I know who you are—the Holy One of God! With authority and power he gives orders to evil spirits and they come out! Luke NIV . It also indicates that demons can possess animals as in the exorcism of the Gerasene demoniac.
Official Catholic doctrine affirms that demonic possession can occur as distinguished from mental illness ,  but stresses that cases of mental illness should not be misdiagnosed as demonic influence. Catholic exorcisms can occur only under the authority of a bishop and in accordance with strict rules; a simple exorcism also occurs during baptism .
The literal view of demonic possession is held by a number of Christian denominations. In both charismatic and evangelical Christianity, exorcisms of demons are activities carried out by individuals or groups known as Deliverance ministries.
In Great Britain, the Christian church had offered suggestions on safeguarding one's home. Suggestions ranged from dousing a household with holy water , placing wax and herbs on thresholds to "ward off witches occult," and avoiding certain areas of townships known to be frequented by witches and Devil worshippers after dark.
After the prayers, if quiet, they might come in to receive the bishop's blessing and listen to the sermon. They were daily fed and prayed over by the exorcists, and, in case of recovery, after a fast of from 20 to 40 days, were admitted to the Eucharist , and their names and cures entered in the church records.
Various types of creatures, such as jinn , shayatin , 'afarit and ruh , found within Islamic culture, are often held to be responsible for demonic possession. Usually, Iblis , the leader of evil spirits, only tempts humans into sin by following their lower desires. In Buddhism , a demon can either be a being suffering in the hell realm  or it could be a delusion. It is believed that the demon will depart to a different realm once the demon is appeased.
In many of the Diasporic traditional African religions , possessing demons are not necessarily harmful or evil, but are rather seeking to rebuke misconduct in the living. Demons can be representative of the "old" indigenous religions, which the Christian ministers work to exorcise. Those who profess a belief in demonic possession, also referred to as possessive trance disorder,  have sometimes ascribed to possession the symptoms associated with physical or mental illnesses, such as hysteria , Tourette syndrome , epilepsy ,  schizophrenia ,  conversion disorder or dissociative identity disorder.
Renegade Abyssals also deal in this, since their curse forces them to kill living things , without specifying which ones. Hunter: The Vigil has Aegis Kai Doru, a group of hunters who kill magic-users and take their artifacts so that it's easier to kill more magic-users and sometimes werewolves. The book contains a lengthy section on how to deal with the Karma Meter in light of goals like that. Forget about the Greek Indiana Jones.
Hunters are the only people who can modify their Moral Code to justify about everything they do, as long as it's in the light of the hunt. This only makes paying evil unto evil far, far easier for them than other denizens of shadow. The Council's Badass Creed has three key principles: "Democracy seeks the truth, hierarchy fosters the Lie"; "Humanity is magical; human works have arcane secrets"; and "Destroy the followers of the Lie" "The Lie" refers to the barrier between Sleepers and magic.
That third one can cause certain issues , however. Because the Council are a radical order with sympathies for mages outside the Pentacle, and they have looser definitions of what behaviour is and is not acceptable in many issues, it's easy to get away with Black Magic within the Council if you only use the darker arts on the Seers of the Throne - whereas Left-Handed Legacies that concentrate on mistreating Sleepers are punished harshly.
Warhammer 40, likes this one, though it must be noted that the setting already runs on Black and Gray Morality. The Imperium and Chaos both enjoy sacrificing innocents — the former sacrifice to the Emperor, the latter to the Chaos Gods, to name one example. Generally speaking, though, those who run the Imperium want their citizens to die fighting, even if victory on a given field is impossible, so that they can take down as many Renegades, Xenos, or Heretics as they can with their last breaths.
Though they do regularly sacrifice hundreds of Pskyers a year to give power to the life-support-reliant Emperor, many of them would've threatened humanity had they been allowed to live.
The Forces of Chaos, on the other hand, sacrifice innocents in order to grant the favor of the Dark Gods so they can go on world-molesting crusades, or in particularly evil moments, for fun.
However, some Chaos Space Marine players use this to make their army out to be less evil, since the Emperor himself did some pretty nasty things while establishing the Imperium, and that the society itself is very oppressive. From that perspective, the Imperium has to go for the better of mankind. The Horus Heresy , as the titular novels show, can really be seen as the Traitor Legions doing this to the Emperor for all the crap he did unto them first.
Notable examples include snatching Angron away from a Last Stand and leaving the closest thing he had to a family to die whilst having ample options for saving them all , slaughtering an entire world just to emphasize his demand that Lorgar Stop Worshipping Me , and refusing to listen to Magnus's warnings about the building Civil War and siccing Leman Russ and his followers onto Magnus's world.
His homeworld was a nightmarish city planet where violence and anarchy reigned. How did he bring law and order to the planet? By becoming an ultra-grimdark version of Batman and The Punisher and brutally murdering every other evil scumbag until the sewers were jammed with their body parts.
He was still considered an improvement over his predecessors. In the Planescape campaign setting, one of Sigil's factions gangs united by a common philosophy are the Mercykillers nickname: "The Red Death" , militants who believe The Multiverse is inherently flawed with sin and that perfection can only be obtained by purifying your sins through just punishment.
As their name implies, they do not believe in the concept of 'mercy' and any evil is to be punished, violently. They run Sigil's prison system and deal with executions. Crossing them is generally considered a poor idea. The spin-off game Planescape: Torment features Vhailor, a member of the Mercykillers considered fanatical even by his faction's standards. His belief in Justice capital letter included is so strong it's allowed him to postpone his own death because there are still lawbreakers to punish.
Zigzagged in Deadlands , in that, whilst some "Gray Hats" are so dark it's outright stated that it's a matter of when , not if , they will become villains themselves , the game still lets some surprisingly dark characters play the good guys. Throughout all three lines, there's the Harrowed; a Revenant Zombie with a demonic Enemy Within who can never be removed because it's the source of the Harrowed's undeath, meaning every time they go to sleep, they may end up unable to stop themselves from committing murder and mayhem.
In the classic game, there's the Huckster, a wizard who literally makes a Deal with the Devil every single time he casts a spell. The classic game also rules for a magic using priest who derives his powers from either Aztec Blood Magic or Anahuac a syncretic mixture of Aztec faith and Catholicism. Then there's the Rogue Whatley, who practices Blood Magic. The playable vampire is one of those "damnation is inescapable" Gray Hats mentioned above. Ironically, many people consider the Anti-Templars better people than the Templars they oppose, even if they do end up corrupted, since the Anti-Templers both believe they are weakening the Reckoners by leeching away their power and only want that power to protect as many people as possible , whilst the Templars are known for being extremely judgmental and self-righteous.
In Electra , despite the fact that murdering your mother is admittedly bad, if the gods are on your side it's acceptable. Orestes and Electra feel particularly justified by the fact that Clytemnestra killed their father. And Aegisthus had killed not just Agamemnon but years earlier the latter's father Atreus. And Atreus himself had it coming, seeing how he'd pretended to pardon his brother Thyestes only to trick him into eating his [Thyestes'] own sons. Aigisthus was raised to avenge the half-brothers he never knew.
In Hecuba , the title character learns that Polymestor, to whom she and Priam had entrusted the care and safety of their youngest son, killed him for the gold when Troy fell. She lures Polymestor and his two sons into a trap, kills them, and then pokes out his eyes so that his sons' corpses are the last thing he sees. Video Games. Angus Bumby has been trying to erase her memories of the housefire that killed her family because he caused it, as well as discovering that before he set the fire he crept into her sister's room and raped her, AND has been selling young children off into human trafficking with no remorse after wiping their mind of all memories, AND was trying to do the same thing to Alice, what does she do?
Push him in front of a train, of course. Batman: Arkham City : The game spends quite a bit of time showing that The Penguin is a Sadistic Bad Boss who throws people in a shark tank and puts both living and dead people on display in a museum for shits and giggles.
When Mr. Freeze, who was one such "exhibit," breaks free and gets his Powered Armor back with Batman's help, he gets his revenge by immediately crushing Penguin's hand, which Batman had earlier broken, underfoot until Batman forces him to back off, and then locks him in one of the display cases.
It's quite satisfying, really. The demon Marduk from Sacrifice takes this trope to spectacular extremes. He was created as the embodiment of evil by an unknown higher power, and charged with punishing anyone evil enough to summon him by destroying their entire world.
He describes his task as destroying "all that is a reflection of myself". Dishonored lends itself to this very well. Main characters in both games are set upon by gangs, overzealous religious authorities , and amoral aristocrats , and while murdering EVERYONE will net a player the worst ending, the main targets of each level are open to both Laser-Guided Karma and alternatively straight-up murder depending on the player's choice.
Sly Cooper steals from other thieves and gives to himself and his friends. He doesn't seem to do anything with his money, though; it was mostly for bragging rights. It's also the ancestral family trade; the fourth game Thieves In Time shows that his family has been stealing from other criminals from at least the Ice Age onward.
Compare Kaitou Saint Tail who only stole already stolen items to give them back to their rightful owners. She was honestly worried enough about this trope to pray to God before each mission to assure Him and herself she wasn't doing this for bad reasons. Or compare aversion Lupin III , who has no self-illusions about what he does. He steals from everyone , it's just that bad people tend to have more money. To paraphrase Sly on the subject, it's more fun stealing from master criminals in their heavily fortified lairs than from Joe Blow down the street.
There is no honor in breaking into Mr. Blow's house, because it's too easy and he won't have any valuables worth the time and effort.
To be fair to the guy, he spends most of the games stealing back things people stole from him - his family's book, the Clockwerk body, and his family fortune. Sly's gang usually donates their money to charitable organizations. The Elder Scrolls : Played straight throughout the series. A good portion of the games are spent slaughtering enemy NPCs and taking their stuff, leaving their cold and looted corpses behind.
Doing so won't make you infamous in the slightest. This is even Lampshaded early in Morrowind. The local tavern owner in the First Town tells you that you're free to increase your skills on bandits, but if you try that on townsfolk it's called murder. He then points you in the direction of the closest bandit hideout.
The guards will also tell you that outlaws legally have no rights, and you can deal with them as painfully as you want. Also lampshaded in Oblivion by the Countess of Leyawin: she says to go ahead and kill any outlaws you find and take their stuff: everybody on the right side of the law wins.
Oblivion has an "Infamy" tracker which goes up when you perform "evil" acts. Becoming the leader of the Thieves' Guild or Dark Brotherhood naturally cause it to go up. However, slaughtering bandits, necromancers, and the like by the thousands won't increase your Infamy in the slightest, even when stealing a single key gives infamy points.
Justified in that the law in these games is as amoral and arbitrary as in real life. The setting renders questions of morality somewhat meaningless , since there is basically no way to NOT screw somebody over.
Nobody cares if the bandits are evil usually they aren't , or if you are being good. They just care if you're upholding the law. Attacking Travellers or Lords generally brings you in trouble with their government except if they're enemies to begin with, but all kinds of bandits, looters and raiders are free to be killed or knocked unconscious and then sold into slavery.
They provide a good source of money and experience and most adventurers that have not yet sworn allegiance to a kingdom will likely spend all day bandit-hunting. It also happens between kingdoms, raiding, killing travelling farmers and merchants is ok as long as they belong to the enemy side, while of course every Calradian kingdom believes to be the only one with a justified claim to the throne, so the others are obviously evil impostors.
Aribeth's actions in Neverwinter Nights are more of pay evil unto very questionable , but the idea is there. Tales of Vesperia - This is the source of all of Yuri's instances of awesome. Also, all the people he kills were cruel to begin with, and probably deserved worse. Also subject to a bit of What the Hell, Hero? Even unprovoked killings. You can kill bandits while they're asleep and it's considered "Good", but killing their leader is "Evil".
Fable II solved the problem: killing bandits or anyone else in self-defense if they're hostile, you're killing in self-defense doesn't change your morality at all. Unprovoked killings if you had to make them hostile by punching them in the face are evil. Morality is much more static than fluid this time around. Lucian is such an evil and vile character Rose is urging you to do this. Yes, you can, or if you wait too long, the series bastard Reaver does it for you. Pay evil unto evil indeed.
He can then slaughter them all, harvest their body parts, and raid their camp for their weapons, food, and loot before going on his merry way. Granted, the Bokoblins are also minions of Calamity Ganon who will immediately try to kill Link the moment they see him. Mass Effect : Many of the Renegade options the player can take involve Shepard, the main character of the first trilogy, being a total bastard to other bastards.
Several times, people are outright shot in the head or otherwise have their lives ruined , though they are usually very bad people to begin with. Or very annoying reporters. Mass Effect 2 : This is how Garrus operated during his career on Omega. While he at least took pains to prevent civilian casualties, it's telling that most of his Shadow Broker dossier lists particularly ironic kills of assorted gang leaders, drug dealers, gunrunners and serial killers. Two of your other squadmates present contrasting viewpoints on it.
Mordin Solus, a black ops agent-turned-MD, comments in response to a helper criticizing him for his nonchalant killing of several gangsters that threatened his clinic on Omega with the comment, "Lots of ways to help people. Sometimes heal patients; sometimes execute dangerous people. Either way helps. Also, after Sloane Kelly arrived on kett-occupied Kadara, she and the other Exiles butchered the kett on-planet; your first sight after docking in Kadara Port is of a kett head on a pike.
The Fallout series: Ruthlessly subverted in Fallout. Attempt to kill the enterprising businessman Iguana Bob, and the entire town - including the heavily armed Police Force, the local Mob and visiting caravan drivers - turn hostile and try to retaliate. Your karma meter is also penalized if you choose to spare Bob's life and instead blackmail him over his secret.
The secret, I might add, that no one will believe, and over which they will try to kill you for acting directly! In Fallout 2 , killing bandits raises your Karma meter, which is fair enough.
But killing prostitutes also raises the Karma meter—not by much, but damn! It's kinda funny that a character is revered as a great hero for killing masses of whores.
Jack the Ripper: Hero of the Wasteland! Fallout 3 provides good karma and good items for gunning down Evil characters, even if it's done in cold blood. The unforgiving storyline makes each 1. Endocrinologist Dr. Malla Estelle Hemsley is a tiny, withered black woman who wants to trade Paul the rejuvenation secret of her tribe in Africa, and all she wants in return is a passage back home.
Bertram just wants to share in the financial reward of a rejuvenation breakthrough. Have they been tricked? It also kills the male fluid donor. Instead of preaching about the miracle, Malla stays true to her pronouncement that life is cruelly unfair to women: men retain dignity and respect in old age, while women are devalued and discarded as soon as the wrinkles arrive.
She tells June that if she wants to undergo the rejuvenation ritual, its effect will last only for a limited time. Movies about rejuvenation fantasies are usually straightforward. The Leech Woman follows the second path, and its mechanism for youth is worked out as cleverly as a classic fable. In most stories the secret of youth is held by one person, who must hide his rejuvenation crimes from others.
Each has a separate selfish agenda. Depending on the breaks, each is willing to sacrifice the other two. June is less a victim than a deranged dissident raging against a negative interpretation of The Human Condition for Women. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.
If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?
Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.
For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, The hand of the witnesses shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. So you shall purge the evil from your midst. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews.
But my kingdom is not from the world. And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man. Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment;.
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. These kinds of stories tells loads about the mind state of those who run the entertainment industry.
Allison Arngrim left starred on 'Little House on the Prairie. If a spate of recent allegations proves true, Hollywood may have a hideous epidemic on its hands. The past two weeks have brought three separate reports of alleged child sexual abuse in the entertainment industry. Martin Weiss, a year-old Hollywood manager who represented child actors, was charged in Los Angeles on Dec.
On Nov. The Juilliard-trained composer was also charged with production and distribution of child pornography. Revelations of this sort come as no surprise to former child star Corey Feldman. Another child star from an earlier era agrees that Hollywood has long had a problem with pedophilia. In fact it is the very nature of a TV or movie set that invites predators, experts tell Fox News. Jenn Berman. Kids naturally like a lot of attention, and when you put a kid on a set who is unsupervised and getting attention from someone who is powerful, it creates a vulnerability for a very dangerous situation.
So, the pressure is there is not to say anything. Everyone tells the same kind of story, everyone is told to keep it secret, everyone is threatened with something.
Corey Feldman may have opened a can of worms by speaking out, but yes, this does go on. Where are the God-fearing Christians in America? God hasn't changed in 2, years Malachi The same holy God Who hated evil in the Old Testament hates evil today. Zionism is an agnostic or atheistic socio-political movement that hides itself behind Judaism in order to short-circuit any and all criticism.
Thus actions unpopular with the general public and thus non-starters in the legislative realm are simply implemented by judicial mandate, utilizing the process of precedence or simply inventing law. An excellent example of this would be laws relating to pornography. If anyone actually believes this to have been the intent of the founders, then that person needs a lot of help.
How Satan Controls the World. I was disturbed to read in the news recently upon the death of infamous satanist rocker Ronnie James Dio , that his wife Wendy co-chairs an organization for child prostitutes called Children of the Night in the Hollywood area. It's creepy. Something is very wrong with this picture in my mind. Even Dr. Phil who has sold his soul to the New World Order promotes the group. I have a right to my opinion. I'm not saying that there's anything illegal going on there.
I'm not saying that Dio's wife is a satanist. I don't know that. I am saying that it creeps me out when a known former satanist's wife runs an organization for victims of child prostitution. That's one of the biggest lies you'll ever believe! Biblically, they are Satan-worshippers whether they're willing to publicly admit it or not. Their music, hand-signs, associations, beliefs and lifestyle evidence it clearly.
I am suspicious, of course. I wouldn't trust a satanist, nor anyone married or related to a satanist, with a child. I think all satanists, Luciferian-worshippers and witches nor their related family shouldn't be trusted with a child. Dio is infamous for flashing the El Diablo satanic hand-sign.5 Indicators of an Evil and Wicked Heart Bible / Blogs / Association of Biblical As Biblical counselors let’s not collude with the evil one by turning our attention to the victim, requiring her to forgive, to forget, to trust again when there has been no evidence of inner change. The Moving Rock Michael J. Kruger. Let God Have the.