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Questions tagged [exorcism]

The evicting of demons from a person

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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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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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Do exorcisms need to be performed in a particular language?

In Catholicism, does an exorcism need to be performed in a certain language, such as Latin? Or can it be performed in a language of the priest’s choice? Does it need to be one that the demon-possessed ...
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According to Catholicism, is the power of exorcism the fruit of the true church?

According to Catholicism, is a Catholic priest's power of exorcism acceptable evidence of the Catholic Church's truth and validity of its claim to be the one true church?
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“The Devil hates Latin,” is this true? [closed]

What I'm looking for? Is there any biblical references to support this, or have any traditions put a truth in this assertions... perhaps personal encounters or testimonies may support this and ...
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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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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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Do catholics do exorcism only at night?

For the past four nights, Catholics have been doing exorcism in one of the families in my neighborhood. They would start at about 10PM and usually end early the next morning, sometimes till 3AM sharp. ...
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According to Catholicism, is it possible for the Devil to kill someone?

We read in the Book of Job that the Devil received permission from God to torment Job, and that God obliged the Devil to spare his life. The LORD said to Satan, "Very well, then, he is in your ...
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Can the laity use exorcised salt? If so, what are the rules for the proper use, handling, and storage of exorcised salt?

In Catholic tradition, can a Catholic acquire exorcised salt from a priest? If yes, what are the rules of such salt (acquiring, use, handling, storage) that the laity have to comply with? I have so ...
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What are the rules of Exorcism (Catholic Perspective)

I've read conflicting perspectives if lay person's are able to perform exorcisms in the Catholic religion. Wikipedia states Catholic exorcists were both priestly and lay, since every Christian was ...
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Need help with Latin Formula for an unusual Saint Benedict Cross

Can someone help translate the Latin formula used on the left side of the cross below. I already know the right side is the formula for Saint Benedict's Medal but the letters on the left still elude ...
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Are Catholics not supposed to pray the St. Michael Prayer?

I was looking up exorcism stuff on the Vatican website and stumbled across this from (then) Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) From these prescriptions it follows that it is not ...
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What is the difference between a priest and a pastor?

I'm writing a book and one character is Catholic and I'm not sure whether to use pastor or priest. And, one character gets possessed, yes I know that that's fictional, but would a Catholic "leader" ...
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According to Catholicism, why do some possessed people vomit during exorcisms?

According to Catholicism, why do some people vomit during exorcisms? The famous, recently deceased exorcist Fr. Gabriele Amorth frequently mentions in Memoirs of an Exorcist: My Life Fighting Satan ...
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Why do Pentecostalists often use the word “fire” during exorcisms? [closed]

In the Pentecostal Church you often see people use the word "fire" during exorcisms. Why? To burn the demon out? I would like to see some scripture that can back up the doctrine or culture.
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Incense, candles, crystal and exorcism (Roman Catholic perspective)

I have read that incense is a bad thing and it can bring demons to your house. However others say it will create a clean house. Rabbi Keduri, some say, did smoke incense, but he did not inhale it, and ...
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How do devils know what God permits in their doings? (Catholic perspective)

Exorcists often say demons can do many supernatural things. For example, transform/move possessed objects and so on. But they say only if God permits them to do so. From what I know the devils are ...
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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, ...
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Exorcism and repentance [closed]

Exorcism is common in the New Testament, by both Jesus and the disciples. But the main theme in the Old and New Testaments is to repent and change your ways; then God will heal you and bless you. And ...
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Understanding Jesus counter argument against the Pharisees (Luke 11:19 )

I don't understand the following counter argument by Jesus. And if I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? Luke 11:19 One viewpoint is that the Pharisees' students (...
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Has there ever been an exorcism conducted by the Mormon Church?

Has there ever been a recorded exorcism conducted under the authority of the Mormon Church?
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Any non-exorcism style of healing miracles recorded in the Scripture? [closed]

And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Is there any non-exorcism style of healing miracles(nothing like resurrection of Lazarus but ...
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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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Is baptism a form of exorcism, or is that just a Hollywood myth?

I never watched this film, but the synopsis alone is eerie. Read this article. She then runs to the safety of a church, knowing that baptism is a form of exorcism. Is this true? Can baptism be a ...
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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/...
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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 ...
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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: ...