What Are Demons? The Non Christian View
The Non Christian view of demons comes in many forms; however, I have found a common theme with most of these viewpoints. Similar to pre-Christian cultures, the non Christian view tr
eats demons as a malicious spirit which inhabits one of the realms of reality.
I will assume that you are totally unfamiliar with this concept so I will do my best to give you an example. In many religions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Shamanism, Islam, and even Judaism amongst others, there is this concept that life exists on many levels, or planes of existence.
Now, even if you are a Christian this shouldn’t be too far fetched an idea if you think about it. Christianity preaches a similar concept by saying that there is a Heaven, an Earth, and a Hell. These are to be thought of as real places; however, aside from earth, humans are unable to access Heaven or Hell while in human form.
Taking this idea and expanding on it, you then have your planes of existence theory. Instead of just heaven , earth, and hell, imagine that there are an x number of stops along the way.
A popular one, especially to those who are into New Age type philosophies, is the seven planes of existence theory. With this, existence is separated into seven planes, or channels, and within each channel there is a range of experience dependent on one’s ‘vibration.’
One’s ‘vibration’ is simply the spiritual state a person is in. The more ‘godly’ one is in their life, the higher their vibrational state, and visa versa. Good will attract good and bad will attract bad.
Another analogy that is widely used it that of radio stations. As you’re tuning your radio, its not uncommon to pick up minor stations in between major stations. These major stations represent planes, while these minor ones represent the range in vibration, or frequency in the case of the radio. People can exist in either the higher or lower bands of a plane, and be totally unaware of what else is going on since they are not ‘tuned in.’
When asking what are demons, I believe this is important.
Let’s say humans exist on radio channel 104.5. It just so happens that there is another species of people who exist on channel 104.1. Now, the problem with those people on 104.1, is that they are a selfish, egotistical, and violent people. In fact, if one of them were to stop over at our nice station at 104.5 they may seem particularly evil, perhaps even demonic.
Another example I like to use it one where you’re driving down the road, listening to your favorite station, when out of the blue another station completely overrides the one you were listening to, just to have it go back to normal a few seconds later. [For a scientific explanation on how this could actually happen, read my post here]
Using that example, we can see how this answers a whole range of paranormal and supernatural questions. How we’re able to see ghosts. How demons can influence us. Where we possibly go when we die. It opens the door to a much more diverse spiritual existence by showing that, even though we may exist on different vibrations, we are not totally out of each others reach.
Using this viewpoint we can see that demons are merely entities that exists in a plane outside of our own. Angels, likewise, are entities that exist in a much higher state; however, both angels & demons are spiritual creatures like ourselves that behave on a spectrum of being. Their ‘evilness’ or ‘godliness’ is relative to their vibrational state.
So, what are demons? The answer, like so many things, is that it depends on what you believe.
Watch for my future article: Can evil spirits hurt us? As I explore more on the ‘What are demons’ topic.