One of the sad results of our modern age is that even Christians have been taught to look down our noses at the supernatural. Perhaps we understand that miracles happened in biblical times. Perhaps we will be like the world and look for naturalistic explanations to explain away what biblical authors clearly knew to be miracles. But for many Christians, there seems to be a bit of a blush, a shaking of the head, a shrugging of the shoulders when topics like angels and demons come up. It is as if we are people who have an embarrassing drunken grandmother whom we still have to claim as family; we wish we did not have to, but she is family, and we love her nonetheless.
But, Christians, if you love the word of God, you cannot shake your head at the word’s claim of the supernatural. You must believe that God created the earth out of nothing but his word. You must believe that Jesus lived, died, and rose again. You must believe that supernatural spiritual beings called angels and demons exist. And no matter how modern you want to be, you cannot ignore these points.
Look at what Paul said about those who worshipped idols in temples back in the first century.
1 Corinthians 10:19-20 – 19 What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20 No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons.
Paul said that pagans in temples offered sacrifices to demons. Note that Paul is not saying that nothing spiritual or supernatural took place in those religions. Rather, Paul said that the worship in those temples was evil, men sacrificing to and worshipping demons. It was very real, very spiritual, very evil.
The reason we need to think about this today is that we must not become so scientifically smug in our generation that we ignore the very plain word of
God regarding the spiritual world. Angels are real. Demons exist. Things beyond the scientifically explainable have happened, still do happen, and will happen in the future.
What should we do with this thought? Not much, really. Know that we live in a world that is far more complex than what we can see or explain. Know that the miraculous is not foolish, primitive superstition. Know that it is quite possible that those who claim miraculous spiritual encounters from other religions may well be telling the truth, even if the spirits they encounter are demonic. Stop letting yourself think that we somehow understand the universe better than did Jesus or Paul. Don’t go on a mission to find and cast out the demons like you are in a bad Christian novel. Just obey God, believe his word, and take the spiritual seriously.