Under demonic attack

BellatorChristi

Pigeon
Orthodox Inquirer
I’m in the process of becoming an Orthodox Christian But I’ve been having a lot of thoughts blaspheming Christ. Every time I attend the service on zoom I feel really uncomfortable when hering the prayers and chant. What should I do?
Don´t let demons scare you! Read Romans 8:31 as many times you need: " If God is for us, who can be against us?"
 

SeaEagle

Woodpecker
Trad Catholic
I wish they didn’t teach evolution in schools. I think that’s been one of the major tools the devil uses to drive people away from Christianity. That and the rampart pornography on the Internet.
I've been exploring young Earth explanations lately. The theory of evolution was (is) certainly a roadblock in my life.
 

Lawrence87

Kingfisher
Orthodox
You can find God with psychedelics
I know this user is banned but I think it's worth saying something on this topic for the inquirers who are coming from a similar worldview.

It is flat out absurd to posit that God would grant an audience to just about anyone simply because they ingested the right substance. It's like saying turning up drunk on the White House lawn in your underpants is going to get you an audience with the president.

There are plenty of entities out there who would like you to worship them as a god and would gladly deceive you into believing as such. These are undoubtedly what people encounter when they think they got high and met God.

Saints labour in asceticism for their whole earthly lives and even then they aren't always blessed with divine visitation. The idea that you can shortcut this by eating some mushrooms is ridiculous.
 

Twigg

Sparrow
Orthodox
My anxiety is slowly reducing as my faith increases. I still have weird ocd fears though but they’ve decreased in intensity I hope one day they will go away for good when I put my complete trust in Christ. Lately, though I’ve been having really bad nightmares is there some sort of spiritual connection to this I remember Roosh saying he had really bad nightmares when he was living in the former crackhouse.
 

Akaky Akakievitch

Woodpecker
Orthodox Catechumen
My anxiety is slowly reducing as my faith increases. I still have weird ocd fears though but they’ve decreased in intensity I hope one day they will go away for good when I put my complete trust in Christ. Lately, though I’ve been having really bad nightmares is there some sort of spiritual connection to this I remember Roosh saying he had really bad nightmares when he was living in the former crackhouse.

I'm only catechumen but I'll share what I know so far.

My anxiety is slowly reducing as my faith increases. I still have weird ocd fears though but they’ve decreased in intensity I hope one day they will go away for good when I put my complete trust in Christ.

It's always good to struggle against something, and our weaknesses can help us to become stronger. If God took away these fears, what would we be fighting against instead? I often pose this towards myself. There's a reason we're battling against something in this particular moment, so it's trying to trust in God's will to guide us, rather than hope that all hardship be removed from us.

Lately, though I’ve been having really bad nightmares is there some sort of spiritual connection to this I remember Roosh saying he had really bad nightmares when he was living in the former crackhouse.

Nightmares can have demonic origins but not always. I think there's a tendency to blame everything on demons, when in some cases it can be more natural. That being said, it is certainly true that demons can attack you during the night and plague your dreams, and it's something I've heard echoed elsewhere that demons are at the height of their influence around the hours of 3-4am. This is usually when the most paranormal activity tends to occur on average, so we would understand that to be demons of course.

Locations can inherit a curse or be tainted due to previous sinful activity, e.g. a previous murder on the same grounds. There is some sort of spiritual "law" that demons can inhabit a place if grave evil has been committed there, which for me explains the whole notion of "haunted" houses. Intuitively it makes sense, so I think for the Orthodox in particular, or those who are spiritually more sensitive, this has deeper implications in the spiritual warfare.

I recently attended a house blessing for one of my friends at the parish, and it was a new experience for me to see the priest blessing the house with holy water and reading prayers to banish the presence of any latent demons from previous occupants. It might be something to consider if this particular location is causing you concern or you feel that it is a factor in your nightmares.

Either way, I'd speak to your priest about the situation and ask him for advice on how to gain protection from attacks. Making the sign of the Cross on all four sides of the bed before you sleep might be a suggestion, or going to bed with a Cross by your side, praying more to your Guardian Angel etc. there are many ways to go about it.

But again, I'm still only a baby in the faith, just things I've read and come across in my journey this past year, hope this helps you in some way.
 

jonathanjones02

Pigeon
Catholic
Because we are tempted by powers of the air, it may be helpful to daily pray, out loud, 9 prayers in honor of the Trinity:

- 3 Lord’s Prayer
- 3 Hail Mary
- 3 Jesus Prayer
 

MeaningfulMan

Woodpecker
Catholic
I know this user is banned but I think it's worth saying something on this topic for the inquirers who are coming from a similar worldview.

It is flat out absurd to posit that God would grant an audience to just about anyone simply because they ingested the right substance. It's like saying turning up drunk on the White House lawn in your underpants is going to get you an audience with the president.

There are plenty of entities out there who would like you to worship them as a god and would gladly deceive you into believing as such. These are undoubtedly what people encounter when they think they got high and met God.

Saints labour in asceticism for their whole earthly lives and even then they aren't always blessed with divine visitation. The idea that you can shortcut this by eating some mushrooms is ridiculous.
Very well said!

I’m curious for your thoughts on another topic. I’ve been hearing lately that “cursing is not that bad because even some saints were known to have bad mouths”. Yes, the last time I heard this… it came from a Protestant. Have you heard this?? Thoughts?
 

Lawrence87

Kingfisher
Orthodox
Very well said!

I’m curious for your thoughts on another topic. I’ve been hearing lately that “cursing is not that bad because even some saints were known to have bad mouths”. Yes, the last time I heard this… it came from a Protestant. Have you heard this?? Thoughts?

I've never heard of any Saints being said to have been foul mouthed.

This may be in regard to the recent movie about Padre Pio, which contains a scene where he is depicted as swearing at someone. I believe this is controversial even among Catholics as to whether it depicts him accurately, but that is irrelevant because Pio is not an Orthodox Saint and was most likely a charlatan.

Don't excuse yourself for cursing. It happens, a lot of us come from a background where we made a habit of it, but we should try not to do it. When you see a child cursing it immediately does not seem right and we are shocked by it, this is because it is not a normal or innocent behaviour, thus we should try not to do it ourselves, if for no other reason than to make sure we don't accidentally pass it on to children.
 
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