Written By-Mike Sears
GHOST- REAL OR NOT??
What is a ghost? Definition of the term “Ghost” is the soul of a dead person, a disembodied spirit, usually as a vague, shadowy or evanescent form, as wandering among or haunting living persons.
Why is it hard for some to grasp and not believe that ghosts are real? For others they are to be very real and they do not need convincing that they are.
To me a “Skeptic”- is a person who hasn’t had that personal experience yet; a personal encounter with the nonliving.
A poll from CBS News in 2009 pollsters they have seen a real-life ghost in some form. And whether or not they’ve seen one, even more Americans believe that ghosts actually do exist. Nearly half of Americans say they believe in ghosts, or that the dead can return in certain places and situations.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN GHOSTS?
Women are more likely to say they believe in ghosts than are men: 56 percent of women believe, while 38 percent of men do. More than half of younger Americans aged 18 to 45 believe in ghosts; those over 45 are less likely.
More than one in five Americans says they have seen a ghost themselves, or have felt themselves to be in the presence of one. 
Ghost have been seen and reported since man could record it.
For example, Spirits/Ghost are even mentioned in the bible, The word “Ghost” is only used in the Bible a handful of times in the following passages: Is. 29:14; Matt. 14:26; Mark 6:49; and Luke 24:37-39.
Luke 24:37-39 one of my favorites that I like sharing : The disciples believed they were seeing a ghost rather than Jesus. 37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
There is the strange tale from rural West Virginia in the county of Greenbrier; it is not only a part of supernatural history, but of the history of the American judicial system as well. It remains a one of a kind event… The only case in which the word of a ghost helped to solve a crime and convict a murderer! If the legal system accepts and believes it, then doesn’t this show Ghost must be real? The State has even placed a historical marker located in the Greenbrier County to mark and remember this amazing event in History.
The use of Mediums and Psychics has often helped solve crimes. They are supposed to be able to make contact with the spirit world. If spirits/ghost are not real, why would the police and government agencies continue to pay or ask for these Medium/psychic services to contact spirits? A great link on info about the use of Psychics and Mediums for crime solving.
There are many reports of people saying they were saved by a ghost. An apparition would appear to tell them to not enter or go towards a certain location. Later to find out if they did continue they would have been severely hurt or killed. Also people had been contacted by an apparition to tell them something specific about a person or item. They would later try to thank this person and to find out that the person who they described had passed away hours to even many years prior.
I met a couple who shared this type of experience with me. They were visiting back to a house they once owned few years ago and once belong to several generations in their family. They wanted to visit the family graves that were on the property and see any changes to the old home. When they arrived at their old family home they noticed there were no grave markers on the property. A new house had been built next to their old house and a new large driveway was put in that went between the two houses. They asked the new owner, “Where was the grave markers, where had they gone?” The new owner knew nothing of the markers. She had purchased the house a few months prior and was told it was a prior rental home when she bought it. The couple explained that to the new house owner that there used to be 3 graves on the property. The new owner then asked “Were they children?” She then said, “I’m not sure if you believe in ghost? But just a few weeks ago, I was hanging my clothes outside on the clothes line. I was startled when an older woman walked up and took me by surprise. She asked me “Have you seen my 3 children?” The lady replied “No mam, I haven’t. I would be happy to help you look for them though. Just let me clip this sheet to the line and I will help you look.”
The lady hung up the sheet and then stepped away from the clothes line to see that the old woman had vanished. She then told this couple that the old lady was not able to walk away that fast and could not figure where she had gone to. The couple asked her, “What did she look like?”
She described the older woman about 5 feet and 4 inches tall, wearing a vintage black dress with tiny wire frame glasses. Her gray hair tied up in a tight bun. The couple was surprised of the description; the gentleman then told her that sounded like his grandmother. She had lost 3 children from sickness during her time living in that house.
The graves on the property were of 3 children who had passed away. This information startled the new owner and said “I would hope they are ok, that they had been moved.”
The couple left and told the new owner they would be back. When they returned the couple showed her a photo of the husband’s grandmother who had passed away over 20 plus years ago. The photo matched what the woman had seen and met. This startled and amazed her it was the same woman. The couple then asked if they could check the land with a steal rod they had brought back with them. They wanted to poke the ground and see if they could find the head stones, just in case they might have been buried. The new owner had no problem and was happy to help. It didn’t take long till they struck hard rock in the new gravel drive way. There under the gravel not far down and apart was 3 head stones ; each having the children’s names on them. The prior owners had bulldozed them over during the construction of the new drive way and house next door. The couple later on took the stones and children to a nearby cemetery to be with other family members. Was it possible the mother was not at rest till she was back with her children? Her spirit had come back to ask the living for help to find them? There are so many personal experiences like this worldwide, where a Spirit/Ghost asking for help.
Those who have claimed to have seen a “Ghost”, come from all types of life styles, from the poor to the rich and famous. From the uneducated to the every educated. All can describe their experience in great detail and be able to share their experience over and over through time without change to their story. Why is this? If it is a figment of their imagination, wouldn’t their stories change with different details?? If ghost aren’t real, why have millions come forward saying they have seen or made contact with one?
For those of us who research and experience the paranormal, debating with skeptics can be frustrating. Maybe experiencing this with skeptics is what it must have been like for those who first believed the World was round. I personally have taken skeptics on investigations and later left with a believer or having them with a more open mind to the supernatural.
For those who have seen and experienced a “Ghost” no longer need to be convinced if they are real or not. For those who don’t believe, they will have to wait till their time comes to experience one.