Are Demons Real or are they just Negative Energy?

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Curiosity really, It was a whole discussion between me and my pals. Basically I’m kinda borderline Atheist I still believe there might be a God, but I’m skeptical of a lot of things since I find some religious stuff a little too far fetched to take seriously, but my one friend is Catholic and is MAJORLY Paranoid about demons… got rid of three of his video games because they have Demon names in them… (Fine by me he just gave them to me) and my other friend who’s I think Spiritual instead of anything else doesn’t really think there is such a thing either.
For example, I browsed the Lesser Keys of Solomon and thought it was full of it; as just how would anybody know about this stuff if it was real? Strikes me as a bunch of stuff made up to scare children into doing their chores… not to mention it seems to give demons way to much power to compare to actual angels… seriously would God let them have that kind of power? Doubt it.. all those possessions that were supposedly ‘Exorcised’ could have just been Schizophrenics.
I like to think I have an open mind, so I hear my one friend out about his religious babel… but he’s pretty weird about this stuff, as he’s afraid to say or even ‘Think’ a demons name without bringing it around… I REALLY think that’s bull… thinking bad or evil thoughts doesn’t summon squat. But of course he doesn’t believe me.
I do kinda side with my other friend, who believes more in energies and spirits I think… (Is there a specific name for that?) She thinks there might be Negative ‘Energies’ that can be triggered and brought around either on purpose or on accident. Well that sounds a little more realistic, at least to me…
So virtually what are other peoples opinions on this stuff, and please could you back up your argument I’m really just curious to what other people think…

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THOR, god of THUNDER

I don’t believe at all in the Catholic view of demons. Just look at the Catholic history that you never hear about and you realize that the Church is in NO WAY a good organization! I have many views on what the nature of “demons” could be. I do believe that most cases are imagination or other things, such as schizophrenia or just mental disturbances, but if not then:
—- Maybe spirits of people who were not good in life and haven’t decided to change
—– Negative energy brought about from the present (a dark manifestation of sorts) Have you ever walked into a house where you know severe abuse happened, and it just felt horrible?
—- Left over energy from the past, such as horrific death or torture
—– Extradimensional/extraterrestrial beings
—– Unknown experiment that we know nothing about

imacatholic2

While your friend seems to be a bit obsessed (not possessed) with them, Catholics believe that angels and demons are real.
“But deliver us from evil.”
The last petition to our Father is also included in Jesus’ prayer: “I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one.” (Jn 17:15)
In this petition, evil is not an abstraction, but refers to a person, Satan, the Evil One, the angel who opposes God.
The devil is the one who “throws himself across” God’s plan and his work of salvation accomplished in Christ.
The Bible teaches that Satan is a fallen angel. Scripture sees in this being a fallen angel, called “Satan” or the “devil”. (Cf. Jn 8:44; Rev 12:9)
Satan was at first a good angel, made by God: “The devil and the other demons were indeed created naturally good by God, but they became evil by their own doing.”
Scripture speaks of a sin of these angels. (2 Pet 2:4) This “fall” consists in the free choice of these created spirits, who radically and irrevocably rejected God and his reign.
The devil “has sinned from the beginning”; he is “a liar and the father of lies.” (1 Jn 3:8; Jn 8:44)
It is the irrevocable character of their choice, and not a defect in the infinite divine mercy, that makes the angels’ sin unforgivable. “There is no repentance for the angels after their fall, just as there is no repentance for men after death.”
Scripture witnesses to the disastrous influence of the one Jesus calls “a murderer from the beginning,” who would even try to divert Jesus from the mission received from his Father. (Jn 8:44; cf. Mt 4:1-11)
“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” (1 Jn 3:8)
The power of Satan is, nonetheless, not infinite.
He is only a creature, powerful from the fact that he is pure spirit, but still a creature.
He cannot prevent the building up of God’s reign.
For more information, see Catechism of the Catholic Church, sections 391-395: http://www.nccbuscc.org/catechism/text/pt1sect2chpt1art1p7.shtml#391
With love in Christ.

Faesson

Demons aren’t real. You can’t say “Are they negative energy” either, as saying “they” implies “they” already exist.
It’s like those loons that think Nibiru is coming. They always ask “Where is Nibiru in the sky?” but the really pesky ones also ask “If it isn’t coming, where is it?” You see? They admit it isn’t here, yet refuse to admit it is imaginary. According to them, if Nibiru isn’t in the sky now and cannot be detected by gravitational anomalies or space telescopes, then… it is somewhere we can’t see.
Sheesh.
Demons don’t exist.

saffrondoula

I think that when people are “possessed,” it is really that they have created a part of themselves that is very negative that they can then “exorcise” to rid themselves of it.
In some belief systems, you can only be possessed by bad spirits (this would include those that cause illness) when you are not complete in yourself or are unbalanced. So the only people who would ever have to worry about demons even coming around would be those that are unbalanced or unhealthy in some way. This makes sense when you understand the philosophy that everything has a spirit, even a disease, and you could get “possessed” by a disease’s spirit if you were unhealthy or unbalanced somehow. Hmmm… translate to modern speech by saying that a person becomes ill by not keeping themselves healthy and able to fight of disease. In this thinking, there are spirits that are more negative that don’t cause obvious illness in the form of, say a cold, but rather cause other imbalances, mental illness, anxiety, depression, strange thoughts, etc. If those spirits can be “exorcised” and the balance and health of the person attained through ritual and therapy, then woohoo! Can you prove that they aren’t right? Can you prove that there wasn’t REALLY a spirit possessing the mentally ill person who was healed by a combination of exorcism and therapy, belief in their ability to heal?
Then there’s all the talk about being “cursed” or having a demon around that messes with things. I think that is almost always someone’s imagination or self-fulfilling prophecy. If you are constantly negative, you will attract negativity to you. You’ll see every “bad” thing that happens to you as part of your “bad luck” or “curse” or caused by a “demon” or whatever. If you instead look at the “bad” things as manifestations of your own bad attitude or imbalances or as opportunities for changing yourself, then suddenly you’re the luckiest person in the world because the universe is helping you become a better person.
Even most of the more classic demons from legends and such are really teachers and testers, they’re not necessarily evil, per se. They are more like spirits meant to challenge someone, to encourage their growth. Keep in mind that in all the legends, the ‘demons’ that come and tempt or test only come when the person is strong enough to overpower them or pass the test, to move beyond temptation. If they were really “evil,” wouldn’t they come and succeed a lot more often?
Then there are all the concepts of nature spirits as demons. In this, spirits of the earth, the guardians, will appear as reflections of the intention of the person seeing it. So if a person has a dark heart or has ill intentions for a place, the spirits will manifest in his/her mind as evil, nasty looking, horrific, dangerous, etc. If, on the other hand, the person is coming into a place with respect and love and balance, the spirits will manifest as beautiful creatures of peace and plenty. These are really the same spirits, but are showing themselves differently to protect themselves against the bad PEOPLE, not that the spirits were evil to begin with.
I like studying various kinds of spirits and beliefs about them.

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