During our discussion of demons in class the other day, I thought of a Disney song that I remembered from a show called the “House of Mouse.” In this show, many of the famous Disney characters ran a dinner theater in which they would work to entertain the guest, while showing classic Disney clips throughout the show. The song that I was reminded of was a duet between Mickey Mouse and Daisy Duck called “Me the Mouse and I’m the Duck.” Throughout this song, the two characters playfully argue about the different pronunciations of different words, such as lever (Leave-er versus Le-ver), caramel (car-mull versus care-uh-mell), or Caribbean (care-uh-be-in versus Cur-rib-be-in). Of course, we all know the correct pronunciations of these words; nevertheless this song light-heartedly demonstrated the argument over language that many people get into.
This reminded me of our discussion in class regarding whether Christian’s can be “possessed” or not. All sorts of questions stem from that word, such as the ability, length and targets of demon possession. Some argue that Christian’s can’t be “possessed” but “oppressed.” Whereas others argue that there really is no difference, as the Greek would be better translated into the word “Demonized.” Some would even go further to make a distinction of the ability of a demon to actually own someone’s soul or body, in the sense that God does.
Ultimately, I think many of these distinctions and arguments are quite fruitless. Many of these arguments are language arguments, in the same way that we argue whether it is “tu’mey-tow or tu’maa-tow” (http://www.wordwebonline.com/en/TOMATO). Regardless of whether we call it possession, oppression, demonization, tidily-winks, or whatever, it is clear that demons have a present-day activity influencing the lives of unbelievers and believers. That is why in Ephesians 6:11-12, we are commanded to put on the armor of God to resist the devil, for our Christians lives are a spiritual battle, not an earthly one. Therefore put on your armor and be prepared, instead of arguing whether it is “Care-uh-mell” or “Car-mull.” Especially, because we all know its “Car-Mull”. :P