Demonic possessionPosted: 22 May 2011
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.