What’s the Harm?

What’s the Harm?

Last year I wrote a post specifically addressing the question "Should Christians Ghost Hunt?" as well as Is Ghost Hunting a Sin?. Not unlike people who are attracted to the idea of ghost hunting via psuedo-reality programs such as Ghost Hunters, Paranormal State, and Ghost Lab, many Christians are continuing to express an interest in paranormal investigation. In fact, groups are forming which specifically identify themselves as Christian Ghost Hunters.

The question I often hear from people who enjoy watching these programs about ghost hunting or are drawn to paranormal investigation themselves is "What's the harm?". What is the big deal about Christians believing in ghosts or wanting to be part of a ghost hunting team? Don't ghost hunters help people?

When it comes to ghost hunting there are two important points Christians must keep in mind:

1) God's word condemns communication with the dead or seeking out people who do so:

When they say to you, "Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter," should not a people consult their God?{Should they} {consult} the dead on behalf of the living? Isaiah 8:19 (NAS)

2) Spiritual deception:

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 2 Timothy 4:3-4

I believe ghost hunting it is a spiritually risky activity and causes great harm because it re-enforces the belief that human spirits haunt or communicate with the living. I don't believe the Bible supports that idea but rather strongly suggests human spirits go either to be with the Lord or a place of judgment (Luke 16: 19-31). Ghost hunting can also draw unsuspecting people into other occult related interests and activities (which is sin).

I believe what most people think of as ghosts and hauntings are demonic spirits masquerading as deceased human beings with the intent of drawing people away from God and His revealed plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. While these situations do need to be addressed, ghost hunting techniques (paranormal investigation) are not the answer. What's needed are Christians with the gift of discernment who are willing to listen to what people are claiming and then be prepared to offer assistance through prayer, spiritual warfare, Biblical counsel, and pointing people to Jesus Christ.

Ghost hunting is a distraction and misses the point.

There is a lot of potential spiritual harm for anyone participating in or seeking out a ghost hunting or paranormal investigation and is the reason Christians would do better to avoid these activities altogether. And for those who have fallen into these activities or interests, there is a way out. God's grace always points to it and for that I am very thankful.

"But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness." 1 John 1:9 NLT

About kristinemac

Kristine McGuire is an inspirational author and speaker, sharing her testimony and encouraging others in their walk with Christ.


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