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I've thought all my life that demons (and evil spirits) were fallen angels, but I recently encountered the viewpoint that these demons are actually the souls of men who have already died but wouldn't go to Heaven. Hence, what does the Bible say about this?

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They are programs that run in the background waiting for network requests... –  Flimzy Aug 31 '11 at 3:59
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@Flimzy: I thought those were daemons? –  El'endia Starman Aug 31 '11 at 4:01
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A lot of our ideas about heaven, hell, demons and angels actually come from fiction like dante's Inferno (the book not the video game) –  Jenny Thomson Sep 4 '11 at 9:43
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@Jenny. Hence, Word of Dante. –  TRiG Oct 2 '11 at 2:52
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@JennyThomson +1 for mentioning that Dante's Inferno is a book, and not just a video game. –  5StringRyan May 22 '12 at 23:58

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The concept of fallen angels is based on the following scriptures.

MATTHEW 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

Luke 10:17-18 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

Jude 1:6 (KJV) And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Revelation 12:8-10 (KJV) And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Regarding the belief that you become an angel when you die, the following scriptures come to mind.

Romans 8:16-17 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

If we are joint heirs with Christ, then one day we shall be like him.

I John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

After his resurrection He was made "better than the angels". If we are to be like Him, then we also will be "better than the angels".

HEBREWS 1:4-5 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?

The idea that we would become angels (either 'good' or 'fallen') when we die originated from a misinterpretation of Matthew 22:30 and Mark 12:25.

Matthew 22:30 (KJV) For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

MARK 12:25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.

The context of these verses is the subject of marriage. Angels do not have wedding ceremonies, and neither will we in heaven. Using these verses as the basis for the belief that we will one day be angels is a bit of a stretch.

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As I have answered here, I will repost it.

There were plenty of references of demons in the Bible if you look close enough. In Matt 8 verse 28 through 32, he heals two demon possessed men. In here, the demons begged Jesus and asked him if he came here to torture them before the appointed time.

What would that mean? Demons are not angels who have followed Lucifer when he turned against God. These demons are souls of people who did not believe in God. They are the reasons for all kinds of sickness and disabilities. In the appointed time, they will be condemned for their actions when they lived.

The back up of this explanation is on Matt 12 verse 24. Here, Pharisees said that Jesus drives out demons with the power of the prince of demons. Note the word, drive out. Edit: Jesus has contridicted the Pharisees when they said that he was using the power of Devil.

Some of you will say that the bible verse I have used only proves that there are demons. However, there is no reference in the bible as far as I can see that says that angels can control a person.

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The Master taught us that there were two classes of evil spirits he would give us authority over:

SCORPIONS & SNAKES

"I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions" Luke 10:19

These snakes are the same species (and metaphor), mentioned at The Fathers Declaration of War here:

"..;[her offspring] will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." Genesis 3:15

This is prophetic of Jesus subduing all the demons in Hell and disarming them. This should explain the demons/snakes so ...

Why did the Father not mention the 'Scorpions'? well simply its because - No one had died yet. Scorpions are a new development that occur AFTER the flood. Smoking gun evidence that its afterlife activity of the unrepentant. The Lord classified these types "scorpions". Fallen angels are designated serpents after their first attack vehicle.

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If this answers the question, I'm having trouble seeing it. –  fredsbend Aug 21 at 9:11

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