No. It is a brain disorder. Chemicals and neurotransmitors in the brain are not working correctly.
No. There are many organic causes of this disease as well as unknown causes. However, some organic cases are missed. Untreated syphilis can cause it as well as toxoplasmosis, according to the CDC. Carl Jung, psychologist, believed it was caused by a "toxin." In the bible, many were deemed to have "demon" possession when in fact they were infected with the disease "brucellosis" from swine. In Christianity, demon possession is spiritual decay within the individual, not a physical disease, which Christ taught in His healing ministry. In those days, eating pork was sinful because of its potential for disease. So those who ate it disobeyed religious laws and were considered as facing the consequences of sin, namely, demon possessed. Parasitic infections too can infect mental status, which is why during the 14th Century people hung strings of garlic on their doors to keep the "devil" away (garlic kills toxins in the intestine). Intestinal microbes are ususally a cause of a lot of mental depression, for example, which is why cleansing the bowels is very important (they contain much of our nervous system and lack of balance is critical to total body functioning). Hippocrates - the father of medicine - believed fasting was essential for a healthy body and mind and that 95% of all disease emanate from the intestines.
Those are 2 entirely different things. Schizophrenia is a medical condition and demon possession is supposed to be Supernatural. In-fact in the old days patients suffering from medical problems like Schizophrenia were labelled possessed and so now Schizophrenia is the first thing you rule out when deciding when the person is actually possessed.
Actual Possession has four important signs:
1. Telekinesis - The movement of objects in the presence of the person.
2. Speaking in Languages that the person could not have learned.
3. Person displaying knowledge of events and things that he could not have known.
I can't remember the fourth right now but I think it's about aversion to holy objects.
Never confuse Schizophrenia with possession.
No such thing. Telekinesis and spking languages are features of those not possessed as well. Extreme suffering due to disease within produces unconscious contents. but parasitical infects do feel like possession, ie, F. tularemia, brucellosis, barto
by thoughthole6 years ago
In a case of demonic possesion what is it that the possesor is trying to acheive, and why? Is the objective to have a romp in human form, to make people aware, to be a terrorist of sorts, or something else?
by jacobkuttyta4 years ago
What does the Bible say about demon possession / demonic possession?
by djkirby3 years ago
We the meek are a whole we will always share from one another. Yet demons only exist in our psyche...
by schoolgirlforreal7 years ago
This may sound strange,I didn't know whether to post in in Religion or here,but have you ever thoughtif you had bipolar or mental illness that you could be possessed?
by wecare2listen7 years ago
Is that any specific biblical basis to say that Christians cannot be affected by the devil ? Therefore in the same token, is there any Biblical basis to say a Christian cannot be possessed ?
by Claire Evans5 years ago
If so, what is the justification for it?
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