Aaron’s word of inspiration for this week is angel.
Ok, Peeps and Meeps, I have a serious question: Do you believe in ghosts?
I find this is a better question to ask than “do you believe in angels?” Because almost everyone that I have asked will say without hesitation that they believe in angels. Of course they do! It’s such a lovely thought to have – the spirit of a dead loved one being there to watch over you, the idea of a guardian angel watching over you to make sure you are safe. How amazing is that thought?!
But when you ask about ghosts, it’s a whole different story! For some reason, the happy “awwww of course” thought that happens when you ask about angels turns into humming and hawing and “well…” and “that’s a good question, ya see….” because if it’s a “ghost” then it’s not that happy story of someone looking down on you from another realm where they are experiencing the afterlife in some sort of happy oasis. Ghosts are the opposite – it means their soul is stuck on earth, either with unfinished business or because they are evil and are haunting up the joint. Because, of course, not all ghosts are evil so we can’t just classify them all as evil spirits, and of course they are a whole other category from demons.
I have always found this difference in option to be quite puzzling. Especially as a Christian woman. Just hear me out on this one ok?! I’m going to try not to get too Biblical on ya.
As Christians, we are taught to believe that through believing in God and the Bible and Jesus Christ, and accepting the faith and confessing sins, we are thus absolved from our sins and accepted into heaven – aka where we would become angels. We also are taught that God has a whole host of angels living in heaven doing his will and praising him. So the concept of angels is solid. However!! There is also the solid concept of demons – not ghosts, demons. And these are fallen angels. Those angels who decided they didn’t like following the rules so God gave them a time out at recess and they were all “nah man, we out”.
So if we can have angels and evil spirits which are demons, is it not also possible that there would be ghosts? Like what if, someone went into the pits of hell and Satan decided that he was gonna send that soul back to earth to haunt some peeps for the rest of eternity? That would suck and would be a torment for someone, would it not?! What happens to those souls who have lived good lives but have not accepted the Gospel of Christ? Do they still have to go to hell to be tormented in the lake of fire? Maybe those are the nice ghosts that are just like chilling in invisible rocking chairs making the floor boards in the attack creak? Who knows!
My mom likes to tell me this story of when I was little, maybe like 2 or 3. I was apparently in her bedroom playing on the floor with some toys and talking to myself. Now anyone who knows me personally will know that I talk a lot and ya best trust that it started young. Someone had to tell Le Brother that he was wrong in everything that he did. Anyway, so my mom comes into the room to check on me, and there I am sitting on the floor at the end of the bed and Le Brother was not in there as she had expected. She asked who I was talking to and I said “the red headed man over there” and pointed to the corner.
PRETTY CREEPY STUFF RIGHT?! I can’t imagine that such a creepy thing came out of adorable baby GF’s mouth.
My mom likes to explain it as an angel in the corner looking after me. The only red headed man she knew was her own father (who died before she was married) so she thinks it might have been him checking in on his youngest (and only red headed) grandbaby. But what if it was a ghost?! Still could have been him, I don’t know the state of his soul when he passed. Maybe he was one of those decent enough guys who don’t deserve the torture for eternity but also don’t check off all the boxes to get into heaven?
Anyway, what are your thoughts on this? Leave them in the comments below, or even feel free to write your own response to Aaron’s Sunday Scribbling topic. Just make sure you link back to his blog so he knows you participated and so he can read it.