At one time, I worshipped at a church where the pastor warned of the evils of supernatural beings visiting our realm. What about angels on Earth, you may ask. He’d have said, “Nope, only Satan’s army of fallen angels visits us.” What about the spirits of crossed-over loved ones that come to see us? “Satan is tricking you. They’d never leave heaven.”
My blinders came off with my spiritual overhaul in 2007. Since then, I’ve found the Bible contains numerous instances that acknowledge the existence of the supernatural—both good and negative—and several passages actually endorse engaging with spirits.
For the sake of this post, I’m not including Jesus’ miracles. Because I view Jesus as God in human form, I don’t feel comfortable equating our experiences with the Most Supreme Being’s abilities.
Jesus said ghosts exist, but he didn’t say they were evil
In Luke, chapter 24, he recounted visiting two disciples on the Road to Emmaus after his resurrection. The men were frightened, “acting like they saw a ghost.” Jesus replied, “A ghost does not have flesh and bones.”
Note that Jesus didn’t say there was no such thing as ghosts. Or that ghosts were evil. He simply acknowledged their ethereal nature. I can’t find any place in the New Testament where Jesus says all spirits are evil.
A ghost affirms God’s most supreme standing
In Job, chapter four, Eliphaz, Job’s friend, said he once was frightened when he saw a “spirit glide by his face” and that “a form stood before my eyes.” This energy spoke to him in a hushed voice and said, “Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can a man be more pure than his Maker?”
An apparition made the point that we can’t be better than the Most Divine! Certainly, the dark side would not make such a claim.
Angels help us through our trials
Mary (the mother of Jesus), the prophet Isaiah, Zechariah (the father of John the Baptist) and even the lowly shepherds in the field received visits from angels.
In Acts, chapter 10, Cornelius the centurion reported that he saw “a man in shining clothes” who told him the Lord had heard his prayer and directed him to summon the Apostle Peter to talk with him.
Nowhere have I found a verse that said God no longer deems creation worthy of angelic visitors. A few years back, a friend of mine had a heavenly visitor: As she watched a car barrel toward her and smashed into her car, she felt the arm of an angel hold her in her seat. She also saw its glowing white personage. Even though her car was totaled, she walked away unscathed.
The Bible condones testing spirits, not banning them from our lives
First John, chapter four states, “Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God.” This is a great message about the importance of using discernment to determine whether a spirit is affirming or not.
In two weeks, read my post, “The Bible Endorses Psychic Skills.”