What does the Bible say about demon possession / demonic possession?
The Bible gives some examples of people possessed or influenced by demons. From these examples we can find some symptoms of demonic influence and gain insight as to how a demon possesses someone. Here are some of the biblical passages: Matthew 9:32-33; 12:22; 17:18; Mark 5:1-20; 7:26-30; Luke 4:33-36; Luke 22:3; Acts 16:16-18. In some of these passages, the demon possession causes physical ailments such as inability to speak, epileptic symptoms, blindness, etc. In other cases, it causes the individual to do evil, Judas being the main example. In Acts 16:16-18, the spirit apparently gives a slave girl some ability to know things beyond her own learning. The demon-possessed man of the Gadarenes, who was possessed by a multitude of demons (Legion), had superhuman strength and lived naked among the tombstones. King Saul, after rebelling against the LORD, was troubled by an evil spirit (1 Samuel 16:14-15; 18:10-11; 19:9-10) with the apparent effect of a depressed mood and an increased desire to kill David.
Great examples, JThomp42. Demon possessions happen, but it is not like the Hollywood movies portray it happening on a widescale basis. I wrote a Hub on this titled: "Do All Demons Have to be Exorcised?"
The thing to note is that there are no recorded demon possessions in the Hebrew Scriptures. Why should we wait 4000 years for a demon then thousands all appear at once in the NT? This suggests to me that demon possession is mere superstition; the only available answer to the whys of mental or physical illnesses to a people with no comprehension of viral and bacterial organisms, electro-chemical processes in the brain, or genetics. It is time we stopped believing this superstitious nonsense and made an effort to understand medical conditions.
by Harlan Colt 7 years ago
Mental Illness VS Demonic possessionIn Jesus day, he expelled many devils from possessed people. Do we today, confuse demonic possession for certain forms of mental illness? I believe there is a difference, but... what would you say is the difference? How does one know the difference?
by thoughthole 12 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 Leslie A. Shields 13 years ago
Friday Night's 20/20 is talking about children who are demonized....check it out. They are not religious at all, so they will not be biased toward Christianity or any other religion......
by Tony Lawrence 13 years ago
Anyone who thinks they are possessed by demons is obviously mentally ill, but we have hubbers here who think this is real and that it has a religious solution.I would support laws requiring secular intervention and fining or otherwise punishing any church or individual involved in...
by Rosemary Amrhein 13 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 kentuckyslone 12 years ago
Does demon possession exist?Do you believe human beings can become possessed by demons?
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