A ghost is described as an apparition of a dead person that is believed to appear or become manifest to the living, typically as a nebulous image. It has been a longtime debate of whether ghosts are real or not because some people claim that they can see ghosts while others say that these can just be visual hallucinations. Which is which? I think we should consult the most reliable book for this, the Bible. Is it OK for Christians to Believe in Ghosts?
*Do you believe that ghosts are real? Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:11-12)
Yes, ghosts are real, but they are not supposed to be considered as angels or our dead loved ones because they are known to be fallen angels that try to deceive us in doing evil things. It was even written in 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 – “And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.”
*Can ghosts really talk to the living or can it cause us harm? “When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.” (Psalm 146:4)
It is written in the Bible as explained above that once a person dies and they still have unfinished business to deal with, they do become ghosts and haunt the places and people they know until such time they finally settle their unfinished business.
*Do our dead loved ones really become angels when they die? “What is man that You [Lord] are mindful of him, and the son of man, that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor.” (Psalm 8:4-5)
God’s angels are heavenly beings, not spirits of dead humans. Angels have existed before humans were created. So do not believe that your guardian angels are your loved ones because from the beginning of your life, you were already assigned an angel to guide you throughout your lifetime.