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Just because it was already prophesied, does not mean that Judas did not make a conscious choice. A man can most definitely choose to be used by Satan or by the Holy Spirit. Judas, by his actions, was already choosing, as he was choosing to steal from the purse.(John 12:6) This showed that even though he was with Jesus, the Holy Spirit was not working within ...


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Matthew 10:28, New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE), says: "Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell." Incidentally, Mark 5:11–13 narrates an incident where the devil kills animals after possessing them: "Now there on the hillside a great herd of ...


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According to the Catholic Church, demons are simply fallen angels: i.e., angels who have sinned gravely against God and are now living the eternal consequences of their separation from Him. Angels Angels are creatures that, like us, are persons (that is, they are capable of intellectual knowledge and free acts of love). However, unlike us, they are not ...


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The answer ranges from a bad idea to truly demonic, depending on what form of altered state of consciousness is implied. This question is interesting and one might not make the connection between hypnosis and faith healing movements but it does have some overlap into certain fringe movements within Christianity, such as the faith healers like Oral Roberts, T....


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Unfortunately a Catholic living in the state of grace and has never committed a mortal sin could be diabolically possessed by a demon(s) through no fault of their own. Sometimes a person is unaware that the possession has happened until it is too late. Fr. Gabriele Amorth in his book, An Exorcist Tells His Story (pages 56-63) gives the following reasons ...


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Famed 4th century preacher John Chrysostom gives the best answer, in my view. He says the story illustrates the full malice of the demons and also the restraint that God placed on them to keep them from destroying the possessed man in the same way as they did the pigs. After reading the story of the demoniac and the swine, he says: Thus do Demons govern; ...


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Unclean spirits are those spirit children of God who kept not their first estate, which refers to the life before earth life. All men and women lived with God as his spirit children before coming to the earth as mortal beings. Those who kept their first estate were rewarded with a chance to live on Earth, receive a mortal body, be resurrected, and obtain ...


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Judas Iscariot was not predestined to betray Jesus, and he had a choice in the matter. Consider Psalm 41:9: “The man at peace with me, in whom I trusted, who was eating my bread, has magnified his heel against me.” (NWT) Notice that the prophecy does not specify which close associate of Jesus it would be. Jehovah God knew that the Devil had used David’s ...


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For more information, let me recommend the following resources: 1. Robert Bennett, CPH, "I Am Not Afraid: Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare" 2. Robert Bennett, CPH, "Afraid: Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare in America" 3. Darrell McCulley, "The house swept clean : a biblically balanced pattern for the diagnosis, exorcism, and pastoral care of ...


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Answer: Judas Iscariot indeed betrayed Jesus willfully and also had a chance to repent. Jesus deliberately chose a devil: It seems to appear that Jesus deliberately chose Judas to be one of the 12 disciples, knowing that he was a devil. John 6:70-71 (NIV) Then Jesus replied, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!” (He meant Judas,...


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Mat 12v28 "But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you". E.S.V. From this Scripture and surrounding verses it appears that when the kingdom of God comes upon someone that the Holy Spirit is not going to want to share His abode with any form of resistance to Himself. However, 2 points: Jesus Himself e.g. at ...


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Mark 5:1-14 KJV 1 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. 2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: 4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and ...


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First of all the demons knew who Jesus was. The earliest account is from the Gospel of Mark (Mark 5:1-20), in which Jesus goes across the sea into the "region of the Gerasenes".[4] There, a man "possessed by a demon" comes from the caves to meet him. People had tried to tie him down but he was too strong to be bound, even with chains for he would always ...


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Demon Possession in the Old Testament? We can be sure that demonic possession occurred prior to the birth of Christ. There are a few instances in the Old Testament of demonic activity in the affairs of people. Exorcism is a ritual of power performed in order to drive an evil spirit, whether demonic or ghostly, from a possessed person, location, or object....


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I am going to recommend you watch Dr. Michael Heiser video, Demonic Entities & The Messianic Profile | LXX, DSS, Psalm 91 & 151. Michael Heiser — Demonic Entities & The Messianic Profile | LXX, DSS, Psalm 91 & 151 (YouTube) 1) King David is credited for writing 4 Psalms to be "performed over the possessed" (in Hebrew the word "assaulted" ...


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A resource that you should find helpful in your endeavour is Don Basham's Deliver us From Evil, A Pastor's reluctant encounters with the powers of darkness. My recollection of the book is that Basham is (or was) actually a Baptist pastor, though I don't remember the variety.


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I can only answer that part of your question concerning Martin Luther's views. There are a couple of entries in his Table Talk (translated by William Hazlitt) in the chapter headed “Of the Devil and his Works” about this: We cannot expel demons with certain ceremonies and words, as Jesus Christ, the prophets, and the apostles did. All we can do is, in the ...


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Evil Spirits and Unclean Spirits are not synonymous. Evil Spirits encompasses all of Satan’s followers, those who did not keep their first estate and those who do not keep their second estate. In 3 Nephi 7:19 we learn Nephi “did he cast out devils AND unclean spirits”. This would indicate devils and unclean spirits are two different types of Evil Spirits. ...


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I'm not sure if you found your answer, but here is some information I have found in my own research. Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual Section 129 Keys for Determining If Administrations Are from God https://www.lds.org/manual/doctrine-and-covenants-student-manual/sections-122-131/section-129-keys-for-determining-if-administrations-are-from-god?lang=...


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Demonism and general belief in a spirit world are all interrelated. Surprisingly in Africa there is still an arguable case to say the secular government still admits the existence of potential demonic possession as it still has laws against witchcraft. In most other places 'secular' recognition of a spirit realm ended around the 1700s. For example in 1745 ...


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