Aidan,Do you believe that a person can be possessed by a demon/evil entity, or not? What are your reasons for your particular stance?
Based on my understanding of the Baha'i teachings I think a person can, at least technically, be possessed by demons. But I would say that a demon is not actually an entity but rather a non-entity, given that Divine attributes are positivistic and satanic ones are negativistic in nature. Think yin and yang, light and dark. People can become obsessed with certain satanic ideas, practices, or impulses to the degree that they lose control of some of their reasoning ability and aspects of their life, and may indeed become harmful to their self or others. This person could technically be said to be "demon possessed", from a Baha'i perspective of evil, even though in reality words such as possession and demons are not very likely to be heard from Baha'is.
No.Do you believe that a person can be possessed by a demon/evil entity, or not?
I have many reasons, but I'll just limit myself to one personal reason.What are your reasons for your particular stance?
. You have a good description of what happens when people refuse the Light of Baha'u'llah, and thereby manifest the attributes of the lower nature to such an extent that in the language of the past, a descriptive of such a term was common.
. However, wouldn't you think that using the old labels like demons and possessions only perpetuaten a false reality? For we do not recognize such things as demons as an existing living entity which enters us, as though creeping about in the shadows preying on souls.
. Its an inaccurate description of what is actually happening when we succumb to the promptings of our lower, animal nature, which unfortunately has access to our mental faculties as well, such as will, and imagination, and we are subject to these base and appetitIve desires
. When we descend into the bottomless pit of error, our soul is starved of the virtures. We fall victim not to demonic spirits from without, but contemptible behavior from within our own being.
Therefore we must obey the Laws of God to achieve a saintly character.
. "The light of a good character surpasses the light of the world. Association with the righteous cleanses the rust from off the heart."
. "Eschew all fellowship with the ungodly"
. Within truthfulNess all progress of the soul ceases...
Ya Baha'ul'Abha! !
Not that I have experience of demonic possession, but I do have experience of negative, destructive thinking among a group of people. It is frightening and can make one feel that the sick thoughs fill up the very air one breathes. I'd say that such negative thinking can be so strong that one has the impression that it has a life of its own.Do you believe that a person can be possessed by a demon/evil entity, or not? What are your reasons for your particular stance?