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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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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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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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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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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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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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There are many scriptures in the D&C that clarify this as a power that the restored priesthood of God has. Eg. D&C 84:67 In my name they shall cast out devils; Here's an example of when Joseph Smith cast out a devil from Newel Knight: https://www.lds.org/new-era/1986/07/the-knights-and-the-trial-of-joseph-smith?lang=eng It's not something that the ...


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The answer to this would really depend on what tradition you come from. Some traditions teach that it is baptism in water that brings salvation. Thus, it could be argued that baptism, bringing salvation to an individual, would be the inception of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This, then, would, in fact, be a sort of protection. However, for ...


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Exorcisms aren't recorded in the LDS Church, in fact the ordinance itself isn't even documented, it's known unofficially as one of the, "Unwritten Ordinances" of the church, along with dusting your feet (see Matt 10:14) and other similar ordinances. There are many stories which exist as Mormon urban legends, mostly involving missionaries serving in highly ...


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Loads! Eg John 9:1-12: As he [Jesus] went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned,’ said Jesus, ‘but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him ...


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If you look at the Biblical account, baptism has always accompanied entry into the church. It is offered "for the forgiveness of your sins" (Ac 2:38 or to "wash your sins away." (Ac 22:16) It frequently precedes/accompanies the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and is never far behind. If committing your life to Jesus and being baptized puts you under God's ...


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To me, the question does not ask whether the Christian should continue to believe in possession by demons, nor does it ask how to justify belief in God. The question neither asks the non-Christian to prove that demons do not exist, nor does not it ask how to prove to the non-Christian that demons do indeed exist, merely how to make driving out demons appear ...


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There are TV and Radio signals all around us every day. Yet we would be foolish to assume they didn't exist because we can't see them. Imagine if you were to encounter someone who had no knowledge of TV or Radio like someone from the 16th century. If you were to try to tell them about something they couldn't see they would have a hard time trying to ...



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