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GOD & TEXAS: Ghosts in Texas?

Are there ghosts in Texas?


Many cities in Texas have traditional ghost stories. To this day in San Antonio, some people believe they saw the ghost of a little boy wandering around the Alamo grounds searching for his parents who supposedly died in the 1836 Siege of the Alamo. Others have heard the voices of Mexican soldiers whispering about the horrible battle.


While living in northeast Dallas, we heard about the ghost of White Rock Lake. As the story goes, a young woman had drowned in a boating accident and was occasionally seen dripping wet on the lake front road hitchhiking. If anyone picks her up and drives to the address she gives them, she vanishes and leaves the car seat wet. 


Even here in Fort Bend County, there are many interesting ghost stories. Possibly you have read books by local writers that recount hauntings along the Brazos from Richmond to Brazoria. These books make you stop and think.


In downtown Richmond, area residents have heard about the haunted alleyway with the spooky green light. And then there is the supposed ghost that roams the upstairs of a downtown restaurant.


But, what does the Bible say about ghosts? When we read about the Holy Ghost, we understand that He is the living Spirit of God, part of the Holy Trinity (1 Corinthians 8:6; Matthew 28:19; John 14:16-18). 


Some have pointed to the summoning of the priest Samuel by the witch of Endor (1 Samuel 28). It is doubtful that the apparition was really Samuel. But even if it was, Samuel is no longer in Paradise but resides in Heaven, and cannot be summoned any more. Why? Because Jesus took all the righteous saints that were in temporary Paradise to eternal Heaven (Ephesians 4:8-9).


In fact, the Bible does not support the popular ghost theories.  Consider Isaiah 26:14 AMP, “They are dead, they shall not live and reappear; they are powerless ghosts, they shall not rise and come back.” Hebrews 9:27 says that after someone dies, they face immediate judgment. The Godly go to Heaven (2 Corinthians 5:6-8), and the ungodly go to hell (Matthew 25:46). They do not linger on earth haunting hotels. 


The Apostle Paul encouraged Believers by saying to be absent from the body at death, is to be immediately in the presence of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:8). This is Biblical truth. 


However, I do believe in haunting spirits and paranormal activity. Demons have been known to terrorize people (Mark 5), and to masquerade as angels of light and servants of unrighteousness (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).


Here is a word of caution: supposed friendly ghosts may well be demons in disguise. Refuse to connect with them. Instead, find security in Christ. 


“Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness.” (1 Timothy 4:7 ESV)

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