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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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The first step in looking for a respected theologian who can propose this view is to define how we know a theologian is respected, and I suggest a minimum requirement is that he or she is a theologian who has written works that are cited by his or her peers; a theologian is also likely to teach theology in a tertiary environment, but perhaps this is not so ...


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Yes, it appears to be a legitimate compilation from the writings of John Wesley. I haven't confirmed all of the many stories in Jennings' book, but I selected several and found them corroborated in other editions of Wesley's journals (which are indeed available online). Page 5, "The Woodseats' Demoniac": Source 1 Source 2 Page 37, "The Michaelmas-Day ...


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It is because there are different levels or hierarchies of angels, demons being fallen angels. If one gets possessed/oppressed by a more malignant demon, its exorcism would be more difficult because such a demon is more disobedient to God. Listen to the talks here by a Catholic priest who is an expert in demonology and exorcism, e.g. the ones listed under ...


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The reason for the dragon in the painting may not have a biblical bases. According to Sothebys Whom I believe has the painting up for auction have an interesting write-up on the artist Simon de Myle and the painting Noah's Ark on Mt Ararat. Although he was clearly at pains to realistically depict the animals in this work, Simon Myle also represented a ...


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While this isn't a question that can be definitively answered, I've heard teaching that links these types of incidents to John 6:1-15, particularly verses 14-15 (NIV quoted here): 14 After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to ...


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I've seen this question asked often in regards to exorcism of demons, so allow me to offer an analogy to explain things as I understand them. (Disclaimer: I'm not a theologian.) A robber (demon) breaks into a store (possessed individual) which triggers an alarm that is subsequently detected by a security guard (exorcist.) Initially, the security guard isn't ...


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(a)It nowhere states that they needed to go into the pigs, most likely it was a want rather than a need (see c), given the proximity of the pigs to their location. (b)All other instances Jesus and His disciples are merely said to cast out the demons, not designating them specifically to the abyss. Also, Matthew 8:29 seems to make it clear that even demons ...



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