Firstly, great emphasis is given that the contents of this series are intended to give Biblical information and insights on some of its contents. They are not intended to scare or offend anyone. It is one’s prerogative to read and never be shoved into one’s throat.
It is in the “exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference” as provided by The Philippine Constitution that this article was made.
If you find them scary, intimidating or offensive, please feel free to take them with a grain of salt and regard them like a badly written movie script.
This series would like to give proofs that don’t rely on bible contents to prove the book’s veracity and that it is not outdated.
The bible declares supernatural beings in opposite sides
The bible is clear on one thing. There exists supernatural beings in high places, both good and bad forces:
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; Psalm 91:11, New International Version
The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, Matthew 13:41, New King James Version
12For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12, NKJV
1Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron 1 Timothy 4:1-2, NKJV
Do supernatural incidents induce or eliminate doubts on other biblical claims
While Christians and believers of God and Jesus made the bible a foundation of their faith, many others could not get themselves to appreciate it and its contents because they see supernatural.
If the Bible indeed tells stories that is fantasy and are only conceived in the mind, then it’s hard to trust it or view it as reliable.
On the other hand, the bible is clear on it’s general message: the main theme of the book is the battle between God and Satan, good versus evil, and man getting on God’s side of things so he will have everlasting life. It is a book that tells of a powerful and loving God going up against another powerful adversary and man is caught in between who to follow.
It therefore not surprising that there will be, and there were, many supernatural stories in this book.
If it is proven that these supernatural occurrences are did happen and are still happening today, it is a big blow to beliefs that suggests the bible is just a fairy tale book.
This series attempts to show evidences aside from the bible itself that suggest it is talking of real things and the God it is preaching is real.
This piece will rely on the presence spiritual world on earth and events that could not be explained by science or logic to prove why God exists and the bible is speaking of facts.
Click to go straight to specific spiritual realm or unexplainable event:
1. Presence of spirits and spiritual realm
2. The Miracle of the Sun
3. The Ethan Stacy story: Vanishing leukemia miracle
4. There are real witches
5. The vampire defense kit
6. The Raffy Tulfo in Action incident
Presence of spirits and spiritual realm
This is the “make or break” part for the bible. If it can be categorically proven that the supernatural realm does not exist, the bible contents and ideas about God, or any other supernatural beings that are subjects of human worship for that matter, are all going down the drain.
However, that has yet to happen as there are just too many instances that prove without a shadow of a doubt that beings and events that could not be explained by nature and science indeed exists, as evidenced by numerous reports and documented cases of manifestations of the spiritual world.
They are just difficult to prove as many of these are experienced at a personal level and not normally occurring during the gathering of a large crowd.
The spiritual realm’s popularity in several cultures and traditions around the world and the sheer volume of recorded and reported incidence are more than enough to cast doubt in the outright denial of their existence.
Just consider various manifestations of these beings and incidents through the volumes of reports and videos of unexplained “miracles”, paranormal incidents, haunted house incidents, magicians, human beings possessed, exorcisms, exorcists, witchcraft, sorcery, voodoo practitioners, and the like.
They also supposedly have happened in different eras and timelines.
Here are just some of the specific incidents in the local and international front during recent history:
- How about letting home start this one with a bang. Anyone reading this who didn’t set foot in Baguio City, Philippines just try searching for paranormal experiences and sightings here, specifically at Loakan Road, White Laperal House, Teacher’s Camp, Baguio Convention Center, Diplomat Hotel, former Hyatt Terraces Hotel site, Nevada Square and some dormitories. If one asks a true-blue Baguio resident, they have lots of unexplainable tales occurring in these sites to narrate, some of them even experienced first-hand. No wonder Baguio is tagged as the third most haunted city by National Geographic.
- There are too many cases of pig and chicken butchering according to Cordillera culture as a result of some dead relative “manifesting” their presence or a message to a living relative relayed via speaking through medium, a dream, or an incident.
- The eerie sightings and noises at Balete Drive and the Ozone Disco spot in Quezon City and Fort Santiago in Manila.
- There are several reports of cases of multiple school children being possessed by spiritual beings during school hours in the Philippines. Not to be discounted are the supposed aswang, white lady, tikbalang and kapre (some Filipino terms for supernatural beings) sightings;
- Magicians from different parts of the world have exhibited some performances and acts that are not just slight of hand and could not be explained by nature or science. Examples are the appearance of cards or cds in seconds from thin air; disappearing in one location then reappearing in another in just seconds, communicating with spirits or souls of dead people with an immediate answer, stopping a bullet with teeth, vomiting and swallowing of live creatures; multiple changing of face masks and costumes in split seconds, and levitation among others. Many of them are televised live and replays can be easily viewed from different social media platforms.
- Numerous photos taken in different eras that show a dead person among the captured image.
- The United States Department of Defense confirmation, just this April, 2020, of three instances that indicate the presence of Unidentified Flying Objects recorded by their military in 2004 and 2015. They still refer to them as “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena’
On the other hand, many devoted church goers have experienced, seen, or heard of instances of instant healing, “casting out of demons”, and other similar supernatural incidents.
True, many reported cases and acts might just be due to just deception, illusion, fakery, or simply just performing an innocent superstition ritual but there is no doubt that not everyone of them are.
In addition to these direct cases of manifestations, there are also the indirect evidences that this realm indeed exists.
Almost all humans had personally encountered manifestations of the supernatural through dreams, nightmares, mediation, curiosity, and imaginations.
Isn’t it ironic that six of the top ten highest grossing films all-time as of 2019 when adjusted for inflation have characters and settings that are not normal? Imagine the number of people that enjoyed Avatar, Star Wars, Avengers: Endgame, E.T., The Ten Commandments, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
It is agreed that while these evidences collectively prove there must be undeniable existence of some sort of supernatural presence, they do not directly prove that God is real.
But, at the same time, they put the bible’s supernatural stories and God “on base”, speaking on baseball terminology.
They remove the probability of God being non-existent. The presence of the spiritual realm will strongly suggest the likelihood that He indeed exists.
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The Miracle of the Sun
This incident happened on October 13, 1917 that was seen and experienced by a crowd of estimated between 30,000 to 100,000 while standing in the Cova da Iria fields near Fatima, Portugal.
According to many witnesses, after a period of rain and as soon as the dark clouds broke, the sun appeared as a spinning disc in the sky. It was said to be significantly duller than normal, and cast multicolored lights across the landscape and the surrounding clouds. The sun was then reported to have careened towards the Earth before zig-zagging back to its normal position.
Witnesses reported that their previously wet clothes became “suddenly and completely dry, as well as the wet and muddy ground that had been previously soaked because of the rain that had been falling”.
Not all witnesses reported seeing the Sun “dance”. Some people only saw the radiant colors, and others, including some believers, saw nothing at all.
The incident was attributed to Our Lady of Fatima, an apparition of the Virgin Mary which had appeared to three young children, Lúcia dos Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto, on three different occasions supposedly telling them to watch out for a miracle on that specific day in October.
This phenomenon was officially accepted as a miracle by the Roman Catholic church on 13th of October, 1930.
The Ethan Stacy story: Vanishing leukemia miracle
Here’s the tale of a medical miracle from CBN:
Ethan Stacy was born with leukemia. He was diagnosed with AML, an aggressive type of leukemia that forced him frequented the oncology unit at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Doctors could not do anything in his case. Chemotherapy is so toxic for newborns that doctors gave Ethan’s parents the option not to treat their son.
After two weeks in the hospital, Ethan’s parents Chad and Mandy made the painful decision to take their son home. Most doctors at Vanderbilt supported that decision.
After only a few days at home, Ethan’s baby acne, which is common in newborns, had become infected. So they went back to the hospital. That’s when the tumors began to show up, popping up in other places such as Ethan’s feet, hands, and his forearm.
Ethan was about three weeks old at this point and his condition really started to decline. He stopped eating and began to experience sleep apnea.
It came to a point that the boy was within days of death. His parents took the long painful walk through the cemetery to see the place where they would bury their son. Chad and Mandy knew they were near the end but they, their friends and church members continued to pray…. believing God for the impossible
The night that Ethan faced his greatest medical crisis, an unexplainable thing happened: his Mom feed him late that night and he took his bottle a little bit at a time.
Then he just gradually got better. And over the next week, he is back consuming six ounces of formula every three hours.
Over the next two weeks therafter, Ethan improved! A visit to Vanderbilt revealed his platelets level reached 415,000, in normal range, from 39,000 lowest point. Two bone marrow tests that followed also showed no evidence of leukemia.
Dr. Melissa Rhodes, who serves at Vanderbilt, and her colleagues were stunned by the recovery. “Ethan had gotten about as sick as a baby could possibly get and then spontaneously got better. It was just remarkable to witness it”, she said.
Ethan’s father attributed his recovery to prayers and their belief in God.
You can check the full story on Ethan here: Miracle Story of Ethan Stacy
There are real witches
Witchcraft and sorcery are one of the superstitious things mentioned by the bible.
10There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. Deuteronomy 18:10-11, NKJV
9Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, 10and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.” 11They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery.
12But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw. Acts 8:9-13, NIV
The existence of witches until this generation are undeniable as evidenced by this documentary piece uploaded by VICE Life on youtube on October 31, 2016.
The documentary was done in Romania, known as the homeland of Dracula and superstition, home to hundreds of witches. Witchcraft here is not only alive, it’s thriving, and it’s even feared by politicians.
They are said to be able to make and break marriages, cure diseases, cast or release people from good and evil spells, and predict the future, among others.
VICE Life claimed that, supposedly, one in ten Romanians visits a witch.
What is striking in this documentary was the fact that there was a move of Romania to put taxes for the practice of witchcraft while witches came out to protest the move. Eventually, the proposed law did not prosper at that time because some of the legislators were afraid they might be harmed by the witches’ spells.
In the same documentary, one of the witches claimed she can use her powers for good and likewise for harm, like when a client fails to pay the witch for her services.
The debate here is not whether they are of God or not. The issue is they are real as the bible suggest and they got powers that are supernatural and cannot be explained by science.
The vampire defense kit
Here’s an interesting one, we laugh at this today but it is proof that sometime in the past, people believe that supernatural beings called vampires roam parts of the earth. It is debatable whether they truly existed; this item, however, points to the real possibility that they might have in some form:
The bible doesn’t say directly about vampires but it also say something specific about vampire characteristics:
There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, And whose fangs are like knives, To devour the poor from off the earth, And the needy from among men. Proverbs 30:14, NKJV
10‘And whatever man of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell among you, who eats any blood, I will set My face against that person who eats blood, and will cut him off from among his people. 11For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’ Leviticus 17:10-11
The Raffy Tulfo in Action incident
One of the most recent unexplainable incidents reported by Philippine media was an unusual paranormal event captured by the cameras of popular Raffy Tulfo in Action program in one of their episodes followed by a series of paranormal experiences by Tulfo himself at his home, which the TV personality featured in September 2020 in their program.
In one of the episodes of the program, a shadowy figure was caught by the camera behind the program’s co-host Sharee Roman and the belt bag moved by itself during a ritual conducted by a paranormal expert.
Meanwhile Tulfo had experienced out of the normal occurrences, his TV powering itself without human intervention in two separate instances and the shower spraying water and shutting itself again without human intervention after the airing of the said episode.
Tulfo went on to explain that for somebody to view a movie on his TV, the person has to undergo four steps before a movie selection will be seen on screen. He said the second instance the TV came on is already at the stage where a horror movie is ready for selection.
He also confirmed that the remote control of his TV was far from reach and the “timer” option of his TV is set to off, meaning the TV will no automatically power itself on at a given schedule, a feature that could explain such phenomena.
He also narrated that on the same night the second time his TV went on by itself, he heard the shower going on and sprayed water on a rubber mat. When he attempted to turn if off, the water drip came to sudden, complete stop, contrary to the usual gradual decreasing manner when the faucet is turned off.
Purpose of the bible
The bible made clear what kind of book is it. It is intended for those who want eternal life. It is not a science or history book. Many tend to forget this.
You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. John 5:39-40, New King James Version
It also made its theme clear. While there are many tales narrated by the bible, one thing remains clear from start to finish: God is engages in a war versus Satan and He is encouraging man to get on His side so he will have everlasting life. That’s what the bible is for:
…she [Eve] took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband [Adam] with her, and he ate… And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” So the Lord God said to the serpent…I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed…. Genesis 3: 6, 14-15, New King James Version
The LORD’s model prayer emphasized this aspect: 9“This, then, is how you should pray:…. 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Matthew 6:9,13, New International Version
The presence of spirits/spiritual realm and multiple scientific, medical, and logical reasons that supports the bible and its authors’ credibility project a possibility that God do exists. As such, being conservative might be the best alternative here.
Accountants describe conservatism as selecting the option that would show the worst possible financial standing of a business entity when two or more unproven alternatives are available. This is to remove the user of the account’s output be exposed to a bigger risk in case the worst possible scenario happens.
As it stands, the risk of not believing in and obeying God far outweighs the benefits of doubting his existence. It might be best to act conservatively, believe what the bible says, until it is absolutely proven that there is indeed no God nor hell.
By Armando M. Bolislis
The opinions and suggestions contained in this article are solely of the author and doesn’t necessarily reflect the stance of Baguio Herald Express management and staff.