(07-23-2018, 04:53 PM)JayRodney Wrote: Never experienced anything supernatural or unexplained, does that make them an expert?
I didn't say he was an expert, but he is very experienced in performing exorcisms, moreso than anyone else I've read so far that is not a Priest. Priests seem to use prayer to bind the demon to God, this is exorcism, but they also perform what is called deliverance. All in all, I do not dismiss the idea that it is a form of psychosis.
Here's more in-depth study on this topic, that I am getting into and the further I get into it, the more I think that psychological intervention is necessary as the first step to rule out schizophrenia or a repercussion from brain injury, or religious dogma mixed in with emotional problems.
Quote:I spoke with Father McAlear for almost three hours, and for the greater portion of the conversation I was struck by a nagging thought. Was it possible that this talented and articulate man, who had been so major an influence in American Catholic deliverance ministry, didn’t actually believe in demons? Or, at least, didn’t believe in them in a strictly literal sense? Was “demonization,” in his usage, simply a metaphor for psychological and emotional sickness, or for old-fashioned sin? In his deliverance ministry had he simply been meeting true-believing charismatics on their own ground, binding (and then expelling) imaginary demons as a way of getting at the real problems of mind and heart? And if McAlear was a metaphorist, might not others I had interviewed also be?
The deliverance prayer -
Quote:In the course of healing prayer I’ll also pray aloud this deliverance prayer: ‘If there is anything here ? not of the Lord Jesus Christ, I bind that in his name and cast it into the fires of his heart.'