Since I was very little I’ve been aware of the spirits around us. I’ve never been anyplace where ghosts are present without being aware of them. When I was about four years old my family lived in a turn-of-the-century farmhouse near Rockford, Washington. It was inhabited, not just by our family but some unsettled spirits as well.
At times I’ve wondered if my mother’s mental health issues didn’t start from that. My father came home from work to find her sitting on the bed with his shotgun and couldn’t get much sensible conversation out of her. She was in and out of mental hospitals for the next six years. It could have been postpartum depression I suppose since by that time there were four of us little brats running around.
At any rate I’ll start this much later. My pre-teen and teenage years were spent in the Tri-Cities, WA. A friend of mine down the street lived in a truly haunted house. It was said that a whole family had died there from an epidemic. It was quite common to hear footsteps across the upstairs floor, doors opening and closing by themselves and even a baby crying on occasion. Objects would fly off shelves and crash across the room.
In spite of all that it was the neighborhood after school hangout for the neighborhood kids to watch cartoons after school. One afternoon we were sitting there as usual and my friend’s sister, Dayla, was supposed to be doing the dishes. Her mom repeatedly told her to get up and do it. Suddenly a man’s voice emanated from the corner and said “DAYLA.” I gotta tell ya, everyone got up and ran outside but nobody did the dishes.
My take on ghosts is like this …
The Bible tells us that we are made in the image of God. God is a triune being, wearing the hats of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are made up of body, soul and spirit.
When we die our body goes back to the dust. Our soul goes to its final destination, whether heaven or hell. And that leaves the spirit. Unless it’s attached to the soul through the regenerative process of salvation, I think the spirit can be left to wander in the dark places of the earth.
Those spirits often have demons attached to them, but in my opinion not always. After all, the witch of Endor, at the behest of King Saul, brought up the spirit of Samuel the prophet. Samuel, a long time before Christ, was summoned from paradise, where the souls of those who died before the resurrection dwelled.
I admit there might be some holes in my theory. It is but a conjecture on my part.