Acts "And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain girl, having a pythonical spirit, met us, who brought to her masters much gain by divining. This same following Paul and us, cried out, saying: These men are the servants of the most high God, who preach unto you the way of salvation.
And this she did many days. But Paul being grieved, turned, and said to the spirit: I command thee, in the name of Jesus Christ, to go out from her. And he went out the same hour. In some of these passages, the demon possession causes physical ailments such as inability to speak, epileptic symptoms, blindness, etc. In other cases, it causes the individual to do evil, Judas being the main example.
In Judas case, he opened his heart to evil—in his case by his greed John So it may be possible that if one allows his heart to be ruled by some habitual sin, it becomes an invitation for a demon to enter. In Actsthe spirit apparently gives a slave girl some ability to know things beyond her own learning.
The demon-possessed man of the Gadarenes, who was possessed by a multitude of demons Legionhad superhuman strength and lived naked among the tombstones. King Saul, after rebelling against the Lord, was troubled by an evil spirit 1 Samuel ; ; with the apparent effect of a depressed mood and an increased desire to kill David.
Thus, there is a wide variety of possible symptoms of demon possession, such as a physical impairment that cannot be attributed to an actual physiological problem, a personality change such as depression or aggression, supernatural strength, immodesty, antisocial behavior, and perhaps the ability to share information that one has no natural way of knowing. It is important to note that nearly all, if not all, of these characteristics may have other explanations, so it is important not to label every depressed person or epileptic individual as demon-possessed.
On the other hand, western cultures probably do not take satanic involvement in people's lives seriously enough. In addition to these physical or emotional distinctions, one can also look at spiritual attributes showing demonic influence.
These may include a refusal to forgive 2 Corinthians and the belief in and spread of false doctrine, especially concerning Jesus Christ and His atoning work 2 Corinthians; 1 Timothy ; 1 John From missionaries' experiences, demon possession also seems to be related to the worship of heathen idols and the possession of occult materials. Scripture repeatedly relates idol worship to the actual worship of demons Leviticus ; Deuteronomy ; Psalm ; 1 Corinthiansso it should not be surprising that involvement with idolatry could lead to demon possession.
Based on the above scriptural passages and some of the experiences of missionaries, we can conclude that many people open their lives up to demon involvement through the embracing of some sin or through cultic involvement either knowingly or unknowingly. There is an additional consideration. Satan and his evil host can do nothing the Lord does not allow them to do Job This being the case, Satan, thinking he is accomplishing his own purposes, is actually accomplishing God's good purposes, as in the case of Judas' betrayal.
Some people develop an unhealthy fascination with the occult and demonic activity. This is unwise and unbiblical. If we pursue God, if we are clothing ourselves with His armor and relying upon His strength Ephesianswe have nothing to fear from the evil ones, for God rules over all!
Demonic spirits are also referred to as evil spirits and are depicted in the bible as fallen angels. These are the angels who took side with Lucifer Satan in his rebellion against God. Specialists in the area of demonology have categorized the state of demon possession into two groups: "Demonic oppression" and complete "Demonic possession. Demonic oppression is said to be a mild to severe harassment by demonic spirits which often comes as a result of doors that have been opened in an individual's life through voluntary sin which leads to manipulation in different areas of that life by evil spirits.
A complete demonic possession on the other hand is a state in which one or several demonic spirits have gained access to the body of an individual and then proceeds to takes full control over the person's will. In such a condition, the demonic spirits uses the body of the individual to express its personality and to carry out its evil intent.
How do demons enter? Demonic spirits gain access into the life of an individual through what is known as a door way. A door way is a vulnerable area in the life of a person that becomes open to the access of evil spirits whether through voluntary or involuntary means.
These doorways can stem from different level of involvement in the occult, traumatic occurrences, taking of drugs, generational curse, and different situation which triggers intense negative emotional reactions. A persons voluntary sins can also have an affect if a person is to become demon possessed. In most cases of demonic possession, a steady prayer life like praying the fifteen decades of the Rosary each dayand the abstaining from sins, especially mortal sins fornication, masturbation, heresy, pride, anger, etc.
Nature of Demonic spirits Demonic spirits are merciless beings that will not hesitate to try and take advantage of the lives of humans with every opportunity they get. Whether it is through a willful act that creates an open door in the life of an individual, or through a traumatic experience Dabbling in the occult is by far the quickest way for demons to gain entrance in Pure Infestation Of Evil - Imperious Malevolence - Where Demons Dwell (CD lives of humans.
Album) is because most occult activities involve having direct contact with demonic spirits. Whether it's dabbling with Tarot cardsOuija boardNecromancy, Witchcraftor any other means of consulting evil spirits, will certainly open up the door way to demonic bondage.
Using drugs also increases susceptibility to demonic invasion in a person's life. Because drugs disrupt the coherent state of the mind and will open up an individual to be controlled by Demonic spirits. By use of drugs is a person putting himself into a state in which he can see and have access to demonic entities.
In the Apocalypse e. It's from the Greek "pharmakeia," which includes the use of drugs to achieve hallucinations, as part of witchcraft, evil arts, etc. The point is that there is a biblical connection between drug use, and sorcery access to evil spirits. It's therefore no surprise that people who are using drugs see evil spirits. A person who uses drugs is definitely opening himself up to becoming possessed. Involuntary entry point of demons In instances where demons enter the life of an individual through involuntary means, are usually during those times when a person goes through a traumatic experience, which causes intense negative emotional reactions that are above normal.
This can be an overwhelming response to an experience which causes one to be completely overcome by fear, deep depression, deep sorrow, very deep emotional pains and different negative emotions which are above normal. Anger Anger is also another emotion which demons Album) to feed off, especially when a person decides to dwell on being angry by choosing to hold on to whatever is making them angry. This will open the door for demonic spirits to come in and influence them to do different deeds by further fueling their anger into rage.
Generational curse A generational curse is also another involuntary way in which demons enter into the life of an individual. As mentioned in the bible that God will visit the iniquity of the parents on to the children and their children's, children. This is often evident when a child grows up and seems to inherit bad habits, addictions or conditions from their parents or past relatives they may even have never met. This could be drug addiction, addiction to alcohol, many different addictions and different sicknesses and diseases.
It could be something that is passed on to only one individual in the family, or something that every member of the family seems to have inherited. Demonic spirits have been around for many years and are still constantly going around looking for their next target. As the Bible says, the Devil goes around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. To guard ourselves from demonic oppression and possession, we have to stay clear away from the occult and drugs and mortal sins.
Also don't dwell too much on negative emotions. For instances where we feel overwhelmed, it's important to seek counseling and if necessary, seek also godly spiritual help. Those Cursed or Held Guilty by Original Sin In some cases, evil spirits enter an apparently innocent victim or a victim held guilty by original sin. The victim may be an unborn baby who is cursed from the mother's womb. The curse can be from original sin or from a jealous relative, friend, enemy, or even the child's own parents.
In reality, there are no such thing as an "innocent victim" with regard to demonic possession. Excluding those victim souls God allows to be possessed and tormented for the sake of their own and the salvation of others, only those people who are actually guilty of mortal sin or even deliberate venial sin can become possessed by evil spirits.
All unbaptized infants and adults are held guilty through original sin and are under the dominion of the devil until they have received baptism. This is the infallible teaching of the Catholic Church. Here comes a good example from St. Bridget's revelations about the efficacy of baptism against the influences of the Devil:. That is why the boy may be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; then he will be cured.
Also see How to Baptize and the Steps to Convert. The abuse can range from sexual abuse, mental abuse, or physical abuse. Those who Choose Evil In other cases, an evil spirit may enter us because of involvement in evil practices such as the occult. The occult is any practice that involves ceremonies, rituals, chants, magic, or activities that are obviously not God centered. These activities or rituals can change the course of nature, the lives of those who are involved in such practices, and of course, the so-called innocent victims.
The Ouija board is a popular occult board game and there is also Dungeons and Dragons. Satan's main target in Dungeons and Dragons game is our youth. With Dungeons and Dragons, the most powerful and successful players are those who use magic.
There is a Dungeons Master Guide that even teaches new beginners how to communicate with the dead, cast spells, and learn to chant. In fact, most if not all role-playing and fantasy games includes the evil practice of magic — in addition to being extremely violent games for example, hav ing as one of their main plot going around killing people or creatures by magic and by the use of weapons ; all such and like games see evil video games are therefore evil and forbidden to play and find enjoyment in.
T hey also invites demons into one's soul. The use of magic revolves around evil spirits, psychic abilities and contacting spirits. Magic is a power that does not involve God. It is a power that is derived from such things as voodoo, sorcery, witchcraftprimitive religions and Satanism. Most witches who use magic swear that they do not worship Satan but worship the gods and goddesses of nature The gods and goddesses of nature are hardly Jesus Christ!
Pure Infestation Of Evil - Imperious Malevolence - Where Demons Dwell (CD course they worship Satan! Do not let someone who practices this occult practice tell you otherwise!
Many of these individuals are unknown because they blend in quite well. They can be found attending religious services in every denomination and they practice their magic on the side. If someone tells you white magic is ok — don't believe them. Those who use or abuse alcohol or mind changing drugs such as LSD, cocaine, marijuana see Smoking and Drugs. If someone tells you using drugs is ok— run away from them.
Sex out of wedlockadultery, homosexuals also the homosexual orientationmasturbationforeplaysensual kisses and touchesgiving consent to impure and illicit thoughtscontraceptionNatural Family Planning NFP. Those who have an abortion. Those who try to commit suicid e or have suicidal tendencies. You can renounce a spirit through personal deliverance prayers see Exorcism Prayers but in order for you to achieve freedom you must be spiritually prepared by making a commitment to God.
If you don't stop leading a sinful life, being temporally freed from the might of the devil for a little while while on earth will benefit you absolutely nothing in the end — and for eternity. Before you can renounce evil in your life you must want to change and follow God where ever H e leads you. Signs of Demonic Possession.
Amorth is a member of the Vatican II Sect. The boundaries between one category and another are not clear-cut, because there is a lot of mingling and compounding of symptoms. External Pain - deals strictly with physical suffering. Saint Paul of the Cross, and Padre Pio. These occurrences are not as rare as we may think, and the demon's activity is usually confined to external activity; internal activity, if any, is only temporary and limited to the duration of a particular disturbance.
Diabolic Possession - is the gravest form of demonic activity, which allows a continuing presence of a demon in a human body. The evil symptoms do not have to be continuous but can alternate between periods of crisis and periods of rest.
Possession implies intervals of temporary suspension of mental, intellectual, affective, and volitive faculties. Symptoms can include the knowledge of languages unknown to the victim, superhuman strength, and the ability to know the occult or someone else's thoughts.
Typically, there is an aversion to anything sacred, often in conjunction with blasphemy. There are also frauds who pose as demoniac; therefore, we need to be extremely wary. Diabolic Oppression - is a ransom discomfort. We must remember that symptoms and gravity differ greatly case by case.
This oppression can strike health, job, affections, relationship with others, and so on. Its symptoms include unexplainable rages and a tendency to complete isolation. Oppression can affect both individual and groups even very large groups. Diabolic Obsession - causes an almost split personality. Our will remains free, but it is oppressed by obsessive thoughts. The victim experiences thoughts that may be rationally absurd but of such a nature that he is unable to free himself.
The obsessed person lives in a perpetual state of prostration, with persistent temptations to suicide. We must be aware that the temptation to commit suicide is also present in diabolic possession and diabolic oppression.
Diabolic Infestation - In this case, the malefic activity is directed toward places houses, offices, stores, fieldsobjects cars, pillows, mattresses, dolls and animals, therefore it only indirectly affects man. Origen tells us that the early Christians resorted to exorcisms in these situations.
Diabolic Subjugation - The term indicates a voluntary pact—implicit or explicit—with Satan, by which we submit to the lordship of the demon. There are also involuntary times with the evil one; these cases fall into the preceding categories, especially the most severe: possession. How Does One Become Possessed? Below, Fr. Amorth explains that there are four principal causes that may cause one to fall victim to these evils. Pure Divine Permission Clearly, nothing happens without divine permission, but God never wills evil, suffering, or temptation.
He gave us freedom and allows the existence of evil, but knows how to turn it into good. When he gives the demon his permission to torment us, he does so to strengthen us in virtue, as in the biblical example of Job, as well as of many blesseds and saints.
We must keep in mind that sometimes diabolical harassment in itself has nothing to do with the state of grace of its victims. This can be achieved in many ways: malefice or spellbinding, evil eye, malediction, and so on. The matter is serious, but we need to be on guard against misconceptions. By their nature, curses lend themselves to all sorts of abuses, especially when we consider the current escalation in the number of frauds, suggestions, manias, and more.
The many individuals who abandon themselves to sexual perversions, violence, and drugs fall into this group. The heinous crime of abortion aggravates this situation; its terrible repercussions are clearly seen during exorcisms, because to liberate a victim who is guilty of abortion usually requires a very long period of time. Due to the current devastation of the family and the laxity of morals, the repercussions that stem from the scourge of abortion are much more common than in the past.
When we take all these factors into account, we can understand why the number of individuals stricken by evil ailments has multiplied. Proximity to Evil Places or Persons This includes attending spiritualistic session, dabbling in magic, or consulting magicians, witch doctors, and some card readers; also, practicing the occult, belonging to satanic sects, or practicing in rites that climax with black masses, and so on, put us at great risk.
To this category we can add the influence of mass media, such as pornographic shows and violent horror movies broadcast by many TV stations. We should not be surprised that, today, there is an explosion of these activities: a decline in faith life is directly connected to an increase in superstitions.
I will not tire or repeating that members of the clergy have done nothing to oppose, or at least warn against, all these evils, because they are completely ignorant even of what the Bible explicitly says on the subject [expect nothing but indifferentism and laxiety from the faithless non-Catholic Vatican II heretics, whether they be called priests or laymen].
This forth category has greatly contributed to the increase in evil ailments in the last decades, especially among the young. Gabriele Amorth. Finding Help. We receive e-mails at this site from all over the world. The majority of the e-mails are from people who are in some sort of bondage to Satan or have friends or family members who are suffering. Many of the requests we receive are from people in search of an exorcist living close to them. We are often asked if we can help locate or recommend an exorcist.
We do not have a list of exorcists. There is a good chance that those individuals seeking an exorcist do not need one see Signs of Possession.
In most cases these individuals need deliverance prayers. Deliverance prayers do not require an Exorcist. If you are seeking help, you must first start by ridding yourself of those things that prevent God from working in your life. In most cases, the bondage we are in is due to the lifestyle we live.
If you do not follow the commandments that God established then there is only one other rule to follow-the self-destructing rule of Satan. When you do not live by God's rules the door is wide open for Satan to enter into your life.
Are you willing to change your lifestyle? If you are willing to change there is hope for you. If you are not willing to change you may never find help. Reflect on the questions below. Do not become alarmed if many of these questions pertain to you. Confess your sins and work at eliminating them from your life. Ask God for help. Do you give God time in prayer everyday? Do you read Holy Books everyday? Do you listen to ungodly or sinful songs or watch these immoral music videos on the television?
Are you involved with new age practices such as yogacrystals, Transcendental Meditation? Do you go to church every Sunday if you have a non-heretical Catholic Church in your area? Do you neglect church so that you can participate in a sports related activity or so that you can sleep-in? Where are your priorities? Are they God centered or "ME" centered?
Do you keep the Sabbath the Sunday holy? Is your lifestyle not of God? Do you have sex out of marriage, are you committing adultery, do you approve of abortions? Are you a homosexual? Do you masturbate also in marriage? Do you commit sexual sins with your spouse within the holy sacrament of marriage foreplaysensual kisses and touchesimpure thoughts? Do you fantasize about sex? Are your thoughts chaste? Do you read romance novels or bad, sensual magazines or newspapers any magazine that contains immodest women?
Do you dress modestly so as not to arouse the opposite sex. Do you steal? Do you you take away from people what are theirs? Have you given back what you have stolen? Do you lie to get out of jams? Do you find pleasure in saying negative things about people or do you speak about them behind their back? Are you jealous of what other people have? Are you greedy and selfish? Do you feel bad about giving to others or about not getting something that someone else got instead?
Are you a proud person? Do you have high thoughts about yourself? D o you admit to being wrong w hen you are wrong? Do you make corrections when you have done or taught wrong? Are you ashamed of humility and of being humbled? Do you understand that no proud person can ever be saved or be pleasing to God? Many people are concerned for friends and family members and want to find them help which is a pious thing to do.
The big problem is that the majority of your friends and family members do not want help. They are very comfortable in their lifestyles and in most cases there is not any room for God. Freedom cannot be found for those who do not want help. The best course of action is to pray.
Have as many people you know pray so that they may be converted. Michael The Archangel Prayer. English version Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Prayers of Deliverance. Kyrie eleison.
God, our Lord, King of ages, All-powerful and All mighty, you who made everything and who transformed everything simply by your will. You who in Babylon changed into dew the flames of the "seven-times hotter" furnace and protected and saved the three holy children. You are the doctor and the physician of our soul. You are the salvation of those who turn to you. We beseech you to make powerless, banish, and drive out every diabolic power, presence, and machination; every evil influence, malefice, or evil eye and all evil actions aimed against your servant O Lord, you who love man, we beg you to reach out your powerful hands and your most high and mighty arms and come to our aid.
Help us, who are made in your image; send the angel of peace over us, to protect us body and soul. May he keep at bay and vanquish every evil power, every poison or malice invoked against us by corrupt and envious people. Then, under the protection of your authority may we sing, in gratitude, "The Lord is my salvation; whom should I fear?
I will not fear evil because you are with me, my God, my strength, my powerful Lord, Lord of peace, Father of all ages.
My Lord, you are all powerful, you are God, you are Father. We beg you through the intercession and help of the archangels Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel for the deliverance of our brothers and sisters who are enslaved by the evil one.
All saints of heaven come to our aid. From anxiety, sadness and obsessions—We beg you. Free us, O Lord from hatred, fornication, and envy—We beg you. Free us, O Lord from thoughts of jealousy, rage, and death—We beg you. Free us, O Lord from every thought of suicide and abortion—We beg you.
Free us, O Lord from every form of sinful sexuality—We beg you. Free us, O Lord from every division in our family, and every harmful friendship—We beg you. Free us, O Lord from every sort of spell, malefice, witchcraft, and every form of the occult—We beg you. Free us, O Lord Lord, you who said, "I leave you peace, my peace I give you," grant that, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, we may be liberated from every spell and enjoy your peace always.
In the name of Christ, our Lord. Prayers against Every Evil. Please purify me, Lord, mold me, fill me with yourself, and use me. Banish all the forces of evil from me, destroy them, vanquish them, so that I can be healthy and do good deeds. Banish from me all spells, witchcraft, black magic, malefice, ties, maledictions, and the evil eye; diabolic infestations, oppressions, possessions; all that is evil and sinful, jealousy, perfidy, envy; physical, psychological, moral, spiritual, diabolical ailments.
Burn all these evils in hell, that they may never again touch me or any other creature in the entire world. I command and bid all the powers who molest me by the power of God all powerful, in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior, through the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin Mary to leave me forever, and to be consigned into the everlasting hell, where they will be bound by Saint Michael the archangel, Saint Gabriel, Saint Raphael, our guardian angels, and where they will be crushed under the heel of the Immaculate Virgin Mary.
Prayers for Inner Healing. Lord Jesus, you came to heal our wounded and troubled hearts. I beg you to heal the torments that cause anxiety in my heart; I beg you, in a particular way, to heal all who are the cause of sin.
I beg you to come into my life and heal me of the psychological harms that struck me in my early years and from the injuries that they caused throughout my life.
Lord Jesus, you know my burdens. I lay them all on your Good Shepherd's Heart. I beseech you—by the merits of the great, open wound in your heart—to heal the wounds that are in mine.
Heal the pain of my memories, so that nothing that has happened to me will cause me to remain in pain and anguish, filled with anxiety. Heal, O Lord, all those wounds that have been the cause of all the evil that is rooted in my life. I want to forgive all those who have offended me. Look to those inner sores that make me unable to forgive. You who came to forgive the afflicted of heart, please, heal my own heart. Heal, my Lord Jesus, those intimate wounds that cause me physical illness.
I offer you my heart. Accept it, Lord, purify it and give me the sentiments of your Divine Heart. Help me to be meek and humble. Heal me, O Lord, from the pain caused by the death of my loved ones, Album), which is oppressing me.
Grant me to regain peace and joy in the knowledge that you are the Resurrection and the Life. Make me an authentic witness to your Resurrection, your victory over sin and death, your living presence among us Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Please consult the How to Pray the Rosary section. The Rosary Prayer will be the most powerful prayer against the attacks of the demons.
You must not neglect to Pray the Rosary everyday, especially all fifteen decades, if you can do so. She has given this efficacy to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all, spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families, of the families of the world, or of the religious communities, or even of the life of peoples and nations that cannot be solved by the Rosary.
There is no problem I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.
With the Holy Rosary, we will save ourselves. We will sanctify ourselves. We will console Our Lord and obtain the salvation of many souls. Categories St. Satan in the Media 3. Natural Family Planning 4. Masturbation 7. Catholic Dogma 2. Protestantism Refuted 3. Eastern "Orthodoxy" 4. Antipope Francis 2. Benedict XVI's Heresies 3.
John Paul II's Heresies 4. And several years ago a book titled UFOs, Satan and Evolution enjoyed a limited circulation in the evangelical community.
Therein the author claimed that hundreds of UFO visits to Earth represented an invasion of demons. The fact that a prominent creationist wrote the foreword for this literary fiasco remains an inexplicable mystery. The position that demon possession does not exist today can be argued from a twofold base. First, a thoughtful study of the details associated with the so-called modern examples of demon habitation reveals that these cases bear no resemblance to the genuine examples of spirit possession described in the New Testament.
The contrast is dramatic. Second, a consideration of certain data set forth in the New Testament leads only to the conclusion that demon possession was a first-century experience; it was allowed for a very specific reason, and the divine concession was suspended near the end of the apostolic era. Scores of people began to surmise that they were possessed of evil spirits—or that they knew someone else who was!
Numerous articles regarding these alleged experiences appeared in mainline newspapers and magazines. A careful consideration of the details involved in these alleged episodes highlights some startling contrasts to the New Testament cf.
Woodward Reflect upon the following differences:. The exorcisms of today are performed almost invariably in dark, secluded environments, only to be publicized later. When Jesus cast out demons, the episodes were public, and therefore subject to critical examination cf.
The Lord could expel evil spirits with but a word, and the effect was immediate Luke ; Mt. The demoniacs of the New Testament era were afflicted, either physically or mentally, by a malfunction of what were otherwise normal human traits.
Those cases involved no grotesque details. One priest claimed that a demon took a bite out of his sandwich. The February 11, issue of Newsweek magazine carried a photo of the burglarized delicacy, displaying perfect, human-like teeth prints! Do demons get cavities? There is not a solitary case of a demon blaspheming either God or Christ in the biblical narratives. Two cases of demon possession in the New Testament reveal that the unclean spirits could empower their hosts with supernatural strength Mk.
Acts The demoniac described in Mark 5 could not be bound even with a chain. The ability to cast out demons in the first century was given in order to confirm the truth of the gospel message Mk. A powerful case can be made for the proposition that demon possession was not allowed to continue beyond the apostolic age—the era of miracles.
Likewise, unclean spirits, the antithesis of the prophets, would cease. In the conquest of Christ over Satan and his forces, unclean spirits have ceased to control men as they did in the time of the ministry of Christ and the apostles A firmer proposition can be argued as follows. With the close of the first century, the age of the supernatural came to a close. God is not empowering men to operate in a miraculous fashion today.
This is evinced in the following way:. Miracles are self-authenticating phenomena that cannot be denied, even by hostile critics cf. Since the revelatory process was completed when the last New Testament book was written, miracles no longer are needed, hence, have ceased. They were like the scaffolding that is removed once the building is finished. Paul defended that position both in Ephesians and in 1 Corinthians Nothing was to be added to them, nothing taken from them.
This interpretation is in keeping with the context Elsewhere this writer has discussed the theme of miracles and their duration in much greater detail see What Does the Bible Say About Miracles?
Here is a crucial point. In other words, if the gift of expelling demons no longer is extant, is it not a reasonable conclusion that demon possession is obsolete as well? Certainly Satan exerts great influence today. However, as God does not work miraculously in this age, but influences through his Word and through the events of providence, so also, the devil wields his power indirectly, and non-miraculously, through various media.
Current cases that are being associated with demon possession doubtless are the results of psychosomatic problems, hysteria, self-induced hypnosis, deception, delusion, and the like. They have natural, though perhaps not always well understood, causes. Jackson, Wayne. Access date: August 6, Topical Index. About Contact. Demons: Ancient Superstition or Historical Reality?
By Wayne Jackson. The first Gospel writer recorded these words: And the report of him [Jesus] went forth into all Galilee: and they brought unto him all that were sick, holden with divers diseases and torments, possessed with demons, and epileptic, and palsied; and he healed them Mt.
William Barclay wrote: We need not argue whether demons were realities or not. The Scottish scholar went on to concede that Jesus may have believed in demons, but that He did not come into this world to give men medical knowledge, and there is no reason to think that his medical knowledge would be any more advanced than that of the people of his day Ibid. A Pre-Adamic Race?
There are two things wrong with that notion: There is absolutely no evidence that there ever was a historical gap between the first two verses of Genesis see Fields There were no people before Adam. Bred of Angels and Women? Fallen Angels? Spirits of Evil Men? The Effects of Demon Possession The physical or mental effects occurring in certain individuals as a consequence of being possessed by a demon or demons were varied.
Lenski has commented: Two classes are markedly distinguished; those suffering from ordinary diseases and those possessed with demons. Christ exhibited power over diseases and physical ailments Mt. The Lord exerted his authority over material objects Mt. Jesus showed that he could control the elements of nature Mt. The Master even suspended the force of gravity with reference to his own body when he walked upon the waters of the Sea of Galilee Mt. The Lord released certain ones who had been captured by death Mt.
One scholar has expressed the matter in the following way: Jesus viewed the triumph of these [disciples] as being symptomatic of ever so many other victories over Satan throughout the course of the new dispensation, triumphs accomplished through the work of thousands of other missionaries. Consider another reference. Christ said: But if I by the Spirit of God cast out demons, then is the kingdom of God come upon you.
Note these additional cases in the Gospel records of Jesus expelling demons. The demoniac in the synagogue Mk. Demon Possession Today? Reflect upon the following differences: Private exorcisms The exorcisms of today are performed almost invariably in dark, secluded environments, only to be publicized later.
Christ expelled demons with ease The Lord could expel evil spirits with but a word, and the effect was immediate Luke ; Mt. Affliction, not horror The demoniacs of the New Testament era were afflicted, either physically or mentally, by a malfunction of what were otherwise normal human traits. Supernatural strength Two cases of demon possession in the New Testament reveal that the unclean spirits could empower their hosts with supernatural strength Mk.
Confirming the gospel The ability to cast out demons in the first century was given in order to confirm the truth of the gospel message Mk. A Reasonable Argument A powerful case can be made for the proposition that demon possession was not allowed to continue beyond the apostolic age—the era of miracles. This is evinced in the following way: Nothing duplicating the miracles of the first century is apparent today. The purpose of supernatural gifts was to confirm the authenticity of divine revelation being received from heaven Mk.
The New Testament explicitly argues that the day was on the horizon when miracles would cease. Prominent Greek scholar, W. Vine, summarized the matter well. Conclusion Certainly Satan exerts great influence today. Jesus and the Samaritan Woman. Works Cited Arndt, William F. Wilbur Gingrich. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago. Aune, D. Geoffrey Bromiley, ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. Barclay, William. Campbell, Alexander. Popular Lectures and Addresses.
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