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Of the demons opposing us in the practice of ascetic life, there are three groups who fight in the front line: those entrusted with the appetites of gluttony, those who suggest avaricious thought, and those who incite us to seek the esteem of men. All the other demons follow behind and in their turn attack those already wounded by the first three groups. For one does not fall into the power of the demon of unchastity, unless one has first fallen because of gluttony; nor is one's anger aroused unless one is fighting for food or material possessions or the esteem of men. And one does not escape the demon of dejection, unless one no longer experiences suffering when deprived of these things. Nor will one escape pride, the first offspring of the devil, unless one has banished avarice, the root of all evil, since poverty makes a man humble, according to Solomon (cf. Prov. 10:4 LXX). In short, no one can fall into the power of any demon, unless he has been wounded by those of the front line. That is why the devil suggested these three thoughts to the Saviour: first he exhorted Him to turn stones into bread; then he promised Him the whole of the world, if Christ would fall down and worship him; and thirdly he said that, if our Lord would listen to him, He would be glorified and suffer nothing in falling from the pinnacle of the temple. But our Lord, having shown Himself superior to these temptations, commanded the devil to 'get behind him'. In this way he teaches us that it is not possible to drive away the devil, unless we scornfully reject these three thoughts (cf. Matt. 4:1-10).
Originally posted by faint1993
I've got a long history of demonic hauntings in my family. It sounds crazy, I find it hard to believe myself. But I have first hand experience and I know that these things are real. (Not to the extent that the movies take them, but not far either). However, despite what these demons have said to my family members, I still don't believe that they are in any way connected to Christianity. I believe that they are simply something that we do not yet understand. But yes, In my opinion, they are completely real.
Originally posted by Cyberdaz
If anyone or any member, senior or otherwise, is to believe that in fact Demons do exist, then what should happen to the mother who recently cut her son's throat to rid him of demons? I think it's time to lay the cards on the table. If the Catholic Church and other powerful religions with political reach says they exist, then she should be freed and laws should be changed completely. If they say they do not exist, then let's remove all trace of belief within these powerful religions. No more sitting on the fence. Demons seem to be like miracles - there is always someone to speak of their truth but there is never actual evidence solid enough for society in general. Either there is or there isn't. If I drink and drive and hurt somebody, perhaps it was a Demon that controlled me for a period of time? How can the law dispute my explanation if the same law holds conversations with high level church members who believe in Demons? Can only certain people qualify to see these demons? It is all just so ridiculous it's no longer funny. Demons don't exist. Humans, however, regardless of how they dress or what they profess to follow, can be guilty of quite demonic behaviour....