Haunted House

I had reason to complain to my local town council last month, during which I received an apology for some administrative shortcoming. Towards the close of the communication, the councillor commented that his grandparents had once lived in my house, as far back as the 1930s. He had considered buying it but was dissuaded by his partner on account of various ghost stories and hauntings of which they had heard.

I do not believe in ghosts in the conventional sense of the word, though I listed some of the theories about so-called ghostly activity some years ago. Suffice to say, the dearly departed are either in heaven with Christ or in hades awaiting His judgement. They have neither the time nor opportunity to return to our houses and give us the heebie-jeebies. Whether demons have the inclination to annoy householders I do not know, but this may be the most likely explanation for strange happenings once we discount all the imagined and made-up incidents. Yet in my house, I have neither felt nor seen anything. This might suggest that the good councillor’s memory ill serves him, or that such happenings have ceased. Rest assured, if this spirit or spirits were real, they are more afraid of me than I of them. Infilled by God’s own Spirit, an heir with Christ enjoying a direct, 24/7 hotline to heaven, the poor blighters don’t stand a chance. And any of them that waste my time by flickering the lights, lowering the temperature (good luck with that) or making my hair stand, will be given short shrift. I have enough on my plate without bothering with this nonsense. Any that tried my patience would come off the worse, I resolving to give such a one the spiritual thrashing of its long life. Regular readers will recall that I mistakenly thought one crossed me in the summer; it was not fear I experienced but anger.

I do not seek spirits or ghosts, and I suspect they avoid me, if they are real. My house, like my body, belongs to the King of Kings and He suffers no squatters, vandals or loafers to defy His proprietorial rights and privileges. I, His tenant and janitor, help to enforce this.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

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