A Tale to Tell
A widespread belief concerning ghosts is that they are composed of a misty, airy, or subtle material. Anthropologists have linked this thought to early beliefs that ghosts were the "person within the person" (the person's spirit), most noticeable in ancient cultures as a person's breath, which upon exhaling in colder climates appears visibly as a white mist. Belief in ghosts is found in all cultures around the world, and thus ghost stories may be passed down orally or in written form.
The people of the ancient world believed that the human soul survived bodily death. Children were brought up to believe that the dead lived on in another form that still required some kind of sustenance, usually pertaining to the kind of life they had lived on earth, how their remains were disposed of at their death, and how they were remembered by the living. The details of the afterlife in different cultures varied, but the constants were that such a realm existed, that it was governed by immutable laws, and that the souls of the dead would remain there unless given license by the gods to return to the land of the living for some specific reason. These reasons could include improper funeral rites, lack of any kind of burial, death by drowning where the body was not recovered, murder in which the body was never found (never properly buried), or to resolve some unfinished business or provide a true account of the events surrounding their death, such as when one was murdered and needed one's death avenged and the murderer brought to justice in order to rest in peace. Sounds very much like the present time.
Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.
There seem to be only slight glimmers of belief in the after-life in the Jewish tradition before the second century BC. Christians believe that Christ’s death and resurrection overcame death and evil. Those who had died prior to Christ’s coming waited for Christ to open the gates of heaven and bring eternal life to all as he brought life to the dead Lazarus.
The Church believes that after death, souls are judged and sent to the appropriate place in what is called the particular judgment. Hebrews 9.27 confirms “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
” (2 Corinthians 5.6-8) "Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight: 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." (Matthew 25.46)"And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (Luke 16.22-24)"And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried.."
Therefore, according to the Bible, souls of the dead are obviously not roaming the earth and when houses are haunted it is not the souls of the dead. Who is it then? The Bible believes that it is the work of good and evil spirits.
Sickness often was attributed to the devil, but the message is Christ healed people of spiritual and physical illness.
The Church has affirmed the existence of evil and evil spirits and acknowledged their negative effects. We are called to work with God to struggle against evil in whatever form it takes, whether it be social injustice, poverty, sickness, dishonesty, etc.
Vatican II tells us: “Humanity is obliged to wrestle constantly if it is to cling to what is good” (Church in the Modern World, n. 37). The Church insists that all of creation is under God’s domain and evil cannot suppress our freedom and responsibility. God sent Jesus to save us from the power of evil and he overcame evil by his death and resurrection.
Spirits who roam the earth and haunt houses often torment the living but sometimes they seem to act in good ways. According to Paul: “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11.14).
When the Pharisees accuse Jesus of being possessed in John’s Gospel, Jesus retorts "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8.44).
there are many references in Sacred Scripture to the evil spirit, the devil roaming the earth.
"And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it." (Job 1:7)
After all, it is the mysteries that make life interesting.
Lest we forget... Here are a few Real Ghost Stories for you now to enjoy. Visit for awhile the
True Ghost Stories from around the world.