There is very little that is "dogma", or that which is required to believe or follow, in the Eastern Orthodox Church. While the Church Fathers and the history of the Church does offer personal opinions of certain very holy people on the subject of "ghosts", the Church cannot ex-communicate someone for simply "believing in them" , as an example.
The Eastern Orthodox Church is very fluid about what it considers necessary, or absolute in terms of belief. A person is free to "believe" in ghosts, that is to say, to believe that they exist. It is much harder to quantify what the Church actually teaches as necessary practice, regarding them.
I am an Orthodox Christian of many, many years. I am also a former occultist, and in my former life, I was trained as an empathic medium. That kind of training doesn't disappear simply because I converted to Eastern Orthodoxy. Nor does my experience with spirits disappear, simply because of my conversion.
As an Orthodox Christian I feel it is my duty to say, that although people certainly shouldn't run around seeking out ghosts, or other spiritual experiences, it is also true that "ghosts" that is the spirits of the departed, certainly DO exist and sometimes interact with the living. Denying this, doesn't make it "fantasy" or "demonic".
While all the usual caveats do apply (as in the first answer given, which frankly reads like a very Protestant answer), I think it is very important to point out that the Eastern Orthodox church does not believe in "purgatory" (a Roman Catholic belief), and neither does it believe in "soul sleep" (as do many Protestants). Therefore, the souls of the departed must exist somewhere within God's universe, and as an Orthodox Christian, I see no theological reason why they could not conceivably exist within the the boundaries of earthly existence, experiencing the "particular judgment" while awaiting the Final Judgment.
With regard to the dead, it is very important that we pray for them, and since the Church teaches that the dead do hear and experience our prayers, it is a bit illogical for the Church to then turn around and say that they are not somehow, "here". That kind of logic is simply not tenable and ghosts either exist, or they don't.
As for myself, I believe that they do, and I also believe that we must pray for them, that thier souls may be saved, and that they find peace, wherever it is that God allows them to be.
YES Christians believe in the existence of evil spirits, which is what they believe ghosts are. Christians do not believe a ghost is a dead person haunting humans or places on earth. There are also many different types of christians with different beliefs so your answer will vary.
Muslims believe in Ghosts. Its mentioned in our holy book (Quran) that Jin ( ghosts in Arabic language) do exist. And they are creatures like human beings. But they are made of fire. even ghosts have different religions. some are friendly and some are aggreassive. Most Christians don't believe in ghosts, but some Catholics do. I wouldn't know, 'cause im a Protestant.
It is traditional for Christians to believe in demons, and in fact demons play an important part in the gospel accounts. Christian teachings are ambivalent about ghosts, which are presumably the souls of the departed, because souls are supposed to go to heaven or hell. Nevertheless it would probably not be considered a sin to believe in ghosts and demons. However, asking whether it is OK to believe in ghosts and demons can go beyond whether such belief is a sin, and to encompass whether a reasonable person, who happens to be a Christian, ought to believe in ghosts and demons. The answer must be 'no', simply because they do not exist.
They can! Anyone can believe in ghosts!
Their are a lot of people that believe in ghosts, and their are a lot of people who don't believe in ghosts. No one really knows how many people believe in ghosts, but mostly thousands believe in ghosts. Some people can sense their presence, and the negative energy they bring.
No Hinduism doesn't believe in ghosts but they do believe in aliens. They believe in Asuras an evil civilization.
29% would believe in ghosts. 71% wouldn't believe in ghosts.
I am Muslim and in our religion we do believe in ghosts as "Gin" they do exist and we do believe in them. It is in our religion.
Some christians do but it really depends on how dedicated you are to the religion. Im a catholic christian but i dont fully believe in christianity. i believe that if demons and devils exist they are in some form of ghosts that cause extreme trouble for people. it really depends on the person
From a Habbo Chat: "Tokio.Hotel-VIP: No we don't believe in ghosts but we hope aliens exist." Apparently Bill does not believe in ghosts.
True scientists are not fool to believe in ghosts.
Some people don't believe in ghosts because they are not believers of the fact of ghosts being real.
A person that doesn't believe in ghosts are called skeptics.
Most people don't believe that you can get ghosts anywhere, because they don't believe that ghosts exist. If you do believe in ghost then I can see no reason, if you believe that can get them in some places, why you shouldn't also get them in France, can you?
There could be some ghosts around.
they believe in ghosts
There are a lot of people that believe that ghosts are real. There also maybe people that believe in ghosts, but won't admit it.
48% of Americans believe in ghosts, 62% are skeptical.So 110% of Americans have an opinion regarding the existence of ghosts?
Not that I am aware of. But there could be if you believe in ghosts.
Ghosts are real if you believe in them. Monsters are not real.
Yes, they do. We believe in the Holy Ghost (God), and Satan uses ghosts for evil purposes.
We Do Believe in Ghosts - 1947 is rated/received certificates of: UK:A
When Ghosts Attack - 2013 Eastern State Penitentiary was released on: USA: December 2013
The answer is actually 37%. Since 2007, more people have started to believe in ghosts.
There are people all over the world who believe in ghosts; this belief is not limited to a specific country.
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