Lance Foster (hengruh) wrote,
Lance Foster
hengruh

Demons

Whether one believes in the existence of spirits or not, all cultures have had spirits of one kind or another, good and bad, whether gods, ghosts, nature spirits, and so on. When JudeoChristianity encountered the gods and spirits of another group, generally enemies, those of another belief system (faith/religion), they called them evil spirits, if nothing else, because those spirits were of a foreign land or belonged to the religion of "the enemy." The Greeks called such spirits, "daimones" (pl.), Greek being the language of the New Testament...and so in the New Testament, we read of demons (the English form of daimones). All demons are, are daimones, or spirits and gods, of other cultures. Some are malevolent/hostile/harmful, some are neutral, some are nature spirits, some are benevolent/helpful, some are like people, moody and changeable, and treat you as you treat them. So, yes, if you are JudeoChristian and have entered into an enemy relationship with them, they are your enemy. But to other cultures, they are the spirits of their own lands and ancestors, and are allies. The Muslims took the same approach as the JudeoChristians, and see them as enemies (djinn) in general due to their own religious covenants. That is, if you believe that spirits exist ;-)
Tags: christianity, spirits
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