With the upcoming release of the fictional “Angels and Demons” (or as I call it DaVinci Code part deux) I have to ask the real question: Are there real demons?? Are they walking among us as seen in the movie “Constantine?”
* Alabama shooter kills 10
* German shooter kills 10
* Oakland shooter kills 3 cops.
* and on and on……
Yes, I understand that out of a billion inhabitants a few people out of their minds is normal. But what drove them out of their minds? 99.99999 percent of the population can neutralize the instict to kill their enemies/ loved ones/ strangers on the street, so what tips these .00001 percent over the edge?
My answer: demons.
And not the run-of-the-mill demons that make you go for that extra slice of pie for dessert or make you lie to your friends about missing their party last week. I’m talking about the true evil that makes you contemplate flying yourself and a plane full of fuel into a building. Demons that can literally drive you out of your rational mind and do something indescribable.
Some time ago I attended a church that printed a series of questions on the back of their bulletin. These were questions that could be used to initiate discussions about ethics, morals, spirituality, etc. Aptly enough, this section was called “The Back of the Bulletin” 1 For some reason, I was attracted to keep their discussion titled “Demons, Are They Real?” but never got a chance to start this investigation. The time for that investigation is now.
Over the next few weeks, I will post each new question from The Back of the Bulletin on this blog, and hopefully a spirited (sic) discussion will follow. Just to give you my background: I’m an engineer and not attracted to the artifacts of the world beyond the veil (those things we cannot see) such as spirits, ghosts, demons, etc. I’ve never seen a UFO or experienced anything that cannot be explained by science, physics, chemistry, gaming theory. I do believe in God and therefore must believe in Satan. For whatever reason, they both feel that they need entities to carry out some actions, so therefore I believe in angels and demons. I don’t believe that demons make you cheat on your taxes or grab extra food at a buffet; these are behaviors that can be easily explained by our background as opportunistic hominid foragers more than by the spiritual world.
But when a rational person (and millions of years of evolution has resulted in a fairly stable brain) goes on a rampage, I have to believe that there was an extra spiritual push in there, somewhere. I will discuss the mechanics of the brain and how it can be gamed to see/feel/experience something extraordinary, but there’s been no proof that the deranged individuals that we are discussing were under the influence at the time of their terror sprees. Sherlock Holmes would not settle on demons as the underlying influence2 but we may surprise ourselves when we start eliminating all other factors from the equation.