Do the beliefs of Occultists in demons help Christian claims about Occultism?
do the beliefs of Occultists in demons help Christian claims about Occultism?
Do occultists think about the purpose of Demonology? Christians, especially demonologists can still be occultists, as depicted in The Conjuring. The rite of exorcism is a magical art performed by priests, or adepts. It is and deals with the occult. So, why is occultism seen as this thing other than, or outside of Christianity? Do not the believers of nearly all the world’s major religions pray for their god or gods to strike, curse, guide or bless people? Is not the first act definitely an act of “black magic, or rather of maliciousness and selfish intent?” How is that different from hexing people? Prayer involves mysticism, psychology and occultism, thus Christians practice occultism. I have sat in lectures by Jesuits literally teaching psychic defenses. So many times I have heard Christians teaching the exact same things taught by other theosophists, when at their best. The Protestant Church congregations and Charismatics are full of activity, that involves supernaturalism, New Thought, and beliefs no different from New Age beliefs, which they will claim to death are not the same as Christianity.
Now, central to Christian demonology is the belief in Satan (Samael, the Devil), and it is believed, that Satan transforms himself into an angel of light to deceive the multitudes, and corrupt the “true religion.” You do not have to hear about the belief in Jesus saving humanity from “original sin,” or expect more from it than this.
The main purpose is propaganda, to defend and sustain belief in Christian truth-claims, which has a psychological grip on people. Occultism is defined as something other and adversarial to Christianity, but this is a silly fabrication. God is Mystery, or is by the very definition, occulted itself is it not? So, there are very minute things, actions and practices deliberated or less consciously performed by the Christian that raises questions. Christians are merely people, and there are many questionable and hypocritical things done by Christians, and because Christians are human, their sacred literature also depicts a god as even more questionable, due to being written by humans.
One is conveniently able to attribute aberrant behavior and transgressions to an individual’s accused involvement in the occult, or the airs surrounding them being peopled with invisible demons. Highly ironic, that such belief is utilized in African forms of Christianity, while accusing them of having worshiped demons. When congregations of Christians are praying together to heal (or for God to heal) someone, they think what they believe they are doing is different from Alice Bailey’s invocations, or any act of magic (the power of apparently influencing events by using mysterious or supernatural forces), but it isn’t. So, because the ultimate reality in the sense I study is not an individual being, I do not believe in the efficacy of prayer to God as propitiation, because I do not believe the god, or being Christians pray to, to act on their thoughts exist; nor do I believe in his Army of Angels and the existence of his counterpart, Satan and his Hierarchy of Demons.
In the demonologies of Occultisms, you will find many entities engage in personation. There are a plethora of entities with similar attributes to Satan, to Loki (the trickster) and Lucifer. The same polemic used to accuse other people’s gods of being demons are equally applicable to the Biblical god, given the history and the text.
You will be very hard pressed to find studies on demonology, and conceptual maps of the supernatural world outside of the Biblical perspective. You have to intentionally go searching for such sources written by occultists, by Buddhists, scholars and so forth that is not limited to the Medieval periods.
It is important to understand, that Occultism does not exist to affirm Christianity, to be used as propaganda for Christianity, or to provide beautiful interpretations of Biblical literature, that will never be considered anything other than “interesting,” heterodox, or heretical. Due to the fact, that so many people are Christian, many have tried hard not to offend the beliefs of the multitude, but these foundations of Christianity in fact are wholly established on its claim to be the “true religion.”
As said before, the Abrahamic faiths have set their beliefs up in a way, that in order for Christianity to be true, everything else must necessarily be false. It is fundamentally and deliberately exclusive. The same cannot be said the other way around. Occultists believe in the general existence of daimons (gods, goddesses, departed souls, malevolent entities, etc), and in Native American, African, Scandinavian and Asian cultures, rich in the lore of “evil” entities, exist an immense variety of demons.
Theosophist, Blavatsky explained, that there are classes of “demons,” but that the nature attributed to Satan defines a certain class of demons, the fifth, within the hierarchical system she holds to or was explaining, and not a kind of individual Ruler of Hell opposite to a Ruler of Heaven. She also explains however, that many earlier gods were degraded into demons, and that Christianity built its drama and hierarchy out of the old gods, which it degraded.
When a Christian Spiritualist, or Paranormal Ghost Hunter is using devices they claim speaks to the dead, curiously all the ghosts seem to only think like a Christian! They never possess any other different knowledge, than the beliefs held in their life before their death. As far as most Christians are taught to believe, the Occult World is pictured exactly the way they picture it, and they have used ideas developed within Western Occultism to add to their evangelism. Christians read our materials, claim to share occult experiences that led them to their faith, and have always used the words and beliefs of their targeted opponents against them, or by twisting them and feeding on the fears and paranoia they created in the minds of people in the first place. The methods of attack have not changed since their early disputes with the Gnostics and Neo-Platonists.