Tim Truzy is a minister in a Christian church, and he has participated in other religions.
The Supernatural World is Inescapable
Truthfully, popular entertainment is rich with tales of supernatural experiences. Turning on your radio or television can bring you into contact with material showcasing haunting scenarios. Many films glorify horror while popular books thrive on tales of evil beings. However, pivotal events in the historical best seller, the Judeo-Christian Bible, concern the supernatural realm. In fact, the word “ghost” is mentioned 108 times in the Scriptures while “demon” appears nearly 80 times in the New Testament.
Throughout the New Testament Jesus Christ exhibited power over demons, granting His Apostles authority over them. Furthermore, the Old Testament features stories of rulers consulting with mediums. Indeed, reading the Bible reveals the importance of the spiritual world and what Christians should do regarding ghosts, demons, and the supernatural realm. As a Christian minister, I’ve taught people about the biblical perspective on the supernatural world, providing assistance when necessary. Below are Bible verses from the King James Version (KJV) about these phenomena and the interesting true story of a witch who became a saint.
Don't be Afraid of Ghosts
Stories of ghosts being our loved ones remain from before biblical times until now, but the Bible teaches the origin of these creatures is more sinister. Indeed, even Jesus Christ disciples thought He was a ghost in Mathew 14:26. Yet, according to Isaiah 8:19, Christians are taught to seek God’s guidance, not dead individuals. In Psalm 146 and Ecclesiastes 9:5-6, Christians read the dead cannot communicate with the living. Essentially, Psalms 4 states people do not become angels, but await judgment after death. Finally, ghosts exist, but are tricksters associated with dark forces as explained in 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 and Revelation 12:9. These “familiar spirits” are not our deceased loved ones:
- Hebrews 9:27: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”
- Job 14:12: “So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.”
- Luke 16:23: “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torment, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.”
All about Demons
Most biblical scholars agree demons are fallen angels. Led by Satan, a third of angels rebelled against God resulting in their expulsion from Heaven, recorded in Ezekiel 28:18 and Mathew 25:41. Some names of demons include: Legion, Molech, Abaddon, and Satan. Although there are many reasons for physical and mental illnesses, these malevolent beings can cause such suffering, noted in Mark 5:2-10. Often called “unclean spirits,” demons encourage the spread of false doctrines and immoral actions. However, with the Holy Ghost dwelling within the soul, Christians needn't fret about demonic possession; demons and Christ cannot exist simultaneously within a person’s inner being.
Nevertheless, evil spiritual beings must respect the authority of God. For instance, Mathew 12:22 documents Jesus Christ casting a demon out of a man who was blind, restoring his sight. Likewise, God used demonic spirits to influence the ruler, Saul, in 1 Samuel 16:14. Also, in the Book of Job, Satan tormented Job without knowledge of God's plan. Finally, God will cause demons to gather the armies of the world together for the Battle of Armageddon. The Book of Revelation explains Satan and his demonic horde will be vanquished to Hell afterwards:
Bible Verses about Demons
- 1 Kings 22:22: “And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.”
- Leviticus 18:21: “And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.”
- Mathew 10:1: “And when (Jesus Christ) had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.”
- Revelation 12:4: “And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.”
Witches, the Spanish Inquisition, and the Story of Saint Comba
Christians are discouraged from participating in occult activities. Deuteronomy 18 9:14 shows the consequence of disobedience is God’s displeasure. Christians are directed to avoid enchanters, witches, and mediums in these verses. In addition, Christians will not receive responses from God when consulting with such individuals, according to 1 Samuel 28 3-19. In fact, Exodus 18:22 reads: “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” Strict interpretation of these and similar verses have led to profound suffering today and historically.
During the Spanish Inquisition, from the 1400s until the 1800s, scholars estimate over a hundred thousand people were persecuted as heretics, including witches. Although politics played a part in the period, the Catholic Church teachings helped to fueled the problems for citizens in Spain and related colonies. The number of losses contributed to the Spanish Inquisition and other such events is debatable, but individuals like St. Comba are reminders to apply caution when interpreting Scriptures. St. Comba accepted Christ as her Savior, but refused to stop practicing witchcraft. She became a martyr and the patron saint of witches. Although legend states St. Comba was warned, good practitioners of witchcraft seek her help in fighting bad witches.
Final Thoughts on Demons, Ghosts, and the Supernatural Realm
During the biblical period, Jesus and His apostles were not afraid to walk among people who followed various religions. For example, witches were not always considered enemies of the church, frequently aiding with healing. The Book of Genesis teaches God created all things, and herbal remedies have shown value in treating various sicknesses today. We should not fear knowledge gained through centuries of study from items the Creator made. In essence, Almighty God is with us, meaning we are protected, as stated in Romans 8:31 and Luke 10:19.
Moreover, the Apostle Paul warned Christians to wear all protective spiritual gear in the Book of Ephesians when battling otherworldly entities. In addition, we should approach spiritual and other matters with love while steering clear of occult phenomenon, according to 1 Corinthians 13. 1 John 4:8 informs us God is love, and we should “fear no evil” as indicated in Psalm 23 and Mathew 6. We should take care to avoid missteps like the Spanish Inquisition because Christians are still persecuted in the modern world. In conclusion, we should neither cherish evil nor partake in wrongdoings contrary to the Commandment of Love, expressed in Mathew 22:34-40.
Bible Verses about Confronting Evil
- 1 Corinthians 13-13: “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
- 1 John 4:8: “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”
- Ephesians 6:11: "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."
- Isaiah 54:17: “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.”
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© 2019 Tim Truzy