Those of you who may have clicked on this page, may be wondering why I have created an entire page dedicated to the subject of demonology, when if you've read other parts of this website you'll know that I personally do not believe in entities such as demons, devils or other entities of that nature. But the reason I did create this page is because the subject of demons and that of ghosts and the paranormal fit together in the minds of many people. And there are also many people, including paranormal researchers and investigators, who believe that demons are very real entities that have the ability to harm and attack them, both physically and psychically and perhaps even possess their souls or body, or in some other manner harm them. And there are also certain religious organizations that believe ghosts and spirits are not the souls of deceased persons at all, but are in reality demons, who are attempting to deceive the living into believing they are the souls of deceased loved ones, and by doing this, they, the demons, are attempting to open a portal or gateway to allow themselves entry or access into our reality.
Demons, devils, fairies and other entities have been a part of
the mythology and folklore of many cultures, societies and
religions. And they have been, and still persist as a reality, in
the minds of many people, even in this day of scientific
enlightenment. In my personal opinion I believe these entitles
have been created in the minds of man as a scapegoat for bad
The devil made me do it and also as an
explanation for natural disasters such as earthquakes, tornados,
hurricanes, tsunami's etc., and even man-made disasters, such
as war. Many people believe that demons must be responsible for
these calamities that befall mankind, because they simply cannot
believe that a good and loving God would allow such events to
happen to good, God fearing people. And many religious
organizations continue to foster this belief in the Devil or
Satan and in demons because it serves the purpose of helping to
keep their followers in line and in a state of fear. As I have
said elsewhere, it's like parents who tell their small
children that the boogie man will get them, if they don't
mind or do as their told.
I think there are basically two different types of demonologist's. The first type would be the anthropologist who studies demonology from a historical, folkloric and cultural point of view. They study how these belief systems came into being in ancient cultures, and how these ancient belief systems have bled over and influenced our modern societies, cultures and religions. The other type of demonologist is the one who studies demonology from a theological point of view and who may also believe that these entities are very real, and reside in another realm of reality such as Hell or Hades and perhaps, are even able to manifest themselves into our reality and haunt a particular location or even possess a particular person, and perhaps even have the ability to harm or in some other manner attack an individual. Many theological demonologist's are also the priests and ministers who perform exorcisms on those who may feel that they are possessed by demons, or perhaps even by Satan himself.
In my opinion, as a skeptic on the whole idea of demonology from a theological point of view, believes that demons and demonology belongs in the realm of the church and of religion. I absolutely do not believe it belongs in the investigating of paranormal phenomena. In my opinion, there are no such things as demons! The whole concept of demons was created by religion and I believe they should stay within that context. I feel that the only time a paranormal investigator, psychic or medium should even consider discussing demons or demonology is if their client truly believes that their home or they themselves are being haunted or molested or in some other manner bothered by demonic or dark forces.
Belief systems can be extremely powerful things. And if someone sincerely believes they are being haunted or tormented by demons, then in their reality, they are! And all precautions should be taken, and a priest or minister who has had experience dealing with this type of activity should be consulted, it may even be advisable to get a mental health professional involved. Again I must interject here, that I make no claims to be an expert in the paranormal or demonology and perhaps this type of entity and activity is real. But in my opinion it is all falls in the category of some very deep psychological disturbances and should be resolved in any way possible, religious or otherwise. Use whatever tools you have at your disposal to help your client, whether you believe in demonic forces or not.
I do believe that ghosts, most likely are real, and they probably fall into the same range of personalities as that of the living. I do believe that if ghosts do exist then evil ghosts probably exist as well. But I do not believe they come from Hell or anywhere else. I believe that these ghosts are what I would call angry spirits, they may have been angry at the time of their death and this anger may linger even after death. Some ghosts may have developed this anger and hatred toward the living, perhaps because their lives were taken from them abruptly, as an example a murder victim, who may want revenge on their killer. Or perhaps even someone like Adolph Hitler who was essentially insane and full of hatred toward his enemies, especially the Jewish peoples. Another possibility I suppose, would be someone who may have been executed for a crime they did not commit. And I'm sure that this has happened all too often and now that person's soul or spirit has a grudge against all mankind. I'm also quite sure that anyone who may feel that their life was taken from them unfairly, could harbor such an intense hatred and anger that their ghost would want revenge on the living and perhaps even have the ability to manifest itself as a demon if it so desired.
Is there such a thing as an inhuman spirit or ghost? Do entities exist that have never walked the earth? Is it possible that there is another realm of reality where evil demonic beings rule? Personally I have more belief in Satin than I do in an inhuman spirit, unless you're talking about animal ghosts. I do believe that if a human being can transcend death and their spirit can continue to exist as a ghost, then I also believe it is possible that any life form that has a consciousness could also transcend death and become a ghost. Another possibility I guess, would be the ghosts of aliens, if such beings exist, and personally I just do not believe we are being visited by aliens, either dead or alive. But as I have said elsewhere on this website I am not an arrogant know-it-all, so therefore, perhaps, just perhaps such beings and entities are real and do exist, but I am not convinced and I have yet to see any compelling evidence that would support me changing my mind.
Do exorcisms work? Can demonic or dark forces be driven from, or forcibly removed from a living person or haunted location using the rituals of an exorcism? Is it possible that an exorcist can cleanse or remove any negative energies from a haunted location? My answer to these questions is, absolutely yes; I do believe that such a ritual can and does work. Some of you who may read this article are probably puzzled as to how a former skeptic, who now proclaims himself to be a believer in ghosts, but not in demons or even Satin or the Devil can believe that rituals of exorcist can work.
Well, the way I look at it is this. There are, to my way of thinking, only two real possibilities. The first of these two possibilities are that I am absolutely wrong and both demons and demonic forces are very real. And these entities reside in the dark recesses of Hell to sometimes enter the earthly realm to haunt a particular person or place. Or the second possibility is that they are not real at all, and only reside in the dark recesses of our own minds, imaginations and religious beliefs. If, they are real, then I believe that the rituals performed by the exorcist do exactly what they're supposed to do. The demon or demons are driven out of the person's body or haunted location they possessed, by the power of God, and of Jesus and the beliefs of the people or person who may be oppressed, or possessed by the demonic force, and also by the beliefs of the exorcist him or herself. The other possibility is that demons and demonic forces are not real, in which case they exist only in the imaginations and psyche of those who believe they are possessed. But even if this scenario is real, then the exorcism will, in my opinion still work, simply because of the faith of those involved. And that faith can be an extremely powerful thing. And I sincerely believe that faith alone can free someone who may truly believe they have become possessed. But sometimes that faith needs a little reinforcing through whatever religious beliefs that person may have. That I think, is where the priests or ministers who perform these rituals need to work with the individuals involved, and perhaps even with mental health professionals.
As I have said in my disclaimer, I am not an expert in any aspect of the paranormal, ghosts, demonology, psychology, parapsychology or any other aspect of the paranormal or related topics. This article is based solely upon my own personal beliefs and opinions. If you or someone you love is being tormented by what you believe to be malignant or malevolent entities, demons or ghosts, get help! Get the help, from whatever source you believe will help.
Martin Burns www.aformerskeptic.com