In my beloved country, Haiti, folks are talking a lot about zombies and ghosts. They make no difference between them. They will either use the word zombie or ghost to talk about someone who has been declared dead, buried, and later reappeared either as a real person or mummy. Indeed, a zombie would be the “the slave of a magician or a soul that has been removed from a living person, or the body of someone recently deceased that may have been brought up out of the grave after the soul had been separated from it by regular rites of death” (definition from www.answers.com). Ghosts are believed to be the spirits of the dead that come back to haunt houses and loves one. What does the Bible teach about this matter?
According to the Bible, a human being is a soul or a combination of dust and breath of life (God’s spirit): “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). The formula would be: dust + breath of life = soul or being. Without one of these elements that form humans there is no soul. At death “the dust returns to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:3). Therefore, it is nonsense to pretend that one can remove a soul from a deceased or living person.
Also, the Scriptures teach us that the dead are really dead. They are asleep and unconscious: “For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun” (Eccl. 9:5-6). It is clear that all dead are in their graves awaiting resurrection’s days (Luke 14:14; John 5:28, 29), meaning zombies and ghosts are not deceased who have been brought up out of graves, either to be sold as slave or to visit their family members. So who they are?
Ghosts are real, but they are not who you think they are. They are bad spirits that are spreading soul-destroying delusions. Their goals are to make sure everyone believes that the dead are not dead in order to support Satan’s first lie, which can be found in Genesis 3:1-5: “And the Serpent said unto the woman, ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
Zombies also are real, but they were not deceased who many pretend have been brought up out of graves after being declared dead, and buried. They never died, but were in deep coma after being poisoned by a zombie maker. The malevolent voodoo may ask a family member or a close friend to perform this task using a combination of certain plants and natural herbs. As a result, the victim’s vital signs will not be found, and will consequently be pronounced dead.