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Why Learn About Evil Spirits
By Healed
9/5/2014 6:51:51 PM
Good question. Why even learn about evil spirits in the first place. The answer is rather simple: “We are surrounded with more evil spirits than good ones” and they are responsible for all the havoc we endure in this life. (Brigham Young, JD 4:133) The war in Heaven that banished Lucifer to this earth as the Devil has been continued here and we are victims in this war. Any good military tactician studies his enemy in order to know his probable moves so he can plan counter moves and counter offensives. This is why we need to learn about evil spirits.

There is a notion going around the church that we are not supposed to learn about evil spirits. What is actually taught by church leaders is taken out of context as to what was originally taught about these spirits. The early and subsequent modern leaders explained the concept and what we should be learning.

“We should not only study good, and its effects upon our race, but also evil, and its consequences. And inasmuch as the Lord Almighty has designed us to know all that is in the earth, both the good and the evil, and to learn not only what is in heaven, but what is in hell. Though I mean to learn all that is in heaven, earth, and hell. Do I need to commit iniquity to do it? No. If I were to go into the bowels of hell to find out what is there, that does not make it necessary that I should commit one evil, or blaspheme in any way the name of my Maker.” (Brigham Young, JD 2:94)

“I am aware that even some of the Latter-day Saints are slow to believe in relation to the power of Lucifer, the son of the morning, who was thrust from the heavens to the earth; and they have been slow to believe in relation to the spirits that are associated with him…. I have always felt that no Saint fully comprehends the power of Satan as well as God's Prophet; and again I have thought that no Saint could fully understand the power of God unless he learn the opposite.” (Elder Jedediah M. Grant, Delivered in the Tabernacle, Great Salt Lake City, Feb. 19, 1854, JD 2:11)

In the October 1987 general conference, Elder James E. Faust quoted Brigham Young’s statement to study evil and its consequences, but Elder Faust defined what part of evil we are not to investigate: “The mischief of devil worship, sorcery, casting spells, witchcraft, voodooism, black magic, and all other forms of demonism should be avoided like the plague.” (CR, Oct 1987, Pg. 40)

In April 1842, Joseph Smith wrote an editorial for the church newspaper, “Times and Seasons,” titled, “Try the Spirits,” that has been included in various talks and teaching manuals of the church. The entire sermon was about identifying the various types of evil spirits, but one of the interesting quotes was when he lamented about the ignorance of the saints regarding the nature of evil spirits.

“One great evil is, that men are ignorant of the nature of spirits; their power, laws, government, intelligence, etc. …. As we have noticed before, the great difficulty lies in the ignorance of the nature of spirits, of the laws by which they are governed, and the signs by which they may be known….” (Joseph Smith, HC 4:572-573)

The reason for learning about what evil spirits are capable of, how they tempt and influence, how they possess, afflict and torment, is that we can identify not only when something we feel inside us is actually from our own selves, our own desires, but when it is projected from or a desire of, one of Satan’s minions.

When you can recognize and identify the difference between what YOU feel, what is YOUR own thoughts and desires, and what are the thoughts, feelings and desires of evil and unclean spirits, you can fight back more effectively. You can give yourself a fighting chance of overcoming your addiction.

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