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Mental Illness and the Demonic, what is the connection?

Updated on March 29, 2016

In our sophisticated world many believe that any talk of demons is superstitious and foolish. These people believe the only place things of this nature belong is in the realms of mythology and Hollywood moves. Even within the Christian church, there seems to be a reluctance to perceive mental illness in the realm of the supernatural.

Even though in Jesus time demonic influence appeared to be a very real problem that Jesus faced head on! Did Jesus every go to some one whom he was about to cast a demon out of and say. “I need a list of the Psychiatric medication you are using and I also need to confer with your Psychiatrist before I can heal you”? Not according to scripture, so why do many Christians feel it is necessary go this rout? If Jesus was “in the flesh” in modern times do you think his healing methods would be any different than they were back when he walked the earth? Personally I feel that He would focus on the spiritual aspect first and foremost.

I believe the Christian church in these modern times is approaching the problem of mental illness backwards! They look at mental and psychological answers first and then deal with the possibility of demonic involvement after all else fells! The scriptures say that as Christians we do not belong to this world! We are fighting a spiritual battle against a spiritual enemy!

To stress my point, let us look at the methods used in twelve step programs with the problem of addiction. These “spiritually based” programs tell us that the addict is powerless over his addiction! It is all focused on the concept of a Higher Power doing for the addict or alcoholic that he or she cannot do for himself or herself. When Bill Wilson first started Alcoholic Anonymous it was before the time that drugs were developed to help cure the addiction of alcohol as it is being approached today. Back in the 1930’s Psychiatrist were at odds with the problem of addiction. The whole concept of AA was revolutionary for its time! Before then, alcoholics and addicts often took their addictions to the grave!

Addiction has been called “Cunning, Baffling and Powerful” as if the addiction its self had its own reality or presence. In my opinion, there is something else that has the same attributes as addiction and that is the very source of addiction, Satan himself! To me the reality is that mental illness and substance dependency often go hand in hand! Yes there are mentally ill people who do not have a substance abuse problem just like you can have substance abuse problem with out mental illness. Even so, there are many times the two are connected. In fact many x-addicts and Mental Health professionals will tell you repeatedly that people with mental or emotional problems will self-medicate on drugs or alcohol to try to deal with their problem.

It seems strange to me that we live in a time in which Pharmaceutical companies are slinging their drugs as fast as the law allows. The problem is that the side effects are sometimes even worse than the problem they are said to cure! This, by the way is during an age in which we have declared a “war on drugs!” Yes it is the age of double messages, when Pharmaceutical companies can go “full tilt boogie” on designing new medications for depression and other mental conditions that many times have the potential of bringing on such things as “suicidal tendencies” in some patients!

Another dark situation has transpired with the development of painkillers that have become even more addictive than some of the street drugs! This has created a slippery slope with no clear solutions in sight. For on a personal level, I have seen many of my friends destroy their lives with these chemicals. On the other hand, I also have seen deliverance from addiction and mental illness though this “higher power” that I chose to recognize as Jesus Christ! I have seen other lives transformed and has had my own life transformed though the power of Christ! For I have had problems with drug dependency and severe depression that almost lead me to suicide!

As I have admitted in many other hubs that I lived much of my life in the realm of complete darkness that I did not even have the ability to perceive as darkness! This was because I was blinded or better yet, brain washed into denying the truth! I have now been on the path of recovery not just from controlled substances, but also from insanity its self! For insanity has often been described as doing those things that we know to be wrong but to expect a different result each time we do them!

When I first returned to Christianity I was still strongly influenced by the effects of my long association with Satanism. It took much prayer to break free from these ties even though I had not been directly involved in any form of witchcraft or “magical practices” for many years. I had been though many sessions of psychological therapy, which had been quite useful and affective and yet, did not supply the transformation that an increased relationship with God allowed me to enjoy! I have come to believe, that any form of Psychotic medication or Psychotherapy does not address the whole problem of emotional or mental dysfunction.

I know that there are those within the Christian community who frown on my focus on the mannerisms of Satanic forces and yet, I am strongly convicted of the importance of doing so.The reason for this is that I am painfully aware of the naïveté on the subject of the Powers of Darkness and how they operate.For to defeat any enemy we must have some understanding on its agenda or intent that “it” desires to accomplish. First, we must try to comprehend why demons desire to possess an individual. What is the purpose of them doing so? My observation is that first and foremost, Satan is the ultimate “control freak”! One-way of understanding this is as a form of “spiritual capture the flag” for the human soul can be looked at as “spiritual real-estate”! Satan wants to “own” and control as many souls as he can!

Remember that Satan’s purpose is to “kill steal and destroy,” This is his main objective that he intends to obtain! Keeping this in mind, let us take a look at the destructive characteristics of mental illness and how it relates to the descriptions of those who are possessed by demons. Self-destructive attitudes are often a trait demonstrated by those with mental illness and is frequently connected to drug abuse. To me, the fact that self-destructive behaviour has also been associated with demonic possession needs not be brushed off as just a coincidence!

I have a good friend who has an adopted son who has suffered with Schizophrenia for many years. He is quite aware of the fact that Schizophrenia is a chemical imbalance of the brain and for that reason alone, he knows that it not just a spiritual issue. The other side of the coin though, is that his son has been helped tremendously though the power of prayer. The struggle is to understand why this young Christian man has not been fully healed or does his condition have a spiritual aspect to it at all?

When a person is being told by voices in his head to harm himself or others, it is easy to jump to the conclusion that this person is being affected on some level by demonic forces. Even though, a Doctor of Psychiatry can now prove the physical effects of this condition tough the use of a CAT scan or PET scan.

There is another concept that I feel should be considered when we are trying to understand a circumstance like the one I presented in the paragraphs above. This is the possibility of “generational curses.” The bible speaks of this, and some within the Christian faith have received much training in this filed. In fact, the Christian community that I belong to is strongly affiliated with an organisation that is quite familiar with this subject. This is Christian Healing Ministries (http://www.christianhealingmin,org). This is a world renowned organization that has had devoted its self to every form of Christian healing and teaching others techniques to become better equipped in all characteristics of healing as it is presented in the Holy Scriptures.

I feel it is vital to understand as much history as possible about a person afflicted with mental illness be it spiritual or organic in nature. The reason why I am convinced of this, is that Jesus Christ, being the Son of God understood completely every detail about the people who he had chosen to heal! Faith is a wonderful thing and it needs to be fully empowered by wisdom! This wisdom of course comes from God and yet, it can be acquired many different ways. Direct revelation from the Holy Spirit is quite real however, its message should never be accepted unless it corresponds with the truths presented within scripture. It has been my experience when God reveals something it is usually presented to more than one person. As I have stated several times in my pass writings, Satan is a cleaver counterfeiter and so any spiritual significance needs to be scrutinized!

When we discuss such subjects as deliverance from mental illness we must take a hard look at the life style that a person chooses, for I have found in my own life that to experience true healing I had be willing to surrender to God and allow his will to be done in my life. It is my testimony that the more I allowed the Holy Spirit to interact in my life; the more I was delivered from my pass.

A person, who hangs on to the things of their past that had control over them, will find it more difficult to break free from negative spiritual influences . An example of this was a woman I got to know quite well who ended up in a comma from a drug overdose and almost died. Besides recovering from addiction she also suffers from Paranoid Schizophrenia and had savvier illusions that made her life a living hell. If there was ever a person that seemed to be demon possessed it was this young woman.

She had a strong interest in witchcraft and during the time that she seriously studied the Occult her mental condition greatly deteriorated to the point she was having conversation with people that were not there, some of these people she believed to be ghost, Slowly but surely she started to loose interest in witchcraft and started going to church. She became a regular at the Bible study I was helping to conduct in the half-way house she was living in and soon recovered to the point she could live in her own apartment! You can ask any one who knew her and I am sure they would tell you the change was dramatic!

Even in book and the movie “The Exorcist” the young victim of the Satanic Possession (for in the movie it claimed that Satan himself possessed the girl) produced the words “help me” on her body. This to me showed how important it is for someone to ask for help to receive deliverance. The person must admit and then ask for the liberation from slavery of the presence of evil. Personally, I feel that demonic possession is much more common than people realise but they are unwilling or unaware of what really is taking place.

In fact, the book the “The Exorcist” was inspired by an actual possession that may had not been as dramatic as the account in the novel, and yet was very real and has been documented as such. It interesting to note, that the young man who was given the name Robbie Mannheim to protect his identity, was said that he became possessed after he attempt to contact his dead Aunt with a Ouija board. Though the years, many people have asked me if I felt the Ouija board has any special power and I always told them that this board has no power whatsoever $6. The Ouija board was created as a child's game back in 1890, and its name comes from the French (oui) and the German word (ja) for the word "yes" It is the fact that someone allows themselves to be "open" that gives the spirit freedom to what it wants! This, by the way, is somewhat rare, and most of the time it ones own subconscious mind that is making the disk move.

Now I am convinced that some of the hideous crimes that have been committed though out time, are examples of Satanic influences. Especially those murderers who admitted a connection with Satanism as being to blame for there actions in the first place. For those of you who are sceptical of this, you should take in consideration that every thing must have a source, as I state in my conclusion to my Luciferian Doctrine series. Just as a plant must have a root, evil its self has a root! After all, if you believe any of the Biblical description and explanation for creation of the world, “the Spirit of God” existed before anything that was physical!

My line of reasoning is that the true reality behind everything that exist, is the spiritual. Is this a far cry from the evolutionist who believes that every thing began from the act of anti-matter crashing into mater? After all, anti-matter was only recently proven to exist! To me I have just as much proof that the spirituality is a reality because I have witnessed it within my life, both good and evil! I have witnessed it in many others lives as well. This was NOT imagination or any other excuses you may claim is the actual reality, for I feel the spirit just as strongly as I can feel the wind blow!

When the subject of multiple personalities is addressed, I can easily see how that can be considered as a form of demonic possession. And yet, many professionals within the filed of Psychiatry would probably tell me I am wrong! The main theory I have read presented is that a person will develop many personalities to protect their main personality from having to deal with a certain problem or memory. I must say that I can accept that option as being believable in many cases but not all!

To explore this a little further I would like to return to the New Testament and explore the incident of the man who had a “legion” of demons controlling him. This event was written about in three of the four gospels and speaks of a man (or two men according to Matthew). I can not even imagine what it would like to have such a large amount of demons in control of your life, and the Bible states that this man had super strength to be able to break chains.

To me it seems similar to the power that some experience while under drugs like PCP that increases the adrenalin within the body so the person can accomplish amazing feats of strength. To wrap this up, I would like to declare that God in his divine wisdom has now supplied us with more knowledge on how to combine medical and spiritual solutions for the effects of sin, and the more we connect our will with the will of God the Father, the more healing we can expect, or the grace to endure! Without him there is no hope!

So What Is Your Take on This?


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      William Benner 5 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Thank you ncintellectual for stopping by.....some of us have the gift to precive things of the spirit and Ithink this the case with you! Thank so much for sharing this with me!

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      ncintellectual 5 years ago


      I wanted to share an experience I had back in 1993. I had a personal experience with a lady who had multiples. We were both in the hospital at the same time and the nurses seemed to think for some reason that I could help this lady so they introduced me to her multiple of a 4 year old. During the next few days many other personalities began to show themselves to me. One day while we were having exercise time in the gym another approached me that unnerved me alot. You see at the time I was living in a backslid state but I knew in my heart that I was up against a powerful source (a demon) and it was coming after me. We were playing kick ball in the gym and she would take the ball and throw it at me so hard it would knock the wind out of me. She would also kick the ball into the rafters with a force so hard you could feel the walls shake. I do not know if anyone else with us was aware of what was going on but I was very aware. The whole time this was going on there was not a word spoken, she kept her glaring eyes on me and I kept a constant eye on her.I started pleading the blood of Jesus and asking for his safety. When we were back in our common area, it was like all the energy had drained out of this person, and I ask who are you. She went to the chalk board in the common room and wrote narcissistic powerhouse. Wow. After this particular incident I did not see her again and I was discharged the next day. I believe everything happens for a reason and I have often wondered why this happened to me. The only thing I do know is that God had protection all around me that day. I just wanted to share on this forum because after all of these years I have not been able to share this story without people thinking I am crazy. Maybe you would have more insight as to why I might have had this experience.

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      William Benner 5 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Well said, ishiwoman! I could not say it better myself!

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      ishiwoman 5 years ago

      Well thanks for clearing that up for me "niceguy" - so it's all just about "be nice" and dismissing the Bible as foolish!!

      Trying to have an intelligent and rational conversation with people who are so prejudiced against God and the truth is pointless.

      You have no idea how you were created. You have no idea where you will be when you die. You have no idea why it is or how it you are on a planet filled with life surrounded by vast endless space - and yet you are so close minded to anything that may seem "far fetched"! Being alive and conscious and on this planet is actually far fetched if you really think about it!.

      I too was a new agey pagan for a long time - someone who at my core just worshipped my own intellect and "reason" until my reading and hearing what is truly in the Bible saved me from the most vicious demonic attack that only Jesus Christ could open my eyes to.

      But I began humbly. I knew nothing about God and the universe - and so I stopped acting like I did.

      The result - the Truth set me free. The Truth being a person not just an ideal or principle, the Truth - who is Jesus Christ.

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      William Benner 5 years ago from Savannah GA.

      To discard the Bible is something that to me, after exploring many options is also very foolish! I have seen with my own eyes how the people with mental illness has been helped though the power of prayer and deliverance though the power of Jesus Christ.

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      niceguy87 5 years ago

      this is the most ridiculous string of non séance i have ever read. i find it hard to believe that anyone that reads this would believe it but if your foolish enough to believe in the bible as fact instead of just trying to be a good person, then i can see that you might be gullible enough to believe this as well . i find it foolish to believe in following a religion that has started more wars and killed more people then any individual person and or country. everyone has a balance of positive and negative thoughts in your head and its easy to blame it on an outside source rather then taking responsibility for yourself and your actions. no one is perfect, just try and be nice and excepting and you will have a much great effect on society then giving money to some guy to tell you stories from a book that has been rewritten and reinterpreted hundreds if not thousands of times since it was written, which was years after the events took place (ever played broken telephone as a kid?? messages get mixed pretty quickly) plus add your own interpretation of the messages unclearly stated in the bible. two people can hear the exact same thing and interpret them very differently.

      i would also like to point out how many times the highvoltagewhriter pointed out that there was a medical explanation for all of these disorders and problems and states that he/she chooses not to believe them. these are all real issues that people have to live through and deal with and all of this nonsense wont help them or help the surrounding people supporting these sick people.

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      William Benner 6 years ago from Savannah GA.

      However, there are many that feel there is a connection. And now science is starting to look at the reality of several different dimensions though the concept of string other words, science is now looking at things though new pair of glasses!

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      meloncauli 6 years ago from UK

      Interesting hub. To attribute any kind of demonic influence on any mental illness is folly in my opinion. This is exactly the kind of thing that helps keep stigma alive.

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      God Saves 6 years ago

      God gave me a new lease on life. I dated a man for 5 years that was into the freemasonry/occult. It was necessary I met this man/ began a struggle near death.. to find our Lord Jesus Christ. I am a stubborn one.. and this was the only way divine intervention could break through. If it wasn't for GOD I most surely would be dead. He can deliver anyone of you, all you need to do is ask. Satan, himself possesed my soul. The man I dated sent these demonic spirits after me to control me and every part of my soul. He himself is posessed as well. The hardest part was praying for him. I know one day though, God will deliver him too from this horrible evil

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      sharewhatuknow 6 years ago from Western Washington

      Thank you Highvoltagewire, it's always great to hear from you and get your feed back as well. I love it when you state that these pharmaceutical companies "sling" drugs and make up "conditions and syndromes." At this point in time, I have to agree. It seems every time we watch TV, another new and awesome prescription/non prescription drug is available to us that will dramatically improve our lives, from Alzheimers to Obesity.

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      William Benner 6 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Hello sharewhatyouknow, it is always great to get your feedback! On one hand we have the "war on drugs" then we have all the Pharmaceutical companies "slinging" their drugs and even making up "conditions" and "syndromes" that they can "cure". The Medicine show is alive and well and being being broadcast though the airwaves!

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      sharewhatuknow 6 years ago from Western Washington made a very good point. Like HVW stated, possessed with greed. It is now to the point that we can't watch any form of TV, without being bombarded with "prescription" drug commercials. Or, being bombarded with "have you taken this type of drug, if so, call us to file a lawsuit...""

      It's freaking sad !!

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      William Benner 6 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Yes, you are so right, possessed with greed! Because for me, greed is the greatest problem we have in this modern world! Thank you so much for that insight fruglfamily! You have taken my view of the drug companies in another direction I frankly did not consider until you ask this question.

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      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 6 years ago from Houston, TX

      I think you made the biggest connection when you mentioned the drug companies. Have you considered that these entities are the ones that are possessed?

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      William Benner 6 years ago from Savannah GA.

      There are no accidents in God's great universe, for I was struggling with nicotine addiction and believe or not, God took that addiction away from me when I prayed really believing that he would do just that! One thing that has become a motto for me is.."it is all mind over matter, and if you do not mind, it does not matter!" :) It may sound silly but I found that this has worked for me to a point anyway in other addictions I have had. I am now writing a hub about addiction that I hope to publish in a day or so. Hang in there, and I will be praying for you! I also recommend you read my hub "This thing called Faith." For it goes into the new scientific evidence on how the brain responds to prayer!

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      Amber Mandala 6 years ago from Perry, Fl.

      It's a bit coincidental that I happen upon this article as I am having a struggle with a serious nicotine habit. I cried off and on all day yesterday, over things that I normally think about and shrug off. I will take this as a positive message and pray about it.

      I totally agree with you about the drug companies. They definitely have the politicians, doctors and universities in their pockets. And a lot of the crap that they are shoving at us seems more harmful than useful. There is more money for them with improving symptoms than curing the actual problem. YES! They have become the "quacks" of our time. Very wealthy ones!

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      William Benner 6 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Thank you for dropping in, I plan to link my hub to yours because of the similarity in message.

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      Grams Study 6 years ago

      I wrote a hub titled Demon Possession vs. Mental Illness Your hub was good voted up

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      sharewhatuknow 6 years ago from Western Washington

      I would love to HighVoltageWriter, but the book needs to be read by my brother. He is in need of this book's benefits.

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      William Benner 6 years ago from Savannah GA.

      In the mean time you might want to check out a book called "Your Miracle Brain by Jean Carper. It is amazing book with all kinds natural remedies for different mental disorders!

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      sharewhatuknow 6 years ago from Western Washington

      Your most welcome Highvoltagewriter. I do ingest a lot of fish oil and olive oil by the way. If my brother, the one I spoke of lived with me, I would triple it. But he is near the East Coast, I am on the West Coast. If you do a hub on fish oil and dramatic improvements in brain function, please let me know right away. Thank you for your blessing, God bless you too !!

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      William Benner 6 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Thank you so much for dropping in, sharewhatyouknow! It is sad to see the effects of paranoid schizophrenia, and it just so happens that the I am in a situation that exposes me to many mentally ill people. Your theory is quite likely and one interesting study that has been done is with fish oil and how it can make a dramatic improvement on those suffering from mental disorders. I plan to do a hub on this one of these days but I have been caught up in a lot of other projects. God Bless you!

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      sharewhatuknow 6 years ago from Western Washington

      Another great hub you wrote Highvoltagewriter.

      I definitely believe paranoid schizophrenia is demonic. I am not saying that there is NO diseased, damaged or deformed part of the brain, I am sure there is. But when the brain is not performing as it should, yes, that is when I believe evil influence can invade and take over.

      It is my theory, just a theory, that if the brain experiences low amounts of neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine, dopamine, etc... then our brain becomes susceptible to demonic influences.

      That is why I stated in my hub that I thought I had gone schizophrenic after what I experienced. But no, I am not.

      My brother however does suffer from paranoid schizophrenia and this awful affliction, I should say, demons just torment him. He has his good moments, because as my mother tells me, the "voices" do flatter him. But as my mother and I have witnessed, the "voices" also torment him.

      He has visual and auditory hallucinations constantly. My brother will take picture after picture of clouds, because he is seeing faces, shapes, UFOs, the clouds. It's a very sad disease/affliction.

      I pray for my brother all the time.

      My brother refuses to take meds because "they are manufactured by the government and therefore are poisonous."

      And I definitely agree with Samantha's comment too: "The thief (Satan and his minions) comes only to steal, kill and destroy."

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      William Benner 6 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Thank you so much samantha for your comments for God has brought me so far, how could I not speak out about the things I feel are truth?

      I could not agree with you more for I have been "on the other side of the fence so to speak, and I learned first hand how the devil operates!

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      samantha stacia 6 years ago from Arizona

      SO many Christians won't say what you are out lous for fear of societal persecution but I think John 10:10 Spoken by Jesus Himself, "The Thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy-" So if anything falls under these 3 catagories it is a spiritually based problem from the devil himself.

      voted up, useful and interesting!

      Samantha Stacia

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      William Benner 6 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Thank you my dear friend for your support on what I feel God is leading me to do, God bless you!

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      magnoliazz 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      Another great hub, so interesting. This woman in the above video reminds me of a channeler. She is also being hypnotized which is something that people should know can open doors to the demonic, seems real innocent, but its not. Too bad her doctors can't really get her the spiritual help that she needs.s

      A friend of mine works at an assisted living apartments for the mentally ill. There was this older man there who was a severe schizophrenic. One day by chance my friend took some pictures of the people she worked with, and when those pictures were developed we could not believe what we saw. All around this guy were these three creatures with teeth and fangs! It was bizarre, right away we thought it was something to do with the occult. At that time, I was still pretty dumb about what would cause these kind of things from happening, so we never asked that guy if he could remember being involved with ouija boards and stuff like that.

      I also knew an alcoholic who later died from drinking, who swore he saw satan. He said he wore a white suit, and that's all he would say about it, but he said it was real. For some time after that he did stop drinking, that's how scared this poor man was. Eventally he went back, and it killed him. I prayed for him, but what he probably really needed was an exorcist.

      You also must be aware that almost everyone who becomes addicted to alcohol or drugs suffered from some kind of awful childhood abuse which later sets them up for addiction. You could say that satan probably set that situation up, hence generational curses? People will say that alcoholism runs in their family, but you can see there is so much more that could possibly be at work here.

      You have to remember, that satan absoulutley hates human beings. He wants each and every one of us dead and hell bound.

      Thank God you found Jesus when you did, and think of all the good you are doing now. What an awesome example you are for the rest of us! This hub is awesome, and maybe it will help some people who have these problems and just do not know where to turn for help.

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      William Benner 6 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Yes, you are absolutely right wba108, there are no easy answers, in fact for me there is only one answer and is to trust in God to help-for our creator knows us better than we know our selves! Thank so much for your comments!

    • profile image 6 years ago from upstate, NY

      Very important insights into this controversial subject!These are issues that are personal to me, because I take medication for ADHD.I believe only the Spirit of God can give personal insight for those facing these decisions. Some believe it shows a lack of faith to turn to taking meds for mental conditions, others refuse to consider demonic activity as the source of many mental illnesses. I belief this is something with no easy answer, we have to rely on God to show us the root of the problem.


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