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“Demonic” Thoughts: Questions About the Devil

Where did the devil come from?
According to some of the verses from Revelation and Ezekiel, Satan was the model of faultlessness full of wisdom and flawless in beauty. He was in Eden, the garden of God. This character was associated with the “king of Tyre”, and was yet a “created” being. He was anointed as a guardian cherub, and destined by God. God positioned him in the Garden to be a guardian angel in the Garden. Though he was innocent when he was created, evil was found in him. He was never innocent since all men are sinners after the Adam’s fall. He was expelled by God from the “mount of God”. Because of his arrogance he was thrown to the earth. He was a good created being, an angel made for a holy and good purpose. He fell to sin and rebellion. When the devil fell, other angels fell with him from the heavenly kingdom and were thrown to the earth.

Are devils, or even Satan, a person or a characterization of evil?
Even if Satan convinced many people that he is not real, Satan absolutely is a real, personal creature, the source of all atheism and of every type of moral and spiritual evil in our world. He is called with different names in the Bible, including Satan, the devil, the serpent and others. When Jesus Christ came down to our world, he recognized Satan as the prince of our world.

Is there the reality behind selling someone’s soul to the devil?
There are some people that are suspected to be making a deal with the devil, in exchange for his body and soul, to receive mystical power and/or pleasures. But, according to the Bible, there is no occurrence of a person “selling his soul” to Satan, and it certainly not indicates that making a bargain with the devil is possible. Certainly, there are those who agonize under direct satanic control, and there are those who have devoted themselves to the devil. Though, the God’s power triumphs over Satan’s captivity.

Are demons really fallen angels?
God made everything good because God cannot create something bad. Consequently, when Satan, who was once the angel Lucifer, rebelled against God and fell from heaven, one third of the angelic host joined his rebellion (Revelation 12:3-4, 9), and these fallen angels are now known as the demons.

Is there a possibility that a Christian could be demon possessed/demonized?
The Bible does not explicitly said whether a Christian can be possessed by a demon; but related biblical facts made it clear that Christians cannot be demon possessed. There is a distinct difference between being possessed by a demon and being oppressed or influenced by a demon. Demon possession encompasses a demon having complete control over the thoughts and/or actions of a person. Demon oppression or influence encompasses a demon or demons attacking a person spiritually and/or encouraging him/her into sinful behaviour.
Some claim that a Christian can be demonized. Demonic influence and oppression are truths for Christians, but it is not biblical to say that a Christian can be possessed by a demon or demonized. Seeing a Christian exhibiting the behaviour of being demonized should cause us to question the realness of his/her faith. It should not cause us change our perspective on whether a Christian can be demon possessed / demonized. Possibly the person is a Christian but is harshly demon oppressed and/or suffering from severe psychological problems. But our experiences must meet the test of Scripture, not the other way around.

Why does not God give the fallen angels a chance to repent?
The Bible does not explicitly address the subject of fallen angels having a chance to repent, but we can gain some understanding from what the Bible say.
Satan was once the highest among the angels. Satan and all the angels were recurrently in God’s presence and had knowledge of the glory of God. Thus, they had no excuse for rebelling against God and turning away from Him. They were not tempted. Satan and the other angels rebelling against God in spite of what they knew was the greatest evil. Second, God did not provide a plan of redemption for the angels as He did for mankind. The fall of the human race necessitated an atoning sacrifice for sin, and God provided that sacrifice in Jesus Christ. In His grace, God redeemed the human race and brought glory to Himself.
No such sacrifice was intended for the angels. Furthermore, God mentioned to those angels who remain faithful to Him as His “elect angels” (1 Timothy 5:21). From the biblical principle of election, those whom God elects to salvation will be saved, and nothing can separate them from God’s love (Romans 8:38-39). Evidently, those angels who rebelled were not “elect angels” of God.
The Bible gives us no reason to consider that angels would repent even if God gave them the chance (1 Peter 5:8). The fallen angels seem completely devoted to opposing God and attacking God’s people. The Bible says that the harshness of God’s judgment varies according to how much knowledge a person possesses (Luke 12:48). The fallen angels, then, with the great knowledge they possessed, are greatly deserving of God’s wrath.

Can demons attach themselves to non-living/inanimate objects?
There is no biblical provision to the knowledge that demons can ascribe themselves to physical objects. This belief is actually part of gullible practices and occult beliefs found in animistic cultures and among those who practice the occult.

Is there activity of demonic spirits in the world today?
Ghosts, hauntings, crystal balls, and other “weird” things. They are captivating to many people because they seem to offer understanding into an unidentified world that lies beyond the limits of our physical life. To many, these things seem guiltless and harmless.
Several people who approach these matters from non-biblical viewpoints believe that ghosts are the spirits of dead people who have not gone on to the “next stage.” According to them, there are three different kinds of hauntings: residual hauntings, human spirits’ hauntings, and non-human spirits or demon interaction. These can cover-up as human spirits, but they are harmful and dangerous. Evil spirits, or demons, can actually possess people, lodging in them and governing them. The four Gospels and the Book of Acts record several cases of demon possession and of good angels appearing and helping followers. Angels, both good and bad, can cause supernatural phenomena to happen. God commanded us to have nothing to do with the occult, devil worship, or the impure spirit world. God deliberates these practices an abomination, and those who include themselves in such things summons disaster. Some paranormal activity can be accredited to the work of frauds. It would seem best to recognize other ghosts and hauntings report as the demons’ work. Sometimes these demons may make no attempt to cover their nature, and at other times they may use trickery, seeming as incorporeal human spirits. Such trickery leads to more falsehoods and misperception.