Does the Bible mention ghosts, vampires, or werewolves? Is so, where are they mentioned?
Are Ghosts Mentioned in the Bible?
When Jesus was walking on the water at night, “the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, ‘It is a ghost!’ and they cried out in fear” (Matt 14:26). We know it was not a ghost but Jesus. Some Bible translations call the Holy Spirit the Holy Ghost, but the word for ghost simply means “spirit,” so actually ghosts are not in the Bible. There was a time when King Saul called Samuel back from the dead, and God, as part of His judgment on Saul, allowed Samuel to speak to Saul (1 Sam 28), but all that Samuel had to say was that “moreover the Lord will also deliver Israel with you into the hand of the Philistines. And tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. The Lord will also deliver the army of Israel into the hand of the Philistines” (1 Sam 28:19).
Are Vampires Mentioned in the Bible?
Some claim that Proverbs 30:14 is about vampires, which says, “There are those whose teeth are swords, whose fangs are knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, the needy from among mankind.” The context of that has nothing to do with vampires; rather, people actually devour the people’s wealth and create poor among the people. They are not feeding on the people but on the people’s wealth. The fact is that drinking blood of any creature, man or beast, is sin (Lev 17:10-14) because the blood represents life, and in the Old Testament, this was punishable by death.
Are Werewolves Mentioned in the Bible?
I couldn’t find a single Bible verse that had anything to do with a reference to werewolves. Paul mentioned wolves many times that would come, as he said, “After my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock” (Acts 20:29), and Jesus warned us to “beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves” (Matt 7:15), but these “wolves” are analogies for those who are cloaked in sheep’s clothing, meaning that they look like Christians, as sheep are often an analogy of the church. Even Peter used an animal in describing the nature of Satan, writing, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Pet 5:8).
Why in the world would we post a daily devotional about ghosts, vampires, or werewolves? Because, surprisingly, the question of whether there are ghosts, vampires, or werewolves comes up, and people want to know if they’re mentioned in the Bible. Now you’ll know how to answer if someone ever asks you about them, and the answer is absolutely, conclusively no.
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman[ssba]
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