Why Are Demons a Primarily Christian Phenomena
Posted 21 November 2010 - 06:56 PM
Posted 21 November 2010 - 10:24 PM
Posted 23 January 2011 - 06:42 PM
Maybe just a little off topic.....
Could it possibly be that we equate the word "demon" with something horrific...pure evil manifested...ugly, foul and monstrous because Lucifer, Son of the Morning... was no doubt one of the most beautiful creatures of God's design. Lucifer obviously thought so well of himself that he decided he was above God... that he should be most high. He should be worshiped, awed and feared. That all should bow down to him and him alone. Therefore, once cast out of Heaven with his followers, he demanded that no one look anything like him. That those that followed him must manifest a putrid and horrid appearance so as not to seem ambitious in replacing him. He would place himself most high amongst those that followed him. And like any true dictator, would accept not even the slightest rebuke at his command.
I, for one, think Lucifer would probably be, should he show himself to us in his true form, one of the most enticing creatures ever beheld. And where it not for God keeping His reign pulled tight on him, Lucifer would rule the world completely.
Edited by Must_See_To_Believe, 23 January 2011 - 06:42 PM.
Posted 03 April 2011 - 10:19 AM
I don't believe in demons or in evil as a force or as a side in some cosmic battle. For the record, I also don't think anyone is damned and I don't think anyone needs to repress their human nature.
I do believe there are a lot of spirits about and that humans tend to assume that anything they don't understand is a threat. I have been in places allegedly suffering malevolent hauntings and have approached any spirits with respect and compassion and I am fine. People who provoke tend to meet with unpleasantness, but I'd be unpleasant to someone who provoked me too.
Sadly, the word "demon" seems to be mostly used by charlatans out to frighten people. I don't think it is especilly a Christian thing at all. In England, especially, there are hardly any Christians who believe in demons.
Posted 17 June 2011 - 10:51 PM
Notwithstanding the one time practice of exorcism in the Roman Catholic church, I lean towards the belief that what may appear to be possession is really some form of negative thoughts that have manifested in the person's life and winds up controlling the person (versus the person being in control of his/her mind). There's a tremendous amount of psychology involved with religious belief and the power of suggestion is in fact quite powerful. With that considered, to borrow an old cliche, "if you tell yourself over and over again a certain thing, that thing becomes real." So instead of believing in external demons and the like, internal thought forms are more likely the real culprit. Add a liberal dose of Roman Catholic doctrine, and everything else is easily explained.
With the human mind being resilient as it is, I do believe one has the ability to rid oneself of such negative thought forms. Making the right choice (we are born with free will) will help benefit one. And I want to emphasize that in no way do I believe that the manifestation of negative thought forms is associated with mental illness.
As a final note - I was raised a Roman Catholic and went through that exercise before. It can cause tension and stress to dwell on so much negativity, sin, demons and the like. I saw it take its toll on my birth family which resulted in ugly, premature deaths (namely, my dear parents).
I attribute my survival through changing my religious beliefs for something much healthier, positive, productive in the world.
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