While surfing the web one day I stumbled across a fairly well know web site, which I will not mention, and was amazed at what I found, concerning their views on exorcism and demonic spirits. I decided to write my opinions and beliefs on exorcism based on what I experienced through many years of research. After reading many of the pages in that organizations website, I was shocked to discover how closed minded they truly were about such issues… even more so when I realized that they claim to be ministers. Although I do not believe in publicly criticizing any individual or organization, I find their unwillingness to see reality of true demonic activity truly disturbing. I also think it is irresponsible for a group to shut out such possibilities to those who may need their help. It also makes me wonder why groups such as this exist… simply to sell merchandise? What do they do to HELP people? By not including this particular organization’s name, I hope to justify this page. The following paragraphs are solely MY opinion based on experience and study and are not intended to attack or offend anyone.
I am not, by any means, a “Bible Thumper”, I consider myself to be a rational individual who looks at ALL possibilities before coming to any type of conclusion as to the nature of a situation. Having an in-depth technical background, as well as a good understanding of supernatural and preternatural theories and many years of experience dealing with all aspects of this field, I attempt, on a case by case basis, to ensure the most accurate and feasible conclusions are made, especially before concluding a demonic or diabolical explanation… BUT… demonic and diabolical spirits DO exist and they DO possess people and they CAN be exorcised. Here are a few quotes that I found both amusing and disturbing:
“I have never encountered demonic activities, but I have encountered ghosts with attitudes! I do not call these angry ghosts, demonic or evil.” / “If you subscribe to a belief system that promotes the existence of demons, I am sorry, but I cannot validate your belief.” – It sounds to me that if this person has never encountered demonic spirits they COULD never know they exist and of course they could never validate them but that does not mean demonic and diabolical spirits do not exist. People don’t see or encounter electrons as they move within a computer but they exist and that’s how you’re viewing this page now. It’s not fair to people to underestimate or negate a situation, if it’s truly demonic, it’s dangerous.
“First, exorcism is a myth, it does not work. Attempting exorcism only invites repercussion back to you. This is the Law of the Boomerang, what you send forth comes back to you. Exorcism will anger spirits because they are being commanded to depart and the person doing the exorcism has no power to command it.” – First off, the Law of Boomerang? What the heck is that? Second, they’re right about one thing here, a PERSON does not have the power to command a demonic spirit to leave BUT an exorcist who has been sanctioned by the church and has gone through the correct preparation procedures has the powers of goodness with him, he becomes “goodness incarnate” … it is not a person speaking, it is the power of goodness (God, Jesus Christ, St. Michael, etc…) speaking THROUGH him. Now if, according to this statement, exorcisms do not work, why would an “Exorcism will anger spirits because they are being commanded to depart”? Lastly, should we interpret this statement as saying the Catholic church, and many other denominations of religions that practice exorcisms, all lie or are wrong about exorcisms. Is this statement saying that all the DOCUMENTED, successful, exorcisms performed were all a sham? Are ALL exorcisms effective? No. Also, sometimes due to varying circumstances, numerous exorcisms may be needed.
“I am a licensed, ordained minister, but that does not mean I or any other ordained minister or priest holds the power to command spirits of the dead. Let’s not delude ourselves, ghost exist in another dimension. No one has power to command spirits from another dimension. God does not intervene in the affairs of men. Bad things do happen to good people! God does not prevent it from happening, nor will He remove spirits from our dimension. Folklore hints that exorcism is valid, but no evidence exist that it has ever worked. Exorcism is a myth established swindler and charlatan claim exorcism will works, but there is a fee for their services. Do not be deceived.” – WOW, where do I begin? This person claims to be an ordained minister but claims that no evidence exists as to whether or not exorcism works… read the bible! Demonic and diabolical spirits are not spirits of the dead, they’ve never lived to begin with. I’m a little spooked over the fact that as a “minister” this person truly believes that God does not interfere in human welfare… does that mean they don’t believe in miracles? Also, no church I’m aware of charges “fees” to perform exorcisms. These statements, in my eyes, are extremely contradictory to the core belief systems of any form of clergyman/woman.
Some of the statements made by this organization are realistic however. One should always take into account many other possibilities before assuming demonic, diabolical, possession, exorcism, or the like. Natural causes such as electromagnetic / geomagnetic influences have proven to cause very odd manifestations; PsychoKenesis has been proven to exist and, again, cause unusual effects; mental and psychological state is a major factor; Multiple personality disorder has been often confused with possession, etc… a GOOD investigator takes all these possibilities into account.
Simply put, exorcisms DO work. Not ALL exorcisms work, granted, and the outcome greatly depends on many factors including the piousness of the individual performing the exorcism, the strength of the possessing spirit, the willpower of the individual themselves, and much more. I have been involved with several exorcisms personally and have seen and witnessed demonic and diabolical activity and possession first-hand. If there is a means to START activity and events like this, there are means to STOP it also. The bible itself mentions evil spirits, possession, and exorcism and to deny that is to deny the basis that most of us believe in.
I’m sure that most have us have seen the movie “The Exorcist”. That movie is based on a true story, based on the 1947 (if memory serves) exorcism of a young Jewish boy. This case was fully documented by the Catholic church from the time they initially got involved with his case. This boy was put through battery of medical and psychological tests by the church and even the doctors witnessed preternatural activity. During the exorcism, St. Michael himself spoke through the boy and did what the church was having a difficult time doing… ridding him of the diabolical spirit which possessed him. The course of these events lasted years and had it not been for people believing in possession and exorcism, this boy would have died. To minimize these issues is dangerous and irresponsible.
Again, these views are my own and when it comes to issues like this, I will vigorously defend the needs of those who truly need help of this nature. For a group or individual, especially those who claim to be a religious authority, to make such close minded statements is, again, irresponsible. I certainly do not jump to a quick conclusion concerning matters of demonic or diabolical natures, or possession and exorcism… I HAVE however witnessed, experienced, and been directly involved with them. What disturbs me the most is the fact that when people need help, they sometimes turn to the web and if they come across this site and ask for help, what do they get? Are they told they’re making it all up? Are they told they’re over exaggerating the issue? What do organizations like this do for people in need of help? When people make statements claiming they’re a religious authority, others typically put more weight on their opinions and that can be dangerous to a victim needing help if organizations like this belittle the situation and don’t get the victim in touch with an organization or individual that IS willing to believe them and help them.
To summarize, organizations like the one mentioned above serve a good purpose in the way of attempting to provide evidence of the supernatural (and maybe to make some money for themselves) but if you’re looking for help, do what’s best for YOU, don’t take one person’s opinions (even mine) as gospel. Talk to others, learn as much as you can about these subjects and go to those who are willing to help you, not belittle you.