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Stephen Yulish was always interested in UFOs and was a member of NICAP and APRO in the 1960s after reading Project Bluebook. He studied astronomy and exobiology at Case Western Reserve University and graduated in 1969. He eventually became a History Professor at The University of Arizona for seven years where he visited Allen Hyneck's Tucson group. He became interested in Bible Prophecy after he had a headon collision with Jesus Christ in 1988. He is presently disabled with MS and writes about endtime scenarios. Email Stephen Yulish. Visit Stephen Yulish's website.

The Reality of Ghosts:
A Possible Biblical Explanation

by Stephen Yulish PhD


Posted: 13:00 December 17, 2008

Last year, independent, nontraditional, religious scholar, Patrick Cooke, did a series of articles on The Bible and the Paranormal, UFO Digest, 7/ 3, 17, and 25/07 which I critiqued in my article Patrick Cooke’s The Bible and the Paranormal: What He failed to Tell You, UFO Digest 8/21/07. Patrick is a earnest researcher but I believed that he misled the readers by designating all paranormal activities in the Bible as inherently positive and without any negative consequences While the Word God says instead:

“There shall not be found among you …one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead,. For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).

Sure Saul did call up the dead spirit of Samuel by using the medium, the witch of Endor, (1 Samuel 28:11), but he did so against God’s warning not to do such things and he died for doing it.

“So Saul died for his trespass which he committed against the Lord, because of the word of the Lord which he did not keep, and also because he asked counsel of a medium, making inquiry of it, and he did not inquire of the Lord. Therefore, He killed him.” (1 Chronicles 10:13).

Therefore, even though the Bible speaks of the reality of paranormal activities like witchcraft and mediums and omens that doesn’t mean that one should participate in these activities anymore than one should participate in murder, incest, adultery or homosexuality even though these activities are also mentioned in the Bible and are warned against as well.

Patrick also misinformed the readers, I believe, by his understating of the concept of hell in the Bible .Jesus spoke more about hell than he did about heaven; see Mathew 5:22, 10:28 and 23:45 as well as Mark 9:47 etc. Likewise Patrick overstated the paranormal abilities that Jesus said any of us could all have because Jesus said we had to “Believe in Him first (John 14:12) and this is a very important necessary condition that he neglected to mention.

I also criticized Patrick’s belief in ghosts in the Bible (and anywhere else for that matter) because of the statement “Once to die and then the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

But, in the spirit of this Christmas season, however, I must now admit that I have found something in the Bible that might give credence to Patrick’s statement about entities in the Bible “roaming around the earth in a ghostly body.” Ghosts in the Bible? Was Patrick correct? Maybe! Just maybe!

Both the Old Testament:

“Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt” (Daniel 12: 2).

“The dead will live. Your corpses will rise and the earth will give birth to departed spirits” (Isaiah 26:19).

and the New Testament

“All in the tombs shall hear his voice and shall come forth those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment” (John 5:28-29),


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