The Halloween Question

(repost from my website last year)

Happy Halloween! Who’s ready for that annual sugar high?

With this season comes one of the most popular spooky questions: do you believe in ghosts?

The more I delve into supernatural study for my writing, the more I’ve come to learn. The past few years have really shaped my views in a Biblical perspective.

So, do I believe in ghosts?


But not in the way that our society has cast them. I do not believe that my dead grandfather is trying to reach me from the other side. I don’t believe that someone who dies in a violent manner can be tied to the place of their death, or haunt the person who killed them.

The Bible tells us that when a person dies, their soul departs and is either carried to Heaven or Hades–see the story of Lazrus and the Rich Man in Luke 16 as one example.

I do, however, believe in malevolent spirits.

Throughout the Bible, we see evidence of at least two realms–our realm, and a spiritual one, on which exist angels and demons.

All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. (1 Cor 15:38-40)

Jesus tells us in Luke 24 that spirits do not have bodies of “bone and flesh” like we do. That was how his disciples knew that Jesus was real and not a “ghost” (NIV translates it as ghost, while KJV says spirits).

So, if we know that when we die, we either go to Heaven or Hades, and that there are angels and demons among us…what, then, are ghosts?


Demons are an ancient race. They’ve prayed upon mankind since the beginning of time. Under the leadership of Satan, they have tempted and swayed a countless number of people.

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons… (1 Tim 4:1)

But, what about the “good” ghosts?

What good ghosts? Anything that takes the focus off of God, off of His glory, anything that tries to disprove God’s word is evil. Samuel tried to talk to the dead in 1 Samuel, and look what happened to him! (If you’re not familiar with the story, read 1 Sam 28.)

“And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.” (2 Cor 11:14-15; emphasis on “their works” mine)

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Eph 6:12)

So what do you think? Do ghosts exist? In what form?

I’ll leave you with a warning, and a blessing!

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)

About Ralene Burke

Whether she’s wielding a fantasy writer’s pen, a freelance editor’s sword, or a social media wand, Ralene Burke always has her head in some dreamer’s world. And her goal is to make it SHINE! She has worked for a variety of groups, including Realm Makers, The Christian PEN, Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, and as an editor for a number of freelance clients. Her first novel, Bellanok, is being published as a 4-part serial! When her head’s not in the publishing world, she is wife to a veteran and homeschooling mama to their three kids. Her Pinterest board would have you believe she is a master chef, excellent seamstress, and all around crafty diva. If she only had the time . . .

5 comments on “The Halloween Question

  1. […] did manage to get my post up for New Authors Fellowship, it’s all about that infamous Halloween question: Do you believe in ghosts? Check it out and […]

  2. In a show on the History Channel, a historian told a story about gardeners in the Rose Garden at the White House being yelled at by the “ghost” of Dolly Madison for digging in her flower beds. I wondered whether it was really just a time rift opening up between the centuries. If such rifts occurred in certain places, it would explain why “hauntings” are usually location-specific.

  3. There’s stories about people being able to see certain people who other people couldn’t. I think it was Jonathan Edwards who could see a man in a suit who hung around their house. He never talked about it until one day his daughter said, “Dad, who’s that man looking in our windows?”

    There’s a lady with a haunted barn somewhere in the midwest (I forget who, she has a blog about her farm). Something comes in the night and opens all the padlocks and things and lets out their animals. She and her husband are used to it and forgot to tell some friends about it when they came to watch the farm. Her friends called her, totally freaked out, because the donkeys kept getting out of the barn, and they’d double-locked the doors. The barn is built where a house used to be. Apparently that sort of thing is pretty common.

  4. Here’s the story of the haunted barn. Ghosts? Or someone playing pranks? Constantly? Way out in the country? http://www.verdefarm.com/2010_10_01_archive.html

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