DIAGNOSING BEDEVILMENT


When it comes to understanding strange behaviour there is plenty of controversial speculation about how the Devil is involved. 





There may be two extremes in this regard—one that does not accept the reality of evil and the other that ascribes too much blame to dark forces.


I remember a man who worked with people with exceptional needs telling me that he thought a particular individual must be possessed to make such strange gestures. Out of his need to explain the unexplainable, he gave the Devil credit.

We see the word lunatic used in the King James Version of the bible to describe some people that Jesus encountered.


Matthew 4:24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.


Matthew 17:
14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for oft-times he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.


If we accept the reality of evil forces at work in the universe, we must ask how they affect humanity. The Scriptures do tell us about the Devil’s strategies. Jesus described himself as a shepherd who stayed at the gate of fold to protect his people from the Enemy.


John 10:
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.


Peter, who was once warned by Jesus that Satan wanted to sift him like wheat, later was known to say,


1 Peter 5:
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 


Peter knew first hand how the enemy could affect the mind with crippling fear. Peter knew how the mind could play tricks on you and how the devil could convince you of great falsehood.

It is not fair to say that a mentally ill person is possessed by the Devil. But, it is very possible that in the vulnerability of their condition, the Soul Enemy goes to work to bring a crushing load of accusation, shame and destruction. The debilitated mind is not in a state of sobriety where it can process thoughts in a healthy manner.



Comments

sheenyman said…
I do believe that we as Chritians give the enemy more credit at times than he deserves. ..

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