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Can you just pray away ghosts, real paranormal and poltergeist activity and hauntings?
Fundamental, traditional christianity does not allow at all for the existence of ghosts because of its' fear-based doctrines. Yet the New aged christian belief states we must be on guard against the paranormal things that can stray us away from true belief in God.
Within limits permitted by God, and exorcism in regard to us as nothing more that a prayer to God or an unseen supreme force in the universe, in the name of His power, his belief system and Church or religion, to restrain all paranormal or diabolical power supernaturally, and a profession of faith in His(God's) willingness to do so on behalf of us his devote servants here on earth.
Barry H. Oswald
How to use real Prayers to rid yourself of ghosts and paranormal activity and demonic hauntings
Many people as we know today and through out history have believe in the great strength and comfort that the powers of prayers imparts in our lives. The Bible only mentions ghosts a very few times exactly and directly.
The word "ghost" is only used in the Bible a mere handful of times in the following passages:
Is. 29:14; Matt. 14:26; Mark 6:49; and Luke 24:37-39. Two of the references involve seeing Jesus walking on the water through a storm. The disciples believed they were seeing a ghost rather than Jesus actually walking on the water. The last reference was when the disciples saw Jesus after the resurrection. They thought he was ghost, but he let them touch him, and then he ate with them.
The Jewish Encyclopedia article on Jesus states that Jesus "was devoted especially to casting out demons" and also believed that he passed this on to his followers; however, "his superiority to his followers was shown by his casting out demons which they had failed to expel. In the time of Jesus, non-New Testament Jewish sources report of exorcisms done by administering drugs with poisonous root extracts or others by making sacrifices.
However, the Bible contains many direct mentions of mediums and spirits who consult the "spirits of the dead," which would be the same thing as ghosts.
The most direct reference to a ghost in the Bible refers to the "spirit" of the prophet Samuel. King Saul wanted advice from Samuel's spirit, so he went to a medium, the witch of Endor and asked her straight out to "Bring up , or forth the ghost of Samuel." Saul knew it was Samuel when the woman described him. Samuel asked Saul why he "disturbed" him by "bringing him up" and then prophesied that Saul and his sons would die the next day. The prophecy came true.
The Bible is clear that contacting the "spirits of the dead" is not a reasonable or a very good idea and even offers some special warnings and intense insight into why.
1 Samuel 28 (New International Version)
1 Samuel 28
Saul and the Witch of Endor
1 In those days the Philistines gathered their forces to fight against Israel. Achish said to David, "You must understand that you and your men will accompany me in the army."
2 David said, "Then you will see for yourself what your servant can do."
Achish replied, "Very well, I will make you my bodyguard for life."
3 Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had mourned for him and buried him in his own town of Ramah. Saul had expelled the mediums and spiritists from the land.
4 The Philistines assembled and came and set up camp at Shunem, while Saul gathered all the Israelites and set up camp at Gilboa. 5 When Saul saw the Philistine army, he was afraid; terror filled his heart. 6 He inquired of the LORD, but the LORD did not answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets. 7 Saul then said to his attendants, "Find me a woman who is a medium, so I may go and inquire of her."
"There is one in Endor," they said.
8 So Saul disguised himself, putting on other clothes, and at night he and two men went to the woman. "Consult a spirit for me," he said, "and bring up for me the one I name."
9 But the woman said to him, "Surely you know what Saul has done. He has cut off the mediums and spiritists from the land. Why have you set a trap for my life to bring about my death?"
10 Saul swore to her by the LORD, "As surely as the LORD lives, you will not be punished for this."
11 Then the woman asked, "Whom shall I bring up for you?"
"Bring up Samuel," he said.
12 When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out at the top of her voice and said to Saul, "Why have you deceived me? You are Saul!"
13 The king said to her, "Don't be afraid. What do you see?"
The woman said, "I see a spirit [a] coming up out of the ground."
14 "What does he look like?" he asked.
"An old man wearing a robe is coming up," she said.
Then Saul knew it was Samuel, and he bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground.
15 Samuel said to Saul, "Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?"
"I am in great distress," Saul said. "The Philistines are fighting against me, and God has turned away from me. He no longer answers me, either by prophets or by dreams. So I have called on you to tell me what to do."
16 Samuel said, "Why do you consult me, now that the LORD has turned away from you and become your enemy? 17 The LORD has done what he predicted through me. The LORD has torn the kingdom out of your hands and given it to one of your neighbors—to David. 18 Because you did not obey the LORD or carry out his fierce wrath against the Amalekites, the LORD has done this to you today. 19 The LORD will hand over both Israel and you to the Philistines, and tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. The LORD will also hand over the army of Israel to the Philistines."
20 Immediately Saul fell full length on the ground, filled with fear because of Samuel's words. His strength was gone, for he had eaten nothing all that day and night.
21 When the woman came to Saul and saw that he was greatly shaken, she said, "Look, your maidservant has obeyed you. I took my life in my hands and did what you told me to do. 22 Now please listen to your servant and let me give you some food so you may eat and have the strength to go on your way."
23 He refused and said, "I will not eat."
But his men joined the woman in urging him, and he listened to them. He got up from the ground and sat on the couch.
24 The woman had a fattened calf at the house, which she butchered at once. She took some flour, kneaded it and baked bread without yeast. 25 Then she set it before Saul and his men, and they ate. That same night they got up and left.
The Bible speaks strongly against using mediums and spiritists to contact ghosts (consult the dead). The Bible calls it "destable" for a person to be a medium or spiritist who consults the dead. See Deut. 18:9-12. The penalty in the Bible for being a medium or spiritist was being put to death by stoning. See Lev. 20:27. The penalty for consulting a medium or spiritist was to be cut off from God's people. See Lev. 20:6.
Praying to a higher power has as many believe saved them from despair, loneliness and great peril. And still there or some who have suffered greatly by the unseen hands of supernatural or paranormal forces who will tell you they were delivered from them by the belief that God has answered their prayers directly. Either by praying alone in a family or church group or by a formal rite of exorcism.
The Bible tells very clearly that there are indeed demonic evil dark spirit beings who can connect with us and appear to us as what we believe to be real human beings in our physical world.
The Bible also identifies these beings directly as holy angels and devils or demons. And of course these infernal spirits or often at the root of devising a multitude of deeds and ways to destroy ones life, happiness and families well being. And as in reverse contrast there are the angels forever locked in battle in a unseen great everlasting war to stop them.
Prayers to St. Michael, the Archangel
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
PRAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL
Most glorious Prince of the Heavenly Armies, Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in "our battle against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places." (Ephes., VI, 12) Come to the assistance of men whom God has created to their image and likeness and whom Jesus has redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Holy Church venerates thee as her guardian and protector; to thee, the Lord has entrusted the souls of the redeemed to be led into heaven. Pray therefore that the God of Peace allows men of faith to expel Satan, that he may no longer retain men captive and do injury to the Church. Offer our prayers to the Most High, that without delay they may draw His mercy down upon us; take hold of "the dragon, the old serpent, which is the devil and Satan," bind him and cast him into the bottomless pit "so that he may no longer seduce the nations." (Apoc., XX, 2)
(Lay people omit this parenthesis.)
St. Michael, the Archangel,
Defend us in battle.
Be our protection
against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray.
And do thou,
Oh Prince of the Heavenly Host,
By the power of God,
Cast into Hell,
Satan and all the other evil spirits
who prowl about the world,
seeking the ruin of souls.
PRAYER AGAINST SATAN and the REBELLIOUS ANGELS
Published by order of His Holiness Pope Leo XIII
Prayer to Saint Anthony of Padua, Disperser of Devils
Dear Saint Anthony, it is still as Saint Peter said: The devil prowls about, lion-like, looking for someone to devour. I confess that I don't always resist him; I sometimes toy with temptation. Saint Anthony, Disperser of Devils, remind me of my duty to avoid all occasions of sin. May I always pray when in temptation that I may remain loyal to my Lord Jesus. Pray for my other intentions, please. [name them.]
Angels are spirit beings who are faithful in serving God. Angels are righteous, good, and holy. They have been known to save individuals from great bodily harm. Many report seeing them or meeting them and averting a dangerous situation in someones life.
Demons, devils are fallen angels, angels who rebelled against God long ago. Demons are evil, deceptive, and destructive. And many have claimed over the centuries to have seen them, witnessed their evil deeds or become possessed by them.
According to 2 Corinthians 11:14-15, demons masquerade as “angels of light” and as “servants of righteousness.” Appearing as a “ghost” and impersonating a deceased human being definitely seem to be within the power and abilities that demons possess.
The nearest closest biblical example of a “haunting” is found in Mark 5:1-20.
A legion of demons possessed a man and used the man to haunt a graveyard. There were no ghosts involved. It was a case of a normal person being controlled by demons to terrorize the people of that area. Demons only seek to “kill, steal, and destroy”
(John 10:10). They will do anything within their power to deceive people, to lead people away from God. This is very likely the explanation of “ghostly” activity today. Whether it is called a ghost, a ghoul, or a poltergeist, if there is genuine evil spiritual activity occurring, it is the work of demons.
Your ancestors, deities, and saints are in the spirit world, as your ghost is. It's logical to ask the help of these friendly spirits. If you have a shrine--formal or informal (such as a display of photos)--to your ancestors, have a chat with your favorite deceased ancestor.
Only Catholic priests who are both legally and morally ordained and are faithful to the teachings of Sacred Scripture, as validly understood through the legitimate moral authority of the Church, and who remain spiritually sound should attempt an exorcism. Devils are powerful beings and can be extremely harmful to the unqualified. Instead; Praying the Exorcism Prayer is encouraged.
The chief things formally exorcised in blessing are water, salt, oil, and these in turn are used in personal exorcisms, and in blessing or consecrating places (e.g. churches) and objects (e.g. altars, sacred vessels, church bells) connected with public worship, or intended for private devotion. Holy water, the sacramental with which the ordinary faithful are most familiar, is a mixture of exorcised water and exorcised salt; and in the prayer of blessing, God is besought to endow these material elements with a supernatural power of protecting those who use them with faith against all the attacks of the devil. This kind of indirect exorcism by means of exorcised objects is an extension of the original idea; but it introduces no new principle, and it has been used in the Church from the earliest ages.
To a real Catholic Exorcist possession is not lightly to be taken for granted. Each case is to be carefully examined and great caution to be used in distinguishing genuine possession from certain forms of disease.
The priest who undertakes the office should be himself a holy man, of a blameless life, intelligent, courageous, humble, and he should prepare for the work by special acts of devotion and mortification, particularly by prayer and a fasting (Matthew 17:20).
He should avoid in the a course of the rite everything that savours of superstition, and should leave the medical aspects of the case to qualified physicians.
He should admonish the possessed, in so far as the latter is capable, to dispose himself for the exorcism by prayer, fasting, confession, and communion, and while the rite is in progress to excite within himself a lively faith in God's goodness, and a patient resignation to His holy will.
The exorcism should take place in the Church or some other sacred place, if convenient; but if on account of sickness or for other legitimate reasons, it takes place in a private house, witnesses (preferably members of the family) should be present: this is specially enjoined, as a measure of precaution, in case the subject is a woman.
All idle and curious questioning of the demon should be avoided, and the prayers and aspirations should be read with great faith, humility, and fervor, and with a consciousness of power and authority.
The Blessed Sacrament is not to be brought near the body of the obsessed during exorcism for fear of possible irreverence; but the crucifix, holy water, and, where available, relics of the saints are to be employed.
If expulsion of the evil spirit is not obtained at once, the rite should be repeated, if need be, several times.
The exorcist should be vested in surplice, and violet stole.
Exorcism (from Late Latin exorcismus, from Greek exorkizein - to bind by oath) is the practice of evicting demons or other spiritual entities from a person or place which they are believed to have possessed by causing the entity to swear an oath. The term became prominent in early Christianity from the early second century onward as the casting out of demons.
RITE OF EXORCISM
The priest delegated by the Ordinary to perform this office should first go to confession or at least elicit an act of contrition, and, if convenient, offer the holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and implore God's help in other fervent prayers. He vests in surplice and purple stole. Having before him the person possessed (who should be bound if there is any danger), he traces the sign of the cross over him, over himself, and the bystanders, and then sprinkles all of them with holy water. After this he kneels and says the Litany of the Saints, exclusive of the prayers which follow it. All present are to make the responses.
LITANY OF THE SAINTS
The Litany of the Saints is used in ordination, Forty Hours', processions, and other occasions. Both the Roman Ritual and the Roman Pontifical direct that the first three invocations be repeated. The music for this litany is given in the music supplement. The invocations are sung (or recited) by the chanters or the priest; the responses by all.
Nevertheless, the practice is quite ancient and part of the belief system of many cultures and religions in the world today. Pagans may want to use a banishing or smudging ritual, Christians, Catholics and many others use more tried and true formal rites of exorcism calling upon the powers of God to deliver and release them from their demonic or ghostly paranormal activity and its great evils that haunt them.
In Buddhism, exorcism exists depending on the Buddhist sect. Each differs from the other, some view it as metaphoric, or esoteric and even literal. Some Tibetan Buddhists view exorcism as being nothing more but a metaphoric symbolism to expel the negative thoughts and transform it into an enlightened mind. Certain Buddhists believe in blessings, rather than exorcisms to rid themselves or property of negative thoughts and/or negative spirits.
In Islam, exorcism is made by reading some verses from the holy Quran which glorify God and invoke God's help.
In Christian practice the person performing the exorcism, known as an exorcist, is often a member of the church, or an individual thought to be graced with special powers or skills.
The exorcist may use prayers, and religious material, such as set formulas, gestures, symbols, icons, amulets, etc. The exorcist often invokes God, Jesus and/or several different angels and archangels to intervene with the exorcism. In general, possessed persons are not regarded as evil in themselves, nor wholly responsible for their actions.
Therefore, practitioners regard exorcism as more of a cure than a punishment. The mainstream rituals usually take this into account, making sure that there is no violence to the possessed, only that they be tied down if there is potential for violence.
Beliefs and/or practices pertaining to the practice of exorcism are prominently connected with Hindus. Of the four Vedas (holy books of the Hindus), the Atharva Veda is said to contain the secrets related to magic and alchemy. Possession is one the siddhis (laghima) or psychic power acquired with asuterity, chastity or yogic sadhana in tantric tradition. Milarepa entered the body of his disciple Gampoba with this siddhi. These beliefs are particularly strong and practiced in West Bengal, Orissa and southern states like Kerala. The basic means of exorcism are the mantra and the yajna used in both Vedic and Tantric traditions. Vaishnava traditions also employ a recitation of names of Narasimha and reading scriptures (notably Bhagavata Purana) aloud. According to Gita Mahatmya of Padma Purana, reading the 3rd, 7th and 8th chapter of Bhagavad Gita and mentally offering the result to departed persons helps them to get released from their ghostly situation. Kirtan, continuous playing of mantras, keeping scriptures and holy pictures of the deities (Shiva,Vishnu,Brahma,Shakti e.t.c) (esp. of Narasimha) in the house, burning incense offered during a puja, sprinkling water from holy rivers, and blowing conches used in puja are other effective practices.
Toner, P.(1909).Exorcism. In The Catholic Encyclopedia.New York: Robert Appleton Company.Retrieved July 13, 2010 from New Advent: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05709a.htm