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What is the difference between a spirit and a ghost?


Asked by Gal51 at 1:56 PM on Nov. 25, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I think a spirit can refer to a demon, an angel, or a ghost. A person's soul is made of spirit, but when a person dies, if that person for some reason sticks around earth, that person is a ghost. Demons and angels are spirits and they don't have physical, tangible bodies. You might find 7 Kinds of Ghosts by Brother Ignatius Mary interesting.  The article also discusses how to tell the difference between a godly apparition, and an ungodly one: it will never contradict the bible, it will never lead you to disobey the Church, it will lead you to peace, and it will always affirm the Lordship of Jesus Christ (1 John 4:1-3).


    Answer by flatlanderjenn at 9:33 PM on Nov. 27, 2010

  • They are both the same, a ghost is the spirit of a dead person.


    Answer by older at 2:00 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • There is a HUGE difference. A Spirit is a being who does not and has never had a physical body. A Ghost is someone who did once have a physical form. Ghosts are not meant to remain in non-physical form, Spirits on the other hand are not meant to have a physical one...

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 2:03 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • yes they are the same. A ghost is the spirit of a dead person.
    so far have not seen one

    Answer by HomeAlone45 at 2:03 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • I didn't mean she COULDN'T be seeing a spirit, but from the sound of it it was more likely that she was seeing a Ghost. Spirits tend to be much more rare and don't generally care to become involved with us. Ghosts are more likely to interact with us because they are like us...

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 2:13 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • LOL @ Zoeyis. =)

    I agree with Sabrina.

    Answer by _Tam_ at 7:34 PM on Nov. 26, 2010

  • A deceased person can be a ghost (one that haunts a place on earth) or a spirit (one that has crossed over but still visits this plane of existence on occasion). The word spirit also encompasses angels, spirit guides, or any being that doesn't have an earthly form. They aren't necessarily the same thing. In fact, often they aren't.

    Answer by witchqueen at 8:54 PM on Nov. 26, 2010

  • Sabrina

    you mentioned in the other spirit/ghost question that the little girl couldn't be seeing a spirit and that it was likely a ghost. Why is that?

    Comment by Gal51 (original poster) at 2:10 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • @ Sabrina

    Ahhh .... gotcha

    @Shaneagle777 .... The Holy Spirit used to be called the Holy Ghost, so I always considered the terms to be synonymous. Are you saying that if we come in contact with a ghost, we are coming in contact with a demonic spirit?

    Comment by Gal51 (original poster) at 2:33 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • Most people associate ghosts with Halloween. But that's not the case. They usually have some type of a form to them. But a human spirit will leave the human body when someone dies. You can't see it, but it's there, all of us have one. Your spirit will go to Heaven.

    Answer by amessageofhope at 1:02 AM on Nov. 26, 2010