Ghosts Talk Inquiry
Got this from someone who wants answers. That is one of the best parts of being human to me. You can always question until you find the answer that feels right to you. Not only that but he gave me a grand compliment and I can’t pass that up. The real me has real problems with accepting compliments but I am trying to be better about it. I like to give them though. Thank, William, for the wonderful questions below. I will try to answer them to the best of my ability.
“First of all, “Ghosts Talk” is the best book I have ever read. I believed in most of what you explained for a long time.
I have a religious family. I was raised Christian. I have believed in ghosts, magic, and the psychic ability for years. I recently read “Ghosts Talk” and I don’t under stand some things that you said. One thing was this Satan figure. Being Christian I believe in him. You say he’s not real. The garden in which Adam and Eve talked to the devil, if he does not exist what was that supposed to tell us, or why was it added?
Voodoo is another reason I believe in him. I read a book of the voodist culture and there was a chant or a spell that erases selected people from your memory and earth. I don’t know about you but that seems to be evil to me. Also how can one sell their soul to the devil if there is no devil to sell it to?
I hope you don’t mind me asking these questions. I do not mean to antagonize you, these are merely questions that I have been seeking answers to for a while.”
My father, who is a minister, had many moments of unease with me when I spoke of things he had problems with. Ghosts have been with me for as long as I can remember. Magic, to me, is a magician showing unimaginable feats and making them look as if they really are magic. Psychic ability is real to me.
The Satan figure to me is people giving up their responsibility for actions taken in their life. Sort of like a child getting into the cookie jar because he wanted a cookie, only to tell his mother that it wasn’t his fault. Little Johnnie made him do it. In the Garden of Eden, Eve made a decision and talked with Adam about it. They both decided, as society sometime does, that they were naked and that they could do something about it. In every culture there is always yen and yang, good and evil. We humans need that to balance our thoughts and emotions. Besides, if we didn’t believe in a boogey man and the thought of going to hell if we are bad, how many humans do you think would be upstanding citizens of society? There always has to be some catalyst for being good. The Bible is a roadmap of rules.
Any time you give credence to anything, you give it power. That is part of the Voodoo premise. Voodoo, at one time, meant Universal God. Then it got mutated over the ages to mean something different.
Selling your soul to the devil is what I was speaking of above and that is making a conscious choice to do something you know is wrong for you and for society but you do it anyway in order for some sort of gain.
And, William, I really appreciate that you gave me the opportunity to answer you.