Well, I don’t think I have read enough or experienced enough to speak on the subject, yet, I see the need to address the subject.
Just yesterday, during LC, we were scaring the girls with two lined horror stories we read off the net. The girls were yelling when we started reading and it was pretty funny! One girl asked me afterwards why I was not scared. Quite honestly, I am scared. I do not dare to watch horror movies. I just enjoyed teasing them.
However, are we really scared of ghost? Or are we scared of the unknown? Just like when a person first interacts with a dog, he will be scared that the dog would bite him. Over time and with more interaction with a dog, he will understand dogs more and hence be no longer afraid of dogs. Not only ghost fulfill the role of a horror movie, there are many on werewolves, zombies, vampires and a mad psychotic man. All these are scary because it is unknown, you have no idea what they might do to you! Will they eat you? Will they capture and torture you? Will they make you commit suicide?
We are afraid of what is unknown and we are afraid of their power. The power of a ghost seems to defy all laws of physics. They do not need to walk on surfaces. They can walk through walls. They have strength to lift you up with one hand.
What if I told you even with all these power, the ghost won’t touch you. Will you be more relieved? Or will you freak out thinking that it is a trick to get you killed?
I first experienced an evil spirit in church. I went up to the roof, I heard a weird clicking sound, I freaked out. Through the whole process, nothing happened to me physically, but I was mentally drained that day.
I think as Christians we will face spiritual warfare. This is true. Though we might not see anything through our eyes, we might not hear anything through our ears, smell anything through our nose and feel anything with our skin, this does not mean that spirits don’t exist. There has been some warped theology, i think, saying that Christians do not believe in ghost. To a certain extent we do believe that, yet the thing they failed to let out was that the bible clearly states that evil spirits are real. They may not be dead humans, but there are evil spirits.
It is important when you face an evil spirit that you do not let it paralyze you. Do not let an experience of an evil spirit supersede the experiences of God.
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.
(1 John 4:1-6 NIV)
Funny thing is that this verse does not put the fear of an evil spirit as the main issue. John seemed to be more concerned about the well being of doctrine and the issue of false teaching. Perhaps what we have been focussing so much on isn’t the issue at all. Maybe the unknown isn’t unknown at all. The evil spirits’ job is to ensure a man’s damnation. To do that, instead of scaring someone, perhaps teaching false doctrine is more effective to steer someone off course.
Instead of being afraid of evil spirits, perhaps we are supposed to point people to the right doctrine.