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My research paper cover different views of angels and demons from different religions. Jesus Christ, during his earthly ministry, encountered many demons. Of course, none of them was greater than Jesus Christ. And when night came, they brought to him many who were possessed with devils, and by the word he cast out devils, and healed all the sick” (Matthew 8:16). The authority of Jesus Christ over demons was one of the proofs that he was the Son of God (Luke 11:20). The demons that met Jesus Christ knew who he was, and they feared him: “What do you have with us, Jesus, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before your time? “(Matthew 8:29). The demons know that their end will be one of torment.

The Christian view of Satan and his demons now try to destroy the work of God and deceive all who can (1 Peter 5: 8, 2 Corinthians 11: 14-15). Demons are described as unclean spirits (Matthew 10: 1, Mark 1:27), lying spirits (1 Kings 22:23) and the angels of Satan (Revelation 12: 9). Satan and his demons deceive the world (2 Corinthians 4: 4), promulgate the false doctrine (1 Timothy 4: 1), attack Christians (2 Corinthians 12: 7, 1 Peter 5: 8) and fight the holy angels (Revelation 12: 4-9)

Christians believe that Demons or fallen angels are enemies of God, but they are defeated enemies. Jesus Christ “disarmed the powers” and “humiliated them in public by displaying them in his triumphal parade” (Colossians 2:15 NIV). While we submit to God and resist the devil, we have nothing to fear. ” for greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4: 4).

Christians believe Angels are personal spiritual beings, who have intelligence, emotions and will. This is true in both kinds of angels good and evil (demons). Angels have intelligence (Matthew 8:29, 2 Corinthians 11: 3, 1 Peter 1:12), show emotions (Luke 2:13, James 2:19, Revelation 12: 7), and show that they have a will (Luke 8 : 28-31; 2 Timothy 2:26; Jude 6). Angels are spiritual beings (Hebrews 1:14), without a real physical body. The fact that they do not have bodies does not affect the fact that they have personalities.

The knowledge possessed by angels is limited, by the fact of being created beings. This means that they are not omniscient as God (Matthew 24:36), although they do seem to have greater knowledge than humans. This can be due to three causes. The angels were created as a higher order of creatures in the universe, to what are humans. Therefore, it is innate in them to have a greater knowledge. Angels study the Bible and the world more thoroughly than humans and gain knowledge of it. (James 2:19, Revelation 12:12).

Angels obtain knowledge through a long observation of human activities. Unlike humans, angels do not have to study the past; they have already experienced it. That is why they know how others have acted and reacted in situations, and can predict with a high degree of assertiveness how we can act in similar circumstances.

Although they have a will, the angels are, like all creatures, subject to the will of God. Good angels are sent by God to help believers (Hebrews 1:14).

Angels are considered positive forces of nature, hologram images or illusions. In many western views angels come in as fat cherubs, babies, handsome young men or women with a halo surrounding their heads. In Islamic doctrine, they are real created beings who will eventually suffer death, but who are generally hidden from our senses.

They are neither divine nor semi-divine, nor are they associated with God in charge of administering different parts of the universe. Also, they should not be venerated or prayed, because they do not give our prayers to God. They submit to God and fulfill His commandments.
In the Islamic view of things, there are no fallen angels: they are not divided into “good” and “bad” angels. Human beings do not become angels after death. Satan is not a fallen angel, but he is a creation of God different from human beings and angels.

Angels were created from light before human beings were created. Its graphic or symbolic representation in Islamic art is scarce. However, they are beautiful beings with wings, as they are described in the Islamic Scriptures.

Angels have different hierarchies and orders in the sense that they are of different size, condition and merit.

The greatest of them is Gabriel. The Prophet of Islam, Muhammad, saw it in its original form. Likewise, the bearers of the Throne of God are among the greatest angels. They love believers and pray to God to forgive their sins. They carry the Throne of God, about whom the Prophet Muhammad, may the peace and mercy of God be with him, said:

“I have been allowed to speak about one of the angels of God who carries the Throne. The distance between the lobe of his ear and his shoulder is equivalent to seven hundred years of travel. “

Muslims have names of the angels mentioned in the sources of the Islamic legislation, some of them are Yibril (Gabriel), Mika’il (Miguel), Israfil, Malik (the guard of Hell), and others. Of them, only Gabriel and Miguel are mentioned in the Bible.

The angels possess great powers that were granted to them by God. They can take different forms. In the Islamic writings it is described how at the moment that Jesus was conceived, God sent Gabriel where Mary in the form of a man.

The angel Gabriel also visited Abraham in human form. In the same way, the angels visited Lot to tell him of the imminent danger in the form of young and handsome men. Gabriel used to visit the Prophet Muhammad in different ways. Sometimes, he appeared in the form of one of his disciples, and, sometimes, in the form of a desert Bedouin. Angels have the ability to take human forms, in some cases known people.

Gabriel is God’s heavenly messenger to humanity. He transmitted the revelation of God to His prophets and messengers.

Some angels are in charge of the execution of God’s law in the physical world. The angel Michael is responsible for the rains, which fall in the direction that God desires. There are helpers by order of their Lord, they will direct the winds and clouds, wherever God wants. Another angel is responsible for blowing the horn, it is called Israfil, so that it has the beginning of the Day of Judgment. Others are responsible for taking the souls of the bodies at the time of death: the Angel of Death and his assistants.

Many people believe there are guardian angels, responsible for the protection of believers throughout their lives, at home or on their trips, asleep or awake. Others are responsible for recording the works of people, good and bad actions. These are known as the “honorable scribes.”

Two angels, Munkar and Nakir, are responsible for questioning the people in the tomb.

It is very surprising to me that Muslims believe is that the angels will die, and that even the Angel of Death will die, but there is no clear text about this. There are texts that could indicate this, such as the well-known report about the trumpet, but it is a rejectable report. It has also been proven in an authentic report of the Prophet Muhammad’s teachings , which was narrated with more than one chain of transmission and by more than one of his companions that he said: “When God speaks with Revelation, the angels vanish. ” In his teachings to another report he would have said: “When the angels hear His word, they vanish.” “The angels hear something like a chain on a rock and they vanish, and when the fear leaves their hearts they say:” What did the Lord say? “, To which some respond:” The truth, the truth”.

In the Muhammed teachings it is claimed that they vanish or faint, and if it is possible that they vanish, it is probably possible for them to die.

“We believe that whoever affirms that angels have gender or sex is committing an act of disbelief, because it is going against what is affirmed by the Book of God. This can not be affirmed, because there is no authentic text that affirms it “. End of the appointment of I’tiqad Ahl As-Sunnah.

Third, since the angels have no gender or sex, they do not marry or reproduce, and it has been narrated that there was consensus among the wise on this point.

In ancient Greece Cupid was known as Eros, the young son of Aphrodite the goddess of love, beauty and fertility. For the Romans Cupid is the god of love son of Venus and Mars, god of war.

Cupid was an assistant to his mother Venus, he directed the primal force of love and carried it to mortals. He was mischievous and charismatic, but sometimes cruel to his victims, since he had no scruples. On his back he wore two kinds of arrows: golden ones with dove feathers that provoked instant love, and others of lead with owl feathers that provoked indifference.

Aware of the power he had, he sometimes rejected the requests of his mother and the other gods to interfere with the lives of some mortals, thus causing frequent problems for the gods.

One day he got angry with Apollo when he joked about his skills as an archer, so Cupid made Apollo fall in love with the nymph Daphne and she shot him with a lead-tipped arrow. Daphne prayed to the river god Peneus for help and was transformed into a laurel tree, which was consecrated to Apollo. So between reveldía and pranks, Cupid did his job, as time went on Venus began to worry because his son was not growing, so in search of an answer he went to the Oracle of Themis, who said: “Love can not grow without passion. “Venus did not understand the answer until his son Anteros, god of passion, was born. When he was next to him, Cupid grew and became a beautiful young man, but when they separated, he was a child again.

On the other hand in the Land of mortals lived a princess called Psyche, who despite being so beautiful could not find a husband because the men who idolized her did not feel worthy of her.

His father tried to find through the oracle of Delphi a good husband for Psyche, but he predicted that she would find love on a precipice. The husband who would be destined for him, a winged serpent, terrible and powerful, would come to her and make her his wife.

Venus jealous of the great beauty of Psyche asked Cupid to make her fall madly in love with the ugliest, vile and despicable man in the world.

Knowing that she was on the edge of the abyss, she sent her son to shoot her arrows but when he saw her, he fell deeply in love with her and grew into a handsome young man.

Against the wishes of Venus, Cupid took Psyche by magic to an isolated castle and married her, having the condition that as a mere mortal, he was forbidden to look at it.

The princess, feeling him close and hearing her sweet voice, did not feel fear, she was sure that it was not a monster, but the loving husband she had wanted so long. He visited her every night, begging her always not to see her face.

They were very happy until convinced by their envious sisters, Psyche broke the prohibition imposed by the gods and looked at her husband.

That earned her the punishment of being abandoned by Cupid, who sadly said goodbye saying: “Love can not live without trust.” Expelled from the castle, the repentant princess traveled the world in search of her beloved, overcoming a series of increasingly difficult and dangerous challenges imposed by Venus.

As a last instruction, he gave her a small box telling her to take her to the underworld. I had to bring a little beauty to Proserpina Pluto’s wife. He was also warned that he should not open the box for any reason.

Psyche enlisted for the trip and during it faced several dangers that were overcome thanks to the advice given, however the curiosity to open the box beat her so she did and immediately fell into a deep sleep that seemed like death.

Cupid upon finding it, removed the mortal sleep from his body and put it back in the box. Finally he forgave her just like Venus.

It was so much that she struggled that eventually the gods moved by Psyche’s love for Cupid, made her a goddess so that she could reunite with her beloved.

Happy Cupid and Psyche: Love and Soul, united after hard trials. From this union was born a daughter named Voluptas whose name means “Pleasure”, from which words derive as voluptuousness.

From the story of these two characters love has been symbolized by two hearts pierced by an arrow: the arrow of Cupid.

In his letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul writes: “Because our struggle is not against enemies of flesh and blood, but against the Principalities and Powers, against the Sovereigns of this world of darkness, against the evil spirits that inhabit space ” (Ephesians 6,12)

In other words, there is a spiritual battle around us that we can not see. This reality is difficult to fathom, but it is confirmed throughout the Bible, even in the life of Jesus when he went into the desert to face the devil. Sometimes we may wonder what this “spiritual struggle” really looks like. Is it full of swords, shields and armor or are there special angel swords?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains its nature.

St. Augustine says about them: “The name of an angel indicates his office, not his nature. If you ask by its nature, I will tell you that it is a spirit; if you ask for what he does, I’ll tell you he’s an angel ”

Angels are created spirits, without bodies, with understanding and free will. Just as God is by nature a pure spirit, angels are pure, disembodied spirits. Thus, they are made in the likeness of God in a way that humans are not. Angels are often represented with “wings,” not because they possess them, but because that is how their speed and function as messengers are symbolized.

Although they do not possess bodies like us, they are capable of fighting other spiritual creatures. The most famous example is in the book of Revelation, where the Archangel Michael expels Satan from heaven.

And so the great Dragon was precipitated, the ancient Serpent, called Devil or Satan, and the seducer of the whole world was thrown on the earth with all his angels. (Revelation 12.9) This passage does not offer us any new ideas, beyond the fact that demons can be “thrown out”. Since they are pure spirit, this was not a physical act, but a spiritual one. The philosopher Peter Kreeft offers a possible explanation in his book Angels and Demons, where he describes how angels communicate with each other.

The angels communicate immediately, mind to mind, without any means such as air or ears or even words: direct mental telepathy.
One way to imagine this battle between angels and demons is like a struggle of intellects, rather than one of swords. There is nothing material in his contest, something difficult to conceive from our point of view. That’s why artists have always represented angels and demons physically with shields, swords and armor. It is much easier for our mind to conceive a physical struggle than an immaterial one.

It is not very exciting to paint a battle between two creatures that look more like electrons than humans. The most dangerous demons in history according to the creator of the Church of Satan is being son of Lucifer, as he himself was self-proclaimed, Anton Szander LaVey knew closely the hell and the most dangerous demons in history. As many know, LaVey founded the Church of Satan in 1969, wrote the Black Bible and introduced the extravagances and darkness of Satanism in Hollywood. Around the life of this controversial subject there are many legends, one of which is that his grandmother came from Transylvania and transmitted a torrent of stories about vampires and demons, typical of the Slavic culture.

Undoubtedly, if true, this will have given LaVey enough information to fall in love with the diabolical figures of Satanism that he undertook to develop. Who better than him to determine which are the most dangerous demons in history? None of them is enlisted from the more or less dangerous or vice versa, simply its power and danger are enough to be part of this text.

This deity comes from African voodoo and is also known as Damballah Wédo. Sometimes it represents him as a snake, that is why his walk is slow and stealthy, but extremely fast at the time of his attack. It is a loa (spirit that, according to the voodoo religion, serves as an intermediary between men and Bondye, the king of the supernatural world) of the Ghede family and symbolizes the masculinity of nature. It is believed that the word “zombie” derives from the term “nzambi”, relative to this demon.

He is an evil demon from the ancient Greek culture. Its main characteristic is that it punished bad children with bites. The nannies used to tell stories about Mormo who was associated with vampires as a lesson to naughty children. He also served as a consort of Hecate, the Greek goddess of the underworld and witchcraft. In his story The Horror at Red Hook, the horror writer H.P. Lovecraft makes a mention of Mormo.
Also known as Asmodeus, this demon is named in the Talmud (the main text of Rabbinic Judaism) and is often found in the most important treatises on demonology. It is associated with carnal excesses, sensuality, depravity and lust, as well as all kinds of orgiastic states. Lucifer received the names of Asmodeus and Samael “The Poison of God” when, according to the Judeo-Christian tradition, he tempted Eve to taste the fruit of the forbidden tree (the knowledge of good and evil).

The “Grand Duke of Hell” and commander of 40 demonic legions is part of the first demonic hierarchy, next to Beelzebub and Lucifer. He likes to seduce through sins such as laziness, vanity and a rationalist philosophy. It has a really sinister appearance: it is represented as a naked man with two pairs of wings, some large and black bat and other smaller with white plumage. He wears a crown on his head and a serpent on his left hand; his hands and feet are those of a dragon, and he is always riding on a wolf-like creature.

This demon of Hebrew origin and metamorphic characteristics is extremely powerful and usually takes the form of a beast, usually a monstrous elephant, a dinosaur or a hippopotamus. He is also known as Bégimo and due to his love for food he has earned the nickname of demon of gluttony (although other sources say that it is really Beelzebub). He serves as sommelier of the underworld and personal cook of Satan, whom he treats with exquisite wines and delicacies.

Its name derives etymologically from “Ba’al Zvuv”, which means “The Lord of the Flies”. To say the Christian tradition, is nothing less than the Prince of demons. To manifest himself before humans and demonstrate his power, he adopts different names. Not only is it one of the most dangerous demons in history but also one of the oldest: its origins date back to the times of the Semites and the Cathars. That has taken him to occupy a second place in the demonic hierarchy just below Satan.

This dangerous demon is a Marquis of hell, a colossal-sized warrior who lives on the back of a black horse and march escorted by 20 demonic legions. It has the ability to locate lost treasures, reveal secrets and teach the liberal arts to men of high thought. He is also the ruler of all African spirits. He is considered the leader of the fallen angels who joined mortal women to give birth to a race of giants, the Nephilim. They are described as a beautiful angel who lost all beauty once his soul became corrupted and sympathized with Satan.

For the physical presence of Jesus on this earth.

First, it is important to establish that the Bible never tells us that demons are going to stop doing what they did in the gospels. So, the amount of demons and their capacity has not changed; It is a current reality. What a devil could do in Mark, he can do today. This should push us to prayer, in particular to ask God to keep us from the evil one (Mt 6:13).

There is no doubt that the physical presence of the Son of God on earth presented a unique situation. Sure, Satan orchestrated his hosts to do everything possible to ruin God’s plans. Then, it seems reasonable that there is a unique concentration of demonic activity around Jesus (We see evidence of this, both in the temptation of Jesus, Mr 1:13, and the satanic possession of Judas, Lk 22: 3).

Jesus is light, and darkness fled before Him. That is, if a demon was near Jesus, he felt compelled to come and prostrate himself before Christ (Mark 1: 23-24; 5: 6). Something that surely would not happen with a Christian today.

Nowadays, without the physical presence of Jesus, the demons can act in a more clandestine way. In fact, Paul warns us that it will be like this in the end times (1 Timothy 4: 1-3). The passage tells us that demons will invent false religions close to the truth in order to condemn more people. Some may condemn themselves by directly worshiping a demon, but many will go to hell after religions such as Catholicism.
The Bible never instructs us how to identify if someone is demonized. Rather, the demonic possession in the Bible was always obvious. For example, the type of epilepsy suffered by the child in Mark 9 had no origin in something physical, since the father claims that the devil cast him into the water or fire with the intention of killing him (Mark 9:22).

It is important to see that Christ never gave us the mandate or the instructions how to expel a demon, that he only gave it to his disciples, Mr 6: 7. Also, in Mark 16: 17-18, the point is not that all believers will drive out demons, nor that all will speak in tongues (Paul affirms that not every believer speaks in tongues, 1 Cor 12: 30) or that everyone will drink deadly things without hurting them, but this is the kind of thing that would happen to believers in general.

In addition, there is no gift of expelling demons in the Bible, but the gift of healing is what healed both physical illnesses and spiritual illnesses (Lk 7:21, Acts 5:16). That is to say, if someone does not have the capacity to empty a hospital of all his patients, we know that he does not have the capacity to expel a demon either. The gift of healing existed to authenticate those God used to lay the foundation of the church (Eph 2:20, 2 Cor 12:12, Heb 2: 3-4), that’s why we see such extraordinary miracles in the first century ( Acts 5:15, 19:12).

Then, we should not talk to demons. Simply because we do not have that authority. However, in the Bible we see how the person who expelled demons not only addressed them, but talked with them. For example, in the case of man with the legion of demons, first Jesus says, “Get out of this man,” then the demons talk to Jesus and ask permission to enter the pigs, Mr 5: 8, this is due that Jesus has this authority, but not us.


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