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I think there are four ways one can look at this. Medical perspective There are no well-documented cases of demon possession today among vast numbers of illnesses; various mental health problems have been tracked down often to a physical cause (even if we don't understand all the details of how the flaws work). (See Wikipedia articles on epilepsy, ...


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Actually, this is more Kabbalah than Christianity and has further roots in the occult and other non-Christian mysticism and folklore (Rumpelstiltskin comes to mind, which is a decidedly non-Christian story). The idea that knowing the name of a beast/demon/whatever gives you dominion over it came from the idea that naming a beast/demon/whatever showed your ...


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This answer wants to be objective and won't give a plaidoyer pro or contra exorcism. First some words about the biblical foundation of exorcism. OT The idea of an evil power didn't actually play a role in ancient Israel because of the sole and universal power of JHWH – except for two pericopes: 1 Sam 16:14-23: Talks of the expulsion of a demonic power ...


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Angels There are only two angels mentioned by name in Scripture: Michael, the archangel, mentioned in Daniel 10 (and also in Jude). He is described as fighting the prince of Persia. Gabriel, who announced the birth of Jesus to Mary in Luke 1. Here Gabriel is being an angelos quite literally - a messenger. Other Angels appear in the OT (One to Manoah in ...


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You're missing something. :) 1 Samual 16:14: Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and a harmful spirit from the LORD tormented him. Then he started playing a game of darts with David as the bulls-eye.


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Notice that in the Mark case, Jesus is saying, "Don't forbid them from casting out demons," whereas in Acts 19, it is the demons themselves who are unwilling to be cast out by someone who may use the name of Jesus, but who seems to be trifiling with things they shouldn't be. In the case of Mark, it would be humans resisting, in the case of Acts, it is ...


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Regarding Christianity in Japan, one useful bit of previous experience is the history of Christian missionaries in the 16th-17th centuries. Francis Xavier, founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) was one of them! They encountered particular issues with how best to introduce Japanese people to Christian belief, and one of the biggest problems they faced ...


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In the case of the devils wanting to have permission to enter the pigs rather than be cast into no particular place it seems to be under a simple desire of destruction. The demons are enraged to destroy and in this story we clearly see the bounds of the destruction they seek are under the power of God. They are tied to a divine leash, not being permitted to ...


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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. ...


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St. Joseph is the terror of Demons because all of demons effort is nullified if one seeks refuge to St. Joseph and also because he is pure, and demons cannot stand against his purity. Even though there is no official dogmatic pronunciation in this regard by the Catholic church, numerous private revelationsexample and traditions have held that St. Joseph, ...


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Not all Catholic priests are specially trained in the sort of exorcism depicted in the film (although a particular form of exorcism is contained in the rite of baptism). Major and specific exorcism is a specialist ministry for which some are more suited than others. Sacerdos, seu quivis alius legitimus Ecclesiae minister, vexatos a daemone exorcizaturus, ...


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Yes, people can be possessed by demons today. There is no particular Scripture to indicate that anything changed form the time that Jesus pronounced certain people as possessed to now. It's very important to remember that Jesus is always trump. The disciples were amazed to find that even the spirit world (however that manifest itself) was subject to the the ...


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There's a lot of baggage that comes with belief, but it's simple to explain: God exists and he is pure spirit God made Angels which are pure spirit Some Angels are good Some Angels are bad God made the world God made people with a body and a spirit Humanity's ability to comprehend this ends at "people with a body". Philosophers can come up with the ...


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Demons can say pretty much whatever they want, lying or telling the truth as it suits them. Jesus had already been accused of consorting with demons by such groups as the Sanhedrin (for example, in Matthew 12:24). He refuted those claims, of course, but they kept coming up, so it's likely that at least some people believed them. In that context, a demon ...


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I think you could make a pretty solid case from the Bible that the spirits of men, once dead, stay dead to this world and are are only active* in another place. In fact, no mainline traditions I know of teach specifically in the existence of ghosts, and quite a few teach against such a thing being possible. There are of course a few exceptional groups ...


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Technically, "angel" (from the Greek Angelos) is a job function, not genus and species. Angelos means messenger - they deliver messages. If the messenger is unable to communicate, it doesn't really seem up to the job of delivering a message. The angels recorded in Scripture all clearly had the ability to converse with the people to whom they were sent - ...


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There is a passage in Revelation, chapter 12, verses 3 and 4, which may be the only passage to tell us the proportion of the angelic host to have fallen from their exalted state in heaven: "Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems. And his tail swept away ...


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It appears that there is no explicit reference in the bible to point to anything that suggests that demons have any odor. However, I really wanted to make sense of this (strange for me) phenomenon, so I put some thought into how to understand this. How do you detect if something has an odor? You smell it... stating the obvious. How do you smell something ...


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As close as I can understand these Scriptures they apply to the fallen Angels: Revelation 12:7 through 9 NKJV And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent ...


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The most obvious reference I see comes from St. Catherine of Siena, one of the Doctors of the Catholic Church. St. Catherine wrote a work known as the Dialogue, representing a discussion between a soul and God. In Section 22 of the Dialogue, God says this to the soul: "[The] vision of the Devil is the third pain [of four pains suffered by those in Hell] ...


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@Affable Geek's right, but doesn't mention the Archangel Raphael as his tradition doesn't consider the book of Tobit scripture. Since Catholics and Orthodox include this book, he's also one of the angels named in the Bible. His name means God Heals and he's the one who took Tobias on his journey and helped him heal his father's blindness. He's actually ...


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The definition of supernatural is pretty important here. If it refers to anything that is not in the physical world, then angels and demons could be considered supernatural. If it refers to anything outside the scope of common experience to modern society, then the Nephilim could be considered supernatural. Perhaps a good definition for supernatural ...


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This answer may not be "objective", but it's a question about exorcism, it's hard to be objective. But I'm a protestant with "exorcism" training (now it's called "Freedom in Christ" to avoid association with pop culture). Effectiveness: Exorcisms are often not effective, here's why: Jesus said if you cast out one demon and the person isn't then filled ...


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In Catholicism, it is practised today. It isn't talked much about it, since it is criticised from scientists and medical doctors, which often are Christians themselves, but don't believe in exorcism. To avoid debate, it is a taboo. And it is dangerous for those, performing the miracle, because if there is serious damage on the client side, it might result ...


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Nowhere in the Bible is a Christian demon possessed. I heard someone say that a Christian cannot be demon possessed because they are possessed (filled) with The Holy Spirit. Since we don't appear to have any Biblical reference, I think that's that best answer we can give (unless anyone had a clear counter example).


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In terms of scripture, no: (Genesis 19:24) Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven I think it is pretty clear that scripturally speaking that is not a satanic action. The believer would argue that if God is ordering something done, then it is (by definition) Good, and I don't see any scriptural ...


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According to John Darbys Synopsis of the New Testament, these men were non-Christians, who attempted to use the name of Christ as a sort if magic word. Not only were they operating without the power of the Holy Spirit, their use was a mockery of Christ's Holy Name. As such, they would not have the power necessary to stand against demons. Certain Jews ...


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First, at the question : "do you really believe all of this ?" you can confidently answer "Yes". We can have faith in our faith, because it is utterly compatible with reason and science. Regarding your question, I should decompose it in 1/ possibility of existence of such a thing as demonic possession 2/ necessity (or probability) of it happening 3/ ...


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Along with the great answer by Andrew Leach, I would like to point out that a priest or a bishop are valid ministers to perform a exorcisms. Are all Catholic priests trained to perform exorcism? Even though all priest can perform an exorcism, there seems to exist a special training for it.src Is there any guidelines for casting out the demons or evil ...


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The Four Living Creatures in Revelation are also described in Ezekiel 10, when he has a vision of the Cherubim - which are either heavenly beings and/or angels depending on who you ask: And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the ...



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