Obsession, which includes sudden attacks of irrationally obsessive thoughts, usually culminating in suicidal ideationand typically influences dreams. Oppressionin which there is no loss of consciousness or involuntary action, such as in the biblical Book of Job in which Job was tormented by a series of misfortunes in business, family, and health.
In the Bible, those that are possessed are described as having tremors and violently shaking and engaging in weird behaviors.
But whenever I read that, I just think of medical terms such as seizures and mental illness. How do you distinguish between the two and recognize that someone is possessed? And how and why does it happen? Take a moment and listen to Fr.
Andrew Demotses a priest of nearly 50 years and his description of how to discern between the two by clicking here. Also, Archimandrite Vasilios of the Holy Athonite Monastery of Iveron addressed this very topic in a powerful way as well.
The topic of demon possession is very important to us as Orthodox Christians on many levels. In the New Testament, we see Christ encountering demonic possession on several occasions: While the encounters Christ has with the possessed are dramatic, and certainly Hollywood presents horrifying, graphic representations of demonic possession, I think we face much more frightening forms of possession on a daily basis.
The evil one is very clever and subtle, so much so that we as a society have become comfortable with the concept of evil in our lives. Take a moment and consider the reaction of the townspeople when they see the formerly possessed man sitting in his right mind listening to Christ.
Think about that for a moment. They were more comfortable with a possessed naked man in the graveyard than with Christ and His Holiness. While almost all of us will never experience the Hollywood level of possession, we are almost all, to one extent or another, possessed by evil things.
Almost daily, we choose evil over good, even though we certainly know that this is not what is best for us and our spiritual lives. Thankfully, we are rapidly approaching Great and Holy Lent. With the proper spiritual guidance and mindset, we can use Lent fasting, prayer, almsgiving, and contrition to fight our evil addictions and behaviors that drive a wedge between us and Christ…namely our egos.
The greatest victory that the evil one can achieve is to make us believe that evil and the demonic are not real.
Great and Holy Lent, tied with the Holy Sacramental life of the Church, brings us to repentance and to realize that we have to fight against evil.
There truly is unseen warfare raging around us. I am reminded of a quote from Fr. The only power the devil has over us as baptized Orthodox Christians, who are sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit, is what we give to him. Let us begin Great and Holy Lent with a renewed vigor of conquering evil in our lives.In the late s, I was introduced to a self-styled Satanic high priestess.
She called herself a witch and dressed the part, with flowing dark clothes and black eye shadow around to her temples.
In A Nutshell. In , the Vatican revised its guidelines for both performing exorcisms and determining whether a person was actually suffering from a demonic possession or from a form of mental illness.
Jun 03, · Research just published suggests that schizophrenics are possessed by demons. Is there anything wrong with entertaining this idea?
35 Responses to What if schizophrenics really are possessed by demons, after all? Because we are so advanced in other areas now I think this prevents real progress in mental illness. We label some. Demonic possession is real, and so is mental/physical illness. But how can you tell the difference?
Demonic possession is real, and so is mental/physical illness. But how can you tell the difference? But whenever I read that, I just think of medical terms such as seizures and mental illness. How do you distinguish between the two and. As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness.
Also, I help spot demonic possession. Matt Rota for The Washington Post. By I’ve helped clergy from multiple denominations and faiths to. Mental Illness Policy Org is a (c)3 not-for-profit corporation founded in February We work to improve the policies that guide treatment of the seriously mentally ill.
In order to maintain independence and speak truth to power MIPO does not accept any donations from companies in the health care industry or government.