Demon Possession . . .
When I was a Christian, I believed that the devil was a real thing. I used to believe that hell was a real place that any non Christian would end up. I remember seeing a production of "Heaven's gates, Hell's Flames" at Parkview Baptist Church and it filled me with such fear and awe that I told everyone about it. The idea of us being demon possessed is frightening, especially when you actually believe in it!
Here's the deal though. Just like angels or god or jesus . . . . we can't see them or prove their existence. Virtually everyone in the modern world has a camera on that at any given time and yet, no one has ever gotten photographic evidence. These devices can also record audio, yet there is no audio evidence either. That's pretty convenient. Maybe the devil is just that much of a trickster. Perhaps god doesn't want to be seen and only wants you to "see" him/her in your heart. These are pretty convenient excuses. There are many famous exorcists and they have yet to provide evidence of any of the stories they have told. Here is a "news" report that was just done in Oklahoma:
Really? Is the Bible really all that clear? In the Old Testament, "demon" or "devil" are never used. Satan is . . . mostly in the detestable book of Job. Most people think that Lucifer is satan or the devil. I have spoken about this at length here.
People will only believe that they are demon possessed when they are taught what a demon is. They don't have to have proof of this or to ever see a demon. Their actions and their personhood is demonized and they are said to be possessed. There are gay people who think they're possessed and that's why they're gay. It doesn't matter that we understand this as a matter of biology today. THEY ARE POSSESSED. People who are questioning their faith are said to be possessed. The struggling and rebellious child is said to be possessed. The atheist is said to be possessed.
I can say pretty confidently that demons, the devil, satan, lucifer, evil spirits . . . call it what you want, they don't exist. ISIS isn't demon possessed. They are shitheads who follow a really shitty book. Hitler wasn't demon possessed. He was a deranged mastermind that had this to say:
There is a massive list of really shitty people, but it comes down to this . . . these things do not exist. There is a great quote from the movie The Usual Suspects that any movie nerd knows.
That's actually rephrased from Baudelaire, but clever nonetheless. I'd like to attempt a reverse rephrase of this.
We don't need to look any further than ourselves. We are the demons and the devils that we like to personify. We are the things that go bump in the night. We are the ones prowling, seeking someone to devour. We use these ideas as scapegoats because we are ultimately uncomfortable accepting the reality of a situation. Furthermore, there is a massive difference between the biological naturalism of homosexuality and, lets say, molesting a young boy or decapitating a reporter. Or the difference between being black and beating your wife for talking out of place. Certain things have been proven to be natural and not harmful in any way, even though we once thought them to be otherwise . . . for no good reason. On the other hand . . . other things will just, ultimately, take really shitty and uneducated people who cling to a constant disregard of reality.