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The Reality of Demonic Possession - St Gregory Palamas

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"St Gregory Palamas warns of an eternal condition worse than possession" from video introduction

Demon Possession by Thomas Sappington

DEFINITION “Demon possession” is a term frequently used to translate the Greek term daimonizomai in the New Testament. This term describes a variety of conditions, both physical and emotional-mental-psychological, for which the cause is identified as direct demonic influence. The remedy that was used by Jesus and the Early Church for such conditions was exorcism.

SUMMARY This essay surveys the biblical terminology related to “demon possession” before surveying the types of symptoms that are associated with this phenomenon in the New Testament. It is argued on the basis of evidence in the Gospels that “demon possession” can cause a wide range of symptoms, many of which are virtually indistinguishable from the symptoms associated with “normal illnesses,” i.e. illnesses that are the result of living in a fallen world. In the end, it is suggested that terms other than “demon possession” more accurately describe the broad range of conditions that, according to the New Testament data, can be directly caused by evil spirits.." from the article: Demon Possession by Thomas Sappington

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