are far more rare than people believe. I’m not sure why I believe in them, I just do. Part of the reason I believe in ghosts is probably because I think my house is haunted. It is an old farmhouse, doors open and close and one time I came home after being gone three days and my TV was on, no one had used it, and my parents hadn’t heard it on the whole time I was gone.

Ghosts are an idea. An idea that someone in the past used to scare some of their friends, or they used to make money for ghost hunters. But I do not believe in ghosts, they are a figment of your imagination. And a scare tactic.

Chelsey HHS Senior 10/15/13 I would say I am biases when it comes to believing in ghost. I am one of those people that have to see it to believe it. Although I cannot say I have ever seen a ghost or well been aware of it at least. I just can’t bring myself to fully say that their not real. Maybe there is a small part of me that really wants them to be real. I have a few friends who have those ghost stories or experiences they have told me about. Well just today a friend of mine was just telling me how her house was haunted and they had to put holly water on everything in their house. Anything that involves that scary feel, is quite appealing to me, I find them exciting and very thrilling. If I had the chance I would most defiantly spend a night in the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, I think it would be a great experience and something fun and different to try.

I don’t believe in ghosts, because there has to be a logical explanation for everything that happens. Ghosts may be real but I feel like people over exaggerate a lot about it. I personally have never seen a ghost in real life; therefore I have no reason to believe in them. I have only seen ghosts in movies. I enjoy watching scary movies only for the thrill of them and the entertainment. I would never be able to spend the night at a Lunatic Asylum building, I would be to scared to sleep and even walk into there.

No, I do not believe in ghosts. I do not believe in ghosts because I have never had an incident happen to me so it is hard to believe in something that I have never been able to get evidence on. My mom and aunt have told me about a ghost that they swore they saw in my old home. My aunt was babysitting us one night and she saw a women figure walk across our living room. Later that night she told my mom and my mom said that she had seen it before too and that rumor had it, a middle-aged woman had died in our living room before we moved in. I personally had never seen it so it was hard for me to believe they had truly seen it, to me I thought it was just a figment of their imagination. I like all types of things like haunted houses, ghost movies, paranormal shows, and things like that. I would not spend the night in a place like the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.

I do not believe in ghosts because if you can’t see it, its not real. Yet, i do enjoy scary movies about paranormal activity and haunted houses. I would spend a night at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.

I do beleive in ghost because i have had an ancounter with it. I actually heard some pans clanking in a haunted basement. It was extremely scary and i never would doubt that ghost exist.

I have never had an encounter with a ghost and I am not too enthusiastic to see one, if ghosts do exist and they can disappear and reappear to people and one shows its self to me, chances are its trying to screw with me. I for one don’t really believe in them but I am a paranoid person sometimes, after scary movies I often find myself checking my closet and windows and jump around corners ready for fisticuffs! Honestly though I really don’t think sprits stay on earth and interact with the living after death; I don’t think ghosts exist.

I do believe in ghost, because there are just some things we can’t understand. It only makes sense that spirits would lurk on earth after they have departed their bodies. I love scary movies, television shows, and haunted houses. I just love the jump scenes and scary music. My favorite scary movies are definitely the Nightmare on Elm Street movies. The old scary movies are the best.

I don’t really think in ghosts but I think maybe there are some weird things that we cannot explain. There are a lot of phenomena that happen in castles, old houses… I have already heard ghost stories and I think there are true.

I do not really believe in ghosts just because some story are too exagerated to seems real. But I confess when I made the creepy tour of Edimburgh I was so stressed of just a tiny noise that, during a second, I thought some surnatural person was near us, even if I wanted to convince me that it was the wind. However, I love being scared and feeling scary in a coaster, haunted house or so. I only don not like horror movies because it’s too much bloody and scaryfying more than surprising. Finally, I would never sênd a night at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum because I could not stay more than 15 minutes in it.

I do not really believe in ghosts just because some stories are too exagerated to seems real. But I confess when I made the creepy tour of Edimburgh I was so stressed of just a tiny noise that, during a second, I thought some surnatural person was near us, even if I wanted to convince me that it was the wind. However, I love being scared and feeling scary in a coaster, haunted house or so. I only do not like horror movies because it’s too much bloody and scaryfying more than surprising. Finally, I would never spend a night at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum because I could not stay more than 15 minutes in it.

We don’t believe in ghosts. They are only an image of our imagination. They pop-up when people are weak and scared. Directors make them pop-up in their movies and people always exagerate, tell fake details, just like rumours. Haunted houses, monsters, scary movies are supposed to to jolt you and make you scream and it works. But in fact there are really some strange stories… Like the White Lady, we still don’t know the truth about it.

Yes, I believe in ghosts. I believe in ghosts because evil spirits can actually haunt you. I think if you worship devils and evil things, ghosts will come to you, and harm you.

maybe,i feel ghost was touch me before when i go to bed time so i sleep really early i got not sleep yet so when i just close my eyes i just curious sometime ghost touched me lat night. so from now on nothing touch me during i am sleep. Also sometime i wake up very well until afternoon ghost was shake the mirror i was scary and shock, so i think i belive the ghost..

I really don’t believe in ghost but I believe in spirits

I do believe in ghosts, though I don’t have any personal experiences with any. I would love to stay the night in an asylum as long as I am with my best friend, Cheyenne. She and I wouldn’t be afraid at all, instead we would probably have A LOT of fun. We would even wear our own straight jackets. We always said that we’d be in an asylum together anyway.

Yes I believe in ghost because I see them as it is. There are three ghost in my house one is my grandmother and the other two are random. I would TOTALLY spend the night in an Asylum as long as I am with my best friend Shayla. I know for a fact that we would be having too much fun and we would be acting really dumb. We would be laughing wearing straight jackets and playing in the rooms with the padded walls.

I don’t believe in ghosts but I do believe in spirits. I don’t think the idea of a ghosts can be real however I do think the idea of paranormal activity can be real. However, I think the work of paranormal activities are caused by spirits and not “ghosts”. I don’t have any ghosts stories but I do have quite a few spirit stories. I’m not going to go into full detail on what happened, but my grandfather died a year after I was born and lets just say he came back and taught me how to tie my shoe. That’s ALL I’m saying. So I don’t think my grandfather was a ghosts but I DO think it was his spirit.

I do belive in ghost or spirts, and i have, i belive i have seen a ghost. I thought i may have seen my grandfather after he passed away. I would like to think that was his way of saying good bye.

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10 reasons why believing in ghosts can be good for you, pondering the undead serves psychological purposes..

Posted October 19, 2022 | Reviewed by Davia Sills

  • Although ghosts have never been proven scientifically to exist, their enduring presence in popular culture proves that we need them in some way.
  • For believers, ghosts are a kind of supernatural role model that can achieve enviable, impressive space-and-time-defying feats.
  • Believing that human spirits or souls can outlast physical death is a state of mind that engages spirituality, creativity, and empathy.

Are you afraid of ghosts?

If so, then you believe in them—which, in many ways, could be good for you.

From disembodied screams to Shakespearean specter-kings to white comic-book blobs, the undead have scared the living for millennia. A Babylonian clay tablet whose incised figures are visible only at certain angles is said to be the first known depiction of ghosts. Eidola , phantom lookalikes of the dead, were standard features in ancient Greek plays. Halloween aside, several cultures hold annual holidays based on greeting and feeding the undead.

Nothing—not even extensive parapsychological research at major institutions, including Duke University and the University of Edinburgh —has ever proven scientifically that ghosts exist. Yet belief in ghosts persists , suggesting that believers want or need to believe that such belief serves psychological purposes.

Consider this: Believing in ghosts helps us to investigate, however gropingly, life's most baffling mystery: death. Such belief also fuels our hope that some aspects of personhood, such as love and watchfulness and connectedness to a place, can outlast physical death.

Here are 10 more ways in which believing in ghosts can be good for us.

1. It spurs an adrenaline rush.

Feeling scared is literally thrilling. While long and chronic stress - hormone flows can cause harm, in short bursts, they spur physical and mental acuity and a sense of adventure, making us feel adventurous and alive.

2. It keeps us curious—about life, death, the unseen, and the unexplained.

And curiosity is healthy: Studies link it with such positive outcomes as happiness , optimism , empathy, academic achievement, workplace engagement, and overall satisfaction.

3. It's a form of spirituality.

Lacking the rules, rituals, and dogmas that define organized religions, belief in ghosts is a form of faith—in possibilities that defy physics, logic, and time. Studies link strong spiritual beliefs with mental and physical well-being .

4. It reminds us that we're alive.

Sure, sometimes life sucks. But what better reminder of how lucky we are to breathe, eat, and interact here in the known world than the truly-believed notion of restless spirits roaming hazy netherworlds?

5. It connects us with history.

Hearing that a place is haunted makes us want to learn more about what actually happened there that might have made it this way: Was this meadow once a battlefield? Such research makes us better informed, thus, more confident.

6. It makes us more ethical and compassionate.

Pondering spirits whose angst, tragic ends, and unfinished business trap them, undead, between two worlds helps us to think deeply about our fellow humans, alive and dead, in their sorrows and joys.

7. "I'm not alone."

The idea of friendly ghosts helps many believers for whom they function lovingly like guardian angels and invisible friends , offering comfort, companionship, attention , protection—even guidance through the impenetrable fogs of grief .

8. "No justice, no peace."

The idea of vengeful ghosts relentlessly haunting whoever harmed them in life satisfies our yearning for ultimate justice, for well-deserved punishments from which even death can't protect wrongdoers.

9. Believing in ghosts is non-binary.

And binaries are passé these days. We who grew up being told that our every thought and deed were tickets to heaven or hell can find relief in the idea of post-death destinies entailing neither of those two extremes.

10. It makes us feel special.

Inherent in believing in ghosts is the belief that we can perceive them. (If we thought we'd never see, hear, or feel ghosts, they wouldn't scare us.) Such paranormal perceptiveness is a superpower that sets us apart from the crowd.

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S. Rufus is the author, under the byline Anneli Rufus, of books including Party of One and Stuck.

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"Do you believe in ghosts?"

Most of us heard that question when we were children, especially around Halloween , but as adults, we don't give it much thought.

Do Christians Believe in Ghosts?

Are there ghosts in the Bible? The term itself appears, but what it means can be confusing. In this brief study, we'll look at what the Bible says about ghosts, and what conclusions we can draw from our Christian beliefs .

Where Are Ghosts in the Bible?

Jesus ' disciples were in a boat on the Sea of Galilee, but he was not with them. Matthew tells us what happened:

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage ! It is I. Don't be afraid." (Matthew 14:25-27, NIV )

Mark and Luke report the same incident. The Gospel writers give no explanation of the word ghost. It's interesting to note that the King James Version of the Bible, published in 1611, uses the term "spirit" in this passage, but when the New King James Version came out in 1982, it translated the term back to "ghost." Most other later translations, including the NIV, ESV , NASB, Amplified, Message, and Good News use the word ghost in this verse.

After his resurrection , Jesus appeared to his disciples. Again they were terrified:

They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have." (Luke 24:37-39, NIV)

Jesus did not believe in ghosts; he knew the truth, but his superstitious apostles had bought into that folk tale. When they encountered something they couldn't understand, they immediately assumed it was a ghost.

The matter is further blurred when, in some older translations, "ghost" is used instead of "spirit." The King James Version refers to the Holy Ghost , and in John 19:30 says,

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

The New King James Version translates ghost to spirit, including all references to the Holy Spirit .

Samuel, a Ghost, or Something Else?

Something ghostly did turn up in an incident described in 1 Samuel 28:7-20. King Saul was preparing to do battle against the Philistines, but the LORD had departed from him. Saul wanted to get a prediction on the outcome of the battle, so he consulted a medium, the witch of Endor. He ordered her to call up the spirit of Samuel the prophet .

A "ghostly figure" of an old man appeared, and the medium was startled. The figure scolded Saul, then told him he would lose not only the battle but also his life and the lives of his sons.

Scholars are split over what the apparition was. Some say it was a demon , a fallen angel , impersonating Samuel. They note that it came up out of the earth instead of down from heaven and that Saul did not actually look at it. Saul had his face to the ground. Other experts feel God intervened and did cause Samuel's spirit to manifest itself to Saul.

The book of Isaiah mentions ghosts twice. Spirits of the dead are prophesied to greet the king of Babylon in hell:

The realm of the dead below is all astir to meet you at your coming; it rouses the spirits of the departed to greet you—all those who were leaders in the world; it makes them rise from their thrones—all those who were kings over the nations. ( Isaiah 14:9, NIV)

And in Isaiah 29:4, the prophet warns the people of Jerusalem of an oncoming attack from the enemy, all the while knowing his warning will not be heeded:

Brought low, you will speak from the ground; your speech will mumble out of the dust. Your voice will come ghostlike from the earth; out of the dust your speech will whisper. (NIV)

The Truth About Ghosts in the Bible

To put the ghost controversy in perspective, it's important to understand the Bible's teaching on life after death . Scripture says when people die, their spirit and soul immediately go to heaven or hell. We do not wander about the earth:

Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8, NLT )

So-called ghosts are demons posing as dead people. Satan and his followers are liars, intent on spreading confusion, fear, and distrust of God. If they can convince mediums, like the woman at Endor, that they actually communicate with the dead , those demons can lure many away from the true God:

...in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes. (2 Corinthians 2:11, NIV)

The Bible tells us that a spiritual realm does exist, invisible to human eyes. It is populated by God and his angels, Satan, and his fallen angels, or demons. Despite the claims of unbelievers, there are no ghosts wandering about the earth, except for those you might see "trick-or-treating" on Halloween night . The spirits of deceased humans inhabit one of two places: heaven or hell.

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The cast is today revealed for the world premiere of Do You Believe in Ghosts?

Robbie Capaldi was Malcolm in ’Sh!tfaced Shakespeare: Macbeth’, Tybalt/Lord Capulet in ‘Sh!tfaced Shakepseare: Romeo and Juliet’, Lysander in ‘Sh!tfaced Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and  Bassanio  in ‘Sh!tfaced Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice’. On TV he will be see in June in the upcoming Marvel Studios series, ’Secret Invasion’.

Courtney Winston was most recently in ‘Small Island’ at the National Theatre. On TV he was Jamaal in  ‘Top Boy’.

Georgia Jackson recently played Stick Lady Love in ‘Stick Man’ at Leeds Playhouse. She also appeared in the Ramps on the Moon/Leeds Playhouse production of ‘Oliver Twist’, and was Boot in the immersive  “Monopoly Lifesized’ in London.

Ellen Whitehed was recently in ‘Romeo & Juliet’ at dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum. Her other roles include Niam in the musical ‘TÍR NA NÓG’ and Boo Who in’ Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (UK tour).

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Packed with stories of things that go bump in the night – or the day – and things that just don’t add up, Do You Believe in Ghosts? is unlike any other ghost story you may have seen or experienced before in a theatre.

Producer James Taylor, who co-created Do You Believe in Ghosts? with award-winning writer and director Julian Woolford, said: “Every theatre has at least one ghost – including the Adelphi. In Do You Believe in Ghosts?  we promise to raise the hairs on your arms and send chills down the back of your neck. . . Join us for a dark night… we dare you!”

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Do You Believe in Ghosts? Here’s What the Bible & Our Culture Say about Them

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It’s almost Halloween, and Americans are decorating their yards with ghosts, ghouls and goblins, planning costume parties and loading up on candy. It’s the perfect time to talk about ghosts. So, let me begin with an obvious question: do you believe in ghosts? I mean actual apparitions of dead people… disembodied spirits… translucent entities that roam the land and scare the living.

A Haunting in Tennessee

I haven’t believed in actual ghosts since I was about seven or eight years old. My feelings about them changed the summer my best friend and I decided we were too grown-up to play with my little sister. With nothing better to do, we concocted a mean trick to play on her.

The favorite play area for all three of us was the basement, which was filled with toys. It was a perfect playroom except for one problem. It was haunted. Not the entire basement, mind you. Just the back room where two large, creepy oil paintings rested against one of the walls.

Each dust-covered painting featured the image of a long-dead male relative dressed in 19 th century clothing. The portraits smelled like death – or at least how I thought death smelled – and their eyes followed us everywhere we went in the room.

The eyes were the main reason the room was haunted.

My friend and I knew the paintings needed to go, but Mother wouldn’t get rid of them and all Dad said was, “Go ask your mother.”

Finally, my friend and I found some old blankets in a cedar chest and covered the men’s faces. We knew the eyes were still watching our every move, but hiding the faces helped.

The Plot Thickens

The paintings gave my friend and me an idea one day when the two of us were alone in the backyard. We started talking about how the men in the paintings haunted the basement and how their eyes followed us while we played.

What if we shared our scary stories with my sister? What if we made them even scarier? What if my sister became too scared to follow us downstairs?

My friend and I agreed on the details of our plan, and I invited my sister downstairs to play. Meanwhile, my friend hid in the back room with the portraits and made noises that I attributed to ghosts.

It wasn’t hard to scare a four-year-old, and our plot quickly moved to its conclusion. My friend, covered in a sheet, jumped from her hiding place and pulled the blankets off the two portraits.

That was my cue to run screaming from the basement with my scared little sister behind me. Did I mention it was a mean trick to play on a four-year-old?

At any rate, I screamed and ran out the screen door, as did my sister — and my friend was right behind us, which wasn’t supposed to happen.

By the time we stopped some distance from the basement door, all three of us were genuinely scared out of our wits. We couldn’t see through the screen door into the darkness of the basement, but we knew the ghosts and ghouls were there.

None of us set foot in the basement playhouse for quite a while. We gradually started using it again, but life was never the same.

Ghosts through the Ages

Ghost stories have been with us since ancient times. The “Epic of Gilgamesh,” a Mesopotamian tale from around 2,000 B.C., told about the King of Uruk, who hears a first-hand account of the afterlife from his dead friend’s spirit.

In the Old Testament, King Saul visited the so-called witch of Endor to ask that she contact the prophet Samuel’s spirit. The king wanted advice on defeating the Philistines, and the witch seemingly conjured up something, either real or imagined. But the “spirit” or whatever it was predicted doom for Saul.

In the New Testament, some of Christ’s disciples mistook Jesus for a ghost when he walked on water. And also in the New Testament, three apostles saw the ghosts of Moses and Elijah during the transfiguration of Christ.

Moving ahead several centuries to the Middle Ages, people decided that ghosts were earthbound spirits of dead people. A few centuries later, Shakespeare included ghosts in plays such as “Macbeth” and “Hamlet.”

More recently, several versions of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens appear on television in December and reruns of shows such as “Ghost Hunters” play throughout the year.

Christian Scripture, Churches & Ghosts

The King James Bible uses the word “ghost” more than 100 times, with many of the references referring to the Holy Ghost, which is part of the Trinity.

Scripture is quite clear about the occult:

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 (NLT) says “…do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord.”

And Leviticus 19:31 (NLT) tells us: “Do not defile yourselves by turning to mediums or to those who consult the spirits of the dead. I am the Lord your God.”

Protestants have various beliefs about the afterlife, but the people I know do not believe in ghosts. However, they do believe in other spiritual entities such as angels and demons.

So, what do Protestants say about the afterlife?

“Some believe in immediate presence with Christ, while others propose ‘soul sleep’ or various interpretations of the transition to afterlife,” according to the Patheos Religion Library. Learn more about Protestant beliefs on the subject here.

“In traditional Catholic understanding, the human retains individuality beyond death and goes on to experience one of three states of being: Heaven, purgatory or hell,” Patheos said.

“Catholics believe in life after death,” according to the Catholic Church, “but things get complicated when those departed spirits start creeping across your living room.”

I’m not Catholic and don’t pretend to understand the church’s teachings about ghosts and the afterlife. If you want to learn more, check out the Patheos Religion Library here, or go to one of the church’s websites, uscatholic.org, here.

The Spiritualist Movement

Regardless of Christianity’s teachings about the afterlife, some Christians became involved in the spiritualism movement around the time of the U.S. Civil War and World War I.

Spiritualists believed that dead people could interact with the living and often attempted to reach them through mediums. The wars contributed to the movement’s growth because of the many grieving families who wanted to reach dead loved ones.

“Modern spiritualism traces its beginnings to a series of apparently supernatural events at a farmhouse in Hydesville, N.Y., in 1848,” according to Britannica. The key word is “apparently.”

According to the story, the family living in the house was disturbed by unexplained loud knocks one night. One of the man’s daughters supposedly established contact with a spirit, who identified itself as a man who had been murdered in the house.

The incident spurred other people to sell their services as “mediums.” They claimed they could act as an intermediary between the living and the dead, and their seances became popular, especially in 1860s England and France. Mary Todd Lincoln was a believer and reportedly held seances in the White House to contact her dead sons in the early 1860s.

Church leaders proclaimed that spiritualism was witchcraft, according to Britannica. “Some churches regarded the practices of the spiritualists as part of the forbidden activity of necromancy (communication with the dead in order to learn the future.)

“A decree of the Holy Office of the Roman Catholic Church in 1898 condemned spiritualistic practices, though it approved of legitimate scientific investigation of related phenomena. Both Protestant and Catholic bodies released a steady stream of anti-spiritualist literature.”

Ghosts, A Famous Magician & An Equally Famous Author

Famed magician and escape artist Harry Houdini became a well-known opponent of spiritualism after his experience with a medium. He hired the woman to contact his late mother, and the medium claimed to receive a message. She wrote it down, and Houdini immediately knew it was fake because it was written in English, which Houdini’s mother did not understand.

Houdini was quite familiar with the tricks that mediums used to dupe customers, and it angered him. He was especially angry at fraudulent mediums who preyed on people grieving the loss of family members in World War I.

Oddly enough, one of those grieving people was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. Doyle, whose son had died in the war, was friends with Houdini despite their differing opinions about spiritualism and ghosts. The author was a true believer, while Houdini said mediums were “human leeches.”

“This thing they call Spiritualism, wherein a medium intercommunicates with the dead, is fraud from start to finish,” Britannica quotes Houdini as saying.

Eventually, Houdini and Doyle argued about spiritualism and ended their friendship.

Do You Believe in Ghosts?

So, we get back to the question, “Do you believe in ghosts?” I don’t. I’ve never experienced an apparition, even though I slept in a supposedly haunted bedroom for several years. My grandchildren were adamant about ghosts haunting the room, but I never saw even a hint of a ghost.

I have always been able to explain away sounds that go bump in the night, and you don’t want to get me started on cold spots, disembodied footsteps and orbs.

Yet, if you are a believer, I’ll leave you to your beliefs. People seem to like the thrill of being frightened, which probably explains society’s affinity for horror movies and Halloween.

And speaking of Halloween, enjoy the holiday if you celebrate it. My children and grandchildren are past the age of trick or treating, which means I will turn off the porch light on Oct. 31 and watch a good non-scary movie or read a book in peace. Maybe I’ll even fix some popcorn.

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Nevada's Scariest Places That Will Make You Believe In Ghosts

Posted: January 6, 2024 | Last updated: January 6, 2024

With plenty of macabre museums, haunted hotels, sinister saloons and rough-and-tumble boomtown relics across the state, Nevada is a hotbed of paranormal happenings and unsettling stories. From reported wraiths in guest rooms, ghostly gunslingers in graveyards and phantom miners in bars, you're bound to meet some spectral characters while exploring the spookiest spots in the Silver State. Don’t believe in the supernatural? You might by the end of this…

Spooky sites in the Silver State

<p>If you suffer from bad bouts of coulrophobia (the fear of clowns), then kiss goodbye to sweet dreams at the Clown Motel. It's adorned with over 2,000 clown figurines from all around the world, so you can see why it’s previously been named the scariest motel in America. But despite appearances, the unconventional motel actually has a tender backstory; it was founded by Leroy and Leona David to commemorate their father and his burgeoning collection of clown memorabilia. All 31 rooms come with their own custom clown artworks, in addition to the thousands of unblinking eyes watching from the lobby...</p>

The Clown Motel, Tonopah

If you suffer from bad bouts of coulrophobia (the fear of clowns), then kiss goodbye to sweet dreams at the Clown Motel. It's adorned with over 2,000 clown figurines from all around the world, so you can see why it’s previously been named the scariest motel in America. But despite appearances, the unconventional motel actually has a tender backstory; it was founded by Leroy and Leona David to commemorate their father and his burgeoning collection of clown memorabilia. All 31 rooms come with their own custom clown artworks, in addition to the thousands of unblinking eyes watching from the lobby...

<p>Located off US Route 50, otherwise known as ‘America’s loneliest road’, the ghost town of Belmont Mill is one of several abandoned relics from Nevada’s once-booming silver mining industry. In the early 20th century, Belmont Mill was used as the processing plant for Belmont Mine, which lies further up the canyon in a sorry state. Despite heavy investment to develop a more sophisticated mining operation in the area, the mine (along with the rest of its kind) soon went bust.</p>

Belmont Mill Ghost Town, Ely

Located off US Route 50, otherwise known as ‘America’s loneliest road’, the ghost town of Belmont Mill is one of several abandoned relics from Nevada’s once-booming silver mining industry. In the early 20th century, Belmont Mill was used as the processing plant for Belmont Mine, which lies further up the canyon in a sorry state. Despite heavy investment to develop a more sophisticated mining operation in the area, the mine (along with the rest of its kind) soon went bust.

<p>If that doesn't phase you, the Old Tonopah Cemetery next door just might. Many of the men laid to rest here were some of the town's earliest silver miners, including those killed in a terrible fire at Belmont Mine in 1911. But it sounds like their spirits could have checked into the Clown Motel, as there have allegedly been numerous reports from guests of supernatural presences at the property. Visit in summer for the Tonopah Ghost Walk, which covers more of the Clown Motel and its neighboring graveyard's history.</p>

If that doesn't phase you, the Old Tonopah Cemetery next door just might. Many of the men laid to rest here were some of the town's earliest silver miners, including those killed in a terrible fire at Belmont Mine in 1911. But it sounds like their spirits could have checked into the Clown Motel, as there have allegedly been numerous reports from guests of supernatural presences at the property. Visit in summer for the Tonopah Ghost Walk, which covers more of the Clown Motel and its neighboring graveyard's history.

There are still plenty of intact structures on the Belmont Mill site, giving a chilling air that those long departed may have some unfinished business to attend to. Visitors can see the historic aerial tramline that would have been used to transport ore here, as well as the mill office, the superintendent’s home, a boarding house and the original four-storey mill building.

Gold Hill Hotel and Saloon, Virginia City

Said to be the most haunted town in Nevada, Virginia City is full of spooky stories. One of them centers around Gold Hill Hotel and Saloon, the state’s oldest hotel, which counts paranormal investigators and enthusiasts among its regular clientele. Opened in 1861 (and still operational today), Gold Hill was a favorite among local Silver Rush-era miners, who were known to lodge at and unwind in its bar after a taxing day – but it would seem that some of them have never left...

<p>The hotel backs onto the site of Yellow Jacket Mine, which collapsed in 1869 in what is recognised as one of Nevada’s worst mining disasters. The bodies of at least 35 miners were never recovered from the wreckage, but their souls apparently still occupy the rooms of their favorite haunt. Though the bar they once propped up has since relocated to a different part of the venue, the Great Room (the former bar) still throngs with the miners’ unearthly presence. If you think you’ve got nerves of steel (or should we say silver?), stay the night in the original miner’s cabin.</p>

The hotel backs onto the site of Yellow Jacket Mine, which collapsed in 1869 in what is recognised as one of Nevada’s worst mining disasters. The bodies of at least 35 miners were never recovered from the wreckage, but their souls apparently still occupy the rooms of their favorite haunt. Though the bar they once propped up has since relocated to a different part of the venue, the Great Room (the former bar) still throngs with the miners’ unearthly presence. If you think you’ve got nerves of steel (or should we say silver?), stay the night in the original miner’s cabin.

<p>Eldorado Canyon, named by Spanish settlers in 1775 for its abundance of natural riches, is home to the abandoned township of Nelson that once thrived off Techatticup Mine. The oldest and richest gold mine in southern Nevada, Techatticup uncovered millions of dollars in gold, silver, copper and lead over the years, being taken over by American miners and prospectors in the late 19th century. It was an active mine until 1974, when tragedy struck...</p>

Eldorado Canyon and Techatticup Mine, Boulder City

Eldorado Canyon, named by Spanish settlers in 1775 for its abundance of natural riches, is home to the abandoned township of Nelson that once thrived off Techatticup Mine. The oldest and richest gold mine in southern Nevada, Techatticup uncovered millions of dollars in gold, silver, copper and lead over the years, being taken over by American miners and prospectors in the late 19th century. It was an active mine until 1974, when tragedy struck...

<p>Flash flooding claimed the lives of nine people, decimating Nelson beyond repair and spelling the end of Techatticup Mine's original purpose. But the dramatic potential of the atmospheric ruins have been recognised by many, with the site appearing in video games and movies such as <em>Fallout: New Las Vegas</em> and <em>3,000 Miles to Graceland</em>. There are guided tours of Techatticup Mine (reservation required) up to three times a day depending on demand, taking you below ground into a network of dark and creepy tunnels.</p>

Flash flooding claimed the lives of nine people, decimating Nelson beyond repair and spelling the end of Techatticup Mine's original purpose. But the dramatic potential of the atmospheric ruins have been recognised by many, with the site appearing in video games and movies such as Fallout: New Las Vegas and 3,000 Miles to Graceland . There are guided tours of Techatticup Mine (reservation required) up to three times a day depending on demand, taking you below ground into a network of dark and creepy tunnels.

<p>Another town now reclaimed by the arid desert landscape of Nevada, Tybo came to prominence with the gold strikes of the latter half of the 19th century. Before the treasure hunters descended and made it a boomtown, the area had been inhabited by the Shoshone peoples, who called the settlement Tybo (meaning "white man's district"). By 1875, the town was home to three dominant groups of immigrants – the Cornish, the Irish and the Central Europeans – who were known to clash.</p>  <p><strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/loveexploringUK">Love this? Follow us on Facebook for more travel inspiration</a></strong></p>

Tybo Ghost Town, Tonopah

Another town now reclaimed by the arid desert landscape of Nevada, Tybo came to prominence with the gold strikes of the latter half of the 19th century. Before the treasure hunters descended and made it a boomtown, the area had been inhabited by the Shoshone peoples, who called the settlement Tybo (meaning "white man's district".) By 1875, the town was home to three dominant groups of immigrants – the Cornish, the Irish and the Central Europeans – who were known to clash.

<p>Then, following the exodus of 100 settlers after the fall of the mining industry, 32 buildings were destroyed by a fire in 1884. There were short-lived attempts to revive mining operations at Tybo in the 1920s and 30s, but otherwise it has stood mostly forgotten ever since – save for a few seasonal stewards and passing road-trippers. Despite the fire, what remains is remarkably well-preserved, adding to the unsettling feeling that you might not be alone here. Heed the "no trespassing" signs for your own safety.</p>

Then, following the exodus of 100 settlers after the fall of the mining industry, 32 buildings were destroyed by a fire in 1884. There were short-lived attempts to revive mining operations at Tybo in the 1920s and 30s, but otherwise it has stood mostly forgotten ever since – save for a few seasonal stewards and passing road-trippers. Despite the fire, what remains is remarkably well-preserved, adding to the unsettling feeling that you might not be alone here. Heed the "no trespassing" signs for your own safety.

<p>This disquieting abode is so old it predates the state of Nevada, built in 1859 – the same year of the richest silver strike (the Comstock Lode) in history. Its owner, John Mackay, was one of four so-called ‘Silver Kings’ and the wealthiest man to profit from the strike. His full pockets were no secret and, before long, Mackay Mansion was set upon by a couple of thieves. But they were shot at point-blank range by armed guards in the attempt and now they’re just two of the many lost souls believed to haunt these halls...</p>

Mackay Mansion, Virginia City

This disquieting abode is so old it predates the state of Nevada, built in 1859 – the same year of the richest silver strike (the Comstock Lode) in history. Its owner, John Mackay, was one of four so-called ‘Silver Kings’ and the wealthiest man to profit from the strike. His full pockets were no secret and, before long, Mackay Mansion was set upon by a couple of thieves. But they were shot at point-blank range by armed guards in the attempt and now they’re just two of the many lost souls believed to haunt these halls...

<p>The thwarted bandits are said to dwell on the lower floor of Mackay Mansion (just outside the wardrobe-sized safe they tried to rob), while a servant, two mischievous little girls, an army colonel and a woman in Victorian dress have also been glimpsed throughout the house, along with a shadowy man in similarly fine attire. Paranormal pros have concluded that the latter couple are Mr and Mrs Mackay themselves. The mansion is open for tours year-round, so why not come and see for yourself? The evening tour is particularly perturbing.</p>

The thwarted bandits are said to dwell on the lower floor of Mackay Mansion (just outside the wardrobe-sized safe they tried to rob), while a servant, two mischievous little girls, an army colonel and a woman in Victorian dress have also been glimpsed throughout the house, along with a shadowy man in similarly fine attire. Paranormal pros have concluded that the latter couple are Mr and Mrs Mackay themselves. The mansion is open for tours year-round, so why not come and see for yourself? The evening tour is particularly perturbing.

<p>You don’t become the oldest bar in southern Nevada without having a story or two to tell – and the Pioneer Saloon has plenty. One of several ‘Sagebrush Saloons’ scattered across the historic Wild West, it opened in 1913 and is still going strong over a century later, despite its off-the-beaten-track location in the ghost town of Goodsprings. Clearly the three bullet holes hacked into the stamped tin walls aren’t enough to put off prospective patrons, but an inventory of the saloon’s unnerving past can’t fail to prickle the skin of even the bravest customers…</p>

Pioneer Saloon, Goodsprings

You don’t become the oldest bar in southern Nevada without having a story or two to tell – and the Pioneer Saloon has plenty. One of several ‘Sagebrush Saloons’ scattered across the historic Wild West, it opened in 1913 and is still going strong over a century later, despite its off-the-beaten-track location in the ghost town of Goodsprings. Clearly the three bullet holes hacked into the stamped tin walls aren’t enough to put off prospective patrons, but an inventory of the saloon’s unnerving past can’t fail to prickle the skin of even the bravest customers…

<p>The three bullets shaved into the wall were fired by a vengeful gambler after his opponent tried to cheat at cards. The bar is also said to be haunted by the spirit of a bartender who tragically took his own life, while the Clark Gable Memorial Room tells the sad story of how the Hollywood icon lost his wife Carole Lombard to a plane crash nearby in 1942. Sign up for the Haunted Lockdown ghost-hunting experience to discover who else might be left behind at the Pioneer Saloon.</p>  <p><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/gallerylist/131212/americas-eerie-abandoned-castles"><strong>America's eerie abandoned castles</strong></a></p>

The three bullets shaved into the wall were fired by a vengeful gambler after his opponent tried to cheat at cards. The bar is also said to be haunted by the spirit of a bartender who tragically took his own life, while the Clark Gable Memorial Room tells the sad story of how the Hollywood icon lost his wife Carole Lombard to a plane crash nearby in 1942. Sign up for the Haunted Lockdown ghost-hunting experience to discover who else might be left behind at the Pioneer Saloon.

Built in 1876, the Silver Queen Hotel is the oldest hotel in Virginia City, which is the largest National Historic District in Nevada. Though this makes Virginia City no stranger to the supernatural, this hotel is said to be particularly potent with otherworldly energy. And it’s not just the ‘Silver Queen’ herself – a 15-foot-tall (5m) portrait of a woman whose dress is fashioned from 3,261 individual silver dollars – who lingers in the property.

Silver Queen Hotel, Virginia City

<p>Rosie, a lady of the night said to have died by suicide in Room 11 during the late 1800s, is the Silver Queen’s most notorious spook. Several strange goings-on have been attributed to her, including rattling door knobs, disembodied voices and sightings of a female phantom. But it’s the sound of prominent footsteps on wood that have left guests most fear-stricken – how can they be possible when the hotel floors are clad in carpet? While that might put most people off coming here, the Silver Queen satisfies a niche market – you can even get married in the onsite wedding chapel (pictured).</p>

Rosie, a lady of the night said to have died by suicide in Room 11 during the late 1800s, is the Silver Queen’s most notorious spook. Several strange goings-on have been attributed to her, including rattling door knobs, disembodied voices and sightings of a female phantom. But it’s the sound of prominent footsteps on wood that have left guests most fear-stricken – how can they be possible when the hotel floors are clad in carpet? While that might put most people off coming here, the Silver Queen satisfies a niche market – you can even get married in the onsite wedding chapel (pictured).

<p>This boom-to-bust bonanza town is one of the largest and most photographed ghost towns in the state. Rhyolite was founded in 1905 in the wake of an especially abundant gold strike, which led to its population soaring to 5,000 within just six months. Homes, hotels, schools, shops, power plants, banks, a jail, a train station and a miner’s hospital all sprang up in quick succession, with electricity and indoor plumbing making the town an enviable place to live. But this American dream soon became more of a nightmare...</p>

Rhyolite Ghost Town, Beatty

This boom-to-bust bonanza town is one of the largest and most photographed ghost towns in the state. Rhyolite was founded in 1905 in the wake of an especially abundant gold strike, which led to its population soaring to 5,000 within just six months. Homes, hotels, schools, shops, power plants, banks, a jail, a train station and a miner’s hospital all sprang up in quick succession, with electricity and indoor plumbing making the town an enviable place to live. But this American dream soon became more of a nightmare...

<p>The quality of gold ore in the Bullfrog Hills began to diminish and, in 1906, a 7.9-magnitude earthquake in San Francisco slammed the brakes on Rhyolite’s rail service. By 1910, the already ailing town saw its mines close and the settlement’s once-thriving population shrunk to just 14 by 1920. Empty buildings were relocated, both partially and completely, to busier towns – even one of Rhyolite’s original countertops can still be found at the Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings. Frozen in time in the middle of Death Valley, this ghost town is as beautiful as it is eerie.</p>

The quality of gold ore in the Bullfrog Hills began to diminish and, in 1906, a 7.9-magnitude earthquake in San Francisco slammed the brakes on Rhyolite’s rail service. By 1910, the already ailing town saw its mines close and the settlement’s once-thriving population shrunk to just 14 by 1920. Empty buildings were relocated, both partially and completely, to busier towns – even one of Rhyolite’s original countertops can still be found at the Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings. Frozen in time in the middle of Death Valley, this ghost town is as beautiful as it is eerie.

<p>This Sagebrush Saloon was once a changing station for the Pony Express, where horseback riders relaying mail from St Louis to Sacramento between 1860 and 1861 could refuel and swap out their steeds. Old Middlegate Station is one of a few remaining such landmarks, lying time-worn and sandblasted on "America’s loneliest road". It still provides a pitstop to weary travelers looking for a change of scenery from the deserted highway, offering a triple-decker ‘Monster Burger’ in its legendary dining room to anyone with the stomach for it.</p>

Old Middlegate Station, Fallon

This Sagebrush Saloon was once a changing station for the Pony Express, where horseback riders relaying mail from St Louis to Sacramento between 1860 and 1861 could refuel and swap out their steeds. Old Middlegate Station is one of a few remaining such landmarks, lying time-worn and sandblasted on "America’s loneliest road". It still provides a pitstop to weary travelers looking for a change of scenery from the deserted highway, offering a triple-decker ‘Monster Burger’ in its legendary dining room to anyone with the stomach for it.

<p>The middle-of-nowhere bar and no-frills motel has been in the same family for five generations, restored with wood from abandoned local mines over the years. Overnight guests have claimed to hear creepy footsteps and sinister knocking sounds on the boardwalk outside their rooms. Could they belong to the lost soul of a cowboy?</p>  <p><strong><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/galleries/115185/abandoned-haunted-and-creepy-these-are-americas-most-terrifying-places?page=1">Discover more of America's creepiest places</a></strong></p>

The middle-of-nowhere bar and no-frills motel has been in the same family for five generations, restored with wood from abandoned local mines over the years. Overnight guests have claimed to hear creepy footsteps and sinister knocking sounds on the boardwalk outside their rooms. Could they belong to the lost soul of a cowboy?

<p>You'd expect to find spirits of the drinkable kind at a traditional Wild West saloon bar – but there are also spirits of the supernatural persuasion at Virginia City's Washoe Club. Established by a team of mining magnates during the 1870s, it became coined the 'Millionaires Club' and attracted an elite clientele of skilled miners, renowned escorts, gunslingers and businessmen looking to profit from the Comstock Lode. After the Rush slowed to a halt, the Washoe Club's saloon stayed open, but its upper floors stood empty for decades – until the paranormal experts and enthusiasts were invited in.</p>

Washoe Club and Haunted Museum, Virginia City

You'd expect to find spirits of the drinkable kind at a traditional Wild West saloon bar – but there are also spirits of the supernatural persuasion at Virginia City's Washoe Club. Established by a team of mining magnates during the 1870s, it became coined the 'Millionaires Club' and attracted an elite clientele of skilled miners, renowned escorts, gunslingers and businessmen looking to profit from the Comstock Lode. After the Rush slowed to a halt, the Washoe Club's saloon stayed open, but its upper floors stood empty for decades – until the paranormal experts and enthusiasts were invited in.

<p>Having appeared on ghost-hunting shows like Travel Channel’s <em>Ghost Adventures</em> and Syfy’s <em>Ghost Hunters</em> on multiple occasions, the Washoe Club's resident wraiths are well-documented. You can potentially experience them for yourself on an Overnight Investigation, where amateur ghostbusters are locked in until morning and given free reign of the onsite crypt and all three floors. If that’s a bit beyond your comfort zone, there are hourly ghost tours during the day too. Watch out for Lena, an apparition said to stalk the spiral staircase.</p>

Having appeared on ghost-hunting shows like Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures and Syfy’s Ghost Hunters on multiple occasions, the Washoe Club's resident wraiths are well-documented. You can potentially experience them for yourself on an Overnight Investigation, where amateur ghostbusters are locked in until morning and given free reign of the onsite crypt and all three floors. If that’s a bit beyond your comfort zone, there are hourly ghost tours during the day too. Watch out for Lena, an apparition said to stalk the spiral staircase.

<p>Located in the heart of downtown Tonopah, The Mizpah Hotel was once referred to as “the finest stone hotel in the desert.” Built in 1907 over five storeys, it was the tallest building in the Silver State for 25 years until the Hotel Nevada came along to steal its crown. With over a century of human history, this grand venue has hosted prospectors, politicians, playboys and all manner of VIPs throughout the years. But there is one guest who has stayed longer than most...</p>

The Mizpah Hotel, Tonopah

Located in the heart of downtown Tonopah, The Mizpah Hotel was once referred to as “the finest stone hotel in the desert.” Built in 1907 over five storeys, it was the tallest building in the Silver State for 25 years until the Hotel Nevada came along to steal its crown. With over a century of human history, this grand venue has hosted prospectors, politicians, playboys and all manner of VIPs throughout the years. But there is one guest who has stayed longer than most...

<p>Known as the Lady in Red, the Mizpah's resident wraith was murdered by her ex-lover, apparently jealous of her purported liaisons with other men in Room 502 on the hotel’s fifth floor. The room has since been themed in her honor, with guests supposedly receiving gifts of pearls from the Lady in Red’s broken necklace on their pillows. She has also been known to whisper in men’s ears as they ride the elevator. If you run into her (or any other spook), the Mizpah has a supernatural sightings log at reception.</p>  <p><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/gallerylist/115185/abandoned-haunted-and-creepy-these-are-americas-most-terrifying-places"><strong>Abandoned, haunted and creepy: these are America's most terrifying places</strong></a></p>

Known as the Lady in Red, the Mizpah's resident wraith was murdered by her ex-lover, apparently jealous of her purported liaisons with other men in Room 502 on the hotel’s fifth floor. The room has since been themed in her honor, with guests supposedly receiving gifts of pearls from the Lady in Red’s broken necklace on their pillows. She has also been known to whisper in men’s ears as they ride the elevator. If you run into her (or any other spook), the Mizpah has a supernatural sightings log at reception.

Seventy storeys tall and 660 feet (201m) thick, the Hoover Dam started life as the Boulder Dam, with construction beginning in 1930 and completed in 1936, two years ahead of schedule. It impounds Lake Mead, one of the largest reservoirs in the world, and is considered a modern engineering marvel. But of the seven million tourists that visit this famous dam each year, we wonder how many are aware of its darker – and deadlier – history?

Hoover Dam, Boulder City

<p>The official number of lives lost in the building of Hoover Dam stands at 96 "industrial fatalities", which include drownings, explosions, rock slides, falls from canyon walls, encounters with heavy equipment or dangerous machinery, and more. Though none of the deceased workers are physically entombed in the concrete used to forge the dam, it's hard to shake the spine-tingling feeling that souls could still be meandering restlessly here. Visitors and workers claim to have heard disembodied footsteps echoing in the corridors of the power plant over the years.</p>

The official number of lives lost in the building of Hoover Dam stands at 96 "industrial fatalities," which include drownings, explosions, rock slides, falls from canyon walls, encounters with heavy equipment or dangerous machinery, and more. Though none of the deceased workers are physically entombed in the concrete used to forge the dam, it's hard to shake the spine-tingling feeling that souls could still be meandering restlessly here. Visitors and workers claim to have heard disembodied footsteps echoing in the corridors of the power plant over the years.

In its heyday, Pioche was a lawless rough-and-tumble town notorious for two things: mining and murder. During the 1870s, nearly 60% of all homicides reported in Nevada occurred here, filling up the Boot Hill local cemetery with 72 slain people before any resident had a chance to die from natural causes. Though the original Overland Hotel and Saloon from this era burned down in 1947, its newer iteration (opened in 1948) still bristles with the paranormal activity that permeates the town.

Overland Hotel and Saloon, Pioche

<p>The Overland Hotel appeared on <em>Ghost Adventures</em> in 2014, when ghost hunters spent an evening communing with the property’s unearthly guests. Though the hotel’s owners haven’t commented much on the ghostly goings-on here, staff members and customers alike have their own spooky stories, ranging from shadowy entities slamming doors shut to visitors being shaken from their slumber. The proprietors assure there are rooms “free of activity” available on request, but Room 10 is meant to be the most haunted of all.</p>

The Overland Hotel appeared on Ghost Adventures in 2014, when ghost hunters spent an evening communing with the property’s unearthly guests. Though the hotel’s owners haven’t commented much on the ghostly goings-on here, staff members and customers alike have their own spooky stories, ranging from shadowy entities slamming doors shut to visitors being shaken from their slumber. The proprietors assure there are rooms “free of activity” available on request, but Room 10 is meant to be the most haunted of all.

<p>Goldfield Historic Cemetery was initially located in the town center, but as the population and infrastructure of Goldfield grew with the discovery of precious gold ore, the graveyard became one of the first things passengers arriving by rail would see. So, a taskforce calling themselves the “Official Ghouls” assembled to exhume the bodies and relocate them to the site you can visit today. However, according to local folklore, that team – whether by error or by choice – didn’t bring the original headstones with them.</p>

Goldfield Historic Cemetery, Goldfield

Goldfield Historic Cemetery was initially located in the town center, but as the population and infrastructure of Goldfield grew with the discovery of precious gold ore, the graveyard became one of the first things passengers arriving by rail would see. So, a taskforce calling themselves the “Official Ghouls” assembled to exhume the bodies and relocate them to the site you can visit today. However, according to local folklore, that team – whether by error or by choice – didn’t bring the original headstones with them.

<p>Among some of the more unusual epitaphs you can see at Goldfield Cemetery are simply “Gunshot” and “Unknown Man Died Eating Library Paste”. It’s still a functioning burial ground so, if you do work up the mettle to visit, please be respectful of both the living and the dead. Paranormal investigators have reportedly captured images of apparitions here and seen them with their own eyes, as well as experiencing feelings of being watched, mood swings and batteries quickly draining from cameras. Maybe some of the spirits object to being moved all those years ago...</p>  <p><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/galleries/156652/abandoned-places-in-texas-that-time-forgot?page=1"><strong>Now discover the abandoned places in Texas that time forgot</strong></a></p>

Among some of the more unusual epitaphs you can see at Goldfield Cemetery are simply “Gunshot” and “Unknown Man Died Eating Library Paste.” It’s still a functioning burial ground so, if you do work up the mettle to visit, please be respectful of both the living and the dead. Paranormal investigators have reportedly captured images of apparitions here and seen them with their own eyes, as well as experiencing feelings of being watched, mood swings and batteries quickly draining from cameras. Maybe some of the spirits object to being moved all those years ago...

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