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Doubt

Frederick Buechner (Wishful Thinking, p. 20) said: “Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it awake and moving.” Sunday school curriculum writer Brett Younger (Smith & Helwys, Sept. 2011) agrees with Buechner and adds, “The best doubt leads to deeper faith and greater courage.”

Is this true? Is doubt good?

Jesus rescued Peter from drowning and said, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31). Jesus told his disciples, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt . . . you can say to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,and it will be done” (Matthew 21:21). Jesus said to Thomas, “Stop doubting and believe” (John 20:27).

James says, “He who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (James 1:6-8).

Doubt in a biblical context means to be without resource, to be double-minded, or up in the air. Doubting God suggests a weak, unstable faith. Not good.

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Djwhal Khul

DJWHAL KHUL (meaning is uncertain, possibly light/flame in Sanskrit and region/jurisdiction in Tibetan; so…“Region of Light”? “Jurisdiction of Flame”?)

Calling himself “The Tibetan,” this discarnate (having no body) transmitted New Age doctrines to occultists Madame Blavatsky in the late 1800’s and Alice Bailey in the early 1900’s. Some of DK’s channeled works have been criticized as racist and anti-semitic. Yet his teaching forms the basis for the United Nations World Core Curriculum, educational standards set for children worldwide and compiled by Robert Muller.

See Ascended Masters

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DEMON POSSESSION is more correctly known as “demonization.” The indwelling of one or more evil spirits, usually considered to be angels who followed Satan in rebellion against God and were cast out of heaven (Revelation 12:4).

Apparently demonization may be involuntary (Mark 9:17-29) or as a result of deliberate involvement in occult activities. Evil spirits take control of the person’s body and personality at will. Symptoms may present as mental alienation, trembling and swelling, change in voice, hostility to teaching about Jesus.  See http://www.eternaldestiny.com for a longer list of possible symptoms.

A possessed person’s apparent terror of so-called “sacred” objects, such as holy water might well be pretense. Demons are deceivers, after all.  Faith in Jesus and in the authority of His word, along with fasting and prayer are presented in Scripture as effective against demons.

Related terms: ascended masters, shadow people, spirit guides, deities, apparitions, spirits of departed relatives, angels of light, qi gong, channeling.

Many who were demon-possessed were brought to [Jesus], and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.” (Matthew 8:16.17)

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Demon Fortress

DEMON FORTRESS

The nickname for the Tibetan Buddhist monastery which was the home of the Dalai Lama’s chief spiritual advisor, Nechung, a possessed monk. So named because the walls are covered with paintings of demonic images, tortured, disemboweled humans, etc.

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