Who is a Demoniac? What is possessed?
Demoniac: Someone or some being, who is possessed by a demon, angel of darkness or devil and who has no dominion over his being.
What does psychology say about possessed?
For psychology, faith makes the individual understand reality through a religious reference, capable of interfering in the course of reality.
Thus, cases considered possession can be treated with therapies and specialized medical intervention.
For psychology, evil is seen as what would break the ideal of happiness in human beings. "Among the possibilities of the presence of evil, there are losses of all kinds, above all death, but also illness and feelings of unhappiness, sadness, which affect human beings justifiably or unjustifiably"
What does the Bible say about demon-possessed?
The Bible gives some examples of people being possessed or influenced by demons. In these reports we can find some symptoms of demonic influence and also have an understanding of how a demon possesses someone. Here are some Biblical passages: Matthew 9:32-33; 12:22; 17:18; Mark 5:1-20; 7:26-30; Luke 4:33-36; Luke 22:3; Acts 16:16-18. In some of these passages, demonic possession causes physical illness, such as inability to speak, symptoms of epilepsy, blindness, etc. In other cases, it causes the person to do evil, and of this Judas is the greatest example. In Acts 16:16-18 the spirit apparently gives the enslaved girl the ability to know things beyond her own understanding. In the case of the demoniac from the province of the Gadarenes, who was possessed by a large number of demons, he had superhuman strength, lived naked and had his home in the tombs. King Saul, after rebelling against the LORD, was troubled by an evil spirit (1 Samuel 16:14-15; 18:10-11; 19:9-10), with the apparent effect of a depression and increasing desire and willingness to kill David.
Thus, there is a wide range of possible symptoms of demonic possession, such as physical damage that cannot be attributed to any real physiological problem, personality changes such as great depression or unusual aggression, supernatural strength, a lack of modesty or 'normal' social interaction, and perhaps the ability to share information that no one would naturally know. It is important to note that almost all, if not all, of these characteristics can have other explanations, so it is important not to label every depressed or epileptic person as being possessed by demons. On the other hand, I think that in our western culture, we probably do not take satanic involvement in people's lives seriously enough.
In addition to these physical and emotional characteristics, one can look at spiritual attributes as demonstrating demonic influence. Such may include a refusal to forgive (2 Corinthians 2:10-11) and the belief and spread of false doctrines, in particular concerning Jesus Christ and His atoning work (2 Corinthians 11:3-4,13-15; 1 Timothy 4:1-5; 1 John 4:1-3).
Concerning the involvement of demons in the lives of Christians, the apostle Peter is an illustration of the fact that a believer can be INFLUENCED by the devil (Matthew 16:23). Some refer to Christians who are under STRONG demonic influence as being 1demon-possessed1, but there is never an example in Scripture of a believer in Christ being POSSESSED by a demon, and most theologians believe that a Christian CANNOT be possessed because he/she has the Holy Spirit living within you ( 1 Corinthians 6:19, 2 Corinthians 1:22, 5:5).
Are being demon-possessed and epilepsy the same?
Epilepsy is a neurological disease linked to a disturbance in the activity of nerve cells in the brain. More common in children and the elderly, the disease is characterized by constant epileptic seizures. Ana Paula Gonçalves, a neurologist and neurophysiologist, medical assistant at the Epilepsy and Electroencephalogram Ambulatory at the UFMG Hospital das Clínicas, explains that in 80% of cases of epilepsy, it is possible to control the disease with medication, which enables the patient to have a normal life. Only 20% of cases are difficult to control.
Despite being one of the symptoms most associated with epilepsy, seizures can have different origins. According to WHO, about 10% of people in the world have seizure episodes during their lifetime, which does not mean they are related to epilepsy.
So no, demonization and Epilepsy are NOT the same.
What does it mean to be demon-possessed?
It is being possessed by a demon, and not having control over your actions.
What are the symptoms of a demon-possessed person?
- Sudden changes in personality and behavior
- More aggressive attitude without any reason and violence towards animals
- Speaking more profanity than is common for the person
- Aversion to religious objects.
- Self-mutilation and non-existent personal hygiene
- "Blackouts" – memory loss
- The person is speaking a language (or several) that he would not be able to learn so quickly
- Changes in the eyes and iris (colors and shapes)
- Changes in the pitch of the voice (going to the guttural), multiple voices and the ability to understand other people's thoughts
- Telekinesis can happen
- Sexual attacks on people nearby
- Temperature changes
- Electrical problems caused by the presence of the person and breaking glass
- Animals frightened by the presence of the person
- Emotional attacks
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