Television and literature tend to portray these enemies as all sorts of things they’re not. Here’s what the Bible says…
- Demons can fall in love
Books like How to Kill an Incubus and shows like Supernatural mislead their audience in believing demons have the capability to love. Before the fall, demons were angels in Heaven. There, they had access to God’s grace and thus knew love, mercy, and forgiveness. During the fall to Hell, Satan and his legions were stripped of that grace; therefore all they now know are opposing emotions: fear, hatred, envy, temptation, lust, and all other negative emotions.
- Demons cannot possess children because they are innocent.
To think that innocence protects against the Devil is unbiblical. Satan hates the holy and oppresses them with all he’s got. If you don’t believe me, read the book of Job in the Bible.
Job (pronounced J-oh-b not job) was a diligent servant of the Lord, and Satan doubted that Job would stay faithful if he lost all his blessings. God allowed Satan to afflict Job by taking everything away, including killing Job’s children. So, if Job, who was innocent in his faith (Job 2:3), was afflicted by Satan, our children are equally as susceptible.
The exorcism of Roland Doe, the 14-year-old boy that the iconic film and novel The Exorcist is based on, is an example of child possession.
- Demons don’t know the Bible
When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, he did so by quoting Scripture:
“Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple.
“And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.” (Matthew 4: 5-6)
Satan knows Scripture and will use it against you to convince you his orders are God’s. This is why we must be trained in the wisdom of the Word of God. Read the Bible, memorize Scripture specific to your sin, and be aware of how Scripture on the tongue of the Devil feels like manipulation instead of inspiration.
- Demons can only manifest as monstrosities
A little red guy with a trident used to be our iconic representation of the Devil. Now, our imaginations have broadened and we’re able to see him as all sorts of hellish creatures and disfigurements.
In the Bible, you’ll notice that any time an angel of the Lord is seen by Man, the first thing the angel says is, “Fear not.”
The seven spirits of God as described in Revelations are seen like this:
“And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
“And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within…” (Revelation 4:7-8)
Now, imagine seeing one of those beasts walk into your room at night. Your initial reaction would be fear, of course. Hence why they say, “Fear not”.
But the truth is, Satan can take any form he wants. Including your loved ones. Including an angel of light. Including Jesus Christ.
If you ARE visited by a dead loved one, or experience bilocation where a living loved one is in two places at once, look really closely at them. Something about how they’ve manifested will be missing or unnatural if it’s Satan. Demons will never be able to replicate God’s perfect creations, so they’ll be missing limbs, or their voice will sound wrong. Sometimes your intuition alone knows, “That’s not my pet/loved one.”
Speaking from experience, when Satan is near there’s no way you could NOT know it’s him. No matter what demons look like (a shadow, a person, a pet) they carry with them a massive weight of doom that induces life-threatening fear.
- Succubi/Incubi want sex with humans to give pleasure
Sex demons rape their victims. Fiction, again, like How to Kill an Incubus teaches that succubi/incubi are pleasurable encounters with demons that include many orgasms, which is simply untrue. Anyone who’s been visited by a real sex demon will tell you how foul of an experience it is. Don’t believe me? Read the book Deliver Us From Evil by Ralph Sarchie, specifically chapter five “Incubus Attack” and chapter six “Satanic Stalker” and you’ll know what I know.
Speaking from personal experience again, when I was sixteen, I was visited in a dream by three incubi. It was a preliminary dream. Sort of like an interview to see if I was the right candidate for torture. In the dream, I was pinned to a table and there were three faceless men around it. I knew they were abusing my body sexually and when I woke, I almost vomited instantly. There was a foulness about me that I had never felt before (I was still a virgin at the time). I felt unholy and undeserving and disgusting and embarrassed. It never happened again, but I’ll never forget waking up feeling like something dirty and wicked had violated my body without permission.
So, when books and TV shows and movies portray incubui/succubi as these sexy little demons in leather costumes or tall, dark and handsome men with chiseled torsos who give the best sex of your life, just know they’re misleading you. Demons want to corrupt, torture, and convert you to sin because they hate you. I pray you’re never visited by one.
Thank you for reading! I’ll be writing a part two to this with more myths.
Know any myths people believe about demons? Let me know in the comments, and I might feature it in the next list!