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visions QUESTION from David Sanders September 20, 2000 I am a fan of the tv show Millenium, in which the hero sees images and impressions of evil. On the show, demons confront and tempt the hero, to prevent him from opposing their acts.
I would like to know what you think about the show (if you have ever seen it), and if you believe people recieve such visions in the real world. Would such visions be divinely inspired, or demonic?
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, O.L.S.M. on November 25, 2000 Dear Mr. Sanders:
I have seen the show once or twice. It is Hollywood, not reality.
People, however, can have visions, both demonic and Godly? I have had both types in my own experience.
In terms of my calling to deliverance counseling God has given me the gift of discernment. Within that God-given gift which HE CONTROLS, I don't control it, I may discern the presence of evil in a room, or attached to a person.
And, yes, demons try to prevent me from doing my work.
But the only legitimate activity of this sort is only when the source of the calling and work is God. There CANNOT be a secular demon-buster. And there certainly cannot be a occultic demon-buster. It must come from God, not self.
The gift also must come directly from God in a special way. It is not like a natural talent (although Godgiven) that one just naturally has an ability for.
It has been a while since I have seen this show. I will try to watch it again when I get the chance. But from what I remember this is a Hollywood-style story, not based in reality at all, and also working with the false assumption that such demon-busting can be done in a secular fashion instead of through the Church and the Holy Spirit.
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