Whenever people hear accounts of curses, demons and evil spirits, there is a hesitancy to believe these stories. Perhaps, unrealistic movie scenes or television re-enactments have placed doubts into human minds. Unless you are an eyewitness to one of these supernatural events, demonic influences on mental health isn’t even considered. However, if curses, demons and evil spirits are real, their impact on mental health would explain many unsolved questions.
They came to the other side of the sea, to the region of the Gerasenes. 2 When Jesus got out of the boat, immediately a man from the tombs with an unclean spirit met Him, 3 and the man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with chains. 4 For he had often been bound with shackles [for the feet] and with chains, and he tore apart the chains and broke the shackles into pieces, and no one was strong enough to subdue and tame him. 5 Night and day he was constantly screaming and shrieking among the tombs and on the mountains, and cutting himself with [sharp] stones, Mark 5:1-5.
An estimated 2 million Americans practice some form of self-injury. During my final year of teaching high school, I became aware of the practice of Self-Mutilation. According to an article on the Daily Dot, Emo music and it’s impact on teenagers has been overlooked in America’s growing mental health crisis. Apparently, this new age disco like music is playing a role in tempting depressed and lonely souls to continue cutting their bodies. If you take the passage above as a case study, it’s possible that demons are the force behind modern self-mutilation.
And the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you so angry? And why do you look annoyed? 7 If you do well [believing Me and doing what is acceptable and pleasing to Me], will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well [but ignore My instruction], sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you [to overpower you], but you must master it.” 8 Cain talked with Abel his brother [about what God had said]. And when they were [alone, working] in the field, Cain attacked Abel his brother and killed him, Genesis 4:6-8.
The passage above sheds light on what happens inside the human brain as individuals contemplate what they are going to do. In this case, God has a private conversation with Cain as he wrestles with jealousy within his heart. Cain is frustrated that his occupation as a farmer is much harder than Abel’s position as a shepherd. Subsequently, a spirit of hatred seizes this opportunity to consume Cain’s vulnerable heart. In the end, this evil spirit persuades Cain to do the unthinkable, murder his younger brother. While those who commit crimes today are usually imprisoned, demons and evil spirits flee the scene without blame or getting caught.
For such men are counterfeit apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, since Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 So it is no great surprise if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness, but their end will correspond with their deeds, 2 Corinthians 11:13-15.
The apostle Paul throws another curveball into the discussion of demonic influences on mental health. As a fallen angel, Satan knows how to appear as an angel of light. Thus, you must know that this masquerade continues today, deceiving many Christians and non-believers. This is why Paul wrote a letter to the church at Thessalonica warning people the test everything that you hear with the word of God, 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22. Abstinance from every form of evil must be practiced. If not, demonic influences will impact your mental health.
by Jay Mankus