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    Why Does the Devil Possess People At All?

    Why does Satan possess people at all? It seems that his best tool is Temptation and Doubt. He uses those quite effectively. You only need to take a look at the world and and how people are captive to new philsophy (or philosophies) of the age. Not that the philosophies found in the world are ever new. They are recycled again and again. But it is effective.

    So, what causes Devils to interfere with people in tangible ways such as:

    1. External Physical Pain Caused by Satan:
    As its name suggestions, demonic activity can manifest as physical pain. Fr. Amorth points to Saint John of the Cross, the Cure of Ars, and Padre Pio as historical examples of those who suffered physical beatings and torment by demons. However, since this “external form of persecution does not affect the soul,” it is understood that “there has never been the need for an exorcism, only for prayers.”
    2. Demonic Possession:

    “This occurs when Satan takes full possession of the body (not the soul); he speaks and acts without the knowledge or consent of the victim, who therefore is morally blameless.” In reference to the question, is there a stereotypical possession or referential model, Fr. Amorth advises the following, “to fix a set ‘model’ for demonic possession would be a serious mistake; the affliction runs the gamut of symptoms and severity.”
    3. Diabolical Oppression:

    “There is no possession, loss of consciousness, or involuntary action and word,” just severe to mild events that plague the individual. Fr. Amorth points to Job’s severe afflictions and St. Paul’s thorn in his flesh (II Cor 12:7). Whereas “possession is rare,” Fr. Amorth reveals that he and his fellow exorcists “run into a great number oif people who have been struck by the devil in their health, jobs, or relationships.”
    Harrowing of Hell

    4. Diabolic Obsession:

    “Symptoms include sudden attacks, at times ongoing, of obsessive thoughts, sometimes even rationally absurd, but of such nature that the victim is unable to free himself.” Moreover, “the obsessed person lives in a perpetual state of prostration, desperation, and attempts at suicide. Almost always obsession influences dreams.”

    5. Diabolic Infestation:

    “Infestations affect houses, things, or animals.”

    6. Diabolical Subjugation, or Dependence:

    Fr. Amorth explains, “people fall into this form of evil when thy voluntarily submit to Satan. The two most common forms of dependence are the blood pact with the devil and the consecration to Satan.”

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    As a Latter-day Saint, the reason we believe that Satan and the fallen angels seek to posses the bodies of men and women is because physical embodiment is a good thing, it allows us greater freedom and power to act as agents here and in the world to come than we could ever be as spirits. We can feel and experience things in ways that no spirit ever could. An essential part of our progression is gaining a physical body. These are the reasons the Resurrection are physical, and has to be so. These are also the reasons Satan and his ilk want to possess any form, especially human forms but animals if able. They are forever damned, cut off from the mortal existence and from ever gaining a physical form, the powers it grants to spiritual beings, and the positive ways it allows us to experience the world around us. Satan is jealous of man because Satan has been forever cut off from the basic physical body that even the worst sinner gets here on Earth, and so Satan seeks to steal the bodies of men here on Earth.

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    Thank you for your perspective. I have never studied Mormonism.

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    Read the Book of Enoch. (as has been suggested by others)

    it is an interesting read..

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    No reason to anymore. Humans are their own worst enemy now.

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