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Demonology

Demons and Devils in the Top Ten Religions of the World

Demonlogy

1. Christianity

2. Islam

Demonology, known as the study of evil and demons, is best understood as a Catholic (the original Church) and Christian (splintered traditions) belief system. Because Christianity has the largest number of followers in the world, and the historical beliefs of the devil and demons are from the original Church, most people believe that demons are simply a Judeo-Christian concept. After reading this informative overview of the top ten religions of the world, your opinions may change.

Christianity’s beliefs can be described by the bible verse “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NIV). This is a monotheistic faith (one deity) which can also be described as an Abrahamic

the Church and is believed to have knowledge at times that is directly from God. In the Catholic Church beliefs, God is not the creator of the Devil, but God had created Lucifer who became the devil after becoming a fallen angel. Lucifer was the smartest angel who refused to follow God and thus Hell was created for him and the third of the angels who went with Lucifer. According Catholic beliefs, he was not involved with the Garden of Eden. However, he is a great tempter of men. It was the Catholic Church that created the exorcism rites and exorcism/protection prayers that are still used by the clergy, religious, adherents and by paranormal teams today.

belief system. Basic Christianity describes the devil as a fallen angel who rebelled against God. According to the Book of Isaiah, God created Lucifer as one of the most magnificent fallen angels, who then rebelled and was cast out of heaven with a third of all the other angels. These angels have become demons and cause the misfortunes and downfalls of humans. Some sects believe that Lucifer (the name) and Satan (the title) was the serpent in the Garden of Eden that led to original sin and the downfall of man. The devil is also described as the tempter, the adversary, Leviathan, and the dragon. The devil is prominent in the Old Testament as the serpent in Genesis 3, adversary in Job 1-2, David’s nemesis in 2 Sam 24 and 1 Chron. 21, in Zechariah 3, in Isaiah 14, and in Ezekiel 28. He makes his presence known in the New Testament in the Gospels, Acts, Epistles and John’s Book of Revelation.

In the Roman Catholic Church, once known as the Church, participants must go to mass, take sacraments, and observe holy days. The Pope is the head of the Church and is believed to have the head of