Demons Anyone? Anyone?

“Listen, I will NEVER read any book with the word ‘demon’ on the cover.”

I looked at my friend in amazement. “Why?”

“Because the Bible says not to practice witchcraft.”

“But, my book is about spiritual warfare. It does not promote witchcraft. There’s nothing about witchcraft in the title.”

He shifted uncomfortably in his seat. “But, if you read about demons and Satan then you are opening your life to their influence.”

“So, you should just ignore them?”

“Out of sight, out of mind.” He shrugged.

I sat back in my chair. “You were in the Army, weren’t you?”

“Yeah.”

“Did the Army give you specific training on what to expect when you engaged the enemy?”

He nodded. “Sure. But, that’s different.”

I sat forward and looked him in the eye. “If you were to go to Afghanistan or Iraq and fight on the street, do you think it would be important to have some kind of training and instruction on the manner in which the enemy will engage you in those street fights?”

“Sure.”

“So, the only way you can be safe, save your life, and combat the enemy is to know everything you can about them. Agree?”

He seemed to be thinking. I had backed him into a corner. “But, what does that have to do with demons? I’m not going to read that kind of book. It will scare me. It will make me uncomfortable.”

“Which is exactly the response Satan and his army wants you to have towards them. As you said, out of sight, out of mind. Ignore them and they can do whatever they want around you.” I sat back in amazement.

“I’m not going to read a book with demons in it, okay?”

I reached over and pulled my Bible out of my backpack and plopped it, rather irreverently onto my desk. “Then you better throw this book out the window.”

This is the conversation I had just last week with one of my best friends. He jumps out of airplanes. He swims with sharks. He flies in acrobatic aircraft. But, he’s AFRAID to read a book about demons? I’ve run into the attitude more than once in the past few years. Good people refuse to read a book that even mentions Satan and his demons.

Here is the fear. If I read a book about demons, I open myself to demonic influence. Therefore, I will not read anything remotely demonic or scary or Harry Potterish or horrific.

However, the Bible is filled with references to Satan and his demons and how to respond to them. Words like “be wary”, “resist the devil”, “get thee behind me, Satan.” remind us that Jesus did not back off from confronting Satan and his demons. And, I believe, neither should we. How, then, can we combat an enemy we do not understand?

So, what do you think? Is it wrong to read books that utilize Satan or his demons in the storyline? As an author, how would you handle this dilemma? What advice can we, as authors give to readers to reassure them about reading books with demonic presences within them? And, readers out there, why would you read or not read a book with demons in the story?

About Bruce Hennigan

Published novelist, dramatist, apologist, and physician.

Posted on July 5, 2011, in My Writing, Speculative Fiction, Steel Chronicles. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. jimmyofhenderson

    I have read each of the “demon” series books, as well as many other demon related articles and I can say that I have learned so much on how we as humans are influenced and entrapped by satans illusions.
    I agree, in order to defeat the enemy, we must know their tactical practices. The difference is that we do not practice their techniques or follow their beliefs, but rather, we arm ourselves with the teachings of Christ, follow His examples, and arm our body and soul with the Full armour of God.
    The magicians trick is not as impressive when you know how the trick is done. Knowledge is power, and Christ has given believers the power to overcome any firey arrow the enemy may fire at you.

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  2. Thanks, Jimmy. Long time no see! I agree with you wholeheartedly, but I would since I’m writing a series of books about demons! I think the important thing to remember, whether you are reading a book about demons or not is to put on the whole armor of God as you said. During my writing phase, I make sure I read my Bible daily, I pray daily, I have a devotion time, and I have a community of brothers and sisters in Christ to whom I am accountable. As long as I continue to put on the armor EVERY DAY I don’t have to worry about demons. As James said, “Resist the devil and he will flee!”

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  3. Wow, great cover!

    By the way, I had no idea you wrote Conquering Depression. I happened upon that website while doing a Google search, and found the book intriguing, but didn’t buy it at the time…although I knew I probably should. I’ve been dealing with the problem for over 15 years. I’m “generally” okay when I’m on meds, but when I go off them (like, when I’m pregnant…twice, and when I trust a doctor who says “Let’s switch your meds, you don’t need to taper.”) it’s hell on earth for sure.

    I follow Kathleen DesMaison’s Radiant Recovery program, which addresses serotonin…my main problem…so I have hope that I will one day “refill my tank”, but the pregnancies have thrown a wrench in my plans (understatement).

    Anyway, so cool to now put two and two together! I will definitely be buying the depression book now.

    And thanks for introducing me to the Rabbit Room today.

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  4. Jessia

    Thanks for leaving a comment. I’m sorry I didn’t see it sooner. Got to get this blogging down, you know. It was supposed to notify me. So, I stumbled across your website because of Mike Duran. Didn’t know you had commented here! I still struggle daily with depression. I’ve been on two different meds and the side effects were so severe, I gave up. While I was on them I was sooooo happpy! I’ve never felt better. But, the side effects were too dangerous to stay that happy so now I struggle.

    I just read your post on the Creation Museum and you may get a flood of comments from my apologist buddies. I will be following you regularly now. I loved the comments and the pictures. Don’t get too discouraged by the dogmatists who insist that only their point of view is right. I know of only one Person whose claims are right. “I am the way, the Truth, and the life and no man comes to the Father except through me.” Our claims and suppositions pale in comparison.
    Blessings!

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