A Real Life Exorcism Story
An exorcism is supposed to be something imagined. However one woman’s account suggests that demon possession is real and terrifying.
Everyone has heard the stories and believes them to be works of fiction, something straight out of the imagination of a horror writer like Stephen King. Demonic possession is the worst possible nightmare, the idea that an outside force, a demon, could take control of someone’s body, and then render the person helpless to its power. Is it real or imaginary?
Exorcism is (1) the act of driving out, or warding off, demons, or evil spirits, from persons, places, or things, which are believed to be possessed or infested by them, or are liable to become victims or instruments of their malice; (2) the means employed for this purpose, especially the solemn and authoritative adjuration of the demon, in the name of God, or any of the higher power in which he is subject.
A woman who calls herself “Sahra” submitted an account on June 22, 2013 to The Brenner Brief of twenty-three years of demonic possession. She describes in great detail the agonizing ordeal of going through an exorcism numerous times to no avail. The trauma she has experienced goes beyond anything one’s imagination could concoct. To protect her privacy, her story will be told but her true name and location will be not be revealed. The account is difficult to decipher, but it is easy to get a sense of the horror and helplessness she has faced.
The demons will not let go of her. She says, “I can not pray, not even go to a church, I can not enter church. But I do not understand my thoughts. I love Jesus so much, but I can not stand pictures of Jesus. I can not even say Jesus or Mary or my mouth is then paralyzed. When I try to pray body paralysis in thought but the feeling someone pushes air from and I suffocate. I am like in a trance my person no longer there when in Exorcism. I do not know what to say or what happens to priests. “
This personal account is terrifying, but it is also something that many people dismiss as a fallacy, something completely unrealistic. But deep inside the fear of Satan and Hell is real, even to a person who does not believe in God, or anything of the spiritual world. If this wasn’t true not a single person would be so terrified or fascinated by this subject matter.
Any Christian knows that Satan is real beyond a shadow of a doubt. But acknowledging a belief in true demon possession and believing in the existence of the Satan are two different things. Exorcism and the Catholic Church have been closely tied for centuries, and even as recently as May 2013, Pope Francis reportedly performed a public exorcism of a wheelchair bound man in St. Peter’s Square. So without question, the Catholic Church is still actively involved in exorcising demons.
The truth is that Satan manifests himself daily through a person’s thoughts, actions, and words. The presence of evil cannot be denied even by the most ardent skeptic. Can people really become demon possessed? Christians have been covered by the blood of Jesus Christ, who protects his flock from the overwhelming power of Satan. But that does not diminish the influence of Satan or the demonic forces that exists in the world. It is hard to comprehend that which is not seen by the naked eye, but that does not mean it isn’t there.