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** Are Ghosts Real? Science Says No-o-o-o **

Benjamin Radford, LiveScience Contributor
Date: 29 January 2013 Time: 07:33 PM ET

If you believe in ghosts, you're not alone: A 2005 Gallup poll found that
37 percent of Americans believe in haunted houses, and about one-third
believe in ghosts. Tens of thousands of people around the world actively
search for ghosts as a hobby. Researcher Sharon Hill of the Doubtful
Newsblog counted about 2,000 active amateur ghost-hunting groups in

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Ghosts have been a popular subject for millennia, appearing in countless
stories, from "Macbeth" to the Bible, and even spawning their own folklore
genre: ghost stories. Ghosts are perhaps the most common paranormal belief
in the world. Part of the reason is that belief in ghosts is part of a
larger web of related paranormal beliefs, including near-death experience,
life after death, and spirit communication.

The idea that the dead remain with us in spirit is an ancient one, and one
that offers many people comfort; who doesn't want to believe that our
beloved but deceased family members aren't looking out for us, or with us
in our times of need? Most people believe in ghosts because of personal
experience; they have seen or sensed some unexplained presence.

*The science and logic of ghosts*

Personal experience is one thing, but scientific evidence is another
matter. Part of the difficulty in investigating ghosts is that there is not
one universally agreed-upon definition of what a ghost is. Some believe
that they are spirits of the dead who for whatever reason get "lost"


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Ghosts In The Bible - What Does The Bible Say About Ghosts?


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** What Does the Bible Say About Ghosts? **

*Are There Really Ghosts in the Bible?*

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"Do you believe in ghosts?"

Most of us heard that question when we were children, especially around
Halloween, but as adults we don't give it much thought.

Are there ghosts in the Bible? The term itself appears, but what it means
can be confusing. In this brief study, we'll look at what the Bible says
about ghosts, and what conclusions we can draw from our Christian beliefs.

-Ghosts in the Bible: When Jesus Looked Like a Ghost-

Jesus' disciples were in a boat on the Sea of Galilee, but he was not with
them. Matthew tells us what happened:

/Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the
disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost,"
they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take
courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."/(Matthew 14:25-27, NIV)

Mark and Luke report the same incident. The gospel writers give no
explanation of the word ghost. It's interesting to note that the King James
Version of the Bible, published in 1611, uses the term "spirit" in this
passage, but when the /New/ King James Version came out in 1982


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