To possess money is very well; it may be a most valuable servant; to be possessed by it is to be possessed by a devil, and one of the meanest and worst kinds of devils.
Possession and exorcism – that is what was on my mind this morning when I opened my e-mail to find this quote. Once again I wondered at the appropriate and timely nature of it.
Last night I rented the movie “The Rite” with Anthony Hopkins. Any horror movie with him playing in it is scary to me ever since “Silence of The Lambs“. The fact that this was based on a true story even made it worse. And the worst part of all, with me being raised in the Catholic Church, was that I totally believe in demonic possession as a literal thing and the Rite of Exorcism. To see it so realistically and graphically portrayed haunted my thoughts for an hour afterwards. I also found myself praying in the Spirit often as I viewed it. And all of that pushed my thinking towards this:
In the movie it was stated how many more reports the church had recently (in context with the movie) received. As it is my opinion that the world is growing darker with every passing year, this was not hard for me to believe. And the thing that concerns me about the gist of the movie in relation to everyday reality is that, as with the priest that was given to Anthony Hopkins’ character to train, people don’t believe in the devil, demons or possession anymore. That’s good business for them and very, very bad for us! As a direct result of the anti-religious belief system, the rise of atheism and Satanism, the runaway abortion rate, etc. that we are now facing throughout the world, we have given Satan and his horde free reign on this earth to deceive us and pillage our very souls thereby condemning them to hell for eternity!
I don’t know about you, but I believe it is real because the Bible says that it is so. As Christians, we are to believe what the Bible tells us is the truth and not what the enemy says it is. How do you know? Prayer and spending time with God. I will expound on this tomorrow as it is too hot up here to continue with this for today. Until then…
Always remember that Jesus died for us because He loves us!
In His love,
- Movie Review: The Rite (2011) (blogcritics.org)
- Healing Mass offers help for the ‘possessed’ (chron.com)
- Does the Devil Exist? A Review of “The Rite” (2011) (holyblasphemy.net)