Do you think you can be "Christian" and still believe in certain "paranormals"?

United States
May 23, 2007 4:40pm CST
I have my own answer to this but I'm curious what others think. No flaming here, just an adult discussion of if you think certain things which are often considered "paranormal" can be accepted by someone who's a "Christian". Why or why not? What do you think is or isn't acceptable?
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
23 May 07
Yes I think it's very possible and allowable. Of course it depends on which denomination of Christianity one follows but the ones I know of do not have a problem with accepting aspects of the paranormal. After all when you think of it demons are paranormal and with it possession and that is believed by many Christian faiths to happen. Why not other things that are paranormal?
• United States
24 May 07
Interesting way of thinking. I love all these answers!
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
25 May 07
Thanks :) Glad you liked it. I was looking through and saw some interesting answers as well.
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• Canada
23 May 07
Easy after all christians believe in the father, son and holy GHOST
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• United States
24 May 07
Good point! LOL I never thought of it that way.
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• Canada
23 Jun 07
Yeah most people dont
• Thailand
25 May 07
It is a precondition to being a Christian to believe in the paranormal. Christianity is based on paranormal occurrences.
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@ESKARENA1 (18304)
28 May 07
i agree absolutely. However, look at the comment below, isnt it sad that any paranormal experience this person may ever have will destabelise them completely blessed be
@jlara_gtr34 (3493)
• Philippines
23 May 07
hello there. i am a Christian and i have seen a ghost. i think it is fairly normal to be like this. its not actually my fault that i have seen a ghost, it just showed itself to me. lolz. and besides, seeing a ghost doesnt make me less of a Christian. i still am firm in my faith. :) God bless!
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• United States
24 May 07
Interesting. I honestly thought I would hear more "no way" answers from "devout" followers. I'm very surprised at the answers so far. Thanks for the comment!
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@eyewitness (1580)
• Netherlands
24 May 07
Well i'm a Christian and i do also believe in the parnormal things.I've seen it i've been trhough it.And i know it's from God.God showed me.If i'd tell no one would believe me and i don't understand because bible tells about it too.
@Sherry12 (2475)
• United States
24 May 07
Yes, I do believe you can be a Christian and still believe in paranormal. I'm a Christian. And, once I was praying really hard and I saw an angel. I, also, believe that our loved ones who have passed on can come to us in dreams. Most Christians are probably going to say it is satan trying to fool me. But, I have very strong feelings when something evil is around me, to the point that I've had to leave a room because it was such a strong feeling. I would like to know what you think.
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@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
24 May 07
I guess someone could be Christian (or another mainstream religion) and believe that paranormal-type incidents are the work of God. Christian beliefs can also include the real charismatic branches, like people who believe in laying on of hands, speaking in tongues, preachers who charm snakes, etc.
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@slaveeva (213)
• United States
24 May 07
I am a Pagan so I am going on my opinion. I would say that depends on if you follow your own mind or strictly the opinion of someone else translating the Bible for you. If you go be many teachings of different churches you would be lables heritic and excommunicated for believing in it. I personally think that if you truely believe in a Creator God, then to disbelieve in that which can not be explained is like putting God into a Bottle and telling him that he is not big enough to have created all that which is above our understanding.
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• United States
24 May 07
Yes. I am a Christian and I have seen a ghost. I just responded to a discussion decribing when I saw the ghost of my grandfather.
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@pirtlems (246)
• United States
23 May 07
oh yes, definately,if GOD COULD MAKE ALL OF THE THINGS WE KNOW ABOUT , THEN HE COULD JUST AS EAISLEY MADE WORLDS THAT WE DO NOT KNOW ABOUT. IN GENISES IT SAYS THAT GOD MADE THE HEAVENS AND EARTH . HEAVENS IS PLURAL.
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• United States
24 May 07
Good point also.
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@mi2ok02 (406)
• United States
24 May 07
Yes! I do and I am a Christian. The why's are different than how the world would explain it but the paranormal still occurs. Some things I believe in and some things I don't. But the things I don't believe in doesn't necessarily become an untruth, such as UFO's.
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@ESKARENA1 (18304)
28 May 07
this is a fascinating discussion. Im not a christian but hasve been interested in the replies. Some fundementalist christians do, it seems, take every word written in the bible as literal truth. With this in mind, the only ghost is the holy ghost and the afterlife is a gift only to be granted through Jesus Christ. Any other expresion of psychic ability or paranormal experience must be against the word of the bible and therefore comes from Satan. I have come across this kind of closed-mind thinking over a number of years, and i do believe it is one of the reasons many people retard their own abilities and deny their own experiences. Someone a long time ago said it was wrong because it detracted from the blind following of what the church was teaching. What astounds me is that some people still organise their lives around what someone wrote down in a buck Thousands of years ago. Now if that isnt superstition, i dont know what is? blessed be