Despite the fact that the paranormal has ruled popular media for decades, the paranormal is not restricted to the media and to fiction. There is a reality to some paranormal events, and the Bible affirms this reality. Unimpeachable witnesses and investigators also affirm the reality of paranormal events. Not all of these witnesses agree as to the cause behind these phenomena, but they agree that there is a reality to paranormal activity.
They are not alone in their experiences and conclusions. Millions of people are experiencing something that they cannot explain, and they are seeking answers. In their pursuit of the truth, they have opened themselves to the spiritual world. Unfortunately, many have gravitated to the wrong spiritual camp. They have turned to Occultism and New Age philosophy. As such, they have received as truth the doctrines of devils (1 Tim. 4:1).
We as Christians have a prime opportunity to satisfy the thirst of these seekers by leading them to the truth of the Bible. Of course, in order to do this, we need to know what the Bible has to say regarding these paranormal experiences. This does not mean that we should study everything paranormal and conclusively prove its existence or non-existence according to Scripture. As Christians, we ought to be cautious about studying and investigating the paranormal as it tends to lead people into the Occult and into New Age doctrines. We also need to be careful about studying the paranormal because it can very easily become an obsession which detracts from our relationship with God and from our spiritual growth. Instead, we should be aware that people are experiencing, or are fascinated with, the paranormal, and we need to know the principles of Scripture which relate to the heart of the subject. Contrary to popular opinion, the Bible does supply us with sufficient information for us to test the spirits and to discern the nature behind these paranormal events.
As covered in the last chapter, not all paranormal events are demonic. We know that angels regularly minister to Christians (Heb. 1:13–14). The Bible teaches that Christians can interact with these angels in the physical realm, sometimes unaware (Heb. 13:2). By definition, this is a paranormal activity which is not demonic. Having said this, the aspects of the paranormal which have fascinated our society do generally find their origins in the demonic. As such, we should not associate and identify ourselves with these things. Instead, we are called to expose them. Ephesians 5:11 commands, “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”
UFOs, aliens, and abductions are demonic in nature, and the entities involved in these accounts may very well be actual demons.* Many Christian and secular researchers alike have concluded that at least some UFO reports are related to spiritual entities. According to their “inter-dimensional hypothesis,” UFO’s involve visitations from other realities or dimensions that coexist separately alongside our own. Christians ordinarily use the term “spiritual” instead of inter-dimensional, but they refer to the same thing. This has become a popular understanding of the phenomenon among both Christian and secular researchers because it explains how there can be a physicality to UFO’s while, simultaneously, there appears to be a metaphysical aspect to them which defies the known laws of science. Dr. Hugh Ross has noted that UFO’s generate no sonic booms when they break the sound barrier, nor do they show any evidence of meeting with air resistance. They make impossibly sharp turns and sudden stops, and they emit no detectable electromagnetic signals. Scientific advisor to the U.S. Air Force studies on UFO’s, developer of the close encounter classification system, and father of the scientific analysis of UFO reports and evidence, Josef Allen Hynek, in an article titled “Machines made of Shadows,” writes, “The spiritual theory explains why UFOs can make right angle turns. It explains why they can be dematerialized, why sometimes they are picked up on radar and sometimes not.”
Not only have many secular researchers accepted what amounts to a spiritual cause behind this phenomenon, but many secular researchers have also concluded that the modern UFO, alien, and abduction accounts are rooted in the demonic. John Keel was an American journalist and an influential ufologist. In his book UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse, John Keel writes:
Demonology is not just another crackpot-ology. It is the ancient and scholarly study of the monsters and demons who have seemingly coexisted with man throughout history. Thousands of books have been written on the subject, many of them authored by educated clergymen, scientists and scholars, and uncounted numbers of well-documented demonic events are readily available to every researcher. The manifestations and occurences described in this imposing literature are similar, if not entirely identical, to the UFO phenomenon itself. Victims of demonomania (possession) suffer the very same medical and emotional symptoms as the UFO contactees. … The devil and his demons can, according to the literature, manifest themselves in almost any form and can physically imitate anything from angels to horrifying monsters with glowing eyes. Strange objects and entities materialize and dematerialize in these stories, just as the UFOs and their splendid occupants appear and disappear, walk through walls, and perform other supernatural feats.
He also writes, “The UFO manifestations seem to be, by and large, merely minor variations of the age-old demonological phenomenon.” Furthermore, Dr. Jacques Vallee is an astrophysicist and a computer scientist who is best known for his work at SRI International in creating Arpanet—a precursor to the Internet—and for co-developing the first computerized mapping of mars for NASA. He is also among the pioneer ufologists and has addressed the United Nations on the subject of UFOs. In his book Messengers of Deception, Dr. Jacques Vallee writes:
An equally impressive parallel could be made between UFO occupants and the popular conceptions of demons, and indeed sociologists have pointed out that “the same elements are involved in diabolic contacts as in the divine encounters of increasing intimacy with what is defined as a supernatural consciousness.”
Additionally, Dr. Pierre Guerin was a senior researcher at the French National Council for Scientific Research. In an article for Flying Saucer Review, Dr. Pierre Guerin said, “[T]he modern UFOnauts and the demons of past days are probably identical.” Also, Lynn Catoe was the senior bibliographer of a government publication researched by the Library of Congress for the United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research titled UFOs and Related Subjects. Lynn Catoe writes:
A large part of the available UFO literature is closely linked with mysticism and the metaphysical. It deals with subjects like mental telepathy, automatic writing and invisible entities as well as phenomena like poltergeist [ghost] manifestations and ‘possession.’ Many of the UFO reports now being published in the popular press recount alleged incidents that are strikingly similar to demonic possession and psychic phenomena.
These are secular researchers, and yet they are not only able to identify this phenomenon as being demonic, they use a set of criterion to reach this conclusion. How is it that secular researchers use a standard for determining whether something is demonic and are able to defend their conclusions, but most Christians who claim UFO’s and aliens to be demonic do not? Too many Christians are quick to label this phenomenon demonic simply because it is strange and difficult to explain. They do not have solid reasoning for their conclusions. Neither can they use Scripture to prove why this is demonic. By doing so, Christians lose credibility among those who are genuinely seeking answers. If they are going to make the claim, then Christians need to be able to defend why they believe UFO’s and aliens to be demonic.
The testimonies of those who believe themselves to be victims of alien abduction frequently include horrific and sadistic sexual abuse. A 1992 study conducted by M.I.T. at Cambridge titled Alien Discussions: Proceedings of the Abduction Study Conference Held at M.I.T. Cambridge M.A compared the testimonies of alien abduction victims with those of Occult ritual survivors and concluded that the two phenomenon are so similar as to be one and the same in origin. (This report is provided in Appendix C.6) Likewise, Dr. Jacques Vallee writes in his book Messengers of Deception, “The ‘medical examination’ to which abductees are said to be subjected, often accompanied by sadistic sexual manipulation, is reminiscent of the medieval tales of encounters with demons.” Certainly this is a strong indication that whatever may be occurring is demonic in nature. After all, 1 John 3:8 says, “Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning.”
A frequent element in abduction accounts is lingering fear. Although fear is not universally recalled, its presence is consistent enough to reveal that the cause behind the abduction phenomenon is not God because 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” Compare this against Whitley Strieber’s abduction testimony in his book Transformation, “I felt an absolutely indescribable sense of menace. It was hell on earth to be there, and yet I couldn’t move, couldn’t cry out, couldn’t get away. I lay as still as death, suffering inner agonies. Whatever was there seemed so monstrously ugly, so filthy and dark and sinister. Of course they were demons. They had to be. And they were here and I couldn’t get away.”
Furthermore, the messages received from aliens have proven them to be liars and deceivers. Their prophecies and promises have repeatedly failed to unfold as they were spoken. Many times aliens have promised to reveal themselves at a specified location on a particular date. Each time, they fail to honor this commitment. Many times aliens have prophesied a great catastrophe or war which fails to occur. They also teach people about past lives and reincarnation. However, Hebrews 9:27 teaches that man lives only one life and then faces judgment. Aliens even claim to be the creators of mankind. However, the Bible teaches that God created man. Genesis 2:7, and 21–22 says:
[T]hen the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. … So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.
Most importantly, aliens repeatedly deny that Jesus was the Divine Son of God and the Christ. Recall that this is one of our tests for identifying the spirit of antichrist. 1 John 2:22 says, “Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.” Sometimes they teach that Jesus was a good teacher who was attempting to enlighten mankind. Sometimes they teach that Jesus was Himself an alien. Some have even claimed to be Jesus—particularly the entity known as Sananda. Therefore, it should not be difficult to accept that aliens also frequently deny the authority of Scripture as the infallible and inspired Word of God. They teach that the Bible contains errors. However, this too, is one of our tests for identifying the spirit of antichrist (1 John 5:10–12).
Clearly, the spirit behind this phenomenon is demonic. Any sense of alien benevolence, enlightenment, and protection are illusions. Scripture is clear, the actions and teachings of these aliens lead only to death and destruction (John 10:10).
Another aspect of the paranormal which fascinates our modern society is vampirism. Vampires are also demonic in nature. Most civilizations throughout history have had their own version of the vampire. Many of the early vampire stories present the vampire as a spirit-like entity which is capable of physically draining the blood from its victim. The consistency of these accounts indicates that the vampire is originally based in some degree of truth. However, history does not bear witness to the modern depiction of vampires. In fact, even the modern mythology of vampires is continually evolving. To the best of our knowledge, vampires as they are understood today have never existed. Nevertheless, there are many today who imitate the vampire. In 2011, Fox News reporter and syndicated radio host, Sean Hannity, reported, “There’s actually a vampire subculture that exists in the United States right now and spreads into almost every community in this country.” Some believe themselves to be psychic vampires who feed off of people’s energy.** Others drink blood and may even imitate the appearance of the vampire. Among those who drink blood, some acquire a dependence upon it. Regardless of whether this is only psychological, they feel as though they need blood to remain energized.
It is important to recognize that there is a strong number of individuals who have adopted the qualities of the fictional vampire. Although there may not be undead creatures of the night lurking amongst us, there is a burgeoning number of people who have assumed the lifestyle of the vampire. Therefore, it is important that we recognize the spirit behind vampirism.
We know that ancient religions and witchcraft have always placed great emphasis on blood and often employ the use of blood in their ceremonies. It was, and in some cases still is, believed that when an individual drinks the blood of someone or something, they are then endowed with the energies and power of the victim. This is why God commanded His people to separate themselves from this practice in Leviticus 19:26, “‘You shall not eat any flesh with the blood in it. You shall not interpret omens or tell fortunes.’” The command against eating blood is directly associated with witchcraft. This is further confirmed by the ensuing context which focuses on elements of witchcraft and pagan religious worship in verses 27–31. This command was not given because of dietary or health concerns. It appears as if God issued this command to prevent his people from seeking empowerment from a source other than Himself.
Integral to every vampire story is blood. Romans 3:15 teaches that one of the characteristics of the unrighteous is that they are quick to shed blood. Moreover, God considers blood to be sacred. Leviticus 17:10–14 says:
“If any one of the house of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn among them eats any blood, I will set my face against that person who eats blood and will cut him off from among his people. For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life. Therefore I have said to the people of Israel, No person among you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger who sojourns among you eat blood. Any one also of the people of Israel, or of the strangers who sojourn among them, who takes in hunting any beast or bird that may be eaten shall pour out its blood and cover it with earth. For the life of every creature is its blood: its blood is its life. Therefore I have said to the people of Israel, You shall not eat the blood of any creature, for the life of every creature is its blood. Whoever eats it shall be cut off.”
The purpose for this command cannot be for hygienic reasons. God informs His people that the reason for this command is that the life is in the blood, and it is through blood that the soul will be saved. God did not want His people partaking in the pagan practice of consuming the life force of another for personal empowerment. God’s people did not need power; they needed forgiveness, and that forgiveness would come only at the expense of a life. This was symbolized using the life of animals until Jesus Christ paid the debt with His own life. Only Jesus’ blood can truly forgive sins (Rom. 3:22–26; Rom. 5:6–10). God did not want His people chasing after the wrong blood.
Empowerment is the primary reason why vampires drink blood. According to the legend, when a vampire drinks blood, he captures the victim’s life-force. This not only nourishes the vampire, but it also endows him with supernatural abilities, such as strength, health, and immortality. In a sense, vampires teach that man can attain immortality and god-like powers apart from Christ and apart from repentance. However, the Bible teaches that only through placing our faith in Jesus Christ and repenting of our sins can a person attain immortality (John 3:16; 8:24). Vampires emphasize the wrong blood; human blood cannot give us eternal life. Only through the blood of Jesus can we receive eternal life. In Matthew 26:28, Jesus tells His disciples, “[F]or this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Also, Romans 5:8–9 and 18–21 says:
[B]ut God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. … Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Vampirism is a perversion of Christ’s teaching in John 6:53–57:
So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me.”
Jesus is not referencing the physical in this passage; He is speaking of the spiritual. At no point in Scripture do we read of any individual literally eating Jesus’ flesh or drinking His blood. Here Jesus is drawing a parallel between Himself and the manna that the Jews ate in the wilderness. God supernaturally provided the life-sustaining gift of manna from heaven as a picture of the spiritually life-sustaining gift from heaven that God would provide in Jesus Christ. A person can have everlasting spiritual life with God if they consume Jesus in a spiritual sense. When a person feasts himself upon who Jesus is and allows Jesus to strengthen and nourish his soul, Jesus promises that that person will be forever spiritually satisfied and sustained. Vampirism completely misses the point. It focuses entirely on the physical, and it ignores the significance of Jesus Christ. It teaches that all blood can bestow life—that man can experience eternal life apart from Jesus Christ. This is a denial of Jesus as the Christ, and is the spirit of antichrist according to 1 John 2:22.
Nearly everything that defines the vampire is something from which Christians have been called to separate themselves. In many ways, vampires are the embodiment of our sinful natures. Sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissentions, divisions, envy, and orgies are all qualities which are shared by both vampires and the sinful nature* (Gal. 5:19–21). Nearly every characteristic of the sinful nature listed in Galatians is a defining characteristic of the vampire. These are also defining characteristics of the spirit of antichrist. Therefore, according to Scripture, the vampire is the embodiment of evil, completely devoid of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:16–18 teaches that a person cannot follow after the sinful nature and the Holy Spirit simultaneously:
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
This is further evidenced by the vampire’s almost continual state of melancholy. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. Why then do Christians long after and fantasize about vampires? In doing so, Christians are pursuing the very opposite of what they are called to become. Christ promises the Christian an abundant life and the joy that comes from the Holy Spirit (John 10:10). How can a Christian believe that the sullen life of a vampire in any way compares to what Christ has freely offered us?
In Acts 15:28–29, the Apostles and elders at Jerusalem wrote a letter to the Gentiles commanding them to abstain from four things:
“For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements: that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.”
Modern vampires focus nearly all their attention on two of these four things: Drinking blood and committing sexual immorality.*
Later, in Ephesians 5:3, the Apostle Paul commands, “But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.” Vampires covet blood, are sexually immoral, and are involved in activities which the Bible considers “impure.” As Christians, we are called to separate ourselves from the very characteristics which define the vampire. Far from accomplishing this, many Christians today have become enamored with the vampire. They entertain themselves by championing the cause of vampires in popular media. In some instances, such as Twilight’s Edward Cullen, they idolize the vampire. The vampire becomes the ultimate sex symbol and the epitome of a romantic lover. According to Scripture, this should not be the case. Christians should not associate with vampires via books and movies, and Christians certainly should not sympathize with a character who blasphemes the blood of Jesus Christ.
Yet another aspect of the paranormal which fascinates our society is zombies. Like vampires, there are elements of the zombie legend which are rooted in factual events, but the modern zombie character is entirely fictitious. There is no evidence to indicate that a truly dead corpse has ever been re-animated as a zombie.
Like the others, zombies are demonic in nature. Zombies contradict the Bible’s teaching than man dies and then faces judgment. Hebrews 9:27 says, “[I]t is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,” People do not die and then become re-animated, mindless, corpses. Revelation 20:4 teaches that some who are judged will reign with Christ on earth for 1,000 years. Clearly these are not mindless individuals focused entirely on death, destruction, and feeding. As for the others who face judgment, they will never again roam the earth. Rather, they will be confined to the Lake of Fire. According to Revelation 20:13–15:
And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
Zombies are a perversion of God’s promise to resurrect our bodies in 1 Corinthians 15:21–22. Zombies are resurrected, but they are mindless, rotting, corpses. However, the Bible teaches that we will be like Jesus when we are resurrected from the dead. Romans 6:4–5 says:
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
In neither His mortal nor immortal body was Jesus ever portrayed as a mindless, rotting, corpse.
As Christians, we are repeatedly encouraged to place our hope in Christ’s resurrection of the dead, and the judgment of the unrighteous. 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 says:
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
If this is truly the Christian’s hope, then how can a believer be entertained by the perversion and rejection of this promise? This is a hope which is to be cherished.
Moreover, zombies seek only to steal, kill, and destroy. This is the motivation and intention of our adversary, the Devil. John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Clearly zombies stand in defiance of God’s design for mankind.
Ultimately, zombies contradict the Bible’s command to love others. Ephesians 5:1–2 says, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Zombies are the epitome of an individual devoid of all love for his fellowman. In a sense, they are the ultimate fulfillment of Galatians 5:14–15, “For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.” Zombies would be a literal fulfillment of the Apostle Paul’s warning. Of course, the Apostle Paul was not teaching the reality of zombies. Rather, he was teaching about how destructive a lack of love for others can be. Zombies are the ultimate portrayal of this lack of love.
As with vampires, Christians should not become overly fascinated with zombies. They are defined by the very characteristics which define the spirit of antichrist. Furthermore, the grotesque images and actions of zombies are not healthy for any Christian. Everything about zombies fails to meet the standard of Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Werewolves also fascinate our society. Yet again, this is a character which can be traced in varying forms throughout most of history in many diverse civilizations. As such, it appears as if the werewolf is also rooted in an element of truth. Nevertheless, history does not bear credible witness to the reality of werewolves as they are depicted in popular media. There is no reason to believe that any human has ever possessed the ability to transform himself into a wolf.
Werewolves are demonic in nature. They contradict the Bible’s teaching that man is created distinct from the animals and is created in the image of God. Genesis 1:26–27 says:
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
Werewolves are the supreme example of losing one’s self control and giving way to one’s most base and carnal nature. However, the Bible teaches that we are not to give way to our lusts but are to be self-controlled at all times. 2 Peter 1:4–7 says:
[B]y which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.
Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit according to Galatians 5:22–24, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Likewise, 2 Timothy 1:7 teaches that God has given every Christian the ability to remain self-controlled, “[F]or God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
The very essence of the werewolf is opposed to God’s design and purpose for mankind as well as His commands to Christians. This contradiction of God’s Word reveals that the werewolf is rooted in the spirit of antichrist.
Another aspect of the paranormal which fascinates our society is ghosts. Ghosts are also demonic in nature. A clear indication of this is the fact that throughout history, ghosts have most often been associated with Occultism and evil. In fact, it seems that the favorite locations for ghosts to manifest themselves are places where some act of violence has occurred.
Some have tried to identify ghosts as angelic beings who are sent by God to interact with mankind. However, the most common element among ghost stories is that they instill a spirit of fear. The Bible teaches that fear is not from God. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “[F]or God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” Also, 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” An apparition who generates an enduring atmosphere of fear is not of God. As such, this eliminates the possibility that it is an angel sent by God.
Furthermore, the accounts of ghostly encounters do not match the account of angelic encounters in Scripture. In the Bible, we find two kinds of angelic encounters. In the first of these encounters, angels appear indistinguishable from ordinary men (Heb. 13:2). In the example of Genesis 19, the men of Sodom called out to Lot asking for the angels in order that they might have sexual relations with them. They believed the angels to be ordinary men. Genesis 19:4–5 says, “But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot, ‘Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.’”* These angels were not intangible apparitions who remained at a distance. They interacted with Lot and even ate the food that Lot prepared for them according to Genesis 19:3. They also physically took hold of Lot and his family according to Genesis 19:16. There is nothing in this first type of encounter which would lead a person to believe that he had interacted with a ghost.
In the second kind of angelic encounter, the very sight of the angels immediately struck fear into the observers, presumably because of their power and majesty. However, this fear is always quickly dispelled because fear is not from God (Luke 1:11–13; Luke 1:28–30; Luke 2:8–10). Angels do not appear as apparitions who remain eerily silent in the distance. Angels speak with those to whom they appear. In these encounters, there is an obvious supernatural element, but there is never any question as to whether an angel was encountered. The observer is not left to question whether his eyes played tricks on him, or whether the entity encountered is from God or the Devil. And he does not possess a lingering sense of fear and trepidation. The simple fact of the matter is that modern accounts of ghostly encounters do not match the Bible’s accounts of angelic encounters.
The primary ghostly activities and ensuing explanations which are reported contradict God’s Word. As such, they belong to the spirit of antichrist. Most notably, many ghosts are said to be the spirits of dead humans who have unfinished business. According to the Bible, this cannot be true. Psalm 146:4 says, “When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.” All that he cared about and aspired to become ceases upon the individual’s death. As such, it should be evident that the spirit of a deceased individual has no reason to haunt a house, a location, or an item. Furthermore, Job 7:9–10 informs us that the individual is not capable of haunting a house, a location, or an item, “As the cloud fades and vanishes, so he who goes down to Sheol does not come up; he returns no more to his house, nor does his place know him anymore.” Whatever may be lingering around the house, location, or item is certainly not the soul of a dead human.
Ghosts contradict the Bible’s teaching that a man cannot willingly return to the earth after his death. In Luke chapter 16, Jesus teaches about a rich man who died and went to Hades. Not wanting his family to join him in his fate, the rich man wanted to warn his family, but he could not return to his family himself. Consequently, he unsuccessfully pleaded with Abraham to send someone from paradise to warn his family on his behalf.* Clearly the dead cannot voluntarily return to earth and interact with the physical world.
Interestingly enough, when Jesus’ disciples believed that Jesus was a ghost in Luke 24:36–39, Jesus did not deny the existence of ghosts:
As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”
The Bible does not deny the existence of ghosts; it denies the idea that ghosts are the spirits of dead humans who haunt locations and items. In fact, Scripture teaches that there are spirits who pretend to be the spirits of dead people. These are called “familiar spirits.” Isaiah 8:19–20 says:
And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them (KJV).*
Whatever these familiar spirits may be, they are likely not the spirits of humans, and they are not from God because God forbade communication with familiar spirits. According to Leviticus 19:31, it was against God’s Law to even interact with those who communicated with familiar spirits, “Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God” (KJV).* If an individual had a familiar spirit, it was a crime punishable by death. Leviticus 20:27 says, “A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them” (KJV).* Clearly God does not want His people to follow after ghosts. Christians should not be involved in any activity which seeks to communicate with entities from the other side. Neither should a Christian associate with those who do communicate with the other side. This would include reading their books and watching their television programs.
A final aspect of the paranormal which fascinates our society is witches. Witches are also demonic in nature. God commanded His people to separate themselves from witchcraft. Deuteronomy 18:10–12 says:
There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD. And because of these abominations the LORD your God is driving them out before you.
In God’s eyes there is no such thing as good witches and bad witches—white magic versus black magic. According to God, all who practice witchcraft are an abomination before the Lord. This is because at the heart of witchcraft is a spirit of rebellion, as is evident in the prophet Samuel’s equation of the two while speaking to King Saul in 1 Samuel 15:23, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry” (KJV).* Witchcraft places personal desires and ambitions above the ways of God, and it seeks to accomplish them apart from God. However, the Bible teaches that we are to humble ourselves and to submit ourselves to God. James 4:5–7 says:
Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Witchcraft offers man the lusts of his heart without requiring that he submit to God.
Every time that the word “witchcraft” appears in the KJV Bible, it is associated with idolatry (1 Sam. 15:23; 2 Chron. 33:6–7; Gal. 5:20).* A person who rebels against God places his self-will and desires above God’s will and desires. As such, the individual’s self-will and desires become idols—things which are placed above God. Achieving the individual’s goals and desires become more important than following and honoring God.
Some in the above list of paranormal entities, such as witches, exist in reality today. Others exist only in the realm of fictitious entertainment. As such, it is easy to dismiss such things as vampires, werewolves, and zombies as harmless because they are merely the result of an over-active imagination. However, Scripture speaks repeatedly of the imaginations of men. In nearly every instance, the reference is negative because often, it is within the imagination that evil is first devised. Never does God dismiss evil because it exists only in the imagination. Rather, 2 Corinthians 10:5 teaches that Christ cast down imaginations and grants us the power to take every thought captive for Christ, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” (KJV).* We are to be seekers of God-honoring truth at all times—whether it be in the realm of reality or the realm of entertainment and our imaginations.
The spirit of antichrist will use any means possible to spread its deceit and to cultivate a spirit of rebellion against Christ. When we understand the Biblical principles which pertain to the paranormal, we are able to test the spirits to which we are being exposed to see whether they are from God (1 John 4:1). The Bible has provided us with powerful tools for discerning the truth in a society that is desperate for answers. As such, we have a wonderful opportunity, but in order to take advantage of this opportunity, Christians need to be prepared to show the inherent spiritual danger of these paranormal activities to those who are seeking answers. More importantly, we should be prepared and searching for opportunities to use the individual’s interest in these issues to reveal the spiritual battle that rages all around us in order to direct them to the truth of God’s Word. As Christians, we need not fear the paranormal. Rather, paranormal encounters can be used to open wide doors of opportunity within the hearts of those who desperately need the truth of Jesus Christ and the salvation that only He can offer them.
- The term “UFO” refers to any unidentified flying object. The majority of UFO reports are merely reported sightings of some unknown aerial phenomenon. It is probable that most of these are the consequence of natural phenomenon, misidentification, and of military activities. Naturally, UFO accounts which are rooted in misidentification and natural, or terrestrial, activities are nothing more than confusion. There is nothing inherently demonic—or even moral or immoral—regarding these reports. However, many UFO reports extend beyond stating what the individual observed. These accounts often include alien entities and religious experiences. These are the accounts to which the author is referring when speaking of the demonic nature behind UFOs. ↵
- Ross, Lights in the Sky and Little Green Men, 69–70. ↵
- JediWitness2, “Demonic Alien Agenda – Parts 1–11.” ↵
- John Keel, Operation Trojan Horse, 192, Source: Melanson, “UFOs & the Cult of ET.” ↵
- John Keel, Operation Trojan Horse (Illuminet, 1996), 299, Source: Ankerberg, The Facts on UFOs and Other Supernatural Phenomena. ↵
- Vallee, Messengers of Deception, 14. ↵
- Flying Saucer Review 25, no. 1:14, Source: Watcher Website, “Quotes on the Deceptive Nature of UFOs and Alien Abductions.” ↵
- Lynn Catoe, UFOs and Related Subjects: USGPO, 1969; prepared under AFOSR Project Order 67-0002 and 68-0003, Source: Watcher Website, “Quotes on the Deceptive Nature of UFOs and Alien Abductions.” ↵
- Vallee, Confrontations: A Scientist’s Search for Alien Contact, 13. ↵
- Strieber, Transformation: The Breakthrough, 190. ↵
- TyrannosaurusRadio, “Demonic UFOs (Christopher, Prophecy Club).” ↵
- Hannity, “Night Neighbors.” ↵
- “A Psychic Vampire is a person, who by reason of a condition of their spirit, needs to obtain vital energy from outside sources.” (http://www.psivamp.org/curious.html) ↵
- “While this is an interesting idea, scientists and doctors have never been able to locate or even verify the existence of this supposed ‘energy.’ Since there’s no evidence that the bodily or psychic energy exists in the first place, there’s no way to prove that a ‘psychic vampire’ is in fact draining that energy.” (Radford, “Vampires Among Us: From Bats to Psychics.”) ↵
- It can be argued that drunkenness is also a shared quality. The vampire’s drink of choice is not alcohol, but blood. Between the vampire’s need for blood and the drunkard’s need for alcohol, there are many parallels. ↵
- 2 Timothy 2:22: So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. ↵
- The Hebrew word translated as “know” is the same word used for sexual relations between Adam and his wife, Eve, in Genesis 4:1, and 25, “Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, ‘I have gotten a man with the help of the LORD.’ … And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and called his name Seth, for she said, ‘God has appointed for me another offspring instead of Abel, for Cain killed him.’” In these passages of Scripture, to “know” someone is a euphemism for sexual relations. ↵
- Luke 16:19–31: “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house—for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’” ↵
- Isaiah 8:19–20 (ESV): And when they say to you, ‘Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,’ should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living? To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. ↵
- Leviticus 19:31 (ESV): Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the LORD your God. ↵
- Leviticus 20:27 (ESV): “A man or a woman who is a medium or a necromancer shall surely be put to death. They shall be stoned with stones; their blood shall be upon them.” ↵
- 1 Samuel 15:23 (ESV): For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has also rejected you from being king." ↵
- The word translated in the KJV as “witchcraft” is the Hebrew word kashaph. It means “to whisper a spell, that is, to inchant or practice practise magic.” This word is translated as “witchcraft” in the KJV Bible, whereas the ESV chooses to use the synonyms “divination” and “sorcery.” Likewise, the Greek word for “witchcraft” is pharmakeia, which means “magic, sorcery, witchcraft.” The KJV translates this word as “witchcraft;” whereas, the ESV translates it as sorcery. (Strong, Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, #H3784, 76. Also: Strong, Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, #G5331, 101.) ↵
- 2 Corinthians 10:5 (ESV): We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, ↵