The origin of demon influence

DemonsDemonisation is the uncanny ability to identify God and hate Him and everything to do with Him. The Bible describes it:

  • Mark1:24, “Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, ‘What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.’” 
  • Mark 1:34 (and Mark 3:12), ‘…Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who He was.’ 
  • Mark 5:7-8, “He shouted at the top of his voice, ‘What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Swear to God that you won’t torture me!’” 

The demons recognised Jesus as the Son of God. They knew that He had authority over them and they hated Him for it.

The Bible describes the future eternal Kingdom of God. It motivates the devil (who will spend eternity in hell) to oppose God.  This life has to do with one’s eternal destination after death, and the devil wants people in hell with him. The demons, his workers, influence people against everything that has to do with the Bible. The beginning of human demonisation is explained in the Bible:

# 1. The origin of demonisation. In the Garden of Eden the devil intruded upon the God fearing  life of Adam and Eve. As a consequence of their disobedience towards God, the devil gained a foothold in the human race. Cain, the eldest son of Adam and Eve, was their first offspring to give allegiance to the devil: ‘Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother.’ Cain was the first demonised person. God tried to convince Cain to retreat from the devil’s influence, but to no avail. 2

# 2. Cain hated his brother without reason. He murdered his God loving brother, Abel.  The hatred of unbelievers towards believers has never stopped since then. Demonisation is all around us, even if the people appear quite ‘normal,’ like Cain. He had no outside signs that he belonged to the devil. We witness it regularly in atheists, evolutionists, and skeptics.  It is people like Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sam Harris, Michael Shermer and others. They are normal, law abiding citizens, with one difference: they hate God passionately. That hatred has its origin in the demons, the workers of the devil.

Conclusion: The Bible is about real life. It is a book of truth. The demons influence people to attack the only reliable guide to eternal life with God. The Bible, God’s special revelation of life after death, is the only book that accurately describes what we see today in society: the war against an invisible God because of the influence of demons.

References

  1. 1 John 3:12
  2. Genesis 4:3-16

God, Allah, Isis and Boko Haram

The world at large is very hostile to the word ‘religion.’ After all, is it not the source of trouble in Bible Koran differencemany countries at present? ISIS and Boko Haram decapitate people, abduct and rape girls, and kill people without mercy. At present, especially Isis (Islamic State), is a real threat.

In popular literature, it is mostly ‘religion’ that is at fault. The word includes all types of religious faiths, like Christianity, Islam, etc. Yet if we look closely at what is happening in the world, it is mostly adherents to Islam that use suicide bombers to kill civilians, and commit other atrocities. If Christianity is so dangerous (according to atheists like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Michael Shermer, etc), why is their barbarity so conspicuously absent in the news?

Isis and other Muslim groups are doing what Allah commanded them to do, ‘…I will instil terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite you above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them. This because they contended agains God [Allah] and his messenger [Mohammed]: if any contend agains God and his messenger, God is strict in punishment.’’ 1

Muslims are told to fight, ‘O believers, fight the unbelievers near you, and let them find you harsh, and know that God stands with the pious.’ 2    NB!  The God of the Bible (with His Son, Jesus) is not the same as the ‘God’ of Islam, Allah, who has no son.

More people than we can count quote the Old Testament and say that the God of the Bible is such a Tyrant. Look what He did (and they support it by very childlike exegesis). Yet the question is, where are the belligerent Christians who kill people left, right and centre? You don’t find them, because Jesus said, “‘Put your sword back in its place, …for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and He will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?'”  3

God, the Creator and Owner of the universe, doesn’t need His followers to infiltrate and conquer the world. The Holy Spirit is the ‘secret agent’ that efficiently convinces people of guilt in regard to sin, righteousness and judgement. 4  God does not need to be upset if people insult Him, because nobody can depose Him. He is patient and wants everybody to come to repentance.5

What is the moral of the story?

Anybody who writes about the dangers of ‘religion’ and does not distinguish between, for instance Christianity and Islam, obviously doesn’t know the subject. He does not realise that there is a vast difference between the Bible and the Koran.

The Bible cannot be equated with religion. It is about reality. It is about God who is busy gathering citizens for His new, eternal heavens and earth. The citizens will love and obey their perfect leader (God), as part of His big family (the recipe for a successful Kingdom).

We as believers in Jesus should never be ashamed of our Gospel. It is true, powerful and wonderful good news that changes people’s lives.

References

  1. Abdullah Yusuf Ali, English Translation of the Holy Qur’an, Islamic Propagation Centre International, 2008, Surah 8:12-13
  2. The Qur’an, Tarif Khalidi, Penguin Books, 2009, Surah 9:123
  3. Matthew 26:52-53
  4. John 16:8-11
  5. 2 Peter 3:9
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