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I used to work nights several years ago and I was listening to the Art Bell program, Coast to Coast. For those of you who do not know, Mr. Bell had a very weird radio program listened to by millions world wide. His guests included a large number of New Agers, UFO enthusiasts, and witches. His topics include time travel, space brothers, reincarnation and ghosts. Someone mentioned that ghosts were found in the Bible, and this caught my attention. I am a strong believer in the accuracy of the King James Bible, and I didn’t remember ever reading about any “ghosts” in the KJB.
There is the Holy Ghost, which is the third person of the Trinity. There is the phrase “to give up the ghost”, which is not archaic and simply means to die. But not “ghosts’.
GHOST, n. 1. Spirit; the soul of man.
2. The soul of a deceased person; the soul or spirit separate from the body; an apparition.
To "give up the ghost", is to die; to yield up the breath or spirit; to expire.
The phrase “to give up the ghost” is not at all archaic. The McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. defines it as meaning: “to die. Often used to describe machines breaking down. The old man gave up the ghost. My poor old car finally gave up the ghost.
The Phrase Finder - Copyright 1996-2009 - to give up the ghost - Meaning - To die, or in the case of inanimate objects, to cease working.
Origin - There are many uses of this phrase in the Bible, including Acts 12:23 (King James Version: "And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost."
The metaphorical use of the phrase, i.e. in relation to something not living and not able to become a ghost, is 19th century. For example, James Kirke Paulding's, Westward Ho!, 1832, includes: "At length it gave up the ghost, and, like an over-cultivated intellect, became incurably barren."
Wiktionary.com “to give up the ghost” - To die. 1611, King James Bible, Mark 15:37 “And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.” (figuratively) - For a thing to die or (metaphorically) to quit. “My old computer finally gave up the ghost the other day.”
A typical Bible Agnostic (he does not know for sure what God may or may not have said), Al Maxey says regarding the King James Bible: “It should never be overlooked that this version (The KJB), like all others both before and after it, is the work of mere uninspired, fallible men to provide the people with God's Word in their own language.”
It should be pointed out to men like Mr. Maxey that God also used “mere uninspired and fallible men” to provide us with "the originals" in the first place. If God cannot use fallible men to give us His pure words, then we never would have had the long lost and non-existent originals to begin with, and there certainly would not be any Bible NOW that is the complete, inspired and 100% true words of God. But that is exactly what men like Al Maxey and other Bible Agnostics really believe, even though they try to make you think they are Bible believers who can tell you where to find the pure words of God. They cannot in fact do this, and they should be exposed as the Bible Agnostics they really are.
I find it highly ironic that most of these modern day Bible Correctors who continually try to find fault with the King James Bible are themselves using what are in fact the new "Vatican Versions" like the ESV, NIV, NASB, Holman, NET or any number of the modern versions that NOBODY seriously believes are the infallible words of the living God. And it is the Whore of Babylon that "is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit" - Revelation 18:2. For documented proof that these are in fact the new Vatican Versions see "Undeniable Proof the ESV, NIV, NASB, Holman Standard, NET etc. are the new "Vatican Versions"
Regarding the phrase “gave up the ghost” Mr. Maxey says: “In Genesis 25:8 the KJV reads, "Then Abraham gave up the ghost..." This is a very liberal paraphrase of a verb which simply means to "die, expire." It says nothing at all about a "ghost" being given up by one's physical body at death. Indeed, no such thing is taught in the Bible; this is a false teaching. This was a popular expression and belief in England at the time, however, and thus it was written into the text in place of the literal Hebrew "to die."
Mr. Maxey is again horribly wrong and misinformed. The word “ghost” simply means the human spirit when the KJB and others use the phrase “gave up the ghost”. In fact, several Bible translations say “gave up his spirit”. And, perhaps more importantly, it is the modern versions like the NIV, used by Mr. Maxey, the NASB, ESV and the NKJV that actually teach that there are such things as “ghosts”!!!
The phrase “gave up the ghost” meaning simply “ he died” is found in many Bible translations.
Here are some examples:
ASV - American Standard Version of 1901
Genesis 25:8 - “And Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years, and was gathered to his people.”
Genesis 25:17 - And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, a hundred and thirty and seven years. And he gave up the ghost and died, and was gathered unto his people.
Genesis 35:29 - And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, old and full of days: and Esau and Jacob his sons buried him.
Lamentations 1:19 - I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: My priests and mine elders gave up the ghost in the city, While they sought them food to refresh their souls.
Mark 15:37 -And Jesus uttered a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.
Mark 15:39 - And when the centurion, who stood by over against him, saw that he so gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.
Luke 23:46 -And Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said this, he gave up the ghost.
Acts 5:5 - And Ananias hearing these words fell down and gave up the ghost: and great fear came upon all that heard it.
Acts 5:10 - And she fell down immediately at his feet, and gave up the ghost: and the young men came in and found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her by her husband.
Acts 12:23 - And immediately an angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.
The phrase “gave up the ghost” exists not only in the ASV but also in the following Bible translations: Wycliffe 1395, Tyndale 1525, Coverdale 1535 - "Mat 27:50 Iesus cried agayne with a loude voyce, and gaue vp the goost.", the Great Bible 1540 - "Iesus, whan he had cried agayne wt a loude voyce, yelded vp þe goost.", Matthew's Bible 1549, the Bishops’s Bible 1568, the Geneva Bible 1560 to 1602, the Douay-Rheims of 1582 - "And bowing his head, he gave up the ghost.", The Beza N.T. 1599, Whiston's Primitive New Testament 1745, the Worsely Version 1770, the English Revised Version 1881, Darby’s translation - Matthew 27:50 - And Jesus, having again cried with a loud voice, gave up the ghost.", John Wesley’s 1755 translation - John 19:30 -When Jesus had taken the vinegar, he said, It is finished, and bowing the head, he gave up the Ghost. , The Alford N.T. 1870, The Clarke N.T. 1913, the 21st Century KJV 1994, The Revised Webster Bible 1995, the Third Millennium Bible 1998, God's First Truth 1999, The Tomson New Testament 2002 - "fell down AND GAVE UP THE GHOST" (Acts 5:5 and others), the Updated Bible Version of 2003, The Revised Geneva Bible 2005, the Bond Slave Version 2012 and The Work of God's Children Illustrated Bible 2011 - "fell down AND GAVE UP THE GHOST." .
Objection by a bible agnostic who does not believe that any Bible in any language is now nor ever was the complete, inspired and infallible words of God.
James Leonard posts at the Facebook club called The King James Bible Debate - “Btw, Nowhere does the Bible say that Jesus gave up the ghost, unless you use the flawed KJV. But to infer from this that Jesus gave up the Holy Ghost when he died multiplies error upon error. The Greek noun for ghost does not occur in Luke 23:46.” (End of comments by Bible critic)
Well, a whole lot of Bible translators far more learned than James differ. The expression “to give up the ghost” simply means “to die”. It is an older expression, granted, but it is still used today to refer to the act of dying and breathing out their last breath.
Not only does the King James Bible translate Luke 23:46 as -”And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, HE GAVE UP THE GHOST.”
But so also do the following “flawed” (according to our Bible agnostic’s humble opinion) Bible translations -
The Revised English Version 1881 - “he gave up the ghost.”
The 1901 American Standard Version - “and having said this, he gave up the ghost.”
Wycliffe Bible 1395 - “And he seiynge these thingis, yaf vp the goost.”
Tyndale’s New Testament 1525 - “he gave vp the goost.”
Coverdale Bible 1535 - “he gaue vp the goost.”
The Great Bible 1540 - “he gaue vp the goost.”
Matthew’s Bible 1549 - “he gaue vp the ghoste.”
The Bishops’ Bible 1568 - “he gaue vp the ghost.”
The Geneva Bible 1587 - “hee gaue vp the ghost.”
The Beza New Testament 1599 - "he gave up the ghost."
Whiston’s Primitive New Testament 1745 - “he gave up the ghost.
Worsley N.T. 1770 - "He yielded up the ghost."
Douay-Rheims 1582- 1899 editions - “he gave up the ghost.”
Weymouth N.T. in Modern Speech 1912 - “He yielded up His spirit.”
Young’s literal - “he breathed forth the spirit.”
KJV 21st Century Version - 1994 - “He gave up the ghost.”
The Revised Webster Bible 1995 - "he gave up the ghost."
Third Millennium Bible 1998 - “He gave up the ghost. “
God's First Truth 1999- "he gave up the ghost"
The Evidence Bible 2003 - "He gave up the ghost"
Bond Slave Version 2012 - "He gave up the ghost"
Sacred Scriptures Family of Yah 2001 says - "he gave up the spirit"
The Resurrection Life N.T. 2005 has "he breathed out his spirit"
Conservative Bible 2011 says "He gave up the soul"
When we hear the word ghost, most of us automatically think of this definition as given in Webster’s or the American Heritage Dictionary of 2000. Ghost - the spirit of a dead person, especially one believed to appear in bodily likeness to living persons or to haunt former habitats.
If there were such a thing as ghosts, then this would contradict several biblical truths. It would of course imply that death is not the end of life. This part is true. However, the King James Bible teaches that when a person dies, if he or she is a redeemed by the blood of the Lamb child of God, he immediately goes to be with the Lord his Saviour - “having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better” Phil. 1:23; “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Cor. 5:8.
To say that ghosts exist, is to deny that at physical death one either goes directly to be with the Lord Jesus Christ, or he goes immediately to hell.
In Luke 16 we read of the rich man that “he died, and was buried; and in hell he lift up his eyes being in torments.” This condemned man was told by Abraham that “between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.”
God seems to have placed a barrier of some kind that prohibits the condemned from leaving this place of torment. They cannot go back to the world of the living and wander around as ghosts.
We are also told in 1 Peter that Christ went in the Spirit and preached unto the spirits in prison which were disobedient in the days of Noah. Man has a spirit and a soul. Those who are redeemed are referred to as “the spirits of just men made perfect” Hebrews 12:23, while the others are called “the spirits in prison”. There is no escape.
There seems to be some evidence that a very few of the righteous dead may have been permitted to revisit the living, as with Samuel in 1 Sam. 28:12 and Elijah and Moses at the transfiguration of our Lord in Matthew 17. But in neither case are they referred to as ghosts, but were recognized as who they were even by people who had never seen them before. They knew them to be Samuel, Elijah and Moses.
It should be noted that these examples occurred before the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Westcott and Hort, whose very different Greek text forms the basis of most modern versions, were themselves involved in the occult.
Westcott and Hort belonged to what Westcott's son referred to as "The Ghostly Guild." Westcott took a leading role in this society and its proceedings, the purpose of which was the investigation of ghosts and other supernatural appearances. They believed that such things existed.
Concerning this society, Hort wrote to Rev. John Ellerton on December 29, 1851: "Westcott, Gorham, C.B. Scott, Benson, Bradshaw, Lauard, etc., and I have started a society for the investigation of GHOSTS and all supernatural appearances and effects, BEING ALL DISPOSED TO BELIEVE THAT SUCH THINGS REALLY EXIST, and ought to be discriminated from hoaxes and mere subjective disillusions."
This is what is called spiritism and it is absolutely forbidden by Scripture. What people generally refer to as "ghosts" are NOT the spirits of people who have died and are still roaming this earth and attempting to communicate with the living, but are in fact what the true Bible some 17 times refers to as "FAMILIAR SPIRITS".
These devilish spirits have been around for a very long time and they know things about us and events that make up our lives. They can sometimes impersonate "a dearly departed friend or relative" and lead the gullible into spiritual ruin. See "familiar spirits" places like Leviticus 19:31; Deut. 18:11 and Isaiah 8:19 for example.
Can you imagine my shock when I began to examine the modern version bibles and found that the NKJV, ESV, NASB, NIV and the Modern Catholic Versions all refer to ghosts? The NKJV does this twice, the NASB three times, the ESV three times (Isaiah 29:4; Mat. 14:26; Mark 6:49), the Holman Standard five times (Isaiah 19:3; Mat. 14;26; Mark 6:49; Luke 24:37,39) and the NIV four times.
GHOSTS in the ESV -
“And you will be brought low; from the earth you shall speak, and from the dust your speech will be bowed down; your voice shall come from the ground like the voice of A GHOST, and from the dust your speech shall whisper.” Isaiah 29:4
“But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is A GHOST!” and they cried out in fear.” Matthew 14:26
“but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was A GHOST, and cried out”. Mark 6:49
All of these versions change the meaning of Matthew 14:26 and Mark 6:49.
"It is A SPIRIT"
The KJB and Tyndale 1525, Coverdale 1535, the Great Bible 1540, Matthew's Bible 1549 - "And when his disciples sawe him walkinge on the sea, they were troubled, saying: it is some SPIRITE, & cried out for feare.", the Bishops' Bible 1568, the Geneva Bible 1587, The Beza N.T. 1599, The Bill Bible 1671, The Clarke N.T. 1795, The Revised Translation 1815, Webster’s 1833 translation, The Commonly Received Version 1851, The Weymouth N.T. 1903, The Clarke N.T. 1913, The Bible in Basic English 1961, The Word of Yah Bible 1993, the Third Millennium Bible 1998, God's First Truth 1999, The Yah Sacred Scriptures 2001, The Tomson N.T. 2002, The Revised Geneva Bible 2005, The Mebust Bible 2007, The Hebraic Transliteration Scripture 2010, The Bond Slave Version 2012 and the 21st Century KJB 1994 all say: “And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a SPIRIT; and they cried out for fear.”
The word here is fantasma, and that is something that appears to the sight. Liddell and Scott's Lexicon tells us that the word simply means "a vision, an appearance or an image." Thayer's Lexicon defines fantasma as "an apparition, spectre."
The question then becomes, what did they see? Biblically speaking, since there can be no such thing as "a ghost", or the departed spirit of a dead person, then what they saw was "a spirit". God makes His angels spirits and there also exist devilish spirits.
The RV, Darby, the older Catholic Douay-Rheims and Young's render this as “an apparition.”
But the NKJV, NASB, NIV, ESV, NET version, Holman Standard, Catholic St. Joseph New American Bible 1970, Catholic New Jerusalem bible 1985 say: “It is a GHOST.”
We know from other passages that deceiving spirits, and other spirits of angels can appear in a visible form. “He maketh his angels spirits” and they are “ministering spirits sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation” Hebrews 1:7,11.
The book of Job mentions in chapter 4:13-16 “In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men, Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake. Then a SPIRIT passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up: It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice saying, Shall mortal man be more just than God?”
1 Kings 22 presents us with another example of a spirit which came forth and stood before the LORD and was sent to be a lying spirit in the mouth of the false prophets. This was an angelic being, and not a man.
So, when the disciples cried out at seeing Jesus walk upon the water, they thought they were seeing a spirit, not a ghost.
The NIV and the Holman Standard change the KJB, ESV, NKJV, NASB reading in Luke 24:37, 39. Here the Lord appears to his disciples after his resurrection. It is recorded that they were terrified and supposed that they had seen a spirit. Jesus said “Handle me and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones as ye see me have.” Here the NIV and Holman say: "thinking they saw A GHOST" and Jesus then says "A GHOST does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have."
Other versions that also change the word "spirit" here in Luke 24:37,39 and end up having our Lord Jesus Christ confirm the existence of ghosts by having Him say: "A GHOST does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have." are the NRSV 1989, the Catholic St. Joseph New American Bible 1970, the Catholic New Jerusalem bible 1985, The Voice 2012, the Common English Bible 2011 and Dan Wallace's NET version 2006.
Today's Bible Babble Buffet versions are getting worse not better.
Perhaps the worst example of giving credence to the false idea that such a thing as ghosts exist is found in the NASB, NIV, the 2009 Holman Standard, and the Message. In Isaiah 19:3 God is bringing judgment upon Egypt. He says in verse three: “And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy the counsel thereof; and they shall seek to the idols, and TO THE CHARMERS, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards.”
All of the spiritual resources of Egypt were like so many New Agers today. The spirits of devils who deceive through necromancy and channeling of spirits. These are evil spirits of Satan.
The versions that read along with the KJB’s “Charmers” are the Revised Version of 1881, the ASV of 1901, 1936 Hebrew- English, Young’s, Webster’s, Third Millennium, KJV 21, Hebrew Names Bible, and the NKJV. Other versions, even the RSV, and the 2001 ESV are acceptable and read either diviners, sorcerers or mediums.
But the NIV has "they will seek to the SPIRITS OF THE DEAD” and the NASB has “they will resort to GHOSTS OF THE DEAD.”
This is similar to the modern Catholic versions like the 1970 St. Joseph New American bible that says: "They shall consult idols and charmers, GHOSTS AND SPIRITS." while the 1985 New Jerusalem bible has: "They will consult false gods and wizards, GHOSTS and sorcerers."
The new Holman Christian Standard says: "they will seek GHOSTS, SPIRITS OF THE DEAD, and spiritists." The Message says: "they'll conjure GHOSTS and hold seances."
Daniel Wallace and company's NET version has: "They will seek guidance from the idols and from THE SPIRITS OF THE DEAD, from the pits used to conjure up UNDERWORLD SPIRITS, and from the magicians."
And the new Critical text edition complete with Apocryphal books Common English Bible of 2011 says: "They will consult the idols and spirits and GHOSTS and fortune-tellers."
The ESV does a similar thing in Isaiah 29:4. Whereas the King James Bible says: "and thy voice shall be, as of one that hath A FAMILIAR SPIRIT, out of the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust."
But the ESV says: "your voice shall come from the ground like THE VOICE OF A GHOST, and from the dust your speech shall whisper."
Both The Voice 2012 and the Common English Bible 2011 also teach the reality of ghosts, saying: "Your voice will rise from the ground like the voice of A GHOST."
Can you guess who else does this? You got it. The Catholic St. Joseph NAB 1970 and the New Jerusalem bible 1985 - "your voice shall be like a GHOST"
No one, especially a devil controlled medium or charmer, can communicate with the spirits of the dead or ghosts! The dead are either in hell right now, with no way to get back, or they are present with the Lord, and certainly will not be sent to give a devil inspired message to the living.
The NASB, NIV, Holman, ESV, NET, modern Catholic versions and The Message present this impossibility as though it were true.
One of the newest Critical Greek text versions to come down the pike is the 2011 Common English Bible, complete with the Apocryphal books. It contains the word "GHOSTS" a total of 16 times. The word "ghosts" is found in Deut. 18:11 - "who converses with GHOSTS or spirits or communicates with the dead.", 1 Samuel 28:7-8; Psalm 88:10; Isaiah 8:19; 14:9; 19:3; 26:14,19; 29:4; Jeremiah 50:39; Matthew 14:26; Mark 6:49; Luke 24:39 and in the Apocryphal book of Wisdom 17:4 - "Mournful GHOSTS with gloomy faces appeared to them."
And it is only getting worse. Eugene Peterson's total paraphrase, called The Message, of 2002 has the word "ghost" in it some 43 times!
The supposed existence of ghosts is being promoted today by popular movies, books and radio programs like Art Bell’s. This is a New Age Satanic lie. There are no ghosts, and the fingerprints of Satan can be seen in any bible version that gives credence to the idea that there are such entities.
The next time you hear some New Age wacko tell you that ghosts are found in the Bible, tell him they are not at all found in the true Holy Bible, the King James 1611 Version.
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