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Christian Demonology

Christian demonology is the
study of demons from a
Christian point of view. It is
primarily based on the Bible (Old
and New Testaments), the
exegesis of these scriptures, the
scriptures of early Christian
philosophers and hermits,
tradition, and legends
incorporated from other beliefs.
In monotheistic religions, the
deities of other religions are
sometimes interpreted or
created as demons.[1] The
evolution of the Christian Devil
and pentagram are examples of
early rituals and images that
showcase evil qualities, as seen
by the Christian churches.
Since Early Christianity,
demonology has developed from
a simple acceptance of demons
to a complex study that has
grown from the original ideas
taken from Jewish demonology
and Christian scriptures.
Christian demonology is studied
in depth within the Roman
Catholic Church,[2] although
many other Christian churches
affirm and discuss the existence
of demons.[3][4]
St. Albertus Magnus said of
demonology, "A daemonibus
docetur, de daemonibus docet,
et ad daemones ducit" ("It is
taught by the demons, it teaches
about the demons, and it leads
to the demons").[5]
The nature of demons
See also: Demonic possession
Origins
Main article: Fallen angel
According to the Book of Enoch
(which is currently only
canonical in the Eritrean and
Ethiopian Orthodox Churches
but was referred to by the early
Church fathers), the
disembodied spirits of the
Nephilim are demons. Enoch
explains;
"And now, the giants, who
are produced from the
spirits (Angels) and flesh,
shall be called evil spirits
upon the earth, and on the
earth shall be their dwelling.
Evil spirits have proceeded
from their bodies; because
they are born from men and
from the holy Watchers is
their beginning and primal
origin; they shall be evil
spirits on earth, and evil
spirits shall they be called.
[As for the spirits of heaven,
in heaven shall be their
dwelling, but as for the
spirits of the earth which
were born upon the earth,
on the earth shall be their
dwelling.] And the spirits of
the giants afflict, oppress,
destroy, attack, do battle,
and work destruction on
the earth, and cause
trouble: they take no food,
but nevertheless hunger
and thirst, and cause
offences. And these spirits
shall rise up against the
children of men and against
the women, because they
have proceeded from them.
From the days of the
slaughter and destruction
and death of the giants,
from the souls of whose
flesh the spirits, having
gone forth, shall destroy
without incurring
judgement". (I Enoch
15:8-12, 16:1 R.H. Charles)

Number of demons
There are many demons in
Christian demonology, many of
which were added because
some Christian theologians
concluded that all pagan deities
were demons.
In 1467 Alfonso de Spina
asserted that the number of
demons was 133,316,666. This
idea that one third of the angels
turned into demons seems to be
due to an exegesis of the Book
of Revelation 12:3-9.
Johann Weyer, in his
Pseudomonarchia Daemonum
(1583), after a complicated
system of hierarchies and
calculations, estimated the
number of demons as
44,435,622, divided into 666
legions, each legion composed
by 6,666 demons, and all of
them ruled by 66 hellish dukes,
princes, kings, etc. The Lesser
Key of Solomon (17th century)
copied the division in legions
from Pseudomonarchia
Daemonum but added more
demons, and so more legions. It
is suggestive that both Spina
and Weyer used 666 and other
numbers composed by more
than one 6 to calculate the
number of demons
(133,316,666 demons, 666
legions, 6,666 demons in each
legion, 66 rulers).

Gregory of Nyssa, in the 4th
century, believed in the
existence of male and female
demons and supported the idea
that demons procreated with
other demons and with human
women. Other scholars
supported the idea that they
could not procreate and that the
number of demons was
constant.
Characteristics
In Christian tradition, demons
are like angels: spiritual,
immutable, and immortal.
Demons are not omniscient, but
each one has a specific
knowledge (sometimes on more
than one subject). Their power
is limited to that which God
allows, so they are not
omnipotent. No reference has
been made about omnipresence,
so it is as yet unclear if they can
be in different places at the
same time, but according to the
tradition of the medieval
witches' Sabbath, two
conclusions can be reached:
either the Devil can be in
different places at the same
time,[6] or he sends an emissary
in his name.[7]
Christian demonology states that
the mission of the demons is to
induce humans to sin, often by
testing their faith in God.[8]
Christian tradition holds that
temptations come from three
sources: the world, the flesh,
and the devil.
It is also believed that demons
torment people during their life
or through possession (Matthew
17:15-16), or simply by showing
themselves before persons to
frighten them, or by provoking
visions that could induce people
to sin or to be afraid.
Demons are also believed to try
to tempt people into
abandoning the faith, commit
heresy or apostasy, remain or
turn themselves Pagan or
venerate "idols" (the Christian
term for cult images), and gain
the highest number of "Satans"
or adversaries of God.
( Ephesians 6:12)

Christian demonology states that
the mission of the demons is to
induce humans to sin, often by
testing their faith in God.[8]
Christian tradition holds that
temptations come from three
sources: the world, the flesh,
and the devil.
It is also believed that demons
torment people during their life
or through possession (Matthew
17:15-16), or simply by showing
themselves before persons to
frighten them, or by provoking
visions that could induce people
to sin or to be afraid.
Demons are also believed to try
to tempt people into
abandoning the faith, commit
heresy or apostasy, remain or
turn themselves Pagan or
venerate "idols" (the Christian
term for cult images), and gain
the highest number of "Satans"
or adversaries of God.
( Ephesians 6:12)

In the Book of Luke, it is stated
that demons walk "arid places",
and finding no rest return to
their previous home.
24 “When an impure spirit
comes out of a person, it
goes through arid places
seeking rest and does not
find it. Then it says, ‘I will
return to the house I left.’
25 When it arrives, it finds
the house swept clean and
put in order. 26 Then it
goes and takes seven other
spirits more wicked than
itself, and they go in and live
there. And the final
condition of that person is
worse than the first.” ( Luke
11:24-26)(NIV)
Appearance
Referring to their appearance,
demons can take any desired
appearance, even that of an
"angel of light" ( 2 Corinthians
11:14).
"13. For such men are false
apostles, deceitful workmen,
masquerading as apostles
of Christ. 14. And no
wonder, for Satan himself
masquerades as an angel of
light. 15. It is not surprising,
then, if his servants
masquerade as servants of
righteousness. Their end
will be what their actions
deserve."
(2 Corinthians 11:13-15)
Nevertheless, they were
generally described as ugly and
monstrous beings by Christian
demonologists. Many of these
descriptions have inspired
famous painters like Luca
Signorelli, Hieronymus Bosch,
Goya, the artist that made the
drawings for the Dictionnaire
Infernal, and others.
The Devil in particular has been
popularly symbolized as various
animals, including the serpent,
the goat and the dragon.
Incubi and succubi are
described as being beautiful in
order to accomplish their
mission of
seduction.[citation needed]
The idea that demons have
horns seems to have been taken
from the Book of Revelation
chapter 13.[citation needed] The
book of Revelation seems to
have inspired many depictions
of demons.[original research?]
This idea has also been
associated with the depiction of
certain ancient gods like Moloch
and the shedu, etc., which were
portrayed as bulls, as men with
the head of a bull, or wearing
bull horns as a
crown.[citation needed]
Concerning the weight of the
demons, since the 17th century,
people have affirmed that they
were heavier than common
humans.[9]

About the color of the demons'
skin, since early times it was
associated with black, thinking
that they assumed the
appearance of a black man,
although not all descriptions
agreed, giving demons very
different
aspects.[citation needed] Satan
and other demons were also
often depicted as black-dressed
men, often riding a black
horse.[citation needed] When
demons appeared in the shape
of animals, often they were
black.[citation needed] Poets
such as Geoffrey Chaucer
associated the color green with
the Devil, although in modern
times the color is red.[10]
Henry Boguet and some English
demonologists of the same
epoch asserted that witches and
warlocks confessed (under
torture) that demons' bodies
were icy. During the 17th
century this belief prevailed.

Demonic abilities
Demonic supernatural powers
are believed to include
fabrication, psychokinesis,
levitation, divination, possession,
seduction, ESP, telepathy,
witchcraft, and curses, as well as
binding[disambiguation needed ]
, making contracts, superhuman
strength, controlling the classical
elements, animal control, and
provocation[disambiguation needed ]
. Demons use variants and
combinations of these powers
to harass, demoralize, confuse,
and disorient the victim, or ...
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