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What Do Demons Do

I hear a lot of comments about demons being responsible for a lot of things. Do you think that demons are responsible for everything bad that happens?

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They deceive and tempt you. They distract and try to make you worship the devil and become slaves to worldly things. To make you full of pride like the devil.
We are responsible for the bad things that happen in this world, because of our "free will"
The demons are hoping we choose their way.
---lisa on 11/25/07

Practically everything. I see alot of Un-Holy living going on these days, and so it does lead me to wonder. The Bible says that without HOLINESS no man will see God. These days I find very little IF ANY holiness, But you do not have to look far to see the demonic in action.
---Whisper on 11/8/07

Demons are passe.

Humans do enough evil of their own free will without blaming it on demons.

Have you sinned? Then suck it up and blame it on the being whose fault it is--your own!
---Nancy on 11/8/07

I have read somewhere that it is not good to blame the devil for everything unsure where in the bible it was found.
---Carla5754 on 11/8/07

Demons are NOT responsible for everything bad that happens, only some things. Demons can do these things: entice (temptation), decieve, defile (corrupt purity), enslave (bondage), torment, drive, compel, produce restlessness, and possess.
---Leslie on 2/11/07

What can demons do? They can drive you NUTS. Believe me, it is not you. If you are born with some kind of affliction, that is one thing. If you are not, then it's Demons or the Devil. And I do not care what people are teaching other people, in the M.Health field.
---catherine on 2/10/07

For a sane, scholarly, non-opinionated discussion by a recognized scholar, published by good publisher, buy/read What Demons Can Do To Saints by Merill Unger. (Moody Press)
---John_T on 2/9/07

At one time there existed God and satan in heaven. Satan said to God, "I will be like you, the Most High, etc," Anyhoot, God threw satan out of heaven and with him, satan took legions of angels with him who decided to become evil like satan. So there are two kinds of forces on this earth, good and evil. Bad and good. Sometimes our flesh gets us in trouble, and sometimes it really is true that, "The devil made me do it." You have to discern which is which, ask God and He will tell you.
---donna6598 on 2/8/07

"Every good gift and every perfect gift comes down from the Father of lights, etc.," So where does the bad things come from? There are 2 forces on this earth; good and evil, the Holy Spirit and evil spirits. We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against spirits and principalities, spiritual wickedness, etc., wouldn't that explain why satan is the "prince of the power of the air."?
---Donna9759 on 2/8/07

"I really, really, do. Somehow and someway the Devil is at fault."

How do you reconcile that with the simple statement by Jesus: Matthew 5:45, "That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust."

Sometimes too much sun or too much rain can be a real disaster but Jesus said it is God the is responsible for sending either.
---Bruce5656 on 2/8/07

Anyone, that has the spiritual gift of dicernment,Dorylory, should not be confuse. What do you think God is teaching His people?===Dicernment.
---catherine on 2/8/07

Men who think like, Act like, Talk like,
Divert attention away from The true Church & The TRUE God ---ARE Satan or His minions.
---Emcee on 2/7/07

I really, really, do. Somehow and someway the Devil is at fault. The problem here in lies. You see, the Devil has two agendas. number one===to get people to forget God or that He doesn't even exists. ==And number two=== THAT THE devil Himself does not exists. These are His main agendas. Guess what!-- He is winning. Or has won!
---catherine on 2/7/07

Those who do not recognize the work of the enemy, often confuse the work of God with what is actually the work of the enemy ... as they did in the O.T. We need to be aware of the enemy's tactics but also equally aware that, the greater One is within us (1 John 4:4). We do not need to fear the enemy but it is also a mistake to think he doesn't exist or is powerless. Nothing gives the enemy power like ignorance.
---DoryLory on 2/7/07

Paul said that we should not be ignorant of Satan's schemes (2 Corinthians 2:11) so you ask a very good question. To get a picture of what the enemy does, I suggest checking your concordance for words such as Satan, devil, demons, and enemy ... and look these verses up. It is interesting to note that these words are mentioned more often in the four gospels than anywhere else in the Bible. You see, one of the reasons Jesus came to the earth was to reveal who our enemy is.
---DoryLory on 2/7/07

Only one scripture THAT I looked for. Demons===Matt. 4-35.
---catherine on 2/7/07

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You wont find demons in the bible! Do you mean devils? We have to use the vocabulary that jesus uses in order to recieve the true understanding which is power.
---JEB on 2/7/07

demons do anything God wouldn't, but are not as responsible for things as some make out but there are times when God will allow the devil to test and test and try and bring someone down read Job,but concentrate as paul says on the good lovely honest and pure things rather han the evil dark and ugly
---doree4573 on 2/7/07

Bruce makes an excellent point. "Satan gets far, far too much credit." People love their fraud in religion. And people love liers. And because they do not love the truth God sends them strong delusion. Who sends the delusion? God does, and people give satan the credit. People start giving satan the credit as far back as Genesis 1:2, the earth was without form and void. Oh, satan did that too. My oh my. People love to give satan credit.
---jhonny on 2/6/07

No. We are responsible for a lot of the wickedness in the world, the Devil just prowls around seeking whom he may devour. The devil tempts, it is up to us to decide who we will follow. One very good thing from the Protestant side is the motto "WWJD?". It is a very good start.
---lorra8574 on 2/6/07

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Bad comes from disobedience, abusing the gift of freewill or the freedom of choice to obey God, whereby choosing to dis him incurrs God's curse rather than his blessing. "And YHWH God commanded Adam saying: Of all trees of the garden see you, eating you will eat. But of the tree of knowing of good and bad, see that you eat not: for even the same day you eat, of it you will, dying you will die." Genesis 2:16,17.
---Eloy on 2/6/07

WELL. the devil is responsible for a lot of mean stuff. He seldom gets the blame. God gets blamed for a whole lot more ills, than the devil does. Most people don't think He even exists, and He is very angry because, He knows His time is short.
---CATHERINE on 2/6/07

(1.)Bruce5656 is correct in this regard, One can't always blame foolish decision making/corrupt desires of the [heart] on the devil. Yes, the devil works overtime to deceive/rob/kill/possess/seduce, but God pours out His Love,His Spirit, His Holy Anointings-Power,His Saving Truth, and 2,000 years ago His precious life and precious Blood...
---Mrs._Morgan on 2/6/07

(2.)...what more can God do to get man sanctified/free from bondage/darkness/deceit(2 Peter 3:9)(2 Corinth. 6:17,18)(2 Corinth.7:1) (James 4:8)? Why get clean/saved/free only to go back into bondage/filth/darkness(2 Peter 2:20-22)? Jesus said when He frees one they are free Indeed, but going [outside] of Him/the Truth-Word is NOT remaining free, that's Biblical. We must be STEADFAST (Galatians 5:1) in yielding/submitting to God/His Word, become one with the Word/Truth. God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 2/6/07

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Well put, Bruce.

I know a lady who blamed everything she didn't like on demons, even things resulting from her own bad judgement.
---Jack on 2/6/07

Absolutely not. People are constantly blaming demons and Satan in particular for bad things that happen. Life happens. Earthquakes, famine, drought, floods, fires and assorted other disasters, sickness, loss of a job, death and many other things that are beyond our control but are just part of life here on planet earth.
---Bruce5656 on 2/6/07

Then there are things we are responsible for. Poor stewardship in managment of time money and other resources results in financial hardship, high blood pressure, stress, marital breakup etc, etc, etc. In all these things we are the creators of our own problems.

Satan gets far, far too much credit.

Jesus put it very simply: Matthew 5:45, "for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust."
---Bruce5656 on 2/6/07

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