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Obviously, ghost stories for most people are scary. Yes, I said “most” because some people are skeptics. Also, not all ghost stories are scary. But, the main point and question here is “Why are paranormal events so intriguing to us?” You look at channels that air episodes of reality T.V. ghost hunting. You look up on the Internet and see these different paranormal teams that just absolutely thrive on ghost hunting. And if you watched the documentary on Halloween that aired on the Travel Channel on, I believe it was, on the eve of Halloween, you noticed the excitement in Americans to go to these really freaky “haunted houses” for a great scare. So I ask again. Why is the paranormal such a big deal to people?

The idea of ghouls, shadows, and mists — which has incorporated within popular culture — has existed in folklore for a long, long time. For centuries on end, human civilization has tried repeatedly to hunt down ghostly, paranormal events to see if the afterlife does in fact exist. In fact, one of the first ghost hunters, living in the 1600s, was the chaplain of King Charles II by the name of Joseph Glanvill. His most famous case was the “Drummer of Tedworth”. Another ghost hunter was philosopher and bookseller, Friedrich Nicolai. He began to be interested in investigating the paranormal when he tried to find a cure for his vision of deceased people. In 1799, he presented his “Memoir on the Appearance of Spectres or Phantoms Occasioned by Disease,” which not only contained accounts of his experiences with the paranormal but also the view that it could be cured by applying leeches.

Of course, despite the presentation of possible evidence of paranormal activity, skeptics have insisted that these so-called “unexplained noises and appearances” could be the result of technical malfunction or even the psychological result of paranormal hysteria itself. As I thought of the very subject of after life, I felt myself tying it to religion. As we all know, according to the Holy Bible, there exists Heaven and Hell. Christians and Catholics both believe in Jesus Christ and that he was resurrected from the dead. So, maybe an afterlife exists in this world? Like I said, skeptics are doubtful.

Now, there will probably be some of you wondering “Of all topics, why paranormal?” First off, yes. I am one of those believers of the paranormal. Although I am not religious, I — along with the others who have conformed to this idea of the afterlife — believe that what the EMF (Electromagnetic Field) detectors detect on those ghost hunting shows really are the presence of ghosts. I also believe that whatever “mysterious” voice or noise is recorded on those EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) recorders are really spirits trying to communicate with us, and that those mists on those static night vision cameras or UV cameras could very well be real. Now, I do see the other side of the equation; that these pieces of “evidence” may have been edited or Photoshopped to make us believe they are real for entertainment purposes. But, anything’s possible; and I happen to lean towards believing in the afterlife.

Paranormal hysteria is all around us. The act of ghost hunting couldn’t have been more popular. Skeptics will obviously find ways to debunk such myths unless something unusual does happen to them. But of course, everyone has their own beliefs. And as I have said before, I find myself hoping there really does exist and afterlife.

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  1. Josh says:

    For people who follow a faith and are spiritual, these people are no strangers with the paranormal. In fact, it is very real to them–this other spiritual plane that exists outside of our world. While even I do know some skeptics will harden their hearts and refuse to believe under any circumstances that such an afterlife exists (usually defending their statements with the laws of physics and the other sciences), I believe maybe if the skeptics themselves would do some fieldwork research and deeply investigate this very subject matter, maybe one day, they too will believe in such bizarre phenomena.

    I believe that what has been written down in the Bible is very real and very tangible–more than most people realize, and that it is not just a book of stories created by madmen. It’s a history book of the ancient world, same as with most history books taught in the classrooms of modern academia.

    If people view religious books (e.g. the Bible, Koran, and Torah) more as ancient history books, maybe they will come to understand the foundations of the very belief systems upon which they were established.

    Early Christianity, in my perspective, began to break away from orthodox Judaism, approximately around the time after Jesus is to have ascended into Heaven and significantly after the establishment of the early Church. What people don’t seem to comprehend is, Jesus was a radical Jewish preacher, who, evidently enough, preached a radical view of the Jewish faith, and yes, this did make people angry–angry enough to want to get rid of him (and they did).

    But the major break between Judaism and Christianity, as I believe, can be explained and clearly referenced to this Scripture:

    “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” ~ Matthew 5:17-18 (NIV, 1984).

    In order to understand why Jesus, or any other significant spiritual figure that came to this Earth for that matter, did what they did, you have to first understand their reasons for doing so.

    Jesus said he came to “fulfill the Law” and the Christian interpretation of the Law was that God must appear in the flesh (whom we believe to be Christ) and become the atonement of our transgressions (sins), which in the context of his time, meant he had to be crucified, to die that gruesome death, so that he could resurrect as having achieved that very fulfillment–that mortals can now commune with this holy and all-powerful God (through Christ).

    This same type of logic applies to understanding the paranormal.

    We cannot even understand the very explanations of ghost sightings without first actually understanding what ghosts are–and why do they walk the night. They are indeed spirits, but what kind of spirits are they? That is the one question, as you have also stated Felix, people, for centuries, have been asking.

    Are they angels, demons, or some weird hallucinations?

    Digging deeper into the investigation of the paranormal requires time and years of research, as I have already said.

    But it is up to us to uncover the mysteries, read the clues, and keep looking until we are able to find answers.

    Why do I believe an afterlife exists (Heaven, Hell and possibly Limbo)? Because, after years of my own self-studies and research, I have come to the conclusion that a spiritual plane beyond our natural, materialistic world logically and spiritually does exist.

    You will question its existence when you experience the grief of hearing loved ones pass away, because their deaths, their departures from this Earth, have further convicted me that an afterlife has to exist for their souls to go somewhere.

    The laws of physics may not be able to exactly prove that this afterlife may actually exist with our natural order of things, but to quote Ray Downing from the History Channel, “…at some points, you do have to leave the realm of actual information, and use experience.”

    Enough said?

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