Friday, October 30, 2015

The Haunting

Tip: If  you want to create an eerie or gloomy scene, toying with the color saturation does wonders. The duller the colors, the better, in these types of settings.

The breeze is blowing, the house is creaking, it's a little dark and you're all alone. Or so you think. Is that breathing? Is someone right behind you, or is that just the usual draft? Oh! And what just went bang down the hall? Who are you gonna call? Ghost busters.

Or maybe it is a friendly spirit- perhaps your father died and you just regularly communicate with him in his new form. Maybe it's the ghost of a small child, whose feet patter down your hallways in the evenings. Sure, it's a little eerie, but perfectly harmless, right? 

Job 7:9 says "As a cloud vanishes and is gone, so one who goes down to the grave does not return." If that is the case, what are those apparitions the ghost hunters catch? What are these figures that curios ghost trackers are stalking?  At best, figments of the imagination, however if there is something there of the supernatural realm, the only options are either demons or angels, for the dead are forbidden from coming back into the world:

He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’
“‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
“He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” - Luke 16:27-31
Now, what can we observe of angels? They come here on official business, as shown in Luke 2:9-11, Luke 22:43, Acts 12:7-11, and other places throughout scripture. They are never seen showing up in the form of a deceased person or to mess around and pull pranks on people.
So, we have ruled out deceased people and we have also ruled out angels. This now leaves Satan and his legions of demons, of which we are told in 2 Corinthians 11:14-11, "Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness." So, demons can change their appearance. We also know that when they have appeared in scripture, they are never up to any good (Luke 11:14, Acts 8:7, Matthew 8:28-33, ect.).
Yes, demons still roam the earth. Creepy? Yes. But we can be comforted when James 2:19 reminds us, "You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!" God will always triumph over the dark forces that plague our world. 

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