Q. I have a question about a question that was asked previously. Someone asked a question concerning apparitions and I wanted to continue the thought.
First off, I don’t believe in ghosts of our dearly departed. “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” explains it all, so I don’t believe that someone great aunt Caroline is coming back to check on the family home or hanging around for no apparent reason. I have seen television shows though, such as Ghost Hunters etc, where people do experience paranormal phenomenon such as apparitions, footsteps, even dark figures whose movements defy explanation, ie. moving up spiral staircases at incredible speed, thermal imaging that shows figures where there are none, disembodied voices, footsteps and so on.
Now I understand that television is for entertainment and paranormal things mean ratings. The premise of these show though is that they are “real” ghost hunters and it is not faked for TV. If that’s the case then can you offer any explanation as to what these manifestations might be caused by?
A. There’s no doubt that supernatural activity has been documented. There are only two possible sources for such things. One is God and the other is Satan. The Bible tells us that God permits no communication or interaction between the living and the dead. (Deut. 18:10-11) Therefore if such a thing is experienced then it has to be demonic in its origin. It’s purpose is to deceive us and cause us to look the wrong way for guidance or hope.