Gary Bates’ article Are ghosts real? has received a lot of feedback, both positive and negative. Much of the feedback that disagrees with the idea that ghosts are not really the disembodied spirits of the dead, comes because many feel they have seen such apparitions. Using experience to interpret Scripture is something that Gary and CMI have warned about previously because our senses can be deceived (See Christians shaped by experiences rather than the Bible first approach).

In the section about the Witch of Endor that we dealt with, Alex L. wrote in concerned that by saying God allowed Samuel’s spirit to deliver a message of judgment to Saul, it is actually making God complicit in witchcraft.Gary Bates and Lita Cosner respond.


The heading “Did the Witch of Endor call up a Ghost?” appeared in an article by Gary Bates entitled “Are Ghosts Real” in the Creationmagazine Volume: 34 2012.


The answer to the question is no! The witch did not summon up a ghost, and the Bible does not say that Samuel’s spirit actually appeared.


In the last paragraph Gary said “On this one occasion, God himself made it possible for a departed person’s spirit to speak in today’s world”….








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