Education Superstition

Cavalier

Woodpecker
Orthodox Catechumen
Sorry friend but 'affinity' with demon is loaded terms. Unless you live within monastery, tv, fantasy, porno, drugs, drinking, entire culture zeitgeist around us is forcing the demonic power onto life of all.

Do you and all who claim they have zero fear of evil demons live like saint? No? Then you have affinity with demon. Same people in thread claim they immune to evil force post in drug thread about mota(Beast). Make myself laugh, but course no affinity with demon and with simpicity all demon flee! Absurdo

Faith scripture and word alone not enough you must work hard to be save.

I not argue anymore with prideful here, i keep faith in Christ at same time not underestimate demons and force around us.
The long and short answer is if you or anyone else has such a fear then don’t even touch any money laying in the street. I have no such fear myself and have always considered it fortunate to find money and enjoy it. I have never had a problem because of it. So no point in arguing really. To each his own.
 

SimpleMan

Robin
Other Christian
The same Abba Agathon was walking with his disciples. One of them, finding a small green pea on the road, said to the old man, ‘Father, may I take it?’ The old man, looking at him with astonishment, said, ‘Was it you who put it there?’ ‘No,’ replied the brother. ‘How then,’ continued the old man, ‘can you take up something which you did not put down?’”

I like and agree with this.

Thou shalt not steal is an important rule in life now, and it extends further for me everyday.

It would be a Sin for me to take it in the first place. I felt like that when some decent suit cases were left outside a holiday home. I wanted them, I could have taken them, and what the Father said above was relayed to me.

"Is it yours?"

The answer was 'No', so I left them, even if I had the thought of someone else picking it up and that it may have been a gift. I left them after that simple question, and the only issue left was that I may have caused someone else to Sin instead for taking them. I was reminded that I cannot stop that, but it was an annoying afterthought nonetheless.

Strangely the last film I watched on the internet without buying it was a film called Code 8. When I realized what I was doing was wrong while watching it, I remember looking up the Commandments and I was given my answer. I'm not sure this was either coincidence, or superstitious, but rather providence.

Regarding superstitions in general, I think following God's Law only, and not the thoughts and beliefs of the world is the way to go from here on out. Our thoughts and ideas have been collected from unhelpful sources throughout our life and many can lead us into silliness and into the way of the evil one.
 
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nagareboshi

Woodpecker
Orthodox
By giving agency to demons and the devil, you have denied your faith in Christ and allowed evil to take power over you.

I suggest you reread the Bible and look to the multitudes of examples where the faithful scare away demons by calling to Christ for aid.

Brother, I would like to add that we give the devil rights over us when we commit sin. St Paisios says that many of our misfortunes come from the devil who is emboldened when we do evil. So yes, you are technically correct that giving agency to the demons is a denial of Christ, but actually all of our sins are of this nature.

The apostles and saints were fearless before the demons because they fought against their sins, but if someone, for example, commits a sin of fornication, then they should not be surprised if later they fall under some curse or misfortune from a witch. St Paisios describes this type of event in some detail (I like his writing because it’s both spiritual and practical). Also, Father Daniel Sysoev wrote that it is an ancient privilege of the devil that he can do much more evil against sinners.

So, to summarize, maybe a good balance is that we should be fearful of curses and “superstitions” to a proportion that matches our own sinfulness.
 

The Beast1

Peacock
Orthodox Inquirer
Gold Member
Brother, I would like to add that we give the devil rights over us when we commit sin. St Paisios says that many of our misfortunes come from the devil who is emboldened when we do evil. So yes, you are technically correct that giving agency to the demons is a denial of Christ, but actually all of our sins are of this nature.

The apostles and saints were fearless before the demons because they fought against their sins, but if someone, for example, commits a sin of fornication, then they should not be surprised if later they fall under some curse or misfortune from a witch. St Paisios describes this type of event in some detail (I like his writing because it’s both spiritual and practical). Also, Father Daniel Sysoev wrote that it is an ancient privilege of the devil that he can do much more evil against sinners.

So, to summarize, maybe a good balance is that we should be fearful of curses and “superstitions” to a proportion that matches our own sinfulness.
So don't willfully sin.
Even if we sin, through true repentance, forgiveness, and the cleansing power of the liturgy and eucharist, the devil loses all of his power. This includes the sins I knowingly and unknowingly commit. I defer to what was written in the blog I linked. Fearing witches and superstitions is silly and belays a lack of faith in Christ.
 
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