Demon Possession and the Spiritual Realm – Part 4


This article is Part 4 in a series of essays about demon possession. You can read Part 3 of Demon Possession and The Spiritual Realm by clicking here.

THE CUNNING WORK OF SATAN’S HOST OF FALLEN ANGELS

Christianity holds to a linear concept of time. It has three distinct parts: a beginning, a middle, and an end. In the beginning, God created the cosmos. At the end He will directly intervene in history and bring forth His final judgment (harvest the wheat, burn the tares).

This poses a problem to Satan, his host of fallen angels, and his children (John 8:43-47). They fear the end of time when they will be forever cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:10-15)

Therefore, Satan’s goal is to escape the clutches of time. He does this be prescribing chaos. Ancient pagan cultures were constantly in spiritual bondage to Satan, and as a result they held to a cyclical view of time: growth turned into decay, and from decay came rebirth, from which sprung growth which would again turn into decay.

There was no cultural progress. Men held to very short time frames. It mattered more about what pleasures they could get out of life today, for tomorrow would just bring them closer to destruction.

TIME HORIZON: LONG OR SHORT, DEPENDING ON YOUR MASTER

It is a Christian characteristic to plan ahead. Christians should hold to a long-term perspective, delaying gratitude today for a better outcome in the future. This builds capital. This leads to economic growth. This leads to progress. We believe in a hopeful future. Satan has already been conquered by Christ’s work on the cross.

The victory that he achieved for us definitively on the cross, we are to work out progressively for the rest of history:

The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.” (Psalm 110:1)

But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. (Hebrews 10:12-13)

So, necessarily, Satan and his minions have a vested interest in inhibiting the inevitable march of progress ensured and promised by God. They do this through subtlety, subterfuge, and deception.

They can whisper in your ear and bend your convictions further if they are already bent away from God. Satan’s minions are clever and deceitful:

“And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.” (2 Corinthians 14-15)

C.S. LEWIS AND THE MATERIALIST MAGICIAN

Our modern society, founded upon rationalistic, atheistic naturalism and science has produced a scientific population who denies the existence of God and the spiritual realm but is open-minded to “forces.” It is as C.S. Lewis described in an exchange between two demons in his book, The Screwtape Letters:

“I have great hopes that we shall learn in due time how to emotionalise and mythologise their science to such an extent that what is, in effect, belief in us, (though not under that name) will creep in while the human mind remains closed to belief in the Enemy. The “Life Force”, the worship of sex, and some aspects of Psychoanalysis, may here prove useful. If once we can produce our perfect work—the Materialist Magician, the man, not using, but veritably worshipping, what he vaguely calls “Forces” while denying the existence of “spirits”—then the end of the war will be in sight.” (The Screwtape Letters, Chapter 7)

C.S. Lewis, an atheist who converted to Christianity, had a firm grip on the power of the demon realm. On their cunning, he goes on to say further:

“But in the meantime we must obey our orders. I do not think you will have much difficulty in keeping the patient in the dark. The fact that “devils” are predominantly comic figures in the modern imagination will help you. If any faint suspicion of your existence begins to arise in his mind, suggest to him a picture of something in red tights, and persuade him that since he cannot believe in that (it is an old textbook method of confusing them) he therefore cannot believe in you.” (The Screwtape Letters, Chapter 7)

The modern science guild may deny the existence of the spiritual realm, but regular people who are not so classically trained in Kantian philosophy to close their minds off to questions and answers about the “unknown” — to bind with chains the reality of the spiritual realm by discounting rare occurrences as mere “probabilities” and anomolies — they grow quite curious.

God has made Himself manifest in all of his orderly creation and in our hearts (Romans 1:19-20). Angels are creatures, created by God. Satan, a fallen angel, was a created creature. Therefore, it should be expected that people would grow skeptical over trite dismissals by the scientific guild of phenomena that are obviously real and clearly beyond the scope of “mere probability.”

Since they are also against the idea of a personal God who will judge all of creation at the end of time, they become susceptible to exploring these phenomena, especially since modern science seems to be so against providing satisfying answers.

A NEW AGE OF EDUCATIONAL TV PROGRAMMING

This dichotomy of science and mysticism is perhaps most readily apparent on the line-up of shows on the History, Science and Discovery channels. You can find “America: The Story of Us,” a documentary of American history, in a line-up adjacent to “Ancient Aliens” and “UFOs and the White House.”

You can watch “Underwater Universe,” a show that explores the “dark side” of the world’s oceans expressed in their five deadly forces, then tune in for “Mega Disasters” in history, and then top it all off with a guilty pleasure, Stan Lee’s Superhumans.

This is how the devil creeps in. We find ourselves returning, as a culture, to the ideas and appeals of modern New Age mysticism: discontinuous leaps of being and unexplainable phenomena — obviously not “natural” phenomena.

THE TYPICAL NATURALISTIC SCIENCE RESPONSE TO SUPERNATURAL PHENOMENA

For example, in 1861 Johann Ludwig Casper, a German forensic pathologist, about spontaneous human combustion, wrote: “It is sad to think, that in an earnest scientific work, in the year of grace 1861, we must still treat of the fable of ‘spontaneous combustion,’ a thing that no one has ever seen or examined, the very proofs of whose existence rest upon the testimony of perfectly untrustworthy non-professionals, upon newspaper paragraphs, all of which in their statements laugh to scorn every known physical law.”[1]

Since Mr. Casper wrote his dismisal in 1861, several more cases have been encountered and evidence gathered. There is much discussion about the phenomenon on the Internet — it is at least acknowledged that it does happen. But no scientific theory has ever gained real traction, not even the wick-effect. There are many theories, some quite ludicrous, such as the idea that high-energy cosmic rays sometimes bounce into the victim, who has certain susceptibilities, and ignite some chain-reaction.

You’ll only find the suggestion of spiritual interference listed briefly at the top of Wikipedia’s page of possible causes. The phenomenon, and others like it, are relegated to the realm of “paranormal activity.” It’s rarely described as “demonic.”

Because of our polite, atheistic society’s means of dismissing these ideas, people become tempted to experiment. We uncover the same old bag of tricks, but re-package them for the new age: fortune-telling, mind reading, energy medicine, Feng Shui, astrology. These are all things God has placed absolute restrictions on, forbidding societies to engage in them.

We start looking to nature for power instead of ethical obedience to God. When we look for unethical power, we typically tend to open ourselves to the whisperings of unholy spirits. The resurgence of occult activity is a tell-tell sign of the downfall of a civilization.

This essay will continue in Part 5, where we open with a discussion of some modern examples of occultic activity.

1. Johann Ludwig Casper, Handbook of the Practice of Forensic Medicine (London: New Sydenham Society, 1861) p.303.

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