Q. My daughter was asking me about a scary movie concerning a demon possessed child. She asked, “Are demons real?”, “Do demons enter people’s bodies?” and ” Do exorcisms really occur?” I know that Satan does have demons in the world helping him, but I am not sure how to answer her questions. I do not want to scare her. Can you help me with answers?
A. The Bible it is clear in saying that demons are real and they afflict people. It also clearly demonstrates our power over them in Jesus’ name (Luke 10:17, Acts 5:16). Exorcisms are the process of casting out demons, which Jesus and his disciples did on numerous occasions. In my opinion believers cannot be demon possessed, but unbelievers are fair game. Up until a couple of generations ago, much of what we now consider to be mental illness was believed to be demon possession.