There a great many people who believe in ghosts, the residual presence of a dead person or even an animal. A presence which, it is claimed, at times may be seen or felt. Yet this idea is in complete opposition to what the Bible teaches about death and the dead.
“As the cloud disappears and vanishes away, so he who goes down to the grave does not come up. He shall never return to his house, nor shall his place know him anymore” (Job 7:9,10).
“As drought and heat consume the snow waters, so the grave consumes those who have sinned” (Job 24:19).
“Shall your loving kindness be declared in the grave? Or your faithfulness in the place of destruction” (Psalms 88:11).
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going” (Ecclesiastes 9:10).
“For Sheol cannot thank you, death cannot praise you; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your truth” (Isaiah 38:18).
“Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear his voice and come forth - those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:28,29).
This being the case it follows that it is futile to attempt to contact or communicate with the deceased. Yet there are many who do so and are willing to pay those who claim to facilitate such communication. Such endeavours are condemned in the Bible.
“And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people” (Leviticus 20:6).
“There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead” (Deuteronomy 18:10,11).
“So Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he had committed against the LORD, because he did not keep the word of the LORD, and also because he consulted a medium for guidance”
(1 Chronicles 10:13).
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(Quotations are from the New King James Version of the Bible)