Are Ghosts Real?

Ghosts are a major part of American culture. Whether it is the celebration of spirits on Halloween, myths and fables, blockbuster films, or reality television shows about people who hunt them, ghosts feature heavily in the stories we tell each other.

For some, that’s all they are—stories. But for others, their belief in ghosts is unshakeable. In fact, according to one survey, nearly half of all Americans believe in ghosts. Another study found that while less than half of Americans attend church, nearly three-quarters believe in the supernatural. In other words, if you are a person living in America, you are more likely to believe in paranormal activity than you are to believe in God.

But what does the Bible say about spirits and souls on earth? Are there any insights from Scripture that give us a better understanding of what happens after we die but before the final judgment of Christ?

On this episode, we talk about what the Bible has to say about ghosts. Are they real? And if not, how do we account for reports of paranormal activity that make up so much of the mythos of our own culture, as well as cultures throughout history and around the world?

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