If you have an interest in the existence of ghosts and the supernatural you are in the same boat as literally millions of other people all around the world young and old alike. This is one of the most controversial subjects ever to be discussed. We will probably never know to what extent the answer is to this question but let’s go through what we do know and just go from there. The belief in ghosts and the supernatural is believed to be true by people of all cultures around the world.
What really is a ghost and where do they come from?
The basic belief of a ghost is a supernatural spirit that once was a living person or animal that was alive then passed on and then went to a spiritual world. If this is a supernatural world which stems from Heaven or Hell is another question all together. Ghosts are the most widely researched form of paranormal phenomena. They are also a multi-million dollar market in Hollywood and authors of countless books. I wonder if the ghosts know that.
There have been many studies taken on how many people actually believe in ghosts and demons.
There have been many accurate studies and polls taken of how many people believe in ghosts and the percentage is almost 40% which is incredible. Many people will not admit that they actually believe in the supernatural world because of the possibility of ridicule from friends, employers or family members. Thousands of people have claimed to see ghosts that were of human decent and an extreme number where animal related from pets that have passed on through the years gone by.
Most of these people are completely honest in their belief and not trying to attract publicity such as many alleged UFO witnesses have.
Approximately half of Americans that participated in surveys claim to believe in ghosts, demons, hauntings and the supernatural world.
The popular television show Ghost Hunters has had 10 very popular seasons of attempting to prove that ghost really does exist. Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson of the series creating a paranormal investigation company called The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) which investigates reports of the supernatural. The TAPS crew used high tech audio and visual technology to be able to capture images and sounds of ghosts with some very surprising results.
What actually is a ghost and how did they ever develop into this spirit that has an actual visual form?
Due to the simple fact that a ghost have never been captured and examined to ever be able honestly answer this question. At this point in time all the self-proclaimed ghost experts say ghosts are remains of a person or an animal that has not passed to the next stage of existence after death has taken them. One fact is there has never been any scientific evidence that there is any other spiritual world for our spirit to pass to after death.
What exactly is a ghost supposed to look like?
• A ghost has been said to look like a solid or a very transparent form.
• A misty form similar to a cloud.
• A spot of light also known as an orb.
• A large or small dark shadow.
• A glowing figure sometime white in color in the shape of a human or even an animal.
Many of these ghosts have been believed to come from violent deaths such as murder victims, accidents or tragic deaths and can be any age from a juvenile to an elderly man or women. Keep in mind that there has never been any verifiable evidence to prove this type of sighting was actually a ghost.
Some of the other beliefs that a ghost is in the immediate area have been.
• A sudden explainable changing of the ambient temperature, usually a cold temperature change or chilly breeze.
• A sudden unusual odor possibly an odor that the ghost in his past life had been exposed to such as food or drinks.
• A grabbing or scratching force such as slapped, bruised, pushed, choked, cuts or torn clothes on the witness.
• A sick feeling or cold sweats, rapid heart rate, nausea or breathlessness.
Animals have a much greater sensitivity to spirits and paranormal energy forms than humans do.
Dogs have been used in paranormal investigations to be able to
sense the presence of ghosts just as they do for such impeding danger such a storm or Tornado moving their way. Many times people’s minds can create situations of paranormal activity because of the fright they have for the unknown. A dog simply does not know any better so reactions from them can be much more accurate.
Here is a list of 10 of the most highly rated ghost and paranormal movies that were made that are definitely worth watching;
The Devils Backbone
The Blair Witch Project
The Sixth Sense
The House on Haunted Hill
The Amityville Horror
What does the holy bible say about ghosts, hauntings and the paranormal?
The answer basically comes down to the question what exactly is meant by the terminology “ghosts.” If the term means some form of a spirit then the bibles answer states “yes” there is. If you are referring to people that have died then the bibles answer to the question is “no”. The Bible is very specific and makes the statement that there are spirit beings that are either good or evil.
The Bible claims there are no spirits of deceased humans that have the ability to remain on Earth and haunt the living like you see in most movies.
The bible states a person cannot die and remain on earth as a spirit.
The bible reads “Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.” The only event that happens to a person’s soul-spirit after death is simply judgment for his or her life’s actions. The result of this judgment is heaven for the believers. There is no in between areas that a spirit can fall into. Since there is no absolute possibility of remaining on earth in the spiritual form means there are no such things as ghosts, according to the Holy Bible.
The bible also claims there is no such thing as a disembodied body of a deceased human being.
Ghosts cannot be the disembodied spirits of deceased people that have passed on. Keep in mind that this is not my opinion; this comes out of actual chapters found in the bible. The Bible identifies that there are angels and demons. Angels are good spirits who are faithful and serve God. Angels are holy and demons are fallen angels, who have rebelled against God. Demons are always evil, totally deceptive, and can be very destructive by nature.
It is also believed that ghosts cannot wear material objects such as clothing such as gowns, shirts and hats.
Many people have reported that ghosts manifested in their presence and then behave in many different ways. Quite a few of these ways are where they can pass through solid objects but also moving around solid objects also with can show an inconsistency in reports. Ghosts are said to appear visually as an apparition with or with sound of the ghost move objects and physically touch or apply force to living beings plus manifest sounds such as voices of a person, crying, growling or moaning sounds. You have to remember that virtually almost any strange or not explainable experience like this may be attributed to a ghost.
There are many alleged photos and video recordings of ghosts.
Other evidence for ghosts includes photographs and video recordings which cannot be authenticated or can easily be mistaken interpretations due to camera flaws, or deliberate hoaxes. The paranormal world is saturated with phony photos and video recordings that could just about fool anyone. Remember, what you see on television and the Internet of course is all edited to make it look more exiting. This is more of an example of entertainment than it is evidence.
High tech audio recording equipment is a large part of attempting to prove the existence of ghosts.
Other prime evidence from paranormal investigators is EVP recordings (electronic voice phenomena). EVP collection in the real world is believed to have several possible explanations for anomalous sounds including misinterpreted sounds (body noises or clothing rustling), stray radio frequencies, people whispering, or magnetic or digital interference of the recording captured by the device. EVP are not accurate evidence for anything paranormal especially voices from the dead but it is extremely interesting to listen to.
Can ghosts be measured or detected with any accurate means by electronic equipment?
Ghost hunters all over the world have many types of electronic detection equipment similar that the FBI uses for monitoring criminals. The problem is we have never confirmed what a ghost actually is so we do not know if it has physical or spiritual characteristics that can be properly measured. Many paranormal investigators around the world claim to have witnessed anomalies in the environment such as temperature changes, smell etc.
This would be affected by their film or recording devices, or even their own physical feelings that are attributable to the ghosts themselves.
Fact: With all the high tech equipment being used today we still cannot actually prove the existence of ghosts and the paranormal.
Today’s modern paranormal investigators also suggest that we have the correct technology to definitively find and detect the spiritual world. They believe ghosts exist with physical properties and appear in our ordinary world where they can be detected and recorded in photographs, film, video, and audio recordings. If ghosts actual exist and can be scientifically detected or recorded, then we should have hard evidence of that but we do not.
If ghosts exist and for whatever reason cannot be scientifically detected or recorded, then all the photos, videos, and other recordings ever created that have been claimed to be evidence of ghosts cannot be ghosts after all and we unfortunately have to exclude this as hard evidence.
EVP recordings (electronic voice phenomena) cannot be considered as concrete evidence of capturing the voice of a ghost.
There are too many variables that will degrade evidence taking from a voice recording such as foreign radio signals, background sound of people and traffic, magnetic and digital interference much less the simple sounds of people conversing in the background.
Fact: There is no such thing as absolute ghost detecting equipment on the market.
Why do so many people all around the world believe in ghosts?
The evidence for the existence of ghosts is extremely weak, but people still desire to believe in them. The whole concept of ghosts gives many people the feeling of comfort that does not want to believe that their dear friends and deceased family members are not gone forever and can be with us in our times of great need? Ghosts have always served an important purpose and are still useful in telling interesting and entertaining stories.
Some of these stories were believed to be accurate even though they were simply manufactured. Most people believe in ghosts because of actual personal experience that they have seen or sensed some unexplained presence believed to be supernatural. Our minds allow us the option of interpreting these strange events as “ghosts”.