I want to address few basic thoughts on the reality of demons and demonic possessions without getting too complicated on the christian doctrine. My worldview is based on the fact that the Bible is the divine WORD of God and Jesus Christ is the Son of God, so I have taken an incident recorded in the Bible to understand this phenomenon.
Are demons superstition or real?
Bible says When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him.He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” For Jesus had said to him,“Come out of this man, you impure spirit!” Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” Mark 5:6-9
Jesus Christ has a conversation with a real demon. Jesus was not superstitious, ignorant or illiterate, but rather God incarnate in flesh. If Jesus had a real conversation that confirms that demons are real. Based on the above evidence it is clear that there are demons and they are real and actively working in the world, though we don’t see them like we see human beings. They manifest themselves in different ways through human beings. DEMONS are REAL and not Superstition.
Can demon or demons possess a person?
Again the same verses are evidence that demon(s) do take possession of human beings. They may manifest like it is recorded in this passage or in subtle forms. Until Jesus met the man he looked like a madman who could not be controlled, but the encounter with Jesus revealed what his real problem was. Apostle Paul says that Satan disguises himself as the Angel of Light, so for the ordinary it is impossible to know that. Paul describes this better in Ephesians 6:12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” As Paul describes “not against flesh and blood” – this means that our fight against the evil that we encounter is not with some radical group or any single individual we encounter in our daily life but against something that we don’t see but exists in the spiritual realm. Instead of this we fight, complain, argue with people only because we lack this biblical worldview.
Jesus had complete authority over demons
That incident continues to say in verse 10 -“And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area“. You don’t beg for mercy for your life “again and again” unless that person has complete authority over you, no matter where or when. Demons are real and demons know that Jesus has complete authority over them whether we know or believe.
Apostles received this authority too!
Jesus says in Matthew 10:7, 8 “As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.” Jesus not only had authority, but also delegated the same authority to the apostles. Yes, Jesus says freely you have received it from me meaning not by your good works and freely use them in my name.
Most important question of all – Do I have authority to do the same as Jesus and Apostles?
Jesus is crystal clear about what he wants to say. These were His words referred often as the Great Commission [Mark 16:15 – 18] : He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” You don’t have to be a special Pastor/Priest, but the Jesus says that whoever believes and is baptized is considered a believer and the signs that accompany a true believer are that he/she will be able to drive out demons. This is not something that happened only during Jesus and Apostles time, but continues to happen through people who believe in the name of Jesus Christ.
Go drive out demons in the MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS CHRIST!