In the spirit of Halloween

Throughout history people have claimed to see the unexplained and the mysterious.  Some things have been explained by science.  Where superstition has filled the gaps we now can test and come to concrete answers.  With the dawn of the scientific age, knowledge is no longer hidden in the shadows.  Not only has science blown the lid off superstitions but it has provided better medicine and knowledge of biology, the earth, and universe.  Science has become such a powerful tool of discovery that some proclaim all mysteries will one day become answered through this process.  However, this powerful tool has made some become arrogant.

Some assume things like ghosts, angels, and demons are nothing more than silly superstitions.  The things that people see that they cannot explain are their imagination, illusions, or hallucinations.  I find this to be incredibly arrogant.  It lacks nuance, and is frankly dishonest with some of the evidence presented.  Now, I do acknowledge that some cases, maybe most, can be explained by natural phenomenon.  An unknown breeze, alcohol, or drugs are all possibilities.  The easiest way to not think is to completely dismiss or believe all these stories.  Those who claim it is all nonsense fail to take into consideration there are many spiritual encounters that have incredible consistency.  For example, those terrorized by demons often exhibit claw marks of three in places they cannot reach or are terrorized at 3:00 AM.  That of course isn’t hardened scientific proof, I do acknowledge that. However, mass hallucinations do not exist, and if multiple people report the same thing with detailed accounts, I believe they should be considered.

Speaking from experience, those who have encounters with the supernatural often feel isolated, that we cannot talk to anyone or they will think we are crazy or superstitious nuts.  I’m one who is knowledgeable of science, what the mind is capable of and the tricks it can play, and look for other explanations before jumping to conclusions.  However, in this world there is evil and sometimes that evil defies naturalism. In spirit of the holiday, if there is someone you know that shares a paranormal encounter, listen.  You can choose what to do with the information, but at least listen.  Maybe just maybe they aren’t crazy and there is a reason you are hearing this story.

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