Demonology: Demonic Possession

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 "Possession might be defined as the direct action of the Devil, operating on an individual whose own sins had exposed them to this terrible fate (Briggs 131)." It is crutial to realize that a possession can't and won't occur without the consent, however minimal, of the victim. This concent prodominitaately takes the form of past sins and regrets.

When a person is demonically possessed, he or she suffers from a complete seizure of their personality by a diabolical being. This allows the demon to dominate their person allowing them to become, even somewhat physically, that demonic being.

As seen in discussion of exorcism, "there are two ways to become possessed by the Devil: either the Devil passes directly into a person, or someone, usually said to be a witch or wizard, working with the Devil sends a demon into a victim through bewitchment (Guiley 90)."

Cast Out All Witches and Devils.
England 1693.

Servants possessed by the devil on the 3. März 1576. Broadsheet by Valentin Geyßler, Nürnberg.

"The Jesuit professor Dr. Malachi Martin, in Hostage to the Devil, outlines the stages of possession: The actual entry point, when the evil spirit first enters the victim; a stage of erroneous judgments by the possessed in vital matters, perhaps including the making of unethical choices; the voluntary yielding of control by the possessed person to the invading spirit, even though he knows the spirit is alien to his personality; and finally, perfect possession (Guiley 90)."

It is important to note that demonic possession is not the automatic explaination for unexplained behavior. Typically those viewed as "possessed" were merely afflicted by some mental condition unknown or untreated. In addition, exorcism is not the desired treatment. If the victim is truly possessed by demons, determined by authorities of the Church, then, and only then, may an exorcism occur.


Signs of Possession

Aix-en-Provence Possessions

Loudon Possessions

Louviers Possessions

Political Implications

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