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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Do demons exist and what should a person do if they suspect that they are being harassed by them?

The Bible plainly shows that demons do exist and even though today they are evidently restrained from materializing, they still have great power and influence over the minds and lives of people, even having the ability to enter into and possess humans and animals. The Bible also shows that they use inanimate things such as houses and charms. (Mt. 12:43-45)

There have been instances where some people claim to have the overwhelming sense that they are being attacked by demons. However, not all who believe that they are being attacked by demons necessarily are. Demonic involvement is apparently the exception...not the rule. Some victims of mental difficulties fear they are under demonic attack, claiming at times to hear "voices." It is true that demons have been known to make sane individuals behave irrationally. (Mark 5:2-6, 15) But there is no proof that the demons are involved in most cases of bizarre behavior, any more than that they are involved in all cases of speechlessness, blindness, and epilepsy. Yet, back in Bible times, demons sometimes caused (or at least aggravated) these very ailments. (Matthew 9:32, 33; 12:22; 17:15-18) The Bible makes a clear distinction, though, between "those who were ill and those demon-possessed." (Mark 1:32-34; Matthew 4:24; Acts 5:16) So it seem as though the vast majority of cases of blindness or epilepsy today are caused by physical (not demonic) factors. The same no doubt can be said of most cases of mental distress.

Satan and his demons are `waging war' with God's people and have been known to harass faithful Christians. (Revelation 12:17; Ephesians 6:12) Because the demons are sadistic, it should not be a surprise that they take delight in tormenting some mentally distressed people...making their problems even worse.

But if there is good reason to suspect that demonic influence is involved, the following contains some sound, scriptural advice:

1) The disposal of any suspicious items directly and deliberately from individuals who are involved in some form of demonism may bring relief. (Acts 19:18-20)

2) Since Christians are told to "oppose the Devil," the afflicted one should reject any strange "voices" that could be of demonic origin. (James 4:7; Matthew 4:10)

3) If a person feels under attack, he should pray fervently, calling upon Jehovah's name out loud. (Ephesians 6:18; Proverbs 18:10)

For more, see:

Demons - Links to Information (Defend Jehovah's Witnesses)