Without a doubt one of the scariest things growing up as a kid was the idea of being possessed by some kind of a devil.
For some reason this is the thing that gave me the most fear at night when I couldn’t sleep.
I am pretty sure that I was not alone it these thoughts. There were others who were terrified by this idea.
Other kids used to mention that they had this type of fear at school. Of course there were those scary movies like The Exorcist and The Others that pushed these horrors.
But also it seemed as if it was something that was possible. That you really could be possessed by a devil.
It is something that is spoken about a lot about in the Bible. According to the bible Jesus wandered around driving actual demons out of people. He did a hell of a lot of this..
It is not really a fear that you hear the adult population being scared about today. I mean we have never heard of anyone who was possessed by a devil.
But what about if centuries ago devil possession meant something else? I mean people still have the ability to go through phases that would liken them to some kind of demonic possession.
Phases where we lose our own minds, our good will and do things that are downright wicked. You could put this down to some kind of devil possession- it certainly it makes a bit of sense.
At times it seems like there is some kind of funk that manifests itself among people. It can affect the functioning of a group of people within a organisation.
A kind of funk that spreads amongst people. A bad feeling or a poor attitude that seems to grow out of nowhere.
Sometimes it can plant itself within just an individual who never saw it coming. For some reason they cannot shake something off the way others can.
In the Bible it talks about people possessed by the devil as if they can hardly even function properly because they have been completely taken over.
It is this type of fear that really terrified me as a child. The idea of not being in control of what you are doing.
Maybe not quite as extreme, we all go through those stages where we are beside ourselves, we cannot think straight, we think violent thoughts and we become a danger.
Nowadays we would just say that someone is going through a rough patch or is hanging out with the wrong crows. But possible in the days of Jesus someone like this would be considered literally possessed by a demon.
Without a doubt some of us are impressionable and can be pushed in the wrong direction if put in the wrong environment.
Sometimes the wrong environment and crowd can affect the way our brains function and the things we do.
For example an easy going, fun loving person can be placed in an environment with intensive personalities and it can have dire effects.
The person cannot handle being around these types of personalities and it will drag him down to bad effect. It could be said that this person has been tricked and deceived by folks with wicked intent.
Everyone has the potential to fall into this kind of trap and for it to have a negative effect on our character. Some might say that we have ‘changed’, it is really akin to demonic possession.
People need to be careful- there are some bad eggs out there who are bitter, power hungry and insecure. We all need to somewhat be on our guard out there in the big bad world.
If you have something worth protecting in your spirit or character then you really need to fight to protect it. Young people as they grow into adults need to know that they are vulnerable.
With every little slimmer of opportunity people will always try to gain power over others. It is not enough to be told that you need to take everything with a grain of salt.
There is no point feeling as if you need your character to be formed or shape by anyone else. It is this insecurity that opens people up to manipulation. Without being careful you can easily be used and abused.
Although we are never fully confident sometimes you need to act confident in what you are saying and doing. When you start looking for others that is when you become fully exposed.
So in my opinion you really can be possessed by the devil. People are cunning and there are evil forces out there without good intentions. It is important to always protect what you have.