Demons ~ Personification or Living Beings?

05 Jan

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Scripture is filled with literary tools like metaphor and personification. Personality and voice are attributed to things that have no such faculty. For example: in 1Corinthians 12:15-16 speaking is attributed to both feet and ears. In Numbers 20:8 Moses was commanded by God to speak to the rock so that it would give water. Now rocks don’t give water and speaking to one in the presence of others would cause one to wonder about a person’s seriousness or sanity. Nevertheless, Scripture often uses personification to express truth. For example in 1Corinthians 10:4 the rock that Moses struck is personified to express Christ. A righteous man is a tree planted near a river in Psalm 1. My point in all this is: do demons have to be spirit beings, having a life and a will of their own, or can demons refer to our corrupt inheritance from Adam, personified and given life, speech and knowledge?

Men have destroyed their lives through overindulgence in food, chemicals, work, sexual relationships, and political, economic and religious power. Through overindulgence, we have inherited such things as drug and alcohol addiction, ulcers, mental and emotional collapse due to stress etc. We have inherited mental and emotional problems that have brought on schizophrenia (Mark 5:2; Luke 8:27; cf. Matthew 8:28). The poor young boy in Mark 9:14-27 was born deaf, would never speak and became epileptic. These were his demons that robbed him of his life. They were defects inherited at birth, just as the man born blind that Jesus healed the day before (John 9:1-7).

Sometimes we speak of men, who build empires either in the commercial or political arena, as men possessed. They are willful men, who have driven themselves and others toward a goal that they have envisioned. Napoleon was such a man. Alexander the Great was such a man. Does this mean that they were demon possessed, as we have traditionally understood the phrase? I don’t think so. I believe that they were gifted men in military science. They were given that authority from the one who was given authority over all the earth, Adam (cf. Matthew 4:8-9). Authority is a spiritual thing. It cannot be touched, but it is felt. It cannot be seen or heard, tasted or smelled, yet, we know when we have been in the presence of a man who has authority! In the wrong hands, it is spiritual wickedness, but if it is given by God, it is a great blessing. Any spiritual gift that we may have that has not been given to us by the Holy Spirit would be spiritual wickedness to practice.

In my next blog, I hope to begin showing how different characters in the Bible who had represented spiritual evil, were not possessed by a living spiritual entity, but by their own carnal desire to use their corrupt spiritual gifts for their own ends.


Posted by on January 5, 2011 in Christianity, Demonology, Religion


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5 responses to “Demons ~ Personification or Living Beings?

  1. Once4all

    January 6, 2011 at 16:42

    Oh, OK. So it’s intentional, then. Just wanted to let you know in case there was a problem you didn’t know about!

  2. Eddie

    January 6, 2011 at 09:27

    Hi Vlad, and welcome. Good question. In Revelation 13 the Dragon gave his authority to the Beast which is the world powers. We are all influenced by Satan/Adam through the flesh whether he is alive or dead. What occurred in Eden influenced everyone who would come after Adam. So, any political figure would derive their authority through him from God. The problem is, when such people attain such high positions, they tend to permit the office to possess them because of our fallen state. So, even though Adam is dead, he influenced Napoleon. He didn’t put him in office, but the authority of that office was first given to Adam by God. All authority is corrupt and is executed more by force than by a willingness to serve all. Therefore, (through the flesh) Adam still has influence over those in authority by virtue of his corrupting the entire human race after his rebellion. He is no longer “pulling the strings”, but the pull away from God will be there until Christ removes it, probably at his second coming. I hope this helps.

    Lord bless,


  3. Eddie

    January 6, 2011 at 09:06

    Hi Beverly, thanks. It is always nice to “see” you again.
    I changed my blog “style” to Toolbox. It has just a basic type appearance. Whenever I checked my posts the screen moved so slowly, and I attributed it to a “style” that had a lot of ‘stuff’ to make it look good in appearance. Perhaps it is my computer, but I can scroll up and down my posts without it appearing to jerk up and down with this “Toolbox” basic style.

  4. Vlad

    January 6, 2011 at 02:39

    Here you say that Alexander the Great was given authority from the one who was given authority over all the earth, Adam. I understand this. But Napoleon? I thought that Adam is cast down and can not influence Earth any longer. What I don’t understand?

  5. Once4all

    January 6, 2011 at 00:25

    Hi Eddie. This looks like it will be an interesting series.
    BTW, is your style sheet broken? Your blog is displaying in “plain vanilla,” with basic formatting but no design elements of any kind. I guess it could be my browser, but yours is the only WordPress blog this occurs with.

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