Demon possession is big business! I once knew a guy who knocked out 6,000 demons, a whole legion of them!
I have always felt that spirit was the “life force” behind life. I see it as the energy of life. So the brain is just that, a brain until it is given life force. It then becomes a “mind”. Disembodied spirits is not something I believe it. To me, the whole thing is superstition.
I think demons don’t actually exist, but are used to convey ideas. Ideas that we can be locked up under and held captive. Hence when Jesus says the “truth will set you free”, in many cases, are people who suffer from mental ailments because they believed a lie that they are worthless. Once shown kindness and that they are of value, is often enough to overcome these debilitating demons.
I am not sure if the NT writers actually believed in them either. It would appear they did, and they can’t really be faulted for it though, because they just didn’t have the scientific understanding we did today. Besides that, in the end, it probably doesn’t matter, because whether a real demon is in your head, or whether it is metaphoric, the end result is the same.
If you were take technology of today and bring it back into Christ’s time, you would be accused of all sorts of sorcery and devilry. Imagine trying to explain to someone of that era about the internal combustion engine? The fuel? Oh that fuel clearly looks like alchemy potion! Kill the wizard!
Magical Arts are a farse… Unfortunately, because Acts depicts people burning up their “spell scrolls” Christian’s seem to think they were real. Then of course this whole crazy movement of anti dungeon’s and dragon’s creeps up because one guy claims to be a Wiccan preist (who has also been a vampire, mormon, etc…). It is sad, because I can personally attest to all the damage done by believing in this bogus stuff. I was sold on this type of deliverance stuff in my upbringing and because I believe it, I really felt there were demons in my (at the time) head… Now I look back and laugh. Charlatans, I tell ya.
I suppose this where Paidion comes in and gives me an anecdote of someone he knows, who knew someone else, who knew a guy who said they casted out demons and he has “no reason to disbelieve the person”… As for that, I’ll preemptively say “just because someone sincerely believes something doesn’t mean it is true”. The power of “belief” is incredibly potent. It can makes unreal things real, if you only believe it.