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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-05 04:20 PM
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Poll question: Do you believe people can actually become possessed by the devil?

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-05 04:21 PM
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1. I think the term "possession" is a convenient excuse and a copout. n/t
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Melodybe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-05 04:26 PM
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6. I don't believe in the devil, but I do think that Bush is the anti-christ
cause no body has twisted the words of Jesus, in pursuit of greed and power, like Bush and his supporters.
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BeeBee Donating Member (480 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-05 04:21 PM
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2. I would have to believe in the devil first... n/t
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cynatnite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-05 04:22 PM
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3. Mentally insane to the point of some believing it
I don't believe in the devil.
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SheepyMcSheepster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-05 04:23 PM
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4. religion basher!
that's a joke of course :silly:

i voted no, i would love to see some proof for demon possession.

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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-05 04:25 PM
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5. Depends on the Skull & the Bones
Edited on Thu Sep-15-05 04:26 PM by SpiralHawk
Some are submissive to dArK Ahrimanic pOwerS
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shadowknows69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-05 04:31 PM
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10. not necessarily the devil but otherworldly entities yes.
Let's just say I've seen some shit.
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-05 04:43 PM
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16. Yes, indeed.
Some shit has been seen by those who have their eyes opened.
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deacon2 Donating Member (396 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-05 04:30 PM
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7. "The devil's greatest achievement
Edited on Thu Sep-15-05 04:30 PM by deacon2
has been to get men not to believe in him." - I believe that's C.S. Lewis.
Sorry, but this one is just too easy. To paraphrase a popular bumper sticker:
If you don't believe in demonic possession, you haven't been paying attention!
Everytime I see Mr. Bush on television, I wonder what's tatooed on his scalp.
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Eagle_Eye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-05 04:30 PM
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8. I don't believe people can be possessed by the devil, but
I have seen a good number of people get drunk and loose it down a deep well. One guy trashed his whole house and was heading for his car when we modified the engine a little. He woke up in the driveway with puke all over himself. He is not the kind of people I like to be around.
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Jersey Devil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-05 04:31 PM
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9. I AM the devil
I have been haunting NJ for hundreds of years. If you have any questions about demonic possession please PM me since I do not discuss business in public.

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Lars39 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-05 04:35 PM
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12. *snerk*
:D
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Beacho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-05 04:33 PM
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11. There are things yet to be understood
that science and observation have yet to explain. This does not mean that 'demonic' possesion is the reason for unexplained phenomena.


However, at the bottom of all, I must concur that 'anything is possible'.

" Kid, I've flown from one side of this galaxy to the other. I've seen a lot of strange stuff, but I've never seen anything to make me believe there's one all-powerful Force controlling everything."

Han Solo pretty much speaks for me on that one
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Fenris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-05 04:44 PM
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17. An excellent synopsis.
:toast:
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MrSlayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-05 04:42 PM
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13. Of course not.
You can't be possessed by "the Devil" anymore than you can be possessed by Santa Claus. I find the very idea insulting.
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WildClarySage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-05 04:42 PM
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14. I think people blame a fictitious 'devil' or demons or whatever
for the sick nasty things we're actually capable of inflicting on each other. "The Devil made me do it" is too much like "My dog ate my homework"- a way for people to excuse the worst excesses we're guilty of.

OTOH, there *is* worse than demonic posession. Republican possession of the houses of government.
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VOX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-05 04:43 PM
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15. Mankind can be evil enough without demons, Beelzebub, etc.
But if one wants to make a case for a "devil" in a metaphorical sense, using man's worst aspects -- cruelty, hatred, war, rage, intolerance, indifference to suffering, enviousness, dishonesty, etc., then I'm okay with that concept.

It's all just another description of the Republican Party. :grr:
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sui generis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-05 04:44 PM
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18. there is no evil as great as the evil done by perfectly sane
people claiming to be christians in the name of christianity.

I'll take my chances with the devil - he's gotten a bad rap. The devil never sent plagues, killed firstborn children, put entire countries to the sword, man woman and child and then called it the promised land, never burned people at the stake, conducted inquisitions, or asked anyone to hate their children, parents, siblings for not being christian or for being gay.

I'll take my chances with the "devil" any damn day - I'm starting to suspect that the real test of faith is whether people can separate allegiance to god from allegiance to goodness.
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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-05 04:50 PM
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19. Not sure.
In my Catholic school days, I heard some exorcist stories that were supposed to be true from the nuns. However, Christians aren't the only ones who believe in spirit possession. It goes back to the Stone Age and many forms of religion, so there might be something to it.

I'm sure a lot of these cases are from mental illness, but there has to be something else there in cases that mental illness has been ruled out. The fact that this has been believed to be real from the beginning of history and in all cultures means there is something we haven't figured out yet and put to a scientific test.
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fishnfla Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-05 04:50 PM
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20. Lets ask Charles Manson
he was into that
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-05 04:55 PM
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21. Ask Babs. She brought one into the world
Edited on Thu Sep-15-05 04:55 PM by Lastlaughin08
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jokerman93 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-05 05:10 PM
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22. dissociated complexes
Edited on Thu Sep-15-05 05:17 PM by jokerman93
Dissociated complexes can take on a life and intelligence of their own, and can by driven by induction by other psychic "sources". There's the devil, and then there's the devil, and then there's whatever it is we're dealing with these days here on good ol' planet earth...

Funny Story:
Exorcist III was a cool movie. I saw it with (this is no shit!) an old Indian yogi recently come to the states from his Himalayan retreat. We both jumped out of our seats at the climax of that "long empty corridor" sequence where the demon suddenly appears from an adjoining hall, propelled forward, arms out-stretched in the sign of the enterer...

He laughed out loud, turned to me and exclaimed, "That was great!"

:evilgrin:

Other than that, yeah. I've seen "stuff" too.
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fla nocount Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-05 05:51 PM
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23. NO. There's the one source of all and then there's our silly ass
free will. There is no duality............there's just our individual reality, it will wink out when we do........silly rabbit.
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jokerman93 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-05 05:57 PM
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24. wink wink
;-)
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