By Marcia Montenegro, March 2017

Laura Dent, owner of Safety Harbor Ghost and History Tours (in Florida), operates a business that offers day and nighttime walks along and around Main Street. Her Ghost Tour seeks out areas that are supposedly populated with ghosts. This kind of ghostly tour is found in almost every major city and resort area with some history behind it.

Excerpt==In the two years she's been conducting the tours, Dent hasn't personally seen any spectres, but a few on the tour have reported seeing angels and spirits along the way.

She said she and tourgoers have felt strange sensations and sudden drops in temperature. Ghostly orbs have shown up in photographs, which some consider to be concentrations of spiritual energy, while others say it's refractions of dust or lint.
"Paranormal investigators have been here and their equipment went crazy," she said.

Other ghostly encounters have been reported by locals: A black hooded figure that roams City Hall. A YouTube video showing surveillance footage of a book flying off a shelf at the Safety Harbor Library when no one was there. Eerie voices requesting service at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa from vacant rooms. The "farmer" that hangs out at the Chamber of Commerce.

One may well ask, what about those who claim to see "angels and spirits," feel "sudden drops in temperature," see a "black hooded figure," and other phenomena as reported above?

Any of these reasons may explain those reactions:

* They are expecting or wanting to see something, so imagination provides it.

* There are natural explanations for what is seen.

* Possibly, there are actors involved.

* "Ghostly orbs" in photos are undoubtedly caused by lighting or reflections.

* The equipment of paranormal investigators means nothing; there is no evidence that this equipment can do anything other than possibly react to heat, movement, or noise.

* Demonic activity

Frankly, in the case of ghost tours, I do not think that demonic activity is likely. I think that option is more likely to explain "ghosts" in the life of someone who was or is involved in the occult and/or in spirit contact, or some activity that is of the occult but not recognized as such.

In cases such as ghost tours, it is most likely to be imagination or natural explanations, including manipulations to produce effects. Ghost Tours are entertainment only.

A ghost app is even offered!

Quote==To add interest and excitement, Dent starts each tour by encouraging people to download a ghost app on their phone to help detect activity along the tour. She uses the free Ghost Radar Classic, which allegedly senses fields of energy in the area.

During a preview of her tour, several "ghosts" were picked up by the app under the grand Baranoff Oak, reportedly the oldest oak in Pinellas County........

"I don't consider Safety Harbor haunted," Dent said. "In my opinion we just have spirits roaming here. It's a vortex for spiritual energy.

What is "ghost activity" anyway? There is no objective evidence to even support anything called "ghost activity."

Society is fascinated by the idea of ghosts and hauntings; the number of pertinent television shows alone attest to its popularity. The information in this article also applies to stories of hauntings, which are often just a form of public relations or provided for entertainment.

Back to my title of this piece -- there are no ghosts anywhere because there is no such thing! No one can hang around after they die. You go to be with God or you go to wait for judgment, which sends you to eternity without God. It's a sobering topic but the ghost stories, ghost tours, and ghost TV programs all obscure that truth. Don't let ghost tales shroud the truth of Jesus and the afterlife for you.

"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life." John 5:24

"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23

"And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son." 1 John 5:11

Resource off CANA website: Article by Marcia Montenegro, "I See Dead People," published in Christian Research Journal at



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