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Demons
« on: July 26, 2014, 01:06:32 PM »
Growing up in a more moderate-liberal background, I am unfamiliar with doctrine or dogma on this subject. Would anyone be willing to share what they were told as kids/young adults?

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Re: Demons
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2014, 01:15:05 PM »
Everything I've ever heard about demons is so conflicting that I've just given up and decided to stick to this kind.


Offline SGOS

Re: Demons
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2014, 01:17:06 PM »
My father frightened me with the boogeyman for a short time, but I think my mother told him to stop that shit, and he did.  Other than that, my parents told me ghosts and monsters didn't exist, but I was afraid of them anyway.  I wasn't taught anything about demons during my Lutheran upbringing, but I think they play a part in the Catholic religion and in some protestant fringe sects.

Offline Mr.Obvious

Re: Demons
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2014, 01:19:46 PM »
When I was a kid I thought demons and devils were real entities out there. But I mostly blame my schooling combined with my being an impressionable kid with a rather active imagination more than 'indoctrination' on this. My parents didn't actually believe in god, let alone demons. And always told me they, like monsters, didn't exist. I actually remember finding it confusing that they said these things couldn't exist when the devil clearly was an entity in the stories of the bible. (I didn't know they weren't religious and just had me baptized, taken communion and given me the optional course of 'religion' over 'ethics' in school to please my grandparents.)
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Re: Demons
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2014, 02:03:58 PM »
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lesser_Key_of_Solomon

Lesser Key of Solomon. Describes demons of various types, if you are looking at classical references.

Demon in  my religion, (Mormon) were fallen angels that backed Satan supposedly in a war in heaven, and were cast down to earth. Also sometimes referred to as Sons of Perdition, a term used interchangeably between fallen angels and people who denied Mormonism      (me :biggrin:)

I once had as dream where I saw an image of the fallen, dressed in Mormon Temple garments, substituting the color red for green, the standard color of the apron and the sash. Woke up in a cold sweat. Went to church next Sunday.

Re: Demons
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2014, 02:05:38 PM »
thanks for the link

Re: Demons
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2014, 04:56:44 PM »
I never heard of demons as a kid, but the boogey man as well as the tooth fairy scared the crap out of me along with Santa if I was naughty.  :doh: Solitary
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Offline AllPurposeAtheist

Re: Demons
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2014, 07:48:47 PM »
I never heard of demons as a kid, but the boogey man as well as the tooth fairy scared the crap out of me along with Santa if I was naughty.  :doh: Solitary
The tooth fairy of course causes all kinds of dental pain and it doesn't really matter if you brush and floss. It's all dependent on whether you feared her or not as a kid. I made the mistake of not fearing her so had terrible dental pain till finally getting all my teeth pulled. I bet my dentures will hurt too because of it.
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Re: Demons
« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2014, 07:55:08 PM »
Everything I've ever heard about demons is so conflicting that I've just given up and decided to stick to this kind.

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Re: Demons
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2014, 08:19:36 PM »
Growing up in a more moderate-liberal background, I am unfamiliar with doctrine or dogma on this subject. Would anyone be willing to share what they were told as kids/young adults?

So, you learned your cherry picking from your parents.

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Re: Demons
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2014, 08:56:55 PM »
Excuse me?

I have already talked ad nauseum about how I read scripture, just because I don't live according to the Old Testament because I am not jewish. I live according to Jesus' philosophy

And for your information, my parents are very conservative but allow me to believe things (or not believe things on my own) I actually left my parents church the second I could drive myself places. I say I had a moderate background because that is what I chose to surround myself with
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Re: Demons
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2014, 09:35:49 PM »
I don't find that difficult to fap to

I find it difficult to NOT fap to.
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Re: Demons
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2014, 09:36:08 PM »
I find it difficult to NOT fap to it.
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Re: Demons
« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2014, 10:00:12 PM »
I was declared a demon in 1971. I tend to agree with that.
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Re: Demons
« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2014, 10:14:58 PM »
I was simply told that demons were agents of Satan, and that their main job was whispering temptations into you head so you'd do bad things because unlike God, Satan couldn't be end-user and he only visited for major temptations. That's what I was told as a child anyways.
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