a reply to: DeathSlayer
My family and I had some trouble a while back. We rented a farmhouse from family (big mistake...never do that). Apparently one of the family was into
Satanism or black magic or whatever weird oogity-boogity nonsense.
Everyone told me the place was haunted. At the time, I attended the Catholic Church and was Catholic in a very Fr. Robert Barron, intellectualizing
sort of way. Having come of a stint of atheism, everything was allegory and religion was more a way of structuring life in an effort to reach out to
And then, that house.
I won't go into detail, but we were plagued by something. I wouldn't call it terrifying, even though is did kill animals, leave a handprint on my
daughter, give me a nose bleed, and launch a small dresser....
It was more of a nuisance. Like a spiritual cockroach infestation. There were times it kind of shook me a but, mostly, once I caught on to what was
happening, I dropped my rational faith for something a bit more mystical.
There are things out there, but I found they only have as much power as we give them. God has final say and dominion. I'm honestly more afraid of my
weaknesses as a person than demons. But, I certainly wouldn't like to live that way again. They're just very nasty things and over time, annoying as
hell if you'll excuse the pun.
Most people don't believe it, and I don't have any interest in whether people believe me or not. There's always the possibility some of it was brought
on by some unknown toxin, etc, in the environment, I accept that.
Still, I do think there's a lot we don't know and there are things out there. My experience has pushed me towards the oldest form Christianity. My
biggest fear is failure o that point. The struggle to control passions is the fight of a lifetime.
But yes, Virginia, while there may not be a Santa Claus, there are demons. And they're annoying. Very very very annoying to live with.