Command of the demons
Posted 17 December 2010 - 04:27 AM
Are there any other examples in the Church's literature of demons not only being expelled but actually commanded to accomplish tasks for saints?
Posted 17 December 2010 - 05:48 AM
True story? Don't know.
Posted 17 December 2010 - 04:24 PM
Thou hast seen that a weak man is hurt on all sides, but the strong is benefited on all sides. For in every case, the purpose is the cause, in every case the disposition is master. Since the Devil, if thou wouldest understand it, is even profitable to us, if we use him aright, and benefits us greatly, and we gain no ordinary advantages; and this, we shewed in a small degree from the case of Job. And it is possible also to learn this from Paul: for writing about the fornicator he thus speaks “Deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved,” (1 Cor. 5:5). Behold even the Devil has become a cause of salvation, but not because of his own disposition, but because of the skill of the Apostle. For as the physicians taking serpents and cutting off their destructive members, prepare medicines for antidotes; so also did Paul. He took whatever was profitable of the chastening that proceeds from the Devil, and left the rest alone; in order that thou mayest learn that the Devil is not the cause of salvation, but that he hasted to destroy and devour mankind. But that the Apostle through his own wisdom cut his throat: hear in the second epistle to the Corinthians, what he saith about this very fornicator, “confirm your love towards him,” “lest by any means such an one should be swallowed up by over much sorrow.” And, “we be taken advantage of by Satan,” (2 Cor. 2:8,7,11). We have snatched beforehand the man from the gullet of the wild beast, he saith. For the Apostle often used the Devil as an executioner. For the executioners punish those who have done wrong, not as they choose, but as the judges allow. For this is the rule for the executioner, to take vengeance, giving heed to the command of the judge. Dost thou see to what a dignity the Apostle mounted? He who was invested with a body, used the bodiless as an executioner; and that which their common master saith to the Devil, concerning Job: charging him thus, “Touch his flesh, but thou shalt not touch his life;” (Job 2:5,6) giving him a limit, and measure of vengeance, in order that the wild beast might not be impetuous and leap upon him too shamelessly; this too the Apostle does. For delivering the fornicator over to him he says “For the destruction of the flesh,” (1 Cor. 5:5) that is “thou shalt not touch his life.” Dost thou see the authority of the servant? Fear not therefore the Devil, even if he be bodiless: for he has come in contact with him. And nothing is weaker than he who has come into such contact even though he be not invested with a body, as then nothing is stronger than he who has boldness even though he bear about a mortal body.
Posted 17 December 2010 - 05:50 PM
Posted 25 December 2011 - 04:23 AM
Also I remember that I read once about a case when a monk was dying and had a forgotten sin so demons wanted to take him. And he began to pray. After that one demon said that the Mother of God forces him to help to the monk and revealed the sin so that he could confess it.
Also I whould like to comment on a comment below about a demon turning into an Angel. I read about such very recent case of a spiritual delusion. One young unexperienced person was praying and saw a demon and convinced him to repent so he visibly turned into an Angel and began to thank him, with all the consequences. I do not remember details, it may had ended in a mental hospital as a usual consequence of accepting false visions.
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