reply to post by NorEaster
The great irony to "abrahamic cultures" insisting that God or the Devil MADE them do it is that it flies against what the scriptures teach, so
1. A man who looks at a woman in lust commits adultery.
This implies that you're to control your inner thoughts.
2. It's not what goes into a man that defiles him, but what comes out of a man--that's his inner being.
This again implies that you're to control your inner thoughts.
3. If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless.
This is another one about self-control.
The whole of the Bible, whether either OT or NT, is constantly calling for self control, or giving examples of failure to use self control. There is
not such thing as anything other than YOU making you do things--or at the very least YOU choosing to not take control, and letting life live you.
(Which is something humanity has a talent for, I swear.)
How in the world did so many faiths get so far away from their origins on this?
So, what of Demon possession?
If it is possible to have a co-pilot in or with your body, you're giving over part of your ability to potentially be in control of yourself to
another person. Hypnotism or Possession, don't care which way it's looked at.
Something that is strange about trust (or faith, they actually mean about the same), is that when you trust your spouse, you're giving some control
of your external variables to them. You're also entrusting them with your feelings, ect., giving them some power over your internal control as well.
The assumption with either of these things (hypnotism, possession) is that you're trusting this person/entity to share in some control of your
behavior. One that trust is established, how hard is it to break away from? From what I've seen with hypnotism, it's fairly easy to break that
bond, but harder for possession. I don't think that this is the actual case, just the way it's portrayed.