It’s 3 AM, you’re awakened by the noise of doors slamming, the sound of tapping on the walls, and you see hallway lights flicker off and on. You get out of bed and find you’re the only one in the house. You try to reason what just took place and all you can come up with that is that it’s a ghost. A bit frightened, you decided that maybe it’s time to call your local ghost hunting group to come over and investigate.
Who are you letting into your home? Are they trained? Do they really know what a ghost is? Or a demon? Do they think that demons and ghosts are interchangeable? Are these ghost hunters convicted felons or child abusers? Maybe you’ve asked for the ghost hunters’ credentials and are told you have nothing to worry about. But do you?
They find something and things calm down and everything goes back to normal — for now — until one day when you’re surfing the internet and you notice photos of your home on that paranormal group’s website. You also find those photos on other related sites. Those local ghost hunters have published the findings of your case on the web! Did you give permission for them to do so? You also might discover that they’ve made money off your case, using it in a book and/or video was used to pitch a show idea. They’ve also done lectures at paranormal conferences, where the team leader was paid to give a presentation of your case, but you never gave permission for any of this. Not only were you unknowingly exploited, you weren’t compensated.
On the other side of the spectrum, maybe you want to be a ghost hunter, a paranormal investigator, or a demon chaser. You watch Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, My Ghost Story and other paranormal shows. You listen to paranormal radio, and read everything on the subject. You have a Facebook page, a Twitter page, and a YouTube account. You’ve spent hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, on a variety of gadgets — but does that really make you a ghost hunter?
You decide to take a class that will lead you to being a certified ghost hunter. It’s an online class and it’s the equivalent of about 10 hours of field study. To get your certification, all you need to do is read a book, take a test, and get a photo ID. After accomplishing these things, you receive a fancy looking certificate that says you’re a certified ghost hunter. Who certified the people who certify you? Can you cover the topics about the paranormal in a few hours?
These topics and more will be covered on the Eye on the Paranormal, when host Kirby Robinson looks at certification for ghost hunters. Are these certifications real or a fake? Are they only for an ego boost and for someone to make a fast buck?
Paranormal ethics will be folded into this discussion. Kirby will also share an incredible story about a new scam in the wacky world of the paranormal.
A Christian paranormal investigator, demonologist and exorcist, Kirby manages and writes at the Eye on the Paranormal blog where a wealth of articles about the paranormal have been published for the past five years. His program on the God Discussion network airs weekly.
Show Time: Wednesday night, July 17, 2013, 7 Pacific / 8 Mountain / 9 Central / 10 Eastern (Additional time conversions at the World Time Server).
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