What’s the difference between a ghost hunter and a spirtual medium?

The answer is that there is no difference at all in terms of the main goal, talking to ghosts. One uses a crystal ball and the other uses modern technology, but the outcome is the same. Admittedly this is an over simplification. Spiritualists channel specific spirits for their paying customer and ghost hunters get paid to record and talk to ghosts for publicity.

In all seriousness, though, there is a reason that messing around with the paranormal is forbidden by God (insert reference) and just an all around bad idea. First of all, ghosts and spirits are not what most people think they are. Ghosts are not the souls of departed humans. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:8 that “to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord”. At death our soul is instantly transported to the presence of God. I have heard the argument that maybe some souls have unfinished business or just aren’t ready to “go into the light”, but this goes against scripture. Likewise, those who die without a relationship with Jesus Christ, open up there eyes in hell just as Jesus says in Luke 16. Now whether  believe that the saved and lost are instantly ushered into final glory/judgement or held in Abraham’s bosoom/hades, the fact remains that the soul does not have the choice to hang around and haunt the living.

Ruling out departed human souls leaves only so many options for the paranormal activity we perceive. They are either unintended effects from taking a picture, spooky sounds created by natural phenomona like a creaky door opened by wind or in the imagination of those who want to separate you from your money with a promise speaking to a dead loved one. There is one more possible cause, demons.

We know that there is an unseen world inhabited by spiritual beings, angels and demons. As the bible says, angels are the messengers of God and are sometimes sent to protect us even though we aren’t aware. Demons, however, are the fallen angels who followed Satan in his rebellion against God. Satan roams the earth as a roaring lion seeking who he may devour and often appears as an angel of light to deceive us. This type of haunting, caused by demons, is real and presents a spiritual threat to those that seek it out. Demons are liars and will twist you around until you don’t know which way is up. They can impersonate anyone they wish and their goal is to keep you from God.

The more you hunt the paranormal the more you ensare yourself in things you cannot possibly understand. What do you hope to learn from ghosts? Do you want proof of an afterlife? Do you want to find answers to spiritual questions? Or are you merely curious? All of these paths lead to spiritual danger as you travel further down an occultist’s path and away from the Holy Spirit of God.

If you are a saved individual under the blood of Christ, ask yourself if your time is better spent talking to demons whose only goal in the short time they have is to deceive you or in prayerful reading of God’s word that keeps you in His will.

This warning against ghost hunting also applies to astrology and horoscopes, tarot cards, ouija boards. None of these things have power in and of themselves, but they are an open invitation to Satan to deceive you and a breaking of the first commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”. Only God is qualified to guide your future. “There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the ends thereof are destruction”.  Do not let yourself be deceived.


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