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The Bible and the Paranormal
A New Perspective - Part III
by Patrick CookePosted: 12:00 July 25, 2007
Evil, Familiar, and Unclean Spirits
The phrase "evil spirit" appears seven times in the Old Testament and every time it is found, those spirits are sent directly from God; certainly, not an evil source. The phrases "evil spirit and evil spirits" appear six times in the New Testament and refer directly to the devils, commonly called "demons", that were exorcised from people by Jesus and his apostles.
The phrase "familiar spirits" is found only in the Old Testament and "familiar” is taken from the Hebrew word owb, pronounced obe; properly, a mumble. In the biblical event associated with the "Witch of Endor", we get a clear understanding that these entities are spirits of dead humans. In 1 Samuel 28, Saul seeks out this woman, who is not actually called a witch, but has contact with "familiar spirits", in order to communicate with the spirit of deceased Samuel, whom she is able to successfully summon. Thus, "familiar spirits” are actually the spirits of the dead and, of course, not necessarily spirits of evil or lost souls.
The phrases "unclean spirit and unclean spirits" appear 21 times in the New Testament and refer directly to devils, commonly called demons, which are considered "evil" only within the bodies they possess. The word "unclean" is taken from the Greek word akathartos, pronounced ak-ath'-ar-tos, meaning; impure. Although devils are of a spiritual nature, there is no indication that devils have any powers they are able to project beyond their hosts.
Who are the Demons?
Little is ever considered about what the demons are and how they came to be persecutors of humans, but the answer is found in the very first book of the Bible. Genesis 6:4 states: "There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown." But, of course, this says nothing about demons and requires we go to another book written by a patriarch, who was so loved by God that he just took him off the Earth and kept him with him. "And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him." (Genesis 5:23-24)
The Book of Enoch was known and used before the original Bible was compiled by the first theologian, Eusebius of the Universal, (Catholic), Church, which was established by the Emperor Constantine in the 4th Century. Eusebius chose not to include the writings of Enoch in that original Bible. In the writings of Enoch we find the origins of demons. We know from the single verse in Genesis that angels mated with demons and produced mutant giants, but nothing more. What Enoch tells us is that those giants became a serious threat to the environment and were killed by the flood. But, only being partially human, the spirits of those giants survived the deluge and left their original bodies. Here are excerpts from Enoch's description of what occurred before and after the flood:
"And they became pregnant, and they bare great giants, whose height was three thousand ells: Who consumed all the acquisitions of men. And when men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against them and devoured mankind. And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish, and to devour one another's flesh, and drink the blood." (Enoch 7:2- 6)
"And now, the giants, who are produced from the spirits and flesh, shall be called evil spirits upon the earth, and on the earth shall be their dwelling. Evil spirits have proceeded from their bodies; because they are born from men and from the holy Watchers is their beginning and primal origin; they shall be evil spirits on earth, and evil spirits shall they be called. As for the spirits of heaven, in heaven shall be their dwelling, but as for the spirits of the earth which were born upon the earth, on the earth shall be their dwelling. And the spirits of the giants afflict, oppress, destroy, attack, do battle, and work destruction on the earth, and cause trouble: they take no food, but nevertheless hunger and thirst, and cause offences. And these spirits shall rise up against the children of men and against the women, because they have proceeded from them." (Enoch 15:8-12)