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The Demon Inside Me

On faith, and its value in society.

Meet Ralph

I’ve got a demon inside me. I call him Ralph. Apparently, anytime I think I’m thinking for myself, speaking for myself, or otherwise not following the religious line that other people believe I should be following, it’s Ralph speaking instead of me.

I can imagine this could be useful at times. “No, I didn’t call your mother a nasty gold-digging whore, it was Ralph.” “I didn’t eat all the chocolate candies with nuts, it was Ralph.”

No, I’m Not Kidding

OK, I am kidding – but plenty of people, it seems, aren’t kidding and really think this is reality. When my father’s wife told me about Ralph (OK, she just said “You’ve got a demon inside you, and we need to get him out,” in the same tone I might use to say “You’ve got a tag showing, let me help hide it.”) my first impulse was to simply think the woman was insane.

The problem with that is that the world seems full of equally insane people. My good friend Don Ardell, publisher of the Ardell Wellness Report, “The Catholic Church has certified over 400 new exorcists. Figures are hard to obtain, but it’s estimated that thousands worldwide do this kind of thing.” 

So apparently a majority, or at least a significant minority, of the world literally believes that there are magical, invisible beings out there that get inside of people and control them, and that priests, preachers, or witch doctors can remove these beings by prancing, babbling, and sprinkling them with special water. Water, by the way, that there is no evidence is any different than regular tap water, just as there is no evidence that the beings exist in the first place.

Evidence? Who Needs Evidence?

After all, for the majority of the world, the most important decisions of their life are made on faith, not evidence – and isn’t faith supposed to be a good thing? People name their children Faith – anyone ever heard of a child named Evidence, Reason, or Logic? No, people give their children emotional names like Hope and Chastity and even Temperance, though interestingly they don’t seem to give such names to male offspring. Hmmm, wonder what that says about their thinking?

So what exactly is faith? From what I can gather, it boils down to this: Accepting something because someone else told you it was true, even if there is no evidence backing up their claim, in fact it even seems that a lack of evidence or contrary evidence makes faith all the stronger.

In everyday terms, this is exactly as insane as it seems. If the world operated like this under normal circumstances, police would arrest people simply because they suspected them of a crime – and let them go if they denied it. Con artists would love it, and in fact they do, because faith is one of the most common elements in any scam. People would swallow all sorts of strange potions because they had been told the potions were good for them. Red lights would be ignored, because people would have faith that they would change, and no amount of evidence would convince them their faith was misplaced.

So why does religion get a pass? I really don’t know. Books have been written on the subject, notably Michael Shermer’s Why People Believe Weird Things, but I’m no closer to really understanding it than ever. I never did that, and still don’t; I treat religious claims just like any other claims, and from the evidence I’ve been shown, they are all false.

Try it yourself. Imagine the stories told by a religion being told to you today. Would you believe them?

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  1. adrian

    On March 24, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    i think i have a demon or maybe more demons inside me.i don’t know sure ,that is the problem.but in my had i have so many bad things and i can’t take it out.i’m desperate and i need help.i feel that my place is not here in this world and my life become a hell for me.i don’t want to take mi life and i fight with this feeling from long time ago,but now is very close to me.this is mi faith?i’m cursed?why i’m alone?i know i’m a good person or i try to be,why hapent to me only bad things?mi demons are mi thoughts?

  2. Ninth Sense

    On April 5, 2008 at 2:31 am

    You realize, of course, that there is no such thing as a demon. However, you might have some mental health issues that might be helped by a professional.

  3. hung

    On June 6, 2008 at 11:52 am

    i used to have one his name was shadow, but when holly water came to my life he turn good and i hope u all can follow this advise

  4. Kronos

    On October 21, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    her name is alice and shes my protector we have a give and take realationship so obviously theyre not all bad

  5. Moon

    On May 7, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    I have demon within me since the day i was born.
    In every night, many thoughts come into my head. Why does human exist? Why are they so foolish? Why are they so cruel? Why no one understand me? Why does human killed people when they say it is good? Why human is selfish?

    In the next morning, my demon fall a sleep.

    Everyday, I feel like i’m halfly awakes.

    It seen that the demon within me is the real me.

    Every night, i’m looking forward for me to wake up.

    I feel that I’m stronger when the me wakeup!

    I always hope that the sun shall never rise!

  6. Moon

    On May 7, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    I believe in faith.

    It is faith that i found this place.

    It is faith that I was born with a demon.

    And if you think it is mental health problem, guess again.

    My heart always cool. Don’t worry.

    I ask you this question, “What happen if there is such demon exist?” “What would you do?” “Will you be afraid?” “Will you run away or escape?” “Why?”

    To me, people who run is cowards and I hate to see it happen infront of me.

    I rather see them dead than alive.


    On October 17, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I, ve got many of them, but they can,t make me to say something bad (only if i,m not drunk, but i think alcohol is a demon too, only demon who can be controlled), they just are in me and it,s hard to fight with them. I need one strong demon which is strong enough to kill other ones and then make me a king.

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