The following information is a summary overview of demons
and demonology based on LIPI’s numerous conversations with and attendance at
presentations given by well known demonologists. These include Adam Blai, John
Zaffis, Carl and Keith Johnson (the demonologist "twins" from TAPS).
Much of this information is based on the teachings and
doctrines of Christianity and the Roman Catholic church. It is not our intention
to promote or select a particular faith over another. The members of Long Island
Paranormal Investigators represent many faiths and beliefs. We recognize that
other faiths and beliefs may not share the same views of demons as presented
Additionally, it is not our intent for this to be the
complete final-word on the subject of demons; Merely a general review of the
subject. Research, theory and field investigations by many people are
continually on going. This article will be update as often as possible when new
information is uncovered.
WARNING!!! Demons and demonology is not something to be
entered into casually or as a hobby! Practicing demonologists have devoted their
lives to the field. They have spent years in study and working with people in
the field. Do not think you are prepared to deal with demons after reading
Co-founder of TAPS Grant Wilson introduces
psychologist and demonologist Adam Blai (right)
at a seminar held at the Stanley Hotel in CO.
The Origin of Angels and Demons
In the beginning, G-d created the universe. As part of the
creation He created angels.
Angels are "designer" entities, created by G-d specifically
to do His will. They are inhuman. Their true nature is not humanoid (they don’t
look like us). Some angels are able to appear human when they manifest to people
but that is not what they really are. Nor are angels created in G-d’s image
(i.e. they don’t look like G-d). It is beyond our limited mortal ability to
comprehend their true nature. They are "equipped" with the necessary tools,
abilities and knowledge to carry out their instructions. There are different
classes/categories of angels (a discussion of these classes/categories is
beyond the scope of this article).
Angels were given freewill by G-d. Only angels and Man
were given freewill.
When G-d created Man in His image that angered some angels.
When G-d gave Man freewill too (something that only the angles had) that angered
some angels even more. Finally, G-d placed Man in greater importance in the
universe than the Angels, second only to Himself (i.e. First G-d, then Man, then
This was the last straw to some angels. Some angels
exercised their freewill and objected to G-d’s will. They rebelled. There was a
war between the angels that obeyed G-d (the ‘good’ angels) and the angels that
rebelled against His will (the ‘bad’ angels).
How long the war lasted can not be put in human terms
("time" as we know it has no meaning in Heaven). When angels battle they don’t
fight in physical terms as we know it. They “fight” by exchanging philosophical
arguments, like a giant and powerful debating team.
In the end the bad angels were defeated (not that there was
any doubt which side G-d would allow to win). As punishment for going against G-d’s
will all the rebellious angels were cast out of Heaven down to Earth. There (on
Earth) they are to remain until the Final Judgment.
What Do Demons Want From Us?
Given the opportunity demons would literally sweep across
the Earth and destroy every man, woman and child. However, G-d’s will does not
allow that (see The Rules below).
Instead, demons want us to turn away from G-d and G-d’s
law. They want us to corrupt ourselves in body and spirit with things like
drugs, alcohol, promiscuous and lascivious sex, lying, thieving, acts of
violence including murder, etc. They want us not to return to G-d for
forgiveness and help but rather follow them instead.
What Do Demons Look Like?
If you were able to see a demon in it’s true form it would
look monstrous and horrific. Not because that’s how they were made. But rather
because it is a reflection of how much they hate G-d, his will, and us.
When demons appear to people they often appear as a human
or humanoid creature. Sometimes they try to trick us and appear as a close
relative or friend who has recently died. However, a key feature of a demon
appearance is they are not allowed (by G-d, see The Rules below) to appear in
normal human form. There is always something grotesquely wrong with their
appearance: Missing a limb, missing an eye, face twisted, etc.
How Do Demons Behave?
Demons are accomplished liars. Nothing they say is to be
believed. They will twist facts and statements to try to get you to believe
Demons have superior intelligence compared to even the
smarted human. They can use that intelligence to out think us.
Demons can not read your mind. But they do know what you
have done, especially what sins and other transgressions (things you’re not
proud of and wouldn’t want the rest of the world to know you have done).
Demons do not know for certain the future. But they can use
their superior intelligence to calculate very accurate predictions about what is
likely to happen. And they can make these predictions rapidly over a large
number of possible courses of action. This is how they can appear to know the
How Do Demons Get Into Our Lives?
There are many ways demons can try to come into our lives.
The image of a close relative or friend who recently died appears to you
(usually at night) and strongly urges you to do something (often extreme or
violent). Or, the demon can tell you to avoid someone close to you, tell you
lies about someone etc.
- You hear a loud "booming" voice in your head commanding you to do
something. The voice is often very forceful, frightening in it’s power, and
sounds like the quintessential "evil voice". Note this is not to be confused
with the "little voice" of your conscience people of hear when faced with a
tough decision or moral dilemma, nor is it be confused with people who do have
mental health issues (see below).
- You and/or your family may be in a difficult place in your life.
Financial trouble, sever health problems, etc. A demon may approach you
promising to solve your problem if you agree to go with them at the end of your
life. They may also want you to promise over your children or another family
member to them. In this case the demon may actually help in the short run but it
is not for your benefit as much as it is to solidify their grasp on you.
Can Demons Be Forgiven?
Angels and demons, by the nature of what they are, are able
to know immediately and accurately the complete out comes of the choices they
have and the decisions they make. So when some angels chose to use their
freewill to rebel against G-d they knew right away what they were doing and what
would happen. It is because they immediately know what the results of their
choices will be they can not be forgiven by G-d.
By comparison, Man does not know the immediate and accurate
outcomes of our decisions (no matter how smart we think we are or how well we
think we’ve thought them out). It is because we do not know what the complete
results of our choices will be that, unlike demons, Man can be forgiven by G-d
for the choices we’ve made. It isn’t always as easy to get His forgiveness as
you see on TV. And yes, sometimes G-d does not forgive us. But we can always try
to seek G-d’s forgiveness because we do not know the full results of our choices
when we make them.
The Correlation Between Demons And Mental Illness
(The following information is a summary of comments
frequently made by a well known demonologist who is also a PhD in Psychology and
a practicing psychologist. Mental illness is a serious subject that affects
individuals and families. It is not intended to imply that all persons with
mental illness are experiencing demonic activity, nor that all persons
experiencing demonic activity are also experiencing mental illness.)
It has been observed by demonologists who are also
professionals in the mental health field that there seems to be a correlation
between demonic activity (and possession) and persons experiencing mental
illness. It has been observed that demons will often try to influence people
with mental illness to a greater extent than non-mentally ill persons. And
demons will try to hide with in a person with mental illness as it is more
difficult for the demon to be identified as such.
One theory to possibly explain this is persons who’s minds
are already weaken by mental or emotional issues (including alcoholism and drug
use) are less able to defend themselves. This makes them more susceptible to
being influenced by a demon.
There are certain specific rules set forth by G-d that
govern what demons can and cannot do. Some of these rules have been previously
mention but are repeated here:
Demons would like nothing more than to sweep across the Earth and
literally destroy all of Mankind. But G-d’s will doesn’t allow that.
Demons can not appear in whole/normal human form. They must have some
obvious deformity (missing a limb or other body part, a twisted/grotesque face,
Demons do not know the future. They can make accurate predictions and
probably out comes but they don’t know for certain the future.
Demons have to be invited in to your life either directly by calling for
them, seeking them out, or by allowing them in (which is why techniques such as
séances and Ouija boards are dangerous!). They can try to trick and confuse you
into allowing them into your life. But they can’t just come into your life. And
you have to make the choice to accept them into your life (whether you know
their true nature or not).
There are certain "rules of engagement" demons must obey if you encounter
one unknowingly or accidentally. These rules are discussed more below.
So You Want To Be A Demonologist?
People who are active practicing demonologists don’t enter
the field as a whim or hobby. Demonology is a life time commitment. They
recognized the battle between good and evil is real. Once involved you can’t get
One noted demonologist refers to the battle between G-d and
demons as “The Chessboard”. This is not to be taken as a game or fun! Rather,
chess is about strategy and making the right moves to keep your opponent in
check. So it is in the battle between G-d and demons.
Demons are all around us but for most people they rarely if
ever make their presences known. But once you set foot on “the chessboard” they
become aware of you and you’re knowledge about them. They will always be
watching you and be at some aspect in your life.
Noted paranormal investigator, demonologist and
author John Zaffis.
People who are effective demonologists believe it is a deep
calling. Not just a feeling but they believe they have been called to this
service by G-d. Working closely with priests who are familiar with demons and
demonology, using prayer and meditation, they seek confirmation from G-d that
they are in fact “chosen” to be in the field. This is extremely important to
When G-d chooses someone to be a fighter against demons
they are given certain protections from demons by G-d. These include physical,
mental and spiritual protection. It’s not total invulnerability but without
these protections demons can and could physically, mentally and spiritually
True demonologists lead mainly solitary lives. Friends,
family, relations, even pets can be possessed and manipulated to be used against
the demonologist. This solitude leads most demonologists to have very stressful
and emotional lives. Fortunately, G-d recognizes the stresses of the work and
will guide people to these demonologists to be their friends and associates to
help ease their burdens.
Demons And The Paranormal Investigator ("The Rules Of
The question arises: What if as a paranormal investigator
you and/or your group accidentally encounter a demon or walk into a demonic
situation? Is there anything you can do to protect yourself in that situation?
The rules are very clear when it comes to innocent,
accidental encounters. If you unknowingly meet a demon or enter into a demonic
situation the demon can not harm you, at least not seriously. They can threaten
you, try to provoke, physically show you that you do not have the protection of
G-d (as described above), mock your prayers and faith, etc. But they can not
outright attack you initially.
However, once it is clear that you are dealing with a demon
and that you do not have the divine protections of G-d that a demonologist of
the calling has, it is your responsibility to leave the area as quickly as
possible. Do not stay or linger. Exit the situation immediately and do not
re-enter. The demon has shown itself to you, shown you its power and shown you
that you do not have the divine protections of G-d in these matters. Now it is
If you leave the demon can not follow you, harm you or your
family, come into your life, etc. You entered the situation innocently and now
have made the free will choice not to be part of this be choosing to immediately
leave. The demon may try to mock you, try to anger you by questioning your faith
or courage. But that’s all they can do.
But, if you choose to stay in that situation (or return
back after leaving) knowing that it is a demon and you don’t have the divine
protections of G-d then your fate is your own. Even if you later leave the demon
can (and probably will) follow you. You can try to seek help from others but
since you were aware of the situation and your lack of protection yet still used
your free will to choose to stay and fight, your options are limited.
LIPI members with Keith and Carl Johnson (the
demonologist "twins" from TAPS).
What About Other Faiths?
While much of what we in the Western world know of demons
comes from the Christian church (specifically the Roman Catholic church),
Christianity doesn’t have the exclusive "inside track" to demons. According to
myth, legend and ancient writings humans have been battling demons since the
beginnings of history – long before the establishment of the church.
According to two well known demonologists, there exists a
"universal truth" that we know as G-d. Doesn’t matter what faith we are, what
prayers we say or what language we say them in. There is still one universal
truth. All our faiths, symbols and prayers reference this truth.
Demons are closer to this truth then we as mortals are.
They know the power of this truth, the power this truth has over them, and they
fear it. So it isn’t the wording of the prayers or the religion that you follow
per se which has power to battle demons. It is the strength of your faith in
these religions, prayers and symbols that all point back to the one truth which
gives power to fight demons.
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