Why Are Demons a Primarily Christian Phenomena
Posted 25 August 2010 - 02:40 PM
Traditional Christain teachings accept there is one God, comprised of the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. This trune God is the only true God, others are false gods and not to be worshipped. This statement ois not intended to provoke argument here, but it is key as to why primarily the Christian faith is plagued by demons. For sake of discussion assume this statement is factual, and that all other religions are false and their proponents are doomed to destruction.
Also consider that a Cristian believs satan is the fallen angel, arch enemy of Christ and the antithesis of everything God stands for. Both are essentially at war for the souls of humans.
Now if make that assumption, and make the argument from that point of view, then consider the true purpose of a demon. A demon's purpose is to drive people from Christianity to follow satan and his demons. While the scripture does indicate the outcome of the final battle, satan is still doing his best to take as many souls as he can before the final day.
As to why non Christians are not plagued by the demonic consider, if the above assumption is true, the very disbelief of the non-Christaian assures satan of that soul. Thus there is no reason to bother the non_Christian. The Christian on the other hand may have his faith tested. In some cases it may be possible for a demon to win a "convert" to satan along the way. Or at least deceive the Christian to the point he doubts his faith. Thus an on-going attack against the Christian is underway.
So how does one recognize a demon? The spinning heads and green vomit of Hollywood do not a demon make. Rather, as agents of satan, the great deceiver, they practice whatever it takes to weaken a person's faith in God. That is why I don't subscribe to the general stements that demons appear as evil spirits. Rather they may appear as a benevolent entity. They will do whatever it takes to win your alliegence. Causing someone to act up, shout obscenities, and do the other things often ascribed to them doesn't do it. These cases are more likely the results of medical issues than demons. But if something happens that causes the Christian to doubt his faith, then watch out. That well could be a demon working by subtrifuge in the background..... Just a point of view to consider.
The old addage holds true in this case. "You catch more flies with honey than vinegar."
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 07:09 PM
Posted 27 August 2010 - 12:45 AM
My own actual opinion on the matter is that evil people can make evil spirits and the reports of agressive entities that growl and scratch are just that, the ghosts of human beings who were never very nice to begin with.
Posted 27 August 2010 - 06:16 PM
Posted 27 August 2010 - 06:44 PM
Regarding those who are alleged to be possessed, and show signs we are conditioned to believe are demonic, most probably suffer from some form of mental illness. These are in no way connected to demons. Of the ones who are possessed and do show signs, I would suspect these are still fighting back against the demon. The outward signs are simply evidence of that conflict.
And the largest group we see, those entities that appear evil or negative are not demons. They are simply entities with a bad disposition, be it a visiting spirit, residual of some bad event, or an interdimensional being with an attitude. Most cases are not demonic by nature.
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Posted 06 September 2010 - 04:51 PM
Posted 06 September 2010 - 04:57 PM
Posted 07 September 2010 - 06:51 PM
Edited by dancinmiriam, 07 September 2010 - 06:51 PM.
Posted 07 September 2010 - 08:02 PM
The old myths about captured elementals served a purpose, "Beware of what you wish!" like the story of the Monkey's paw, such spirits don't care one way or the other about the Holder's Happiness or well being, they want their freedom and they can get it one of two ways, the holder's death or fulfilling the terms. Go easy on Uncle Walty remember that his company started in the aftermath of WWII, people had seen a lot of horror on the Fronts and in the states so even stories that had unhappy endings-like the Alamo-the full ending was never aired. Silly, I know, but it was made for kids and a certain amount of fluff is necessary
Posted 08 September 2010 - 07:58 AM
An example of this is the story of Titivillus, the patron demon of scribes.....yes you heard me correctly! In the middle ages, when the Bible and all the religious texts were hand copied, if a scribe were to make an error while copying the texts, they could be ex-communicated. After a while, scribes began blaming their errors on Titivillus, a demon who roamed the scribal rooms causing them to make errors. Titivillus then collected those errors in a bag he carried, and when the scribe was before God on judgement day, Titivillus would read back all the errors. Scribes could claim that "the devil (or at least the demon) made me do it" and they were no longer ex-communicated. We all know that making mistakes are part of human nature, but to the medieval church, it was a grievous sin until it could be blamed on an "outside' source. That demon in particular, and most demons IMO are scapegoats to blame our human failings on.
Posted 08 September 2010 - 09:45 AM
That's unfortunately always been the case, mental illness, developmental disabilities or physical handicaps were blamed on demons as well
Posted 09 September 2010 - 01:02 AM
Posted 09 September 2010 - 10:24 AM
In the J-C belief system, when the Archangel Lucifer rebelled against the Throne, he'd subverted almost a third of the host to his cause, did higher choir rebels (guess they'd be officers) become devils and lower ranked vassals become demons for their treachery?
Posted 10 September 2010 - 01:46 AM
I am raised as a Hindu, and as per Hindu beliefs, there are three basic character for anything that is created. Sattvic, Rajasic and Tamasic. Sattvic qualities are the pure, which do not cause any conflict to the nature and existence. Rajasic qualities are more materialistic, and Tamasic qualities are considered "evil". Demons or "Rakshasas" as we call them are entities with the Tamasic qualities in their soul and character. As humans we all have these inherent qualities (look around and ascertain yourself), but there are other lower entities in the universe who have such qualities too. The teachings of the Christ as in the Holy Bible (as I see it) are only "representations" that need not be taken literally. It is upto us to overcome the negatives, by using our power to choose and merge with the Christ (or KRSNA, or Rama, or Buddha as the case maybe).
Posted 10 September 2010 - 09:46 AM
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