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In [[Christian]] mythology, a '''demon''' is an angel who has fallen from [[grace]] along with [[Satan]].  Demons are inherently [[evil]] and frequently plague humanity under the command of [[the Devil]].
 
In [[Christian]] mythology, a '''demon''' is an angel who has fallen from [[grace]] along with [[Satan]].  Demons are inherently [[evil]] and frequently plague humanity under the command of [[the Devil]].
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Demons are often seen as agents of the Devil set out to test the [[faith]] of people. However, given that demons themselves are proof of the Devil's existence and therefore the existence of [[Hell]], one has to question the effect any "test of faith" caused by demons appearing. The fact that demons also seem to appear almost exclusively before people who already believe in their existence would seem to reduce their efficiency in this regard even further.
  
 
==Demonic possession==
 
==Demonic possession==
Demons are supposedly able to enter and take control of a human or animal in a process called ''possession''.  The [[Catholic Church]] uses the ritual of [[exorcism]] to expel demons from the victims they possess.
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Demons are supposedly able to enter and take control of a human or animal in a process called ''possession''.  The [[Catholic Church]] uses the ritual of [[exorcism]] to expel demons from the victims they possess. Many [[Protestant]] denominations also have rituals or rites to cast out demons, though most of these are considerably less formal or complicated than the Catholic version of the same procedure.
  
 
Demon possession used to be a common explanation for those who suffer from neurological disorders such as [[epilepsy]] or [[schizophrenia]].
 
Demon possession used to be a common explanation for those who suffer from neurological disorders such as [[epilepsy]] or [[schizophrenia]].

Revision as of 14:27, 13 April 2011

In Christian mythology, a demon is an angel who has fallen from grace along with Satan. Demons are inherently evil and frequently plague humanity under the command of the Devil.

Demons are often seen as agents of the Devil set out to test the faith of people. However, given that demons themselves are proof of the Devil's existence and therefore the existence of Hell, one has to question the effect any "test of faith" caused by demons appearing. The fact that demons also seem to appear almost exclusively before people who already believe in their existence would seem to reduce their efficiency in this regard even further.

Demonic possession

Demons are supposedly able to enter and take control of a human or animal in a process called possession. The Catholic Church uses the ritual of exorcism to expel demons from the victims they possess. Many Protestant denominations also have rituals or rites to cast out demons, though most of these are considerably less formal or complicated than the Catholic version of the same procedure.

Demon possession used to be a common explanation for those who suffer from neurological disorders such as epilepsy or schizophrenia.

The reason god would create angels with the ability to invade human bodies and control them is not explained in the Bible.

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