In the depths of my skull there’s a demon that’s schemin’,
Controlling my thinking—or that’s what I’m told
It’s why I have such a reliance on science,
And gave up on demons at seven years old
At least, that’s the story I’ll tell you—but well you
Might wonder if demons are crafting my lies
And each silly thing that I’m saying, they’re playing
A practical joke in their demon disguise
Psychologists look to the brain, to explain, you
Are acting because of some structural flaw;
They laugh at demonic possession—a session
Of therapy, rather than prayer, as a law.
But really, it’s demons! I’m haunted! I’ve taunted
Religion too often; I’m paying the price!
I’ll trust my online diagnosis; “neurosis”
Is anti-religious—a demon’s device!
Historically, of course, there is a well recognized connection between demonic possession and mental illness. In a nutshell, the more we learned about biology, psychology, neurology, etc… the less we blamed demonic possession. In our modern culture, of course,
nobody — what the fuck?
Ok, to be fair, I have no experience at all with theologyonline; it may well be mostly satirical, for all I know. If so, they fooled me; while there are disagreements among forum members, it appears that the bible is a given, and the real question is whether what we know of as “mental illness” is demons, Satan, other demons, or some unspecified demonesque possession. Modern medicine has been duped by these demons–especially psychiatry and clinical psychology–and there absolutely are people who are inhabited by demons, and there absolutely are people who can recognize these demon-haunted souls.
Is theologyonline “sophisticated theology”? It would appear not–at least, not in this thread. This looks quite a lot like free-range folk Christianity–people who believe what they believe, and believe that it is Christianity, whether or not it agrees with any particular sect’s doctrine.
Edited to add: I know some people have followed the link to take a look at the forum; I don’t know if anyone tried to comment. I would urge you, if you want to comment, to recognize two things. First, it’s their playground. Not mine, not yours. Their rules apply. Which brings us to… second, they don’t seem shy about banning people they suspect to be there under false pretenses. Even if they appear to be legitimately questioning, to me. So really, there’s not a lot of reason to comment there.