There is also no devil out to get me. All the demons which are supposed to be inside me are in my brain. My thinking and thoughts. These are not demons but simply bad patterns of behavior. I can change those even if I need to get help to do so.
What theists don’t seem to understand is that this whole possession and devil thing remove the value of free will in choosing to be heaven bound. Despite their efforts to get inside the pearly gates, they can be defeated by evil and it is supposedly beyond their control. That’s right. Now ask them what happens to those who were possessed and died before the exorcism? No, they didn’t think that one through as far as I can see.
What is the definition of ‘demonic possession’ then?
The Catholic Church is said to recognize 4 characteristics of demon possession:
1. Knowledge of a language previously unknown by the victim.
2. Knowledge of hidden or secret things.
3. Demonstration of superhuman strength.
4. An aversion to the things of God.
I found hundreds of sites that define possession or influence of evil spirits. No, there is no single definition. Look at this one attributed to Catholicism: Speaking in tongues is right out. Knowing secret things… how would you know someone knows secret things? That’s a mind fuck right there. Superhuman strength? What exactly is that? Humans have some serious strength when adrenaline kicks in. Does that count? An aversion to the things of god… hmmm, guess I must be possessed.
The point is this, there is no definition of what demonic possession is nor it’s effect on the victim. It literally could be anything the church (pick your favorite version) doesn’t agree with. The RCC sends specially trained priests (women can’t do this) to do exorcisms. Yes, only these specially trained people can tell the difference between ‘real’ possession or demonic activity and your ordinary every day crazy. What that amounts to is that one more time the church has the ability to proclaim you as sick or broken and only the church can fix it or heal you. If your nose is working you should be smelling a scam at this point.
Now, back to the title…
If there is no demon to possess me, there is no god to protect me. That sounds logical enough, but is it? Maybe there is a god but no demons. Well, does your religion believe in demons? If so, your god probably isn’t real either.
Maybe there are demons and a god and that god just doesn’t care enough to protect us from demons?
Maybe the god sent the demons to do what they do because he enjoys the show?
The chances that your church believes in a real god drop by 100% if they believe in demonic possession. They believe in not one but two imaginary beings who are supposed to be interfering with your life. How can you have free will with all that bs happening? If there is no free will, what is the point of religion?
There is no devil and all my ‘demons’ are of my own making. Without a devil, what need have I of a god? Perhaps our gods are of our own making too. I think so.