Furthermore, the Bible goes on to more clearly define that a ghost:
I feel the need to stop and define 'soul', because it is quite often confused with the spirit. As a matter of fact, in a recent study, most ministers, priests, elders to the average Christian were found not to be able to differentiate between the two. Quite simply:
sharper than any two-edged sword,
piercing to the
joints and marrow,
and discerning the thoughts
and intentions of the heart.
As a side note, when the Bible says that God saved your soul, it means that he has ensured the coexistence of your body and spirit, to be in his presence, in eternity.
So, are there ghosts? The Bible says, yes. However, do these ghosts haunt or visit us? Well, again, that depends. The ghosts of human beings do not. Job 7:9 tells us:
so one who goes down to the grave
But, there are non-human spirits that can make themselves known to and even speak to you. As a mater of fact, the spirits, that try to communicate or the spirits, that you actually are able to communicate with, are evil spirits or demons trying to cause you harm physically or spiritually or even possess you. This is the reason why Isaiah 8:19-20 tells us not to engage with mediums or spiritualists.
who whisper and mutter.’
Now, a quick comment on possession. Can Christians be possessed? Most, in Christian leadership, will tell you, absolutely not. They will go on to tell you that the Holy Spirit and an evil spirit cannot dwell within the same person. Unfortunately, there is no Biblical support for that position. Check it out for yourself. If you are a Christian and you open the door to an evil spirit, God gives in to your free will. However, God does protect you by giving you a warning and the power to get rid of it. But, if you continue down the path of evoking the evil spirit, God allows you to have your way.
I must reiterate that we must first seek out mediums, such as spiritualist, tarot cards, séances, ouija boards, etc., before we are open to possession. It cannot just happen.
Any spirit that is not of God is not to be trifled with.
The Bible repeatedly and firmly condemns seeking out the dead.
Diabolical spirits can and do take on kindly appearances. This can mean looking like angelic beings or, perhaps, deceased loved ones.
All spirits are to be tested against what we know from Scripture. That's why it is important to know what the scriptures say. Get into the Word and check it out for yourself.
...and that's what you'll find, When You Search For The Truth.