There’s no question as to the popularity of the topic of demon possession. We see it and read about it in countless books, movies, workshops, etc. It’s also the object of fear of many. That’s why it’s a major theme in Jesus’ ministry which includes the forgiveness of sins and caring for the poor and downtrodden.
What does demon possession mean? Demon possession is the control of the individual personality so that one’s actions are influenced by an evil or demonic force. Demon oppression is milder. [Ito’y maaaring pagdalaw lamang, o panggugulo ng masamang espiritu na dumarating at umaalis din.] It is merely a visit or an assault of an evil spirit which comes and goes.
People who are demon possessed have certain commonalities:
1. lack of love and attention, esp. from loved ones [kakulangan ng pagmamahal at atensyon, lalo na mula sa mga mahal sa buhay]. Because of this, they tend to be anti-social. Thousands of people suffer from psychiatric illnesses. Being clinically/mentally ill is not the same as being demon-possessed, but there’s a thin line between the two. They both have the same cause.
2. being an outcast – from a group or from own family. They’re apart or are not accepted by the very people or group they want to be a part of [walay sa tao o grupong nais nilang maging kabahagi].
3. dabbles in or is a member of the occult. These are people who call on the dead, who gets involved in divination and witchcraft.
4. intense or deep-seated wrath/hatred [masidhi o matagal na galit/poot. It can also be any kind of negative feelings like envy or jealousy [panibugho o selos]. These feelings indicate weakness of the spirit.
5. prolonged and severe sadness or depression [matagal at malalim na lungkot]. Severe depression should be treated not only with chemicals or pills, as these only alter the chemical composition of the body. People who suffer from these often experience lack of love and companionship. Often, its root cause is a person’s inability to connect to people [Kadalasang nag-uugat ito sa kakulangan ng pagkakunekta sa kapwa].
6. repressed or suppressed [sikil o sakal]. These are people who, for the longest time, could not really express or reveal their true feelings and personality [Ito’y mga taong napakatagal na hindi maipahayag o maibunyag ang tunay na damdamin o pagkatao]. They often suffer from split personality disorder. May mga taong kapag sinumpong, bigla na lang sinasampal ang nanay. The only recourse for this is for others to enable these feelings or personalities to come out.
Not everything people call demon possession can actually be considered demon possession. Only a few cases involve actual evil spirits. More often, it’s merely an emotional/psychological problem.
If you’re going to observe the casting out of evil spirits in the Bible, you will find these root causes. The only way to cast out evil spirits is to: pronounce and claim freedom from them in the name of Jesus. If you claim is as a spiritual problem, it can only be solved in a spiritual way.
An example of this is found in Mark 6:12-13. “They went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.”
Mark 16:17 says “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons…” This means that every believer has the power to cast out evil spirits.
In Acts 16:18, Paul said to the evil spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left the slave girl.
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