Ghosts, UFO’s, and Jesus:
The Interaction of the Physical and Spiritual Realms
Many cultures have been influenced by the stories of ghosts. Who are these spirits? What do they want? Why are they here? What messages from the gods do they convey? Even the Bible mentions ghosts, though there are no direct statements about who and what they are. In the modern American culture, ghost stories continue to be popular, largely due to old Paganistic customs and influences from the pre-christian European cultures, which are still presented in Halloween and TV.
The recent re-awakening of Paganistic influences in our culture has caused a degree of ignorance about ghosts. Only the practicing Christians promote Biblically-oriented doctrines about them. But our Pagan-influenced segments of society have a great interest in ghosts and they often seek to find non- or anti-biblical teachings and meanings about the reasons and causes for ghosts appearing and communicating with us. Dogmas about life after death, other dimensions of the universe, the relationship between the physical and the spiritual, etc. are propagated without any reference to the teachings and spiritual experience of the Prophets and Apostles of the Bible, and of the Ancient Jewish sages and Early Christian saints of Sacred History.
At one time it was popular to disbelieve in the existence of ghosts. But this unbelief is itself not completely from an Apostolic awareness of the spiritual worlds. It’s an opinion often derived from two sources- one that is a hatred of Roman Catholic communication with angels and saints and one that is a trust in science being superior to faith. Both of these sources had influenced many Protestants, and even some Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox, to discount the existence of ghosts, or at least to publicly reject or ridicule any possibility of contact with the invisible worlds beyond observable science and Protestant theology, which tends to minimize and reduce Christian spirituality anyway, especially when dealing with invisible beings. However, today’s average person understands that people, honest and intelligent people, have seen ghosts, and that many sightings are in all probability real contacts with the spiritual realms. The question then is: what’s going on?
One of the most commonly known observations about ghosts is that they usually appear in places where they, when they were once alive on earth, supposedly were powerfully attracted to. Hence, it seems as if after death, it is possible for a person to become a ghost under the right circumstances and in extremely dramatic instances. If a person was murdered at a certain location, he may become a ghost and re-enact his death at that place, or he may simply wander around it. If a person had a powerful love for his life at a certain house, he may become a ghost and continue to act as though he still lives there. If a person was overly jealous about a certain object or room or house or bridge or whatever, he may become a ghost and angrily seek to protect whatever it is he desired in life, even physically assaulting any living being threatening his space. Whatever the case, ghosts usually appear as dead human beings who supposedly had a strong emotional experience during their earthly lives, which causes them to become ghosts and retain connections with a certain thing or things in our physical world. These are just the main general observations pertaining to hauntings, though they in no way prove that the ghosts really are who they are seen to be, nor that they have some uncontrollable connection with earthly physical things. Thus, there are ghosts appearing in the name of once-living people, being seen by living people in connection with physical places and objects that the once-living people apparently were inordinately and powerfully identified with, uniting the spiritual with the physical. And there are many other details, facts, and concepts about ghosts that have been documented and explained through Christian and non-christian analyses.
But here is an important question: If ghosts really are the spirits of dead people who are somehow strongly connected with an earthly house or event or whatever, thereby causing them to appear visibly, then where do their clothes come from? All these ghosts are always wearing the clothes that they supposedly had been wearing while they were alive. Some ghosts are from the U.S. Civil War, some are from colonial times, others are from Shakespeare’s days, etc. They’re all wearing their old clothes, shoes, hats, etc. But they’re dead! They’re spirits! What do they need clothes for? And how did they acquire these clothes, especially the ones that they used to wear according to the cultures and times of physical earth? Did these clothes also die, so as to become ghosts too? Or do ghosts have tailors making them this stuff? Or is it that ghosts go to some spiritual mall to buy clothes? Or maybe they go downtown on earth and use magical powers to make thread and clothes disappear, then just borrow them for the night!
The question about the origins of ghostly clothes is a good one. It indicates that there’s an intellect involved in causing ghosts to appear. Ghostly clothes should not be capable of visibly appearing to living people if ghosts are simply dead souls, especially dead souls more interested in their supposedly incessant quest to haunt something. If these ghosts are so distraught or so emotionally attached to whatever it is they want to haunt, then they should have no concern about being seen by people or about being seen naked or about looking around various realms to get some clothes for the right occasion. Why is it that not a single ghost has modernized his apparel? If they are emotionally stable enough to procure clothes for themselves, then at least a few of them must be mentally stable enough to have some fun and get a wardrobe change! Or is it that someone gives them these clothes? Whatever the case may be, it is evident that there is some mind behind the appearances of ghosts. Someone wants people to see these apparitions and he wants them to seem presentable and culturally acceptable. Similarly, there are no stories about ghosts beyond 500 years ago. There are no reports of ancient centurions still guarding Rome against the attacks of the Vandals. People do not hear about King Alfred the Great still fighting off invaders, or about some typical Crusader still wandering the streets of Byzantium seeking Orthodox Christians to kill or wandering Jerusalem looking for Muslim heads. Even ghosts from Shakespeare’s time are quite rare. Most ghosts occur in a space of time and in cultural settings that living people are expected to relate to.
As these observations show, there is some mind manipulating the visions of ghosts, and this mind conforms their appearances to fit our cultural expectations and experiences. So, since there is a mind behind them, then there is a reason for their appearances, and this reason is not in the process of promoting Christianity. Hence, it comes from Satan.
One of the proofs that Satan is the mind behind the appearances of ghosts is the overtly powerful attraction that ghosts have to particular physical entities. The Bible talks about demons possessing human souls and bodies on earth, as well as possessing pigs. Even wooden idols are said to be possessed by demons. This is because souls, bodies, and physical objects can be possessed by evil under the right conditions, due to sinful inquisitiveness, spells, and curses. But the Bible also talks about angelic or Holy Spirit possession, whereby human souls, bodies, and earthly objects may take on divine qualities through the subjugation of the flesh to the spirit, prayers, and liturgical blessings.
Protestantism teaches that only souls can be given the grace of Holy Spirit possession, and even that concept is heavily watered down by Protestants, who interpret the concept of spiritual perfection in ways that the Ancient Jews and Early Christians would consider as being extremely superficial or shallow. For Protestants, only God is allowed to fuse the spiritual realm with the earthly world by becoming Man, Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, Scripture has always been known to teach that souls can be given Holy Spirit possession, so that Christ’s command for us to be as perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect becomes a literal doctrine, not a figurative or metaphorical one. Moreover, the Bible also talks about the Christian’s physical body attaining to the same level of divine possession, when one’s flesh becomes perfectly subjected to his spirit, which is in full possession of the Lord. This is when a person’s will is in total conformity to God’s will, not partially in conformity, but totally united, which is sainthood and holy perfection, the goal of the Christian Faith. In this transformation of the person’s mind to Christ’s Mind, the body equally acquires divine qualities, and this is what the Bible means what it talks about Adam and Eve being one flesh, which does not simply refer to physical union between the two, but also to a spiritual union between them and between each of their souls and bodies. And this is why the Bible constantly speaks of bodily parts as though they are spiritual realities, such as lifting up our hearts (Lamentations 3:41), or sinking words into our ears (Luke 9:44), or tasting the Lord (Psalm 34:8), or telling us to “see” the Truth (Mark 8:18), etc., though we are not expected to lift up our physical hearts or literally taste the Lord or see invisible ideas with our earthly eyes. It is similarly the case with the Bible’s meditative concept of fasting, where the body is denied food and water for a time in order to induce a heavenly experience, thereby uniting the flesh with the spiritual realm. Thus, the body and the spirit are so intertwined for any person that both one’s spirit and body can either become possessed by Satan, if there is some cause for this, or become purified by the activity of God’s grace, if such a one ardently seeks the Kingdom of Heaven. This is what happened with Elisha’s bones, which were found in his grave in 2 Kings 13:20-21. Elisha was so divinized by the possession of the Holy Spirit in his soul and flesh that his bones after his death were still healing people, a miracle that also continues to this day with some relics of ancient saints. But this unity of body and spirit, especially the miracles of saintly relics, is rejected by many Protestants, due to their divorce from Apostolic spirituality.
In addition to these Biblical truths, the Bible, Holy Tradition, as well as extra-biblical tales, even the most fanciful ones, never recorded stories about Prophets, Jesus, and Apostolic men reversing the aging process, either to make people older or to make them younger, nor even to make them change their sex. This is not just true in Christianity, but it is also true in Paganism and other religions in the world throughout history, where stories of the gods reversing the aging process or changing people’s sexes, are as a whole quite rare in their holy books, myths, fairy tales, folk tales, etc. And there is a reason for this. Though aging and gender are real physical functions, one’s body is so interwoven with his soul and spirit that to change or reverse or advance this physical activity would literally cause great harm to the person as a whole, not just physically but also spiritually. This is one aspect of Jesus’s parable in Matthew 13:24-30 about the weeds among the wheat, where He talks about how Satan came and planted weeds among the wheat that God planted. Because the weeds and the wheat are so intertwined, Christ, the Master in this parable, declares that He cannot uproot the weeds until harvest time, lest the wheat be accidentally uprooted along with the weeds. Now, Jesus in Matthew 13:39 explains that the harvest time is the end of the age, when the good and bad people are finally separated, nevertheless, the intertwining of the soul and body is just as or more intertwined than the social relations between good and evil people before Judgement Day. Like this parable, the lack of miracles changing people’s age and sex is due to the ancient awareness since Adam and Eve of the inseparably unified essence of the soul and body. This Apostolic understanding of the flesh and spirit being permanently united and essential to the identity of a person in God’s triune image and likeness is the main reason why the Early Christians vehemently opposed and philosophically disproved the Pagan doctrine of reincarnation, where one’s soul enters or re-enters another body or form.
Because of this powerful interconnection between the soul and the body, and because each soul and body must remain within the gender and time dimension that it was created in until harvest time, the end of the age, the scientific theory of time travel, which may be a possibility, leads to spiritual and physical problems as well, even if time travel can occur or may be different from how it is envisioned in science and on TV. Since the body and soul are so intertwined with the aging process and require remaining in a consistent progression of time in society as the end of the age nears, it is probable that time travel will seriously damage one’s body and soul irreparably. In fact, the indivisibility of the soul and body within its original dimension of time may not even allow any time travelers to physically interact or communicate with or be noticed in any way by people living in the past and future. In other words, the only thing time travelers might be able to do is simply observe events in the past and future in a very detached way, much like watching TV. But as Scripture indicates, since God Himself will not separate the good people from the bad people until harvest time, or Judgement Day, lest spiritual damage occurs, it is likely that the essence of each human being will further disintegrate spiritually and physically if he tampers with time beyond its own natural progression. It is even theoretically possible that if only one person alters time’s natural progression, then all people may be adversely affected.
In the same way as the body and spirit are intertwined, so may physical objects become infused with an individual’s spirituality, either from Satan or from God. As the Bible itself often relates, physical objects may take on divine possession through saintly people. The Ark of the Covenant and the Urim and Thumim that God told Moses to make are good examples of this spiritual reality, whereby the Holy Spirit worked through sacred objects that were physically handled and used in prayer by the souls and bodies of divinely possessed men. This is why Christ’s robe in Luke 8:44-46 actually healed a woman when she touched it. Jesus even felt power leave Him when this happened, so that His robe had become a physical-spiritual extension of Himself. St. Paul’s handkerchief in Acts 19:11 was also capable of healing people, since it was handled by a divinized soul and body, thereby becoming possessed by the Holy Spirit through Paul’s saintliness. The same is true in Acts 5:15 of St. Peter’s shadow, which God used to heal people. And even the Holy Tradition of the Jewish Prophets and the Apostolic Tradition of the Church recount many instances whereby physical objects took on the sacred spirituality of its owners through the Holy Spirit and God’s grace, such as the relics of saints, the handkerchief of Jesus Christ, Scriptural texts, etc. All of these things, particularly the robe, the handkerchief, and the shadow in the Bible, were not used by God just to show how He can work through inanimate objects, but also to show how the Apostles had become as perfect in body and soul as Christ is. Even the angels in Revelation 8:3-4, who united sacred, physical incense with spiritual prayer, also infer by this the mystical unity between the physical and spiritual realms. This inanimate connection between the spiritual and physical realms is a concept that Protestantism either denies or ignores, due to its reductionist and minimalist spirituality.
These spiritual truths about the connections between the physical and spiritual worlds, as cited from Scripture and Apostolic Tradition, provide important insights about ghosts haunting houses, physical objects, and other earthly entities. In the right circumstances, where powerfully sinful inclinations and activities permeate over time, certain physical objects, typically houses, can become possessed by demons, or ghosts. But just as it takes prior preparation or a motivation for one’s body to either become visibly possessed by evil or manifestly possessed by God, there occurs some degree of cultivation for physical objects to become possessed, such as a house being the home for a very sinful man, or for a succession of sinful family after sinful family, or for being cursed by Satan worshippers, or for someone influenced by false beliefs, etc. This degree of spiritual preparation or infusion is why it is quite unusual for a new house to be haunted; it is generally true that the older the house the greater the possibility of hauntings. And it is conversely true that the longer an object has been used for holy prayer, such as relics, icons, crosses, old bibles, ancient churches, etc., the more it exudes a powerful divine presence and the more a person senses from it a sacred spirituality. Hence, the possession of a physical object, even a house, is a reality, especially when there are many reports of Christians praying over or liturgically blessing haunted houses, which effectively eliminate ghosts from the scene, especially if the Christians knowingly or unknowingly pray in the mystical understanding of the spiritual-physical connection. Not only does this indicate how ghosts come from hell and not from dead humans, but it also indicates how physical entities can either acquire satanic influences or divine protection.
Much like ghosts, the appearances of UFO’s are quite similar, yet there is no direct haunting of physical objects, only the appropriation of physical senses and probabilities. As a result, UFO’s do not permanently have physical outer space aliens sitting inside them, though they may temporarily affect physical things, like burning grass, bruising arms, scratching legs, damaging houses, etc. But they are in fact spiritual entities that interconnect with earthly realities. Logical deductions about this have been known and accepted by practicing Christians, but sometimes there are UFO citings that clearly show what is going on. For instance, at Fatima, Portugal in 1917, at the beginning of the visions of the Virgin Mary there, a whole crowd of people at one time looked up at the sky to see some amazing things. Some people saw the Virgin Mary, while others saw UFO’s. This event is only one good example out of many that reveal the spiritual origins of UFO’s, which are clearly designed to harm the Christian Faith. Hence, UFO’s and their passengers are not full-time physical entities, but they are demons working through the physical world, only in a different way than ghosts.
As these experiences of ghosts and UFO’s make clear, under certain circumstances, God and Satan do work through physical entities. But Satan does this in the opposite way than God does. God works in physical objects in order to instruct, sanctify, and heal people, whereas Satan inwardly possesses physical realities in order to spiritually confuse people, along with utilizing physical realities outwardly to mentally confuse and physically handle people adversely. In this way, Satan makes the spiritual seem like a physical reality, when this is not true at all, thereby making people trust more in the physical world than the spiritual realms, and to deny both God’s and Satan’s existence.
This attempt to affect perceptions about the physical and spiritual worlds is not only done to twist Scripture and to defeat Christianity, it is also done to blind all people from understanding and discerning the union itself between spiritual and physical realities, as the Apostles originally taught. Christians for 2000 years have believed that there has always been a powerful connection between spiritual and physical realities, which is what Baptism, Communion, icons, and good works are all about, where being dunked in water is treated as being spiritually born, taking bread and wine is treated as literally eating Christ’s Flesh and Blood, praying before icons is treated as a true window to Heaven, and doing good works is treated as actually influencing our salvation. Once Christians cease to understand this unity between the physical and spiritual realms, then Satan has a much greater chance of regaining control of earthly realities, which is in total opposition to Christ’s Baptism, along with His Cross and Resurrection, when Christ freed the physical world from sin’s impurity and now controls it. This is why the Apostles never carried over the Old Testament doctrine of not touching corpses, since Christ has purified the flesh. And this is why the Apostles taught that salvation occurs not just by purifying one’s image of God, that is, having faith in Christ, as St. Paul teaches in Ephesians 2:8, “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith”, but also by purifying one’s likeness of God, that is, doing good works and acquiring all the virtues, as when St. Paul says in Philippians 2:12, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”. Thus, salvation is a matter of saving the soul and the body, not just the soul, as St. James says in James 2:26, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
Satan wants to regain his power over the physical world, and he can do so more easily when all Christians cease to identify the spiritual with the physical and vice-versa. Moreover, Satan also wants to confuse any future perception of Jesus Christ. As ancient experience tells us, at the moment of one’s death, the spiritual and earthly worlds begin to fuse to the point of being visually the same, which explains why people often see angels or demons standing or levitating near their deathbeds. Thus, Satan wants to confuse people throughout their lives about this state of mind and soul, so that just before their deaths, good people may become so confused about the spiritual-physical connections that they may forget Christ at their deaths, even after a life of faith in Him, and suddenly seek or yearn for a more friendly version of Christ, rather than bow in humility to the Lord, knowing that they may have hidden sins which may cause Him to say, as in Matthew 7:23, “I never knew you. Away from Me, you evildoers.” Similarly, when Christ comes again on Judgement Day, He will be seen in some visible and physical way, and then He will take all people to some kind of physical-spiritual location for judgement. At the moment of this event, when the all spiritual and physical realities fuse into some unity, Satan hopes that his confusion over these concepts will also guide some people to forget or re-interpret faith in Christ, to make Him seem more human-friendly than the God-Man deciding our eternity. All of these things are inferred by the appearances of ghosts and UFO’s as another element behind Satan’s usages of them.
In a more strategic sense, Satan also wants to transform the Bible’s references to heavenly concepts and make them seem like physical things. He does this by confusing our perceptions of the interactions between the heavenly and the earthly, the spiritual and the physical. In Scripture, there are many visions of physical things existing in Heaven- trees, fruits, rivers, divine wings, God’s hands, the Millenium, etc. But these physical objects are not meant to be interpreted as though Heaven or God really contain physical realities in the same sense that we understand them now. They are either mere symbolical concepts and/or they are signs of spiritual things that do exist in some way, yet we cannot comprehend them in their truest sense, except according to earthly realities that we can understand now in this age. This is another aspect in Satan’s battle to force our faith to become more humanly oriented, in this case so that we may rely on a false or superficial perception of connections between the spiritual and physical realms. Thus, he either strives to make people deny a spiritual fusion of the body and soul, by tricking Christians into emphasizing salvation through one or the other, or he distracts people from the real spirituality by fooling them into believing in superficial or shallow fusions of the body and soul at the expense of more substantive means of subjecting the flesh to the spirit and experiencing the union of God with man through this purification. Satan wants all Christians to focus totally on the physical world, and he has been striving for millennia to impress on our minds this underlying perception in all our Biblical and theological studies.
For some Christians, the union between the spiritual and physical worlds is a controversial one or moot or a heretical idea. But Paradise, man’s original created reality, has always been said to be a commixture of the spiritual and the purest earthliness, being a realm between mortality and immortality. Christ even says that He has come and will come again in order to restore Paradise for all mankind and that all the saints will enjoy eternal life in Heaven, as He says in Acts 3:21, “He must remain in Heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as He promised long ago through His holy Prophets,” and in Revelation 2:7, “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the Tree of Life, which is in the Paradise of God.” This is the message of Scripture and Apostolic Tradition, and it is the Gospel that all Christians must put into practice, to subject the flesh to the spirit, so that they may have the holy capacity to know Christ when they visibly and invisibly see Him. Hence, a better comprehension of the truest earthly perceptions as they relate to the heavenly realities is a matter of great importance, not just in understanding the nature of man but also in knowing Christ, the God-Man, who will change our mortality into immortality, as St. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:51-53, “Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed- in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.” The souls and bodies of the living and the dead will be raised, so, as Paul again says in Ephesians 1:10, “that in the dispensation of the fullness of times God might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in Heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him.” It is then that the unity of the body and spirit will become subject to Christ and ascend to something greater.