Demonic possession

Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

Mattheus 12:31 (KJV, I have no idea which translation is commonly used in English speaking countries)

This used to be one of the most uncomfortable passages to read. When I was little, thoughts like ‘Let the Holy Spirit be cursed’ or ‘The Holy Spirit is stupid’ and other ‘blasphemous’ thoughts would creep into my thinking after being ‘reminded’ by this piece of scripture. Sometimes I would be really scared that I was doomed and worry a lot about it – until I was distracted by something else and the idea would leave my mind – until I would be reminded again.

Now, years later, I learnt that such thoughts are called intrusive thoughts and that it’s perfectly normal to have them. It wasn’t a Minister who gave me this reassurance: it was the professor of Psychiatry who was teaching us about obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Last week, I attended a bible study group which a friend attended and someone shared that he used to see his dog lying dead on the floor and other horrible things happening to his friends. He attributed this to the influence of an evil spirit that made him see these things. I couldn’t help but think of the above.

There’s another piece of Scripture:

For the Spirit that God has given you does not make you slaves and cause you to be afraid; instead, the Spirit makes you God’s children, and by the Spirit’s power we cry out to God, “Father! my Father!

Romans 8:17 (Good News Bible)

Some Christians tend to forget this.

Yes, I’m a Christian. And I study medicine. To me, this is perfectly possible, though some might think otherwise.

I’m not intending to use the blog to convert everyone but it’s a part of my life so you’ll probably be hearing about the church etc. I’m absolutely opposed to the ‘spiritual warfare’ thinking that is slowly overtaking all of  Christianity here in the Netherlands. Learning Psychiatry gave me only more tools to withstand this type of thinking.


4 Comments on “Demonic possession”

  1. Renate says:

    So what do you think about passages of Scripture such as Ephesians 6?

    That is, passages that desribe spiritual warfare which is not absolutely “literal” (as in lets go and cast demons out of people) but rather more about being strong in the Lord and withstanding temptation. Eph 6:10 – 12

    • CT says:

      I definitely think that spiritual warfare exists, meaning the fact that there are a lot of things going on that we don’t see. There are other glimpses of this reality in the Bible (Job!) so it’s hard to deny it. However, the Ephesians passage describes exactly what I think: surviving in this ‘battle’ isn’t done by looking for the demons and being afraid of everything, it’s by living like a proper follower of Jesus. We can defend against ‘attacks’ by being honest, believing and knowing Gods Word (perfect ‘weapon’ against doubt!) etc. Actually, it’s quite reassuring. We don’t need cleansing rituals or the obsessive recitation of Scripture, we just need to trust God and do what he says and that will keep us safe.

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    Schizophrenia: Telepathic Communications

    Before one can understand this machine we call consciousness, one must be prepared to accept new concepts.

    Telepathic communication is a lot like being on the internet; if you are chatting with a group of people on the internet, you will often not know those who you are talking with. The internet is a great place for someone to portray themselves falsely.

    When our guides talk to us, they use a highly sophisticated “other dimensional radio”. All of us on the earth have a computer address which is just like an “IP Address” for those of us who understand a little about computer terminology. This address is considered sacred and given only to those who are authorized to have it (our guides), those who are authorized to speak to a specific person on the earth. However, just like on the earth, there are those “out there” who are willing to commit crimes for one reason or another.
    It is important for those who work in the field of human behavior including the religious and scientific communities, to understand what is truly occurring in order to put an end to it. When we can move beyond our primitive beliefs and theories in both science and religion and see these disorders for what they truly are, then they can be confronted by the scientists, the priests and those afflicted in an intelligent and effective manner.

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    THE NAME OF THE DEMON, Schizophrenia-Demonic Possession-Exorcism

    • CT says:

      If it were that easy, a lot of schizophrenic patients would be very happy! Unfortunately, the idea that schizophrenia would be the same as ‘demonic possession’ or ‘contact with evil spirits’ has done more harm than good in the past few centuries… Once I met a schizophrenic woman who indeed thought she was possessed but there was no discernable reason for it (no contact with occult things, no ‘genetic’ factors). She’d gone to dozens of exorcists but it was clear that she was schizophrenic and not possessed. It was very sad that she refused medication.
      Also, you might laugh at me, but I’ve always been taught that it’s extremely dangerous to ‘contact’ the demon inside someone, if there’s really one. The only communication should be ‘Get out’, because otherwise you might be affected as well, or something like that. For all the scientific-minded people: I’ve never met a real demon so far and actually, I don’t really expect to. However, you can’t blame me for knowing what to do just in case… 😛

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