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Exorcism in Christianity and Catholicism

The United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio is one of the official U.S. seminaries that treats supernatural aspects as real and even have multiple conferences that focus on divine healing. This tends to go against the common upper-middle class American Protestantism belief. Non-Catholics refer to casting out demons as “spiritual warfare and deliverance” and Catholics refer to this act as “Exorcism.”

I was taught that there are invisible and spiritual forces out there that are undetectable by any scientific instruments. It is a general Christian belief that demonic activity occurs regularly and that there is a constant battle against evil. The phenomena has been documented across cultures and across time. There are many biblical mentions of demons and exorcisms. The New Testament even commands believers to battle demons.

I was always taught that the Methodist Church has appointed people to handle deliverance or exorcisms and that they have strict guidelines about determining whether or not an exorcism is actually necessary. My father always remained adamant that the need for an exorcism is actually very rare. For the purpose of this blog post, I want to be clear that this post in based on my personal opinion gathered from information that I was taught. Please feel free to do your own research and come to your own conclusions on the subject.

The Roman Catholic Church is more commonly known for performing exorcisms. Despite what you see in the popular films, it is not done on a regular basis. The guidelines are very strict and each case is investigated thoroughly. It is very rare for an exorcism to be authorized and exorcisms are not considered a Sacrament. Unlike Christians, most Catholics believe that if a priest did not obtain special permission from the bishop, he can still perform a prayer of deliverance but it is not considered to be a full exorcism. It also does not include addressing the evil spirit directly. Therefore it is not recommended for cases of possession. However, in cases of a real possession, priests must never conduct solemn exorcisms without the permission of a bishop. They can only assist in exorcism through prayer and helping the exorcist. The only formal exorcism rites sanctioned by an established church can be found in the Ritual Romanum.

In Christianity, exorcism is better known as “casting out” or “spiritual warfare and deliverance.” It is the practice of casting out demons from someone who has been deemed to be possessed. The person who is performing the “exorcism” or “casting out” is commonly known as the exorcist. The exorcist is usually a minister, a lay person, or an individual who is believed to have special powers or skills. However, it is common for many Christians to believe that any mature Christian can perform an exorcism, not just members of clergy. Most Christians believe that the authority to cast out demons is given to them by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (also known as the Holy Trinity).

My father stressed that before determining that a person is suffering from a spiritual issue, the person should be assessed by a medical doctor to rule out any medical or psychological conditions that may be causing the symptoms they are experiencing It is also important to make sure that the person is not experiencing symptoms caused by medications, alcohol or drugs.

Exorcisms should never be performed on someone who has not been properly examined by a medical doctor first.

After all medical and psychological conditions have been ruled out by a medical doctor, the “possessed person” is not labeled as “evil” or held wholly responsible for their actions. The possessed person is considered to be an unwilling person who is manipulated by a demon. This usually results in harm to self or others and for this reason, exorcism is believed to be a cure instead of a punishment. the Exorcist and their assistants must do everything possible to ensure that proper precautions are taken so that no one (including the possessed individual) is harmed during the exorcism.

The majority of exorcisms usually include at least one or more of the following: prayers, scripture, gestures, symbols, sacred or blessed religious items. God, Jesus and archangels are invoked and asked to intervene during the exorcism. My father also stressed the importance of having at least two spiritually mature adults, preferably clergy or laymen, performing the exorcism.

 

 

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any agency or religion. Recommendations within this article are only recommendations. They should not be utilized in real-world scenarios unless advised by trained and experienced persons. Assumptions made within the articles are not reflective of all Christians or Catholics or any other religious organizations. The author advises you to exercise your own judgment and to seek out your own answers through research and guidance from experienced and educated leaders. It is the authors’ opinion that there is no such thing as a demonologist and if there is, they did not take an online class to receive this certification. Demonology is not a subject to be taken lightly or without in depth study. The author also recommends that proper education and experience certifications should be requested from individuals claiming to possess such skills. No pun intended.

 

Madison Seminary Camera Issues

Madison Seminary SB7 sessionMadison Seminary in Ohio did not seem to appreciate my cameras. I don’t think I’ve ever had so many camera difficulties across all of my devices at one location.

I was the first one to arrive at The Madison Seminary in Madison, Ohio. It was dark already and I figured I would make the best of my alone time there while waiting for everyone else to arrive. I grabbed my iphone for some quick photos and for some reason, my flash would not work at all.

Sometimes seeing a black screen in the Camera app instead of the image you’re trying to photograph can be a software  or hardware issue. If the problem is due to the software, because of a bug in iOS, you can usually remedy the problem by switching between the front and rear-facing cameras. If that doesn’t fix the problem, then stopping the Camera app and restarting it may fix the problem. The other option is to force restart your iPhone. If the problem isn’t the hardware, it’s a good idea to make sure that something isn’t blocking the camera so make sure that the lens isn’t covered. Which makes the photos that I took even more strange. My phone did not have any of the above mentioned issues and I could see Madison Seminary on my screen. However, when I took the picture, the photos below are the result.

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I was able to see a bright red orb (I am not really a fan of orbs) but I attributed this to the red exit signs illuminating the ends of the halls in the building. (See below).

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I checked all of my settings and even turned my phone on and off but that really didn’t seem to help.

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It was very dark outside but I was able to at least see the building in the photos.

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So I drove around to the back of the building thinking that I may have more luck back there but that seemed to make it worse.

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I realize that this does not mean that it’s a “paranormal” problem but I rarely have this much trouble with my iPhone camera. Being the resourceful person that I am, I put my iPhone in the car and got my digital Canon Powershot out and took a few photos with it. Guess what? I had the same problems.

Here are the photos taken with the Canon.

Here is the back of the building:

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Finally….I got it to work after about 8 million attempts and getting nothing but photos similar to the one above.madison-seminary-back-cindie-harper-canon-camera-haunted

So after getting one successful photo of the back of the building, I went around to the front. This is what I got.

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Now, my iPhone camera and Canon weren’t the only cameras that were not working properly. My handheld Sony video camera’s batteries kept being drained after about an hour of use and the camera would shut off on it’s own even when the battery was charged.

I will post more about that in another blog. I just wanted to share these photos with you so that you could see what I am referring to when I discuss camera issues.

Most of you who know me know that I am not new to the paranormal or visiting old, allegedly haunted locations and I am definitely not new to traveling and photography. I have traveled the world using many different cameras and devices and I rarely have trouble. If I do, it’s usually only with one device or camera but not all of them at one place.

I’m not claiming this to be paranormal. This blog was meant to share this observation with you. That’s it. I am not the first person to have this problem at this location and it’s highly unlikely that I will be the last.

By: Cindie Harper

 

Check out the shadow figure that Todd Bonner of Detroit Paranormal Expeditions (DPX) caught on video at Madison Seminary. It appears to be running away from me while investigator Jeff Adkins of Detroit Paranormal Expeditions (DPX) is sitting on the floor in the middle of the screen below: