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Staring Death in the Face

Staring Death in the Face

My husband and I have been staring death in the face for the past couple of months.

Staring Death in the Face

We were first reminded of its presence the afternoon our next-door neighbor told us his wife was going downhill quickly after a two-year battle with brain cancer.

Death called again the day we noticed the medical van in their driveway advertising hospital beds, wheelchairs, and oxygen. Then came the newspaper obituary and the knock on our door: Our neighbor’s wife had died at home on Saturday, surrounded by her family.

A couple weeks after the visitation, death visited again. This time it was our neighbor’s dad who was taken.

Our Shared Destiny of Death

Suddenly I can’t escape the cold, hard truth that all of us share this destiny of death. Every time I look at my neighbor’s house, I am reminded of the reality of death. And while none of this is pleasant, I am glad for this sobering reminder. As the teacher says in Ecclesiastes 7:2:

It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart.

The wise will live with the reality of death ever before them.

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Should You Try to Contact the Dead?

Should You Try to Contact the Dead?

Months ago, a girl asked me what God thinks of ghosts. I hemmed and hawed because . . . I had no earthly idea. But since Halloween is tomorrow, I thought it was as good a time as any to search God’s Word for an answer.

Do Ghosts Really Exist?

I’m sure you’ve heard talk of ghosts—maybe on a show like Ghost Whisperer, a movie like The Sixth Sense, a visit to a haunted house, or those chilling ghost stories your friends tell around the campfire.

But, do ghosts really exist? And what exactly does God think about ghosts?

First, a definition. According to Wikipedia,

“A ghost is the soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear, in visible form or other manifestation, to the living.”

God’s Not a Fan

Ghosts don’t just roam around on the earth at their will. (Many believers point to verses like 2 Cor. 5:8 to indicate that spirits don’t “hang around” on earth after they die.) You don’t have to worry about bumping into one if you’re out walking through the cemetery on a damp, fall evening.

Ghosts (the spirits of the dead) have to be proactively contacted through a witch, medium, or spiritist. And God is super clear about what He thinks of that practice:

“Let no one be found among you who . . . is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD” (Deut. 18:10–12).

Even though King Saul knew this, he decided to consult the dead anyway. You can read all about it in 1 Samuel 28:3–19. He’s not the only one tempted to do this, though. Teens just like you try to contact the dead every day.

God doesn’t need to be contacted by a medium. Through Jesus you have direct access to Him anytime, any place.

Eight years ago, in 2006, the Barna Group surveyed 4,000 teens. The study found that three-quarters of U.S. teens had “engaged in at least one type of psychic or witchcraft-related activity, beyond mere media exposure or horoscope usage.” Ten percent had participated in séances, where they tried to contact the dead.

How about you? Have you ever tried to contact the spirit world? If so, what motivated you to do so? I’d love to hear about it.

Better Than Contacting the Dead . . .

If you’ve ever been tempted to contact the dead, consider this.

God doesn’t need to be contacted by a medium. Through Jesus you have direct access to Him anytime, any place,

“Since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near . . .” (Heb. 10:19–22).

The only way you and I can possibly have access to this holy, holy, holy God is by placing all our trust in His Son who died in our place in order to forgive and cleanse us from all our sin. After His death on the cross, Jesus was dead for a total of three days. But unlike all other dead people, He didn’t need a medium, spiritist, or witch to call Him up. He broke the chains of death and rose from the grave all by Himself—for good!

That said, here’s my question for you:

Why try to contact the dead when you can talk to the One who conquered death—the ever-living One who has the keys to death and the grave?

“I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave” (—Jesus, Rev. 1:18, NLT).

Should You Try to Contact the Dead?” was originally posted on LiesYoungWomenBelieve.com.