The Holy Bible speaks of demons that possess people, and perform evil acts. What about modern day demons? The media and the church keep demon awareness alive. How can we be protected from demons? The absolute best defence is knowledge.
The following paragraphs will discuss how to gain a better understanding of demons and what they are through educating yourself by looking no further than the Holy Bible.
The first thing you should do when you are using the Holy Bible to gain knowledge regarding demons is to pray. You should ask the Lord for enlightenment, so that you may know the truth about demons, and have help recognizing them.
After praying, pick up your Holy Bible and read. If you don't understand a passage the first time, read it again, taking into context the preceding and following verses. What didn't come to you the first time, you may come to understand after rereading the information.
The Holy Bible states that demons are fallen angels that now serve Satan. According to scripture, demons were cast out of Heaven along with their master, Satan, until Judgment Day comes. Demons despise God and everything He stands for, including His children.
In the Holy Bible, you will find that demons do have power, but it is limited. They may find strength in knowledge, have the ability to inflict physical and mental illnesses, however, they fear Jesus. They know they are subject to His great authority. The Holy Bible tells us that Jesus gave his disciples the power and authority to cast out demons, or perform exorcisms. Demons know are well aware of this fact.
While most Psychiatrists and medical doctors will diagnose patients with mental illness, many Christians believe these patients may not mentally ill at all. Instead they believe that mental illness is really demons possessing a person's body. The following paragraphs will take a closer look at why Christians today still believe in demons and demon possession.
While some mental illness is caused by some sort of physical or mental deficiency, and can be treated with modern day medicine, some Christians believe that some mental illness can only be healed or cured by God. They believe that when this type of mental illness occurs, it is because the sick person has been possessed by demons.
There is no medicine that can successfully treat mental illness caused by demons. Some Christians believe the only way to get rid of demons is by God coupled with spiritual deliverance.
The Holy Bible makes many mentions of demons, or unclean spirits. Demons in the Holy Bible are also referred to as: evil spirits, fallen angels, Satan's angels.
There are many verses in the Holy Bible that deal with demons and demons being driven out of people. These verses include Matthew 12:22 and Luke 4:41.
Although many Christians still believe that some cases of mental illness are caused by being possessed by demons, many medical experts remain sceptical. Science has successfully proven too many that most mental illness can be explained by medical science. Thus, this information is used to dispute the fact that there is a modern day connection between being possessed by demons and mental illness.
However, no matter what medical science disputes, many Christians are firm in their belief in demon possession. The Holy Bible is firmly believed to be the word of God, and it speaks time and time again about the relation between the two.
Some experts say that it is definitely possible for us to recognize someone who is possessed by demons, but other experts claim that without a professional opinion from a doctor, it is just not possible. Most priests who are involved in the exorcism of demons say that very few people they are called to are actually demon possessed. The following paragraphs will take a look at different behaviours or qualities demon possessed people often have in common.
There are six symptoms in which all the people who were demon possessed in the Holy Bible had in common. The first symptom is alienation of those they loved. When demons possess a person, that person will begin to alienate the people he loves. He will also put up a wall when it comes to meaningful relationships with other people.
Next, people who are possessed with demons always develop an unacceptable behaviour pattern. Behaviours that God and society may find offensive or immoral are included.
Another symptom the demon possessed often share is an irrational attitude towards just about everything. People cannot reason with those who are possessed with demons. Demon possessed people are likely to be illogical and inconsistent in their thought process, making them near impossible to handle with any type of reason.
When demons possess people, they will also share the symptom of hopelessness from within. They often see no way out of any bad situation. Demons will cause them to lose hope for everyone and everything, including themselves and their families.
Finally, people who are possessed by demons share the quality of being strong in their religious conflictions. Interestingly enough, when people are possessed by demons, they are normally deep-seated in what they believe when it comes to their religion. However, they are always confused and erroneous, thus, engulfed in sin in the eyes of the church.
Symptoms which Might Indicate Demonic Attack / Possession •Thinking thoughts which are “not like you” or which “seem to come from somewhere else” or which “come out of the blue”. •Sudden depression. Sometimes the depression is severe, sometimes it is very subtle. •Feeling like suicide, like life is not worth living or wondering why you are here. •Having severe arguments with your spouse or friends. •Feelings of hopelessness.
Symptoms which Might Indicate Demonic Attack / Possession
•Thinking thoughts which are “not like you” or which “seem to come from somewhere else” or which “come out of the blue”.
•Sudden depression. Sometimes the depression is severe, sometimes it is very subtle.
•Feeling like suicide, like life is not worth living or wondering why you are here.
•Having severe arguments with your spouse or friends.
•Feelings of hopelessness.
Symptoms which Likely Indicate Demonic Attack / Possession
•Feeling like someone or something else is controlling you. You may feel controlled all the time or only some of the time.
•Feeling like someone or something is pressuring you to do certain acts.
•Feeling something touch you, scratch you, or otherwise attack you.
•Hearing one or multiple voices in your head that are negative, persuasive, or commanding you to do something. For example, hearing a voice persuade you that a certain friend should be avoided, or asking you to let them “in” to your life in some way.
•Deep personality changes. For example, someone stays at home all the time when they used to be very gregarious.
•An area of your house or your neighbourhood which feels negative or oppressive.
•Any kind of phenomena. For example, scratching sounds, things falling off walls or shelves, religious or spiritual items being moved or changed.
•Feeling attacked when others do not see or experience anything. Sometimes this feeling of being attacked may come with physical pain that is medically inexplicable. Usually it will come with psychological pain of some sort – terror or anguish for example.
•An aversion to prayer or an inability to pray.
•Being unable to stand any contact with religious or spiritual items. For example, sudden strong aversion to going into a church or temple, aversion to being touched by a crucifix, and so on.