Sometimes life and the lack of demonic attacks on a personal level can get you to shy away from the reality of the other side of this world. It’s easy to forget the supernatural reality. It’s easy to give up the supernatural fight.
Recently for me it was being told about the situation with a young boy (a grade one student) who is hearing voices - voices that tell him to do bad things. Maybe it sounds like a cliché but for someone that has seen the way that demons work, it’s not at all a surprise.
Parents do what they can – parents did what they could for me when I was a child but unless they have a worldview and answers to why a child can feel like an outsider, or a failure or be tormented by something that either seems wholly inside themselves or wholly outside themselves, they will fail. There needs to be another alternative for when psychologists and therapists fail.
People need to be aware of that alternative for when failure ultimately comes That’s my job to make people aware. An exorcism alone won’t help (often it goes beyond possession), sometimes spiritual problems need to be battled by the persons involved. But awareness comes first. Awareness of the entire world view that makes demonic attacks sensible and of the God that is our only refuge.
Join me in the fight.
I address this because I was asked about reasons I am a Christian without resorting to emotional answers. I believe nobody should ever resort just to the emotional when ‘defending’ their faith or beliefs. It’s nonsensical and it makes a fool out of you and God.
In no way should Christianity ever be based on “feeling”. The latter day saints view of a burning in the bosom is completely erroneous to how the Holy Spirit works for one thing (‘still small voice’ is described not a burning chest, that’s heartburn guys) and undermines true doctrine and true teaching. But then likewise the charismatic view of ‘tongues of fire’ and the ‘spirit raining down’ and spending hours on feel-good emotion based worship and little time on teaching, doctrine and on facts about God is likewise erroneous.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ll disclaim right here and now that people can be saved no matter what denomination they profess, but there are many caught in snares taught by their churches (of all denominations) and sadly:
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. (Hosea 4:6)
Emotionalism isn’t the problem, it’s okay to get emotional but ignorance is a problem. And a big problem considering the blatant ignorance of church goers today (including many Bishops, Reverends and Pastors who instead of teaching are preaching as if they were reading from self-help books). God does not want us to be idiots. Modern Science started out from Christian men who wanted to uphold the laws of God and discover His universe. The Christian way has always been the way of studying, asking, learning. The Scripture asks us to:
This does not just mean studying the Bible but indeed it means that, but it means all things pertaining to it. Question it, seek the answers. Just because some plead ignorance or that we can not know, that it is in the realm of ‘faith’, realize it’s just a cop out. They don’t know because they don’t want to know and because they are doing the work of the devil themselves in making Christians look stupid to the rest of the world.
Basically your faith is only as good as what you put it in. But if you have faith out of ignorance or don’t understand why you believe or it’s all based on emotionalism it will crumble. You must know all you can about God to truly love Him and you must want to get to know about Him because you love Him. If you don’t want to know about His world or about Him, then it’s best to start really questioning what you’re living for, if you’ve counted the cost and if you really want to be a Christian at all.
“God has room for people with very little sense, but He wants every one to use what sense they have. The proper motto is not ‘Be good, sweet maid, and let who can be clever,’ but ‘Be good, sweet maid, and don’t forget that this involves being as clever as you can.’ God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than of any other slackers. If you are thinking of becoming a Christian, I warn you you are embarking on something which is going to take the whole of you, brains and all…. One reason why it needs no special education to be a Christian is that Christianity is an education itself.” - C.S. Lewis, ‘Mere Christianity’.
LOLOLOLOL cute fairytaleXD harry potter>bible. litterally both are equally realistic.
See my post about how Harry Potter does shamelessly copy from the Bible, that’s where the guy is getting the similarities, but he just doesn’t know it.
Psalm 14:1, only fools deny there is a God. Some people like to flaunt what fools they are sometimes, that’s all. (As an added way for rickthegrizzly to show what a fool he is, he mispelt literally).
Love in Christ.
The great thing, and the terrible thing about supernatural investigation and research are actually the same thing; the information is so guarded and scattered, its hard to piece together a complete history and answer for the paranormal.
In history, documents regarding the underworld and…
Thanks for this post. C.S. Lewis described how draining it was to write The Screwtape Letters because of the getting into the mind of evil forces or beings can be a very dangerous thing for the souls of believers. Wanting to know everything isn’t bad but you need to counter it with good things. The Scripture says:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things arejust, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)
If you’re thinking on the evil things all the time it’s going to consume you and you might forget why you’re doing it in the first place. Counter it with LOTS of scripture reading. Research into the occult needs to be balanced with enough scripture to keep your soul safe.3 notes
Does it bother me that Harry Potter directly copied its story from the Bible? A little bit. What bothers me more is the amount of people out there worshipping Harry Potter instead of the real Person who resurrected from the dead Jesus Christ.
It’s not just the phony ‘resurrection’ I’m talking about either. J.K. Rowling made the clear parallels between the devil and Voldemort from the very beginning. And of course made Harry Potter to go through the same rejected, slain, raised pattern as Jesus Christ. Everybody at school thought he was a liar, no one would help him (except for his dedicated followers… errr… friends).
I took a while to catch on; I think the fact that she used ‘constant vigilance’ which is what our same warning is in Scripture about Satan tipped me off in some way (and really bothered me at the time). Then of course Voldemort started to have eyes and ears everywhere – quite like going around like a ‘roaring lion’. The snake was a major tip off and then also the fact that some of his followers had names assigned with constellations that had something to do with Satan.
And then of course there was the clincher. “The last enemy to be conquered is death.” From 1 Corinthians 15:26 and passed off as Rowling’s own. Speaking of course of the resurrection, the resurrection of the bodies of all believers. How in the viewpoint of the Harry Potter series ‘death’ can be an enemy I’m not so sure. But in the real world Satan brought death and from him it has become an enemy. In any other worldview besides Christianity it makes no sense to view death as an enemy because it’s supposed to be ‘natural’. So of course Harry Potter was inconsistent, as many people in the world today are.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a Harry hater (I have read all the books) but does Jesus get the glory from all this? No. Is it evil that someone would profit so profusely from stealing a story right out of Scripture? Yes it is.
Just remember that Jesus is the only one who can give life, NOT Harry Potter. Think about it.
I feel very strongly the difficulty for any non-Christian or someone that isn’t versed in the ways of God to try to learn about the dark things of this universe. The Bible calls the people that do not do not know the things of God (or know and don’t obey) ‘wicked’. It is also often cited that the wicked, or those that do evil in the sight of God (and not love) and blinded or in darkness (1 John 2:11). They don’t know the way in which they are going and furthermore they don’t know what makes them stumble.
Proverbs 4:19 The way of the wicked [is] as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
If you are in the dark then how can you properly perceive what is lurking there trying to trip you up? There are many occultists, pagans and ignorant people that seek after demons, devils or spirit powers in this world but they don’t know what they’re seeking after. If they’re in darkness how can they see clearly? Many take the information given to them by these spirits as truth but not knowing that Satan is the father of liars. They don’t know what they’re trusting in but they’re in the dark so how are they supposed to know?
The only way to not be deceived is clearly stated to follow after the ways of God:
Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
He is the light and there is no other.
Of course the record throughout recent history and the whole concept of exorcism seems to have been usurped by the Catholic Church. It’s what you see in the media – Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons and movies like The Exorcist and all those that have followed with similar themes. However, the idea that the Catholic Church has the monopoly on demonology and spiritual warfare is a myth.
Just about any religion that has any concept of real demons in the world instead of some vague force do have some teaching about these entities. Of course only a select few (the monotheistic religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam) seem to see them as more evil than neutral. Even then as of late it seems almost laughable for people to act as if they exist. It’s one thing to say they exist but to go around claiming they are in fact appearing in this present age usually will get you laughed at. The problem lies with society becoming increasingly naturalistic/materialistic influencing our thoughts to be directed to the sensual (derived from our senses) instead of the deeper unseen things. Usually even those that do still nominally believe in entities find themselves relegating them to a realm so completely disconnected from our own reality. Francis Schaeffer actually has a well thought out explanation of this:
Christianity is not just a mental assent that certain doctrines are true. This is only the beginning. This would be rather like a starving man sitting in front of great heaps of food and saying, “I believe the food exists; I believe it is real,” and yet never eating it. It is not enough merely to say, “I am a Christian”, and then in practice to live as if present contact with the supernatural were something far off and strange. Many Christians I know seem to act as though they come in contact with the supernatural just twice – once when they are justified and become a Christian and once when they die. The rest of the time they act as though they were sitting in the materialist’s chair.
Taken from Death in the City, The Universe And Two Chairs.
[Read the rest: http://sentinellenehemie.free.fr/schaeffer3_gb.html]
Many in the non-Catholic church don’t see the unseen battle as important as the seen one because of the focus of society warping their view on the reality of things. However the focus of Christians in society, there are many dedicated preachers of all denominations who are still preaching on the actuality of these demons and what to do about them.
This is my calling, shining a light.
“But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.” (Eph. 5:13).
“But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.” (Eph. 5:13).
While the Catholic Church are the only ones training up priests to perform exorcisms, I find this is unnecessary as every believer with Scripture on hand can stand firm (Eph. 6). The better way to do it would be to remind all believers of the power they have in Christ (Phil. 4:13) than propagating the lie that only a selected few on this earth have the power to fight spiritual battles.
2 Tim 3:16. One of the top verses for cite as an apologetic for the canon of Scripture.
Thanks for this!
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Many people of antiquity have attempted to come up with some sort of classification or proposed hierarchy of demonic spirits. There are of course some major problems with this.
1. Even if you invoked some demons to come to you and tell you about themselves and other demons how could you trust what they say? They are by their very nature liars and it’s just common sense not to trust a liar when they come giving you information.
2. Some classifications have to do with elements or months and while demons do have connections to astrology it seems rather unlikely that some demons would actually have connections to a particular month. Demons don’t sleep and always work, so it’s not as if they have the rest of the year off and only work during the connected month. Neither are demons born, so there is no birthday connection either. These abstract classifications just seem to be grasping at straws.
3. Connections to particular sins are also sketchy at best, I believe of course that for some demons their work takes on a matter of taste, or an M.O. as it would, but assigning sins to demons when all evil is under their feet is like assigning particular patronages to the ‘saints’ when they are all under Christ (i.e. the patron saint of travelling).
4. While the Lesser Key of Solomon does touch on some of the “principalities and powers” its legitimacy is in question due to the false claims that it was written by King Solomon. Again, all demons are liars so the whole work has doubt cast unto it from that. Additionally the prayers included, while they may sound decent are not actually the words of Scripture which is the model of Jesus to address demonic forces.
5. Guazzo’s classification is unlikely as well, since the only demons mentioned to be relegated to the depths of the ocean are ones set aside for judgment.
This does not mean that some of the names and details that have been floating around from antiquity are not correct but it means that one must be extremely careful in swallowing any of the details given and holding by them. The only true source we have is the canon Scripture and the other information from apocryphal or non-canonical books may have some correct information but it is difficult to discern which, if any parts might be truthful.