Tansy, watch Katt Kerr on youtube if you want a straightup lowdown on the spirit realm, and how to kick ghost ass christian-style. ;-)
(Yes, pets in heaven, they are made nephesh, soul-like flesh, they are there if they have been loved by their families! <- FrSrs, liek for-reals, google 'katt kerr', you'll love it! Even better if someone with a stick up their arse comes and talks her down, theology.buffs.dearme.exe )
Holy water is a symbol, bears no real power. Holy SPIRIT bears a power to slam jolly jeeper-creepers to the mat and count them out!
You wanna good story of exactly the sort of thing you're talking about? The seven sons of skiba,
Acts 19:11-20The Message (MSG)
Witches Came out of the Woodwork
11-12 God did powerful things through Paul, things quite out of the ordinary. The word got around and people started taking pieces of clothing—handkerchiefs and scarves and the like—that had touched Paul’s skin and then touching the sick with them. The touch did it—they were healed and whole.
13-16 Some itinerant Jewish exorcists who happened to be in town at the time tried their hand at what they assumed to be Paul’s “game.” They pronounced the name of the Master Jesus over victims of evil spirits, saying, “I command you by the Jesus preached by Paul!” The seven sons of a certain Sceva, a Jewish high priest, were trying to do this on a man when the evil spirit talked back: “I know Jesus and I’ve heard of Paul, but who are you?” Then the possessed man went berserk—jumped the exorcists, beat them up, and tore off their clothes. Naked and bloody, they got away as best they could.
17-20 It was soon news all over Ephesus among both Jews and Greeks. The realization spread that God was in and behind this. Curiosity about Paul developed into reverence for the Master Jesus. Many of those who thus believed came out of the closet and made a clean break with their secret sorceries. All kinds of witches and warlocks came out of the woodwork with their books of spells and incantations and made a huge bonfire of them. Someone estimated their worth at fifty thousand silver coins. In such ways it became evident that the Word of the Master was now sovereign and prevailed in Ephesus.
There's plenty more supernatural stuff in the scripture. The floating dead body (a ritual in the greek territories), the talking donkey, Saul and the ghost of Samuel..
You're missing out!
Yes, we experience and see this sort of activity a lot, we just tend not to play around with it very long because we've got a big can 'O woopass available to us. >:)