A. Devil and demons are different:
There is only one Devil, Gr: diabolos, "an accuser, slanderer"
There are many demons, Gr: daimonion "a knowing one"
The Devil and his angels: Mt 25:41
C. Terms used to describe demons:
Demons=spirits: Lk 10:17+20; evil spirit: Ax 19:13
Possessed by spirit of unclean demon Lk 4:33 = a man with
unclean spirit Mk 1:23
Cast out demons by ruler of demons (Satan): Mk 3:22
Demons = Satan = unclean spirit Mk 3:22-23,30; Lk 11:24
Unclean spirit = unclean spirits=demon-possessed Mk 5:2+13+15
Unclean spirit = demon: Mk 7:25+30; Lk 9:42; Mt 12:43-45
Not every spirit is from God: 1 Jn 4:1-4
E. Demons will be cast into hell: Jn
16:11; Mt 25:41; 2 Pe 2:4; Jude 6; Rev 12:7-9
F. Demons are intelligent powerful
spirit-beings capable of reason
D. Existence of demons appeared to
be generally accepted by the Jews: Lk 4:36
G. The Gentiles viewed demons as both
good and bad, to be feared and worshipped:
In Athens for example, they considered themselves "demon-worshipful"
Ax 17:16-23; v18 ("deity" = lit "demons"); v22 ("religious"
= lit "demon-worshipful")
I. Different Views Of The Origin Of
A. Since the Bible is silent on exactly
where demons came from, the best guess as to the origin of demons is that
they are most likely angels who sinned: Rev 12:7-9; 2 Pet 2:4; Jude 6.
B. Other views do exist:
Justin Martyr, a Christian who lived about 150AD, believed
demons were the offspring of (angels + men = demons) based upon Gen 6:2-4
The Greeks viewed demons as the spirits of wicked dead men:
C. False view: Demons are a personification
of evil and/or physical illnesses
This false view sees the origin of all demons as merely physical
diseases. Today we could cast out demons by giving someone an aspirin or
a flu vaccination. It is a superstitious outlook to medical problems. This
false view teaches that Jesus spoke of demons only to accommodate the popular
ignorance and superstitions of the time.
Sometimes demons were clearly the CAUSE of physical illnesses:
Lk 13:11; Mk 9:17,25; Lk 11:14
Only an intelligent powerful spirit being could do any of
the following, illnesses could not:
Illnesses and possession clearly differentiated:
Recognize Jesus as God's son & Mt 8:29; Mk 1:23-24; 3:11;
5:7; Lk 4:41; 8:28; Ax 19:15
Recognize Paul as God's servant : Ax 16:17
Demons are unclean spirits that can reason: Mt 12:43-45
Knew of coming judgment against them: Mt 8:29; Mk 1:24; 5:7;
Lk 4:34; 8:28,31
"demons believe God and tremble" Jas 2:19 (gr: "tremble"
lit: to bristle up hair)
If merely an illness, how do we account for the reaction
of the heard of swine?: Mk 5:13
How could an illness exert supernatural power to break chains
& shackles: Mk 5:4
Mt 4:24 "ill with various diseases & pains, demoniac,
epileptics (lit: lunatics), paralytics"
Mt 10:8 "Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers,
cast out demons"
Mk 1:32-34 "all who were ill and those who were demon-possessed"
II. False doctrine has its origin in
A. Demons are behind Idol worship:
"the Gentiles sacrifice things to demons and not to God"
1 Cor 10:20
"Deceiving spirits in mouths of prophets" 2 Chron 18:21-22
Athenians were demon-worshipful as they worshipped idols:
"they shall no longer sacrifice to the goat-demons" Lev 17:7
"They sacrificed to demons who were not God" Deut 32:17
"They even sacrificed their sons and daughters to the demons"
"they did not repent so as to not worship demons and idols"
"three unclean spirits like frogs, for they are spirits of
demons" Rev 16:13-14
"Babylon, a dwelling place of demons, prison of every unclean
spirit & hateful bird" Rev 18:2
B. Denominationalism and divisions
of the church:
"Hippocratic liars with seared consciences will fall away
from faith paying attention to deceitful spirits & doctrines of demons"
1 Ti 4:1-2
"Even though we or an angel preaches a different gospel let
him be accursed" Gal 1:8