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What are apologetic arguments for the existence of demons?

How do Christians who believe in the existence of demons prove their existence? What are the strongest apologetic arguments for the existence of demons? Many skeptics explain away demonic possessions ...
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Which denominations believe that demons can cause physical harm to Christians?

I just finished watching a testimony from a mature Pentecostal woman sharing her personal 'spiritual warfare' experiences, and she recounted a time when the demons would get physical with her and ...
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What have been the justifications by organised Christian groups on why around 500 witnesses are convincing when Legion can control thousands? [closed]

One thing that does not make sense to me about Christianity is even if you believe the 500 witnesses, the Bible itself introduces you to someone who can control thousands, as Legion. Legion, in the ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that Christians cannot be possessed by demons?

Many Christians believe that Christians cannot be possessed by demons. What is the biblical basis for this belief? Related: What is the scriptural evidence for Satan "taking hold" of ...
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What is an overview of beliefs on how one can become demon-possessed?

The possibility that a person can become demon-possessed is a well established fact of Scripture. The four gospels as well as the book of Acts make many references to individuals who were tormented ...
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How do believers in modern demon possessions and exorcisms interpret 2 Peter 2:4?

2 Peter 2:4 (ESV): For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; If the angels that sinned ...
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What is the biblical basis for 'deliverance services'?

My question is inspired by Christian churches that hold 'deliverance services', where people are prayed for and many may start manifesting -- sometimes in very strange ways (related). Hungry ...
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Should Christians have a conscience about pagan or idolatrous nomenclature?

Given that much of modern science is steeped in atheism/secular humanism/agnosticism, and that those who don't believe in magic or magic persons (God/gods/spirits/demons/fairies, etc.) ironically seem ...
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Can demons manifest in bodily form in the physical, just like angels do in the Bible?

The Bible records many accounts of angels physically manifesting themselves to people, whether for the purpose of delivering a message, or to get them out of trouble, etc. It also appears that most ...
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Which churches/denominations teach about spiritual spouses and marine spirits?

I have recently learned about certain Christians who teach about demonic "spiritual spouses" (usually a succubus/incubus) and "marine spirits” (also demonic, and spiritual spouses may ...
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Help! Need offline capable music to ward off demons, spirits, and other things in the mind and body [closed]

Demons and seemingly ancient manifestations are attacking me and I'm all alone and have no help and no family that believes in this effect I'm having. Even my Catholic father and Protestant mother. ...
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Are demons as strong as angels?

Demons are fallen angels would they strong as angels are? Or are they more weak because they've been "kicked out" from heaven?
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What spiritual principles/laws are at play during a ritual child sacrifice to Molech, Baal or any other pagan deity, as recorded in the Old Testament?

The Old Testament alludes to--and utterly condemns--the sacrifice of children and other condemnable pagan practices that were widespread among the Canaanite nations, for which God decided to punish ...
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Do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that demon possession is possible within their ranks?

Do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that demon possession is possible within their ranks? This question came about as a result of my answering this question: Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe in exorcisms? Is ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe in exorcisms?

Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe in demons and that they can be cast out today? If so, how do they go about casting demons out of a demon-possessed person? Do they have deliverance ministries or ...
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How often do missionaries report encounters with demonic activity while deployed to countries belonging to the 10/40 Window?

According to Wikipedia: The 10/40 Window is a term coined by Christian missionary strategist and Partners International CEO Luis Bush in 1990 to refer to those regions of the eastern hemisphere, plus ...
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What is the biblical basis against the personhood of Satan and demons?

In recent conversations I came to the realization that not every Christian necessarily believes in the existence of Satan and demons as 'personal beings'. Instead, some view Satan and his minions as ...
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Has any Christian Apologist ever published arguments for the existence of Satan, demons and their ongoing influence over human matters?

Christianity does not have a clear and unambiguous definition. Rather, I see Christianity as an umbrella term that includes a variety of multiple branches, with many shared beliefs, but also not ...
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God's patience towards the demons in 1 Peter 3

I understand that there are three popular interpretations of 1 Peter 3:18-20. Jesus preached salvation, a second proclamation of grace to those who are in Hell. Similarly, Jesus preached to those in ...
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How do Christians make sense of exorcisms in other religions?

Jesus in Matthew 12 appears to give a compelling argument against the possibility of demons casting out other demons: 22 Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief in incubus and succubus (sex demons)?

Many people believe in the existence of demonic entities who sexually assault people at night. They are popularly known by the names of incubus and succubus. I don't want to share explicit material on ...
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According to soul sleep adherents, if unclean spirits can be conscious without bodies, why can't human spirits also be conscious without bodies?

Most soul sleep adherents find no issue in accepting that demonic/unclean spirits are conscious beings despite the fact that they lack physical bodies. The scriptural evidence for this is quite ...
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What is the nature of the 7 demons in Mary of Magdalene that Jesus cast out?

Luke 8:2 and Mark 16:9 mention that Mary Magdalene had seven demons, which Jesus exorcised. In spiritual warfare literature, it's common to distinguish different types of demonic influence; example in ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief in generational curses?

I've been watching testimonies of people who claim to have been involved in deliverances and spiritual warfare, and the concept of generational curse is brought up quite often. It's even taught as a ...
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Is there any biblical basis to support demonic paranormal activity?

Demonic possession of course is biblical, but what about demonic paranormal activity? With some effort it's not hard to come across testimonies from Christians, and even non-Christians, telling ...
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According to Catholicism, who is the leader of devils?

We come across many verses in the Bible - both Old Testament and New Testament, where the name of devil is mentioned. For instance: Is 14: 12: How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the ...
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What is meant by "Selling one’s soul to the Devil"?

I've become very interested (by it I mean curious) about "selling one's soul to the Devil" in the past few weeks. You probably have heard the most popular examples of this: Robert Johnson, ...
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How did Eastern Orthodoxy view mental illness before modern times?

In Eastern-Orthodoxy, in the medieval times like the Byzantine Empire, Russian Empire. etc. How did the Church and the priest saw people who today we know suffer from mental illness like bipolar, ...
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Satan and language [closed]

How developed is satan’s ability to use human languages? Can he construct new words? Can he write a novel or scientific paper? How can one identify devil or demonic writings other than using the Bible?...
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When did the demon announce they were afraid of God? [closed]

Obviously, God is the all powerful. Now of course, Demons are proud creatures, that I doubt they will be announcing they are afraid of God. They will even be waging war with God as stated in the ...
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Could Angels and Demons die?

We know that Angels were created before Man. Trinity is uncreated and eternal i.e: sempiternal. Could Angels and Demons be killed or die or lose their life according to Orthodox Christianity i.e: ...
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In Christian dogma, can Satan and the fallen angels (his demons) get married and have progeny? [closed]

All of us know that Satan and his demons (fallen angels) have a role in temptation of Adam and his progeny. The question is can Satan and his demons get marry and have progeny? In Islam, Satan (Iblis) ...
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According to Catholicism, do evil spirits need bodies to manifest themselves to people?

Can the Devil and his followers communicate to people without the intermediary of someone in a bodily form? I would appreciate a response that quotes Scripture, Tradition and examples of the ...
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Do spirits need bodies to manifest?

Every instance in the Bible where a spirit, (including for the most part God) speaks to a physical person, or moves a physical someone it is done in a body or through another person that possesses a ...
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Do fallen angels know and understand the Bible according to the Calvinist?

What I mean "know and understand" for example: this angel knows about TULIP?
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According to Protestantism, why are fallen angels motivated to attack Christians?

During Bible study of Hebrews and 1 Corinthians I became aware how: When we believers enter our glory we will be given authority over the angels like how Jesus currently IS already, although our ...
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According to Catholicism, can demons force or misguide you into receiving communion?

I was listening to Father Rippergers online sermon about communion. He said, the demons force to receive communion even when you have not repented. He also said receiving communion if you have not ...
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According to Catholicism, it it possible for Satan and/or his satellites to roam the earth, while still being in hell?

According to Catholicism can Satan and his satellites, roam the earth for the destruction of souls, while still being in hell? Do demons on earth 🌎 take their own form of hell with them or does God ...
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According to Catholicism how does a person discriminate between hearing the true word of God versus a hallucination or a demon?

How does the Catholic Church answer this question: Suppose you hear God make you a commandment, how do you differentiate that from either your own internal monologue or from an imposter angel or ...
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Mark 5 Jesus encounter with the demons: what is their relationship to Jesus?

Reading in Mark 5:1-20 ... 6 Catching sight of Jesus from a distance, he ran up and prostrated himself before him, 7 crying out in a loud voice, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of ...
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How common is the practice of praying for the devil?

On The Patristics Project website there is a blog post entitled "Patristic Universalism", which provides quotes from twelve of the ancient Christian writers popularly known as the Church Fathers, ...
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Were all Nephilim evil?

The Bible speaks of the Nephilim as the offspring of the “sons of God and daughters of men” in books such as: Genesis, Enoch, and a couple others. It does explain that they bred from evil beings, but ...
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What is the basis for the Christadelphian belief that Satan is not a personal being?

The Christadelphians teach that the devil/Satan is not a personal being but an analogy for describing sin. What is their Biblical defense for such a theology?
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According to Catholicism and/or Eastern Othodox, if we have Guardian Angels do we also have an assigned Demons?

The idea of having a demon assigned to us isn’t new to anyone who is familiar with C.S. Lewis and the Screwtape letters. Since the idea (according to Catholic and Orthodox Tradition) is that God “...
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What was the 16th century Catholic doctrine on Greek gods?

I've long assumed the Catholics have always denied the existence of pagan gods, hence allowed them to be represented in art as a fiction reminiscent of a heroic and remote past. However, the strong ...
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Demon Possession in the Old Testament?

I'm wanting to know about any possible demonic oppression and/or possession in the Old Testament, as well as why demons being cast out is not done before the time of Christ? Was it because Christ as ...
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Why are demons and other fallen angels loyal to the devil according to the Bible?

I have two questions in one for this: From Apocryphal and Non Apocryphal texts. We see that different sets of angels sinned. 1 Lucifer and his angels 2 Watchers before the flood(producing the pre ...
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Sources for baptismal exorcism of infants?

Are there any Christian texts before 600 CE which discuss the exorcism of infants or suggest that due to ancestral sin or for similar reasons infants are under the power of evil spirits? In ancient ...
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What is the biblical basis for the Eastern Orthodox concept of Aerial toll houses?

I heard about the Eastern Orthodox 'Toll Booth' concept a few days ago. It goes something like this: After death you go through 20 toll booths manned by demons who ask specific questions about your ...
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Were demons afraid of the cross before the crucifixion? [closed]

Afaik, the cross is a big christian symbol because of the crucifixion of Jesus (if it was before, wow the roman were dumb to nail a prophet to a sign of his own religion) Also, Demons are usually ...