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sexta-feira, 3 de julho de 2015
DEMONS: ANCIENT AND MODERN
Be alert and of
Your enemy the devil prowls around
like a roaring lion
looking for someone to devour..
1 Peter 5:8 (read 5:8-11) - NIV
The Bible speaks the language of the heart and covers
all emotions from joy, love, hope and beauty to sadness, hate, despair and
ugliness. It can be both comforting and scary. Its images are metaphors, not
literal objects. They are a means of describing what is beyond logic. The
statement that "God is light" does not mean that light is God, but
that God illuminates all things. In this case, the light figure points beyond
itself to the divine illumination.
The Devil is not a literal monster, loose on earth,
whose mission is to turn people away from God and lead them to eternal
damnation in hell. The demonic world is associated with darkness, the dark side
of our lives. We all have our dark and unknown side. It is from there that the
"demons" attack us.
Life is full of traps! With an almost infinite number
of variables it is very easy for results to be different from expectations.
Another problem is our subconscious, where we hide our true motives from
ourselves. The juncture of these two factors puts us in a situation where life
can be full surprises and should be seen critically and with an open mind.
I do not believe that there exists some monster out
there walking around loose and plotting how to devour me. With the factors
mentioned above there is no need for the existence of demons to explain all the
evil that exists in the world. The Old Testament did not need these figures to
explain evil. Human beings with their capacity for self-deception are
sufficient. I do not need enemies or demons to make me destroy myself. I can do
it alone without any outside help. The devil and his demons are mythological
figures that help us understand the dynamics of evil within ourselves. The
dark, hidden inner dimensions of us are factors to be faced and dealt with by
all of us!
Peter was referring mainly to the diabolical action of
the persecutors of Christians at that time. This caused much suffering. The
price paid for being a Christian was high. The first generations of Christians
suffered, often terribly, at the hands of their enemies. They needed a lot of
courage and vigilance to resist the “persecution Devil”.
I doubt that any reader of this meditation is
threatened with death by the mere fact of professing the Christian faith.
Today's demons are different. They are fear, hate, social crises, hunger,
crime, corruption, violence, injustice, poverty, apathy, ignorance, alienation,
hopelessness, pessimism, etc.
Our surveillance today would be noncompliance and
avoid acting in counterproductive ways. Many seek the prayers of pastors to
expel the demons of disease, poverty, disasters and all the problems that
afflict them. Wealthy people request prayers against the demons who threaten
their prosperity, their health and their desires. While Christians are filling the
temples in order cast out the demons created by the "Faith industry",
the real demons are loose in the world devouring their victims. They
love “pew religion”, because it gives them a free hand to act in the world.
It is up to us to face the devil where he is: within
us and within all segments of the society in which we live. This is done through
humility and living the divine love everywhere we walk.
1 PETER 5:8-11 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a
roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the
faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is
undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ,
after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you
strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.