The spiritual dangers of ghost hunting

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Ever since the original Ghostbusters movie, countless people have tried to hunt for ghosts, with some even becoming professional “paranormal investigators.” Recently this activity has been on the rise, due in part to the popularity of A&E’s Ghost Hunters TV show. The network has even planned to televise the “World’s Biggest Ghost Hunt.”

According to A&E’s website, “In this chilling special, five fearless investigators will lock themselves inside the legendary asylum for two weeks to document unexplained reports of paranormal activity. With reports of full-body apparitions, physical attacks, mysterious noises and more, the owner has granted the team unprecedented access to the entire 110-acre property, including areas that have never been investigated, in the most ambitious investigation Pennhurst has ever seen. The team will use cutting edge technology and their varied expertise to investigate the institution’s haunted grounds for television’s longest ghost hunt yet.”

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Do ghosts really exist?

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While it may seem like a harmless way to get “spooked,” in reality ghost hunts are extremely dangerous and can open someone up to the sinister world of the demonic.

Catholics believe that ghosts do exist, in the original definition of the word. For many years the Latin word “spiritus” was translated into English as “ghost” and the word was primarily used in a neutral sense. The English word was simply a name for “spirits.” In this sense spirits could be good or bad, angels or demons.

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The problem with ghost hunting is that it is aimed at finding malevolent ghosts, often thought to be the spirits of the deceased. These ghost hunters believe the spirits are there to “haunt” a specific place and get angry when they are disturbed.

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