JWs are known to have an obsession and preoccupation with demons.
This obsession and preoccupation is not without merit given that Jesus, his disciples/apostles, and the general public of 1st century CE Judea and Galilee are reported as believing in the existence of demonic spirits and in the possibility of demon possession of an individual.
Exorcism formed a large part of Jesus' ministry on earth. The Gospels and the book of Acts describe many exorcisms where Jesus and his disciples release people from demonic possession.
But how do demons get inside a person's brain or body? Can someone please explain how this happens?
I used to uphold the JW view of demons when a JW but now will only believe in demons if there is an objective way to test for or distinguish between demons and the following possibilities:
- some form of dissociation (dissociation/dissociative disorder)
- multiple personalities (multiple personality disorder)
- a fugue state
- uncontrolled emotional reactions
- seizure-like responses
- panic-like responses
- psychosis (a spectrum disorder)
- schizophrenia (a spectrum disorder)
- the unconscious dynamics of the brain;
altered/trance-like state of consciousness experiences arising from deep/intense/strong contemplative meditation or other intensive spiritual practices such as deep/intense/strong praying and fasting, in which the rational left brain is suppressed and quieted and the perceptive faculties of the intuitive right brain are awakened, unleashing thoughts, images, impressions, visions, voices, words, from the depths of the subconscious in the process. These thoughts, impressions, images, visions, voices, words etc emerge from the deep, intuitive levels of the right brain as the subconscious mind begins to "speak" to the person who is in an altered/trance-like state of consciousness.
I am all ears if someone can come up with an objective way to test for or distinguish between demons and these various conditions.