So as are things sometimes, we get right down to the nitty gritty. When Josh asks the spirit Patrick in the cemetery if he believed in God, the spirit said, “of course”. Furthermore the spirit acknowledges Jesus Christ. Yet still trapped there in the cemetery. Why?
I submit the blatant denying of God is a relatively new fad. The over-the-hill new-age. Heaven is a place on earth. Well, that is precisely what many people believe hell is. If not hell, then purgatory. So while they fully mean it now when they say they do not believe, back in the day, most people were not in the habit of committing the ultimate party-foul. They could have even believed in God, gone to church on Sunday, yet still there they were, after all was said and done.
The reasons are about what you would expect them to be. People get attached to someone, something, or for some reason they can not cross-over. Eventually with Josh’s help, Patrick is lead to the Pearly Gates, and that is great news. Josh then suggests a more personal relationship with a higher power, always good advice.
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is."