Wednesday, 27 May 2009
My last post to be featured on Revelife was about increasing acceptance of the philosophy of materialism among Christians and the resulting lack of belief in angels, demons, and possibly other spiritual entities by some Christians. There were some comments from people who had stories about personal experiences or interactions with such beings, and we agreed that it's a fascinating topic worth discussing. So here goes.
I've had two palpable experiences with demonic presences and several experiences with angelic or divine presence. One of the two demonic experiences was as a pre-teen when I was playing with my little brother and sister (they experienced it with me and conveyed the same story to my parents without us agreeing on a story beforehand), and the other was when I was in high school after I had converted to Catholicism. It involved two of my good friends being the victims of demonic obsession. To clarify a bit for those who may not know, the general policy of the Catholic Church and its representatives is to first address the issue with rational and scientific explanations and treatments before proceeding to treat the problem as demonic in origin. After all, maybe my friends had just eaten some magical mushrooms and that would explain their extremely outlandish behavior.
One by one, all the rational and scientific explanations were ruled out, so naturally we treated it as a demonic at work at that point, responding with prayers and love and invocations of the name of Jesus. It worked. We also called in one of the few official exorcists left in the Church to check my friends out just in case.
Have you ever had a similar or very different experience with an angelic or demonic presence? Was it something you invited upon yourself or something that just happened seemingly at random?
For those of you who do firmly believe in the existence of angels and demons, do you adhere to a particular angelology or demonology? Do you only believe in those demonic and angelic beings that were specifically mentioned in the canonical scriptures (e.g. Azazel), or do you allow for the existence of others named in the Midrash or in various Gnostic texts?
photo: Lawrence OP