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Why is Christianity considered a monotheistic religion?

One of the commandments states "place no other gods before me". Does this mean God is implying the existence of other gods, or why is this explicitly stated? The Biblical universe also includes a ...
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Mental Illness vs. Demon Possession [closed]

Mental illness is a fairly recent idea (in terms of human history). As far as I know, the concept did not exist at all at the time the Bible was written. I have heard some Christians speculate that ...
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Why didn't Jesus allow demons to say he was God? [duplicate]

After Jesus cast out demons from possessed people, he made sure that these demons didn't reveal his true identity. Why? Example from Mar 1:24-25,34 (NIV): 24“What do you want with us, Jesus of ...
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Does the Bible say anything about what demons *are*? [closed]

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 ...
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To what extent does mainstream Christian doctrine teach that knowing a spirit's name gives you power over it?

A while ago I was at a resort with a man who for many years worked as a church painter. He introduced me into some pieces of Christian doctrine. He told me that the humans' souls, the angels, demons ...
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Was casting out of demons done in the Old Testament by any Prophets or was it started in the New Testament?

Was casting out of demons done in the Old Testament by any Prophets or was it started in the New Testament?
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Exorcisms: effective remedy or historical curiosity? [closed]

Are exorcisms considered, in the various Christian Professions, an effective remedy for possession? I thought they were just a curiosity from the past, but here's what I found on Wikipedia: ...
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What does the account of pigs and demons mean? [closed]

Luke 8 31 And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss. 32 A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into ...
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Can Christians be demon possessed? [closed]

Can somebody who is a born-again, saved Christian through faith in Jesus Christ be possessed, controlled, or otherwise manipulated by the devil, demons or any other spiritual force of evil? Are there ...
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How to make driving out demons reasonable for non-christians?

Recently I invited some colleague students over to an evening called Questions to Christians at my student association. Two of them came (both almost) completely unfamiliar with Christianity/faith/God ...
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Is there a Christian basis for using garlic, crosses, and holy water against evil? [closed]

In popular culture, it is believed that holy objects, such as garlic, crosses, and holy water, can protect against evil, like vampires. Also, Caleb's response to this question inspired me to ask ...
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Origin of the idea that “demons” and “fallen angels” are the same thing?

Background So I'm studying angels and demons right now, attempting to put together a picture of what the Bible teaches on these topics, and I'm struggling to find anything in the Bible that suggests ...
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Why does the Litany of Saint Joseph call him “terror of demons”?

A litany for Joseph, the husband of Mary, was approved by Pope St Pius X in 1909 (*). Most of the invocations are straightforward to understand, referring to his life (eg. "husband of the Mother ...
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Are people possessed by demons today? What is the modern Christian perspective? [closed]

In the three gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus repeatedly casts out demons, speaks to them, etc. He tells his disciples to do the same. There are so many references it would be difficult to ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the concept that demons have an odor?

I've seen that in Pentecostal and Charismatic churches while doing (what I would call a type of) exorcism some claim to smell the demon. They express the smell as "sour" or something rotten. Bible ...
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Driving out spirits in Jesus's name with discrepancy in Bible

In Acts 19: 13-17. Several people tries to drive out demons by using Jesus's name. 13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who ...
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What is the bottomless pit? [closed]

In chapter 9 of the revelation we learn that: Revelation 9:1 and 2 NKJV Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless ...
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Why does the Old Testament never mention unclean spirits and demon-posessed people? [closed]

Why does the Old Testament never mention unclean spirits and demon-possessed people? Or I am missing something?
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Does anybody teach specifically about the existence of ghosts?

Are there any Christian traditions that have specific teachings that supporting the existence of Ghosts (in the sense of being the spirits of or at least resembling dead people)? For example, I have ...
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How was Judas Iscariot, as the son of perdition, able to work miracles and cast out demons? [closed]

The Scriptures describe Judas Iscariot in terms that certainly indicate that he was never a true follower of Jesus: The Son of Man is to go, just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom ...
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Which angels and fallen angels are named in the Bible?

Which angels and fallen angels are named in the Bible. and what are they responsible for?
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Ephesians 2:2, which one comes first in the Calvinist view?

Ephesians 2:2 reads: in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. ...
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Why is the sin of the fallen angels unforgivable? (Catholic catechism)

Referring to the fall of Satan and his angels, according to the Catechism: 393 It is the irrevocable character of their choice, and not a defect in the infinite divine mercy, that makes the angels' ...
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Who said that the mere sight of devils was one of the greatest torments of hell?

In Perelandra, chapter 9, C. S. Lewis writes: In certain old philosophers and poets he had read that the mere sight of the devils was one of the greatest among the torments of Hell. Elsewhere in ...
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Why does God use an army of Angels to fight against evil when he could do it himself? [closed]

Many places in the Bible talk about a heavenly host or army of angels. Why does God use an army to fight against devil and evil spirits, when he is the powerful creator? Matthew 19:26 says, all things ...
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Did any Church Fathers believe that angels could still choose to become demons?

The Scriptural teaching regarding the nature and origin of the devil and demons has been summarized by the Orthodox theologian Michael Pomazanski: According to the testimony of the word of God, the ...
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Is there any methodology according to Bible to drive out demons from possessed people?

There are numerous instances in the Bible where Jesus drives out demons from people who were possessed by them. If we take a general view of these events during the ministry of Jesus, we find that ...
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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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Are Catholic priests expert in exorcism?

I watched the entire series of The Exorcist movie and I enjoyed it. However, I am curious if this movie is representing the reality about demons and how they are driven out by Catholic priests. Are ...
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What is “the spirit of this world.” referred to by John-Paul II

The Wikipedia article on the "Prayer to Saint Michael" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prayer_to_Saint_Michael) says that Pope John-Paul II referred to "the spirit of this world" when recommending the ...
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From an LDS perspective, what is an Unclean Spirit?

From an LDS perspective, what is an unclean spirit? What is its history? Where did it come from? From the scriptures, I gather that unclean spirits want to inhabit mortal bodies. My guess is that ...
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What is the difference between Demon and Devil?

Both terms, demon and devil, are used in various Bible passages. According to Catholic Encylopedia: ... the chief of the demons is called the devil. Is that true? Because the term devil is used ...
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Does God control “demons”?

It is my understanding that a “demon” (either Greek δαιμόνιον or δαίμων) is an “evil spirit” (Greek πνεῦμα πονηρόν). In Acts 19:13, it is written, Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, ...
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What spirit(s) is referred to in 1 John 4?

1 John 4:1-6 (NIV): Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you ...
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Are some people pursued by the “enemy” relatively more than others? [closed]

My pastor made a general statement (or whole sermon;) and said something to the effect that the more the enemy knows you are in alignment with God the more he tries to knock us off course. So, more ...
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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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Basis for belief that a person can be “possessed by” a demon?

I'm asking a rather technical question here. I'm wondering where the idea comes from that a person could be "possessed by" a demon; as in, the demon "possesses" / "owns" the person -- as opposed to ...
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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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Why would God send a deceitful spirit? [closed]

1 Kings 22:19-28 19 Micaiah continued, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne with all the multitudes of heaven standing around him on his right and on his left. 20 ...
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Are there female devils cited in scriptures?

I have understood that Satan and other devils are all male entities. Question: Are there female devils cited in scriptures?
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Can a Christian believe in Oni (Japanese Demons)? [closed]

I am a Christian but also I have a strong belief in demons Japanese (no better Tototro http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096283/ why edited anyway) style like beer demon, wine demon maybe cigars demon ...
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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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Why didn't Jesus want the demon possessed people to tell who he was? [duplicate]

So Jesus healed great numbers of sick people who had many different kinds of diseases, and he ordered many demons to come out of their victims. But because they knew who he was, he refused to allow ...
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How are people who were not approved by Jesus (Matthew 7:21-23) still able to expel demons? [closed]

In Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus said about a future situation as follows: 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father ...
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Original number of angels and fallen angels [closed]

How many angels left with Lucifer when God banished them from heaven?
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What is the scriptural evidence for Satan “taking hold” of Christians' minds or implanting/whispering thoughts?

Just looking for some solid theology here. There is a premise that I have seen repeated over and over in Christian circles and it typically revolves around the paradigm that Satan and demons have the ...
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Are there any differences between Protestant and Catholic theology concerning the distinction between demonic possession from mental illness?

Is there a difference between Catholic and Protestant Theology in regards to what constitutes Demonic possession as opposed to mental illness?
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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, why are some demons more difficult to cast out than others?

In the gospels we often read about Jesus casting out demons. But there is one episode, where the disciples were unable to cast out a demon (Mark 9: 27-28). 27 And when he was come into the house, his ...
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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, ...