Thursday, January 9, 2014

Trapped Spirits and the Loss of Hope

By Reverend Mark Hunnemann

“Sir, your blood oxygen level is 74 %, which is very dangerously low…we have to get you to the hospital ASAP!” This was said to me two weeks ago when I visited my doctors office. I was struggling to breathe, and for good reason—I had pneumonia. It was the sickest I have ever been in my entire life, and I could easily have died, especially with my heart problems. I spent several miserable days in the hospital as they fought to control the infection and get oxygen in my system. I was scared, because it was so difficult to breathe and I felt like any second my heart would go into cardiac arrest (I have a pace/defib in my chest).

It was impossible to get comfortable, and as I said, I wrestled with fear—not of death, but the dying well as I did not want to leave my children yet. The potential of death was thrust in my face, like never before. I have a strong assurance of my salvation—not based on my faith, but on the OBJECT of my faith—the Person and work of Jesus Christ. Hence, I do have hope, and it was deeper than any fear that I experienced.

It is impossible to exaggerate how crucial hope is to the biblical message of salvation. Faith, hope, and love…Hope is not to be understood as the word is commonly used today, as wishful thinking. No, biblical hope is certain faith applied to the future. Remember the spiritual “Swing low, sweet chariot, coming for to carry me home...”? Certainty!   That is hope. We die in Christ, and then we immediately join Him in heaven. We are to be certain of that, because hope is soaked in the blood of the finished work of Christ.

The question I have is this: how is it possible to live with a solid, soul-comforting hope, if the prospect (no matter how remote) of being trapped here after death is hanging over your head? The notion of trapped spirits vitiates or destroys hope. You can’t have your hope-cake and eat it too. You cannot believe in trapped spirits and (if you are consistent), experience deep hope.

I have stated elsewhere that the notion of trapped spirits is hostile to every major biblical doctrine. If you are a Christian, how can you live with such a monstrosity?  This notion is a hope-robber, and that should raise a red flag. It kills, steals, and destroys hope.

Due to this close run in with death, I have lost patience with those who espouse trapped spirits but do not have the courage to acknowledge what is manifestly clear—we all should live in fear… if we are consistent with basic ghost formation theory. Unless you are excited or turned on about the prospect of being trapped in a paranormal gutter world, then the only logical position is fear, or hope-lessness. Hope—biblical hope—is impossible to enjoy if ghosts are real. It is as simple and profound as that.

One thing I admire about the atheistic, existentialists Camus and Sartre is that they had guts to be consistent. If God is not there, then life is utterly meaningless. Where is the same guts in the paranormal community? When is someone going to say,”Ya know, what we believe undercuts all hope.”? The notion of trapped spirits gets folks all jazzed because it allegedly proves an afterlife. Well, what about that after-life? If there is any element of violence (or whatever) in one’s death, then their entry into heaven will potentially be derailed into an indeterminate amount of time trapped here. That is a high price to pay for allegedly proving the after-life (which it doesn’t).

There is not one scrap of evidence that ghosts exist. NONE. There is a ton of real paranormal activity happening which is being mis-identified as ghostly, but it is demonic. If you will simply take the time to test the spirits you will see that this is factual. Which of you is messing with the spirit world and NOT having problems (like paranormal activity of your own)?

It has been said that one cannot live well until they are certain that they will die well.  That is, hope is needed in order to live with fullness of joy in the present. You may live in happy inconsistency with your beliefs. But if you become consistent, then you should become miserably insecure. Your hope is empty and groundless. If the only way you can live with your beliefs is by “side-stepping” it, then perhaps you should re-consider that belief…seems logical to me. But logic is a rare commodity in the paranormal community, when it comes to examining its core beliefs.

What of the eight year old child who was murdered in Boston? I have nothing but contempt for the notion of trapped spirits, because HE IS A PRIME PROSPECT (according to ghost theory). You say you believe in trapped spirits…you assert with confidence that a violent death is the cause of entrapment…congratulations, you just stripped the child’s parents of hope. Have the damn guts to apply your beliefs consistently. If this were done, then think of the millions of Americans who have died violent deaths through the centuries. The consequences would be unspeakably horrific.

Having almost died myself, I know how crucial hope is. My stay in the hospital would have been unbearably dark if I had harbored the smallest doubt about my soul getting stuck here. I have no patience for the miserable waffling in the paranormal community. Do you believe in ghosts? Then have the courage of your convictions and lament the death of hope. Better yet, repent of your rationalistic/autonomous thinking, and bow before the God of the bible—who will give you true hope.


Anonymous said...

Best wishes for a full recovery. I'll say a prayer for you to be restored to good health.

Unknown said...

God bless you Reverend Mark! So rarely do we hear hard-hitting truths with the bluntness needed to get people's attention. Our PC world has run amuck. A "truth" is a truth to someone, we're told. As long as you're a good person, you will go to heaven in PC dogma. This belief alone shows that Satan is at it again and, sadly, his snare continues to trap many.

I too have a holy, fierce hatred for Satan/demons and agree with you whole-heartedly in regards to EVP's and communicating with demons. I think a serious problem today is the lack of understanding of how demons masquerade in order to trap the unaware. Ghosts, EVPs, spirit guides, ETs are all examples of the tricks the demonic will use to trap us. The explosion of those engaged in paranormal ghost hunting and extraterrestrial research proves the point made in 2 Cor. 11:14-15, "Satan himself masquerades an an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness." Unfortunately, too many find the masquerade an exciting adventure when, in fact, it is a dance of death.

Over and again, scripture tells us to be on guard, be aware and alert! 1 Peter 5:8 warns, "Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour". Today Satan and his demonic army are having their full.

There is a world beyond our seeing. A world where demons fight for our very souls. But Eph. 6:11 tells us to "put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes." Our armor, our stength and hope is found in the power and glory of Christ. I know personally that by the mention - or screaming - of Jesus' name demons will flee (or, in my experience, be sucked out of a room as if by a vacuum). It is Christ, the living Son of God Almighty, who defeats the devil's plan. All we have to do is believe, and in believing, ask Him to forgive us our sins and be our Savior. But so many believe this is a recipe which turns one into a "holy-roller". Maybe. But for many of us, we "fight the good fight of the faith" (1 Tim. 6:12). And there is no better armor in the world than the true power of God!

mark hunnemann said...

I just got my computer back from the shop and read these 2 comment. Thank you for the prayers... (actually this was initially posted almost a year ago...and was reposted) So...I'm doing well.
Wow!! My brother/sister in Christ, you are on fire for the glory of God...amen!! A close brush with death stripped some of the "filters" away, and I'm glad it did. Tens of millions in the US alone are suffering due to the ever growing satanic deceptions. The "Eye on the Paranormal" is one of the few blogs which consistently stands valiantly for biblical truth re paranormal honored to write for Kirby's blog. Thanks again! And praise God for HOPE!! mark