Tuesday, November 27, 2012

What about Ghosts Today? Youth Bible Study on Luke 16


Lesson 8: What about Ghosts Today?

 

Bible Study: Last week, we were talking about ghosts and about how King Saul had a witch summon up Samuel’s spirit from death, or Sheol. In the Old Testament, everyone stayed in death, even their spirits, and could only be summoned for a brief period of time like this. Death was the punishment for sin.

 

When Jesus died for our sins, He made it so that our spirits don’t have to go to Sheol. Our spirits don’t have to stay dead. Instead, our spirits go straight to Heaven or Hell. Now the question we want to ask today is, Can people keep from going to Heaven or Hell immediately? Can they stay on Earth as ghosts? Or, if they do go to Heaven or Hell, can they ever come back to Earth as ghosts?

 

Read Luke 16:19-22.

 

What happened when Lazarus died? He was carried to Heaven.

 

He couldn’t stay on Earth because angels came and carried him up to Heaven. We assume that something similar happened to the rich man. Maybe demons carried him to Hell, or maybe angels did.

 

Read Luke 16:23-31.

 

Could Lazarus or the rich man leave Heaven or Hell? No. Once they went there, they couldn’t leave there.

 

Samuel was able to be summoned because he was in Sheol at the time. Presumably, anyone could be summoned when they were in Sheol. But once people are in Heaven or Hell they will not leave those places again until the time of Christ’s second coming and the final resurrection.

 

So what about ghosts that we see today? If people are carried directly to Heaven or Hell now and they do not return to appear as ghosts to us, what are the ‘ghosts’ that people experience?

 

I believe that the ghosts we see today are not people at all, but demons disguising themselves as our loved ones and the random dead.

 

Why would they do this?

 

The reason they do this is to cast doubt on the reality of Heaven and Hell. If the demons can make us believe that people become ghosts and wander the earth for a time, then it takes away some of the urgency of our eternal fate. It makes it seem like Heaven and Hell aren’t so immediate. We don’t have to worry about it quite as much. We can finish what we were doing on earth first. We can avenge our murderer. We can say good-bye to our families first.

 

Whereas these are all nice and comforting thoughts, they aren’t the reality. We don’t have any more time after we die. We can’t change our minds or repent or do things differently. We only have one life to do what needs to be done and we only get one life to make our decision for eternity. When we die, that’s it. Time’s up and Heaven and Hell are all that’s left. So we better live like we understand that. Demons appearing as ghosts only seek to distract us from this fact. Any ghost that we see today is a false apparition.


 

King David, the MIGHTY Runt

 

Lesson 8: What about Ghosts Today?

Bible Study: Last week, we were talking about ghosts and about how King Saul had a witch summon up Samuel’s spirit from death, or Sheol. In the Old Testament, everyone stayed in death, even their spirits, and could only be summoned for a brief period of time like this. Death was the punishment for sin.

 

 

When Jesus died for our sins, He made it so that our spirits don’t have to go to Sheol. Our spirits don’t have to stay dead. Instead, our spirits go straight to Heaven or Hell. Now the question we want to ask today is, Can people keep from going to Heaven or Hell immediately? Can they stay on Earth as ghosts? Or, if they do go to Heaven or Hell, can they ever come back to Earth as ghosts?

 

 

Read Luke 16:19-22.

 

 

What happened when Lazarus died?

 

 

Read Luke 16:23-31.

 

 

Could Lazarus or the rich man leave Heaven or Hell?

 

 

Samuel was _____________ to be summoned because he was in Sheol at the time. Presumably, anyone could be summoned when they were in Sheol. But once people are in Heaven or Hell they will ___________ leave those places again until the time of Christ’s second coming and the final resurrection.

 

 

So what about ghosts that we see today? If people are carried directly to Heaven or Hell now and they do not return to appear as ghosts to us, what are the ‘ghosts’ that people experience?

 

 

Why would they do this?

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