Fallen angels (also known as in popular culture as demons) aren’t just fictional characters in novels, horror movies, and video games, say believers. Fallen angels are real spiritual beings who have evil motives when they interact with human beings, even though they may seem benevolent in order to influence people, say Jews and Christians.
Fallen angels can hurt you in a variety of ways, from lying to you and tempting you to sin, to causing mental anguish like depression and anxiety or physical illnesses or injuries in your life, according to the Torah and the Bible. Fortunately, those religious scriptures also suggest several ways that you can protect yourself from falling prey to the evil that fallen angels can bring into your life.
Realize That You’re in a Spiritual Battle
The Bible says it’s important to remember that people are part of a spiritual battle every day in this fallen world, in which fallen angels who aren’t usually visible nevertheless influence human lives: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).
Be Careful When Contacting Angels On Your Own
The Torah and the Bible advise people to be careful when they're contacting angels on their own rather than waiting for God to bring angels into their lives according to his will. If you contact angels yourself, you can’t choose which angels will respond, say Jews and Christians. A fallen angel may use your decision to reach out to angels rather than directly to God as an opportunity to manipulate you while disguised as a holy angel. 2 Corinthians 11:14 of the Bible says that Satan, who leads the fallen angels, “masquerades as an angel of light” and the angels who serve him “masquerade as servants of righteousness.”
Beware of False Messages
The Torah and the Bible caution that fallen angels may speak as false prophets, and says in Jeremiah 23:16 that false prophets “speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord.” Satan, whom the fallen angels follow, is “a liar and the father of lies,” according to John 8:44 of the Bible.
Test the Messages That Angels Give You
Don’t just accept whatever messages you may receive from angels as true without examining and testing those messages. 1 John 4:1 advises: “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
The acid test of whether or not an angel is truly communicating a message from God is what the angel has to say about Jesus Christ, the Bible says in 1 John 4:2: “This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.”
Find Wisdom Through a Close Relationship With God
Finally, the Torah and the Bible say that it’s important for people to stay closely connected to God, since the wisdom that comes from a close relationship with God will empower people to discern whether the angels they encounter are faithful ones or fallen ones. Proverbs 9:10 declares: “The fear [reverence] of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
Choose Follow Where God Leads
Psychiatrist M. Scott Peck explores the “real” but “rare” phenomenon of demon possession of human beings in his book Glimpses of the Devil, and concludes that: “Possession is not an accident. In becoming possessed, the victim must, at least in some way, cooperate with or sell out to the devil.”
In his book about evil called People of the Lie, Peck says that the way to be free of bondage to evil is to submit to God and his goodness: “There are two states of being: submission to God and goodness or the refusal to submit to anything beyond one’s own will -- which refusal automatically enslaves one to the forces of evil. We must ultimately belong to either God or the devil.”