What Does the Bible Say About Ghosts and Being Visited By Spirits?

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Is the Holy Ghost really a ghost? What does the Bible say about spirits of the dead coming back visiting us or ghosts haunting human beings? Are demons ghosts? Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about ghosts and spirits.

What is the Holy Ghost?

The Holy Ghost, also called the Holy Spirit, is not a ghost in the sense that we think of spirits of the dead. Rather, it is a spirit thought of as a person who teaches, guides, comforts, and intercedes, possessing emotions, intellect, and will, and dwells within Christians, Moody Bible reports.

Understanding the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit can be difficult to grasp. First of all, it is part of the Trinity, a triune, or threefold, existence of God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit – three distinct persons – yet coexisting and sharing a singular essence. Some Christians do not believe in the concept of the Trinity, which is a doctrine that is not explicit and only exists in the New Testament. However, some argue the Holy Spirit appears before Pentecost in the Old Testament, in Joel 2, referenced by Peter’s speech in Acts 2 on the day of Pentecost.

What does the Bible say about ghosts?

The subject of ghosts in the Bible is foggy, to say the least. It says very little about them. In fact, we can infer more from what it doesn’t say about ghosts.

The Bible makes it clear that human souls do not linger after death.

“Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,”

– Hebrews 9:27

People die and then they face God. This disproves the idea that human souls come back. Jesus proves this further, in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. Jesus says:

“And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.”

– Luke 16:26

God forbids the dead from crossing over to the living.

The Bible tells us not to get involved with the supernatural, “do not turn to mediums or necromancers,” Leviticus 19:31 says.

When Jesus walked on water, the disciples thought he was a ghost. However, it’s worth noting that while some translations use the English word “ghost,” the word the disciples actually used was the Greek word phantasma, which means apparition. Jesus told them not to be afraid in Matthew 14. He came over and touched them so they could see he was real.