I was thinking today about this weird story I heard once and I thought I would relay it on here because obviously you fine folks will probably have a very different take from the original perspective. In any case it is pretty interesting I thought.
Maybe ten years ago I took a religion class offered for free in my community, and sponsored by a local Christian church. (It seemed interesting at the time.) Anyways once evening, while a few of us in the class were chatting with the visiting preacher, who was in town to teach the class, he told us this tale that had be told to him by someone in his home congregation, and that he had no reason to assume was untrue.
A very devout member of his extremely conservative church had lost a little girl a couple years before, to some kind of tragedy. One night this poor lady had been alone upstairs in her house, when her small daughter appeared out of nowhere, looking like she had in life, wearing her favorite little dress. The child-spirit apparently spoke to her sounding just like she should have, and claimed she knew she had died, but that she was not really gone at all, just in a better place ‘with God, in Heaven.’ The now terrified lady instantly started to shout about ‘the devils trickery,’ and screamed it it to get out of her home at once in the name of Jesus Christ. The child-spirit at once changed form and the lady found herself looking at what was described simply as a terrible little demonic creature, that laughed and mocked her before she screamed at it louder to leave, and then screamed for her husband and called the preacher. (Now of course I know that from a Christian viewpoint ‘demonic’ will mean almost anything and not fit so strict a definition as used in occult studies. This little tale had been told to us mostly as a caution about why we should not be bothered in any way with the paranormal, or with the idea of ever hearing from the dead.
I myself was baffled when I first heard this, because while I was not religious and only there for interest sake, I had little understanding of any other mindset either. I decided it was more than likely just made up nonsense, passed around prove some silly point about blindly following god and fearing anything else.