First, let me say I am not a believer in "ghosts" or "aliens." I do believe in the presence of angels and demons, but I do not necessarly buy into the horror movie hype that they lurk around haunting people.
However, I recently stayed in a hotel in Savannah, GA for my sister's graduation. I swear to you, I think our television was demon possessed. We were staying in a suite hotel where the beds were on one side of the room (separated by a half-wall partition) and there was a small living/kitchen area. The TV swiveled back and forth so you could watch it from either the couch or the beds.
The first night of our stay, at about 1 or 2 in the morning, the TV spontaneously turned ON in the middle of the night and was rapidly flipping through channels. I thought it was some sort of "alarm" setting on it and found the remote and turned it off. It happened 3 more times that night. The next night it happened again and I unplugged it. I honestly thought that perhaps someone in another room had a remote control that was controlling OUR TV or that it had a short in it somewhere.
Then, the third (and final) night, we had been watching the TV in the living room, so it was swiveled all the way to the right (impossible to see the screen from the beds). I swear to God, early in the morning, it turned on (not to a channel but just static) and MOVED slowly to the left so the screen was facing the beds. I was so freaked out.
I learned on trolley tour of Savannah that it is considered one of the most haunted cities in the US. I wouldn't have believed it except for the TV thing.
I once was in my grandmother's house in complete silence trying to finish a crossword puzzle in the night with no TV or anything. The thing is that I got so into the crossword puzzle that I had not realized that, for the past 5 or 7 minutes I had been putting off a noise I was hearing consistently. The noise was coming from the hallway, but I was not paying attention to what it was...However, all of a sudden I snapped out of it, and came to my senses, looked to the hallway and I saw nothing, but I was able to differentiate the sound and it was a clear male voice quite far away saying "Girl!!" in Spanish in the same way we get called by our parents when we are supposed to come inside the house froj playing outside.
The freaky thing was not only discerning the sound, but the fact that it became convoluted and I kept hearing the phrase in stereo by two different voices now in higher volume, only all of this took less than 5 seconds all together (this last part) to start and end.
Being Spanish Catholics my family always runs to get the rosary when scary things happen, so I ran to get mine, turned on the TV and began to pray. I am NOT joking: Since I get easily distracted, I lost concentration on the rosary and began watching the TV instead. And the TV shut down on its own the moment I lifted my head from praying to look at it.
Sounds weird, but it is 100% legit and it happened when I was 16 or 17. I was in high school.
I have seen things I cannot explain, and since I cannot explain them, I can't rule out that they were extraterrestrial or spiritual. I have seen lights, objects and had dreams that seemed supernatural or on the edge of supernatural, but nothing concrete I can point to and say for sure. Nor do I have any witnesses to back up what I saw/felt or think I saw/felt.
I have not, but I will tell you about my father's experience. This happened, he swears (and he is not a superstitious person) about 60 years ago when he was a boy in the Philippines.
He says that his family heard a crashing noise in the night. He was sent to investigate it. Some dishes had fallen in a cabinet that was closed. He thought he saw a figure standing there. His mother tried to tell him it was the cat that caused it but he still swears the cabinet was closed and the cat could not have gotten in.
The next day, the family got news that (about the same time this happened) a close relative had died. My father believes that this was the spirit of his dead relative.
He has never claimed to see any other supernatural thing.
I'm still looking and will let you know...
I like the answers that the great authors have given:
- Sartre found God emotionally unsatisfying.
- Camus said to "love life, hate death, and scorn the gods."
- Harold Bloom says Yahweh is gone most of the time--in self-exile--and he ends his book Jesus and Yahweh with this:
Yahweh, present and absent, has more to do with the end of trust than with the end of faith. Will He yet make a covenant with us that He both can and will keep?
- Flannery O'Connor says:
One of the tendencies of our age is to use the suffering of children to discredit the goodness of God, and once you have discredited his goodness, you are done with him.
- Dostoevesky said, "If there is no God, everything is permitted."
- Tolstoy rejected the divinity of Jesus and the belief in an afterlife and a personal God, but he took Jesus' teachings literally and gave up possessions to live like a peasant.
- And--my all-time favorite quote--by Cormac McCarthy, from The Road: "There is no God and we are his prophets."
The difficult in discussing this topic is the difficulty in reaching an agreement on what is supernatural. There was a time when natural phenomenon like solar and lunar eclipses were considered to be super natural events, because the natural processes that caused eclipses were not understood. Similarly just about a hundred years back the concept of telecommunication existed only as a supernatural possibility. Then people accepted the the possibility of telecommunication as a natural thing, but differentiated from telepathy, which was the term used for communication between minds of people without any physical medium of communication. Now with the discovery of capability of the brain to emit and receive electromagnetic waves of different kinds, scientists are ready to accept telepathy as a natural possibility.
So if super natural is defined as something that cannot happen in the nature then it simply cannot exist in nature or be seen by someone. But if we think of supernatural as something not yet understood by science, then the world is full of such phenomenon. Three things tat come to my mind immediately are the complete universe itself, the life, and light.
Scientist do not know how this entire universe was created out of nothing by the phenomenon nothing at the time of big bang. All the scientific knowledge is dependent on acceptance of the principle of conservation of matter and energy. But the big bang does not conform to this law. Also scientist do not know what exactly is life. But the life exists. Also scientists accept light ot be a form of wave. They also accept that waves cannot travel without a medium. But scientist are not able to explain how light waves travel through vacuum without a medium. Scientist assume existence of an imaginary (or shall we call it super natural) medium called ether in which light waves travel.