I teach scripture at a sports High School. It's the last place I thought I'd get a bunch of paranormal stories. But having taught the kids for 3 years, I know who can be trusted and who is telling a tall tale. Which is why I feel confident in sharing this one with you.
Last week, we were relegated to the metal work room of the school. As we walked in one of the kids nearly had a punch up with a teacher and I was thinking "Great...this is going to be one of those lessons". Many of the students are Pacific Islanders, so the average fifteen year old is a Rugby playing, 6'2 100kg behemoth.
During the lesson, many kids wanted to talk about strange experiences they had witnessed. And one young man shared this tale with me.
"Sir, I was staying at (name withheld)house and I got up in the middle of the night to go to the toilet. As I passed the parents bedroom, I saw my friends Dad standing in the doorway looking at me, so I turned around and ran back to my room".
"Why were you scared" I asked.
"Because Sir, his Dad died six months ago".
"How did you know it was him"
"Because I have known the family for years and I knew the Dad before he died".
"What did he look like - was he transparent or whitish or did he look like a person"
"Sir he looked just like he did in real life. He just stood there like a real person and just stared at me as if he was still here, like he would have in real life. All the family have seen him, and they are so scared they have started all sleeping together in the loungeroom. They think he is checking in on them to make sure they are ok but it is starting to freak them out".
This sort of stuff does my head in theologically. The typical protestant response is "All ghosts are demons impersonating people who have passed away". But how does that explain when my grandfather appeared to my Nanna and told her to turn back to God and go back to Church - hardly a demonic attempt to lead someone away from Christ? It is written in the scriptures that it is appointed once for a man to die and then judgement - but does that adequately explain what happens between death and the return of Jesus Christ to judge the living and the dead.
Would love to hear your thoughts on the matter.