Demons, fallen angels, ghosts, goblins, evil nature spirits, hybrid creatures, the daevas of Zoroastrianism, the narakas (creatures of hell) of Jainism, the oni (attendants of the gods of the underworld) in Japanese religions, and other such beings - hinder mankind from achieving a proper relationship with God, in the spiritual realm, or mankind's life situations. Some of the fallen angels fell from a position of high proximity to God - such as Lucifer (after his fall his name became known as Satan by the early Church Fathers of Rome) in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - all because of Lucifer's pride in his attempt to usurp the position of the Supreme Being called 'God.' In their fallen condition they then attempt to keep mankind from gaining a relationship with the supreme deity of God by provoking them to sin against him. Some medieval scholars of demonology ascribed to a hierarchy of seven Arch demons with the power to control what is now known as the seven deadly sins: Lucifer (Pride); Mammon (Avarice); Asmodeus (Lechery); Satan (Anger); Beelzebub (Gluttony); Leviathan (Envy); and Belphegor (Sloth). Besides tempting mankind to sin, the fallen angels (devils of Lucifer), are believed to be responsible for many types of calamities, both natural and accidental that occur on Earth. Like the demons and evil spirits of nature in primitive religions, the fallen angels were viewed as the agents of famine, disease, war, earthquakes, accidental deaths, and various mental or emotional disorders. Persons afflicted with mental diseases were considered to be "demon possessed." Though the functions of demonic figures like those described of the fallen angels, is of major significance to the world of the paranormal, the nature of demons have been a major concern for the theologians and persons infused with popular piety for millennia. Like the Archangels, the Archdemons are regarded as spiritual, non-corporeal beings, but they have been depicted in religious iconography as hybrid creatures with horrifying characteristics or as caricatures of idols of many opposing religions, mostly by Christianity. In the early church, for example, there was a belief that pagan idols were inhabited by demons. These horrifying aspects of demons depicted and represented in the woodcuts of medieval and Reformation artists, as well as in the masks of shamans, medicine men, and priests of many primitive religions throughout the world - either to frighten the believer into behaving according to the accepted norms of the Christian Church or to ward off ritualistically the power of the demonic forces loosed on the terrestrial or profane realms. It is told that Lucifer was the angel who rebelled against God and allowed his greed and pride, coveted God’s Throne in the heavens. Denouncing the worship bestowed to God, even though it belonged to only God. This was the beginning of a mighty war in Heaven. Lucifer, along with one third of the angels were defeated by the Archangel Michael and cast down from Heaven to earth where his name then became known as ‘Satan’, a name literally translated to mean; ‘The Adversary,’ and many of other titles such as the ‘Devil,’ or ‘The accuser of the brethren.’ It became clear that Satan (Lucifer, the Devil) is not equal to God in the ancient scriptures, yet somehow became the opposite! Where God is the ultimate ‘benevolent’ force in heaven, Satan is now the ultimate ‘malevolent’ force on earth. And the deed is sealed for humanity. God had also created other archangels, that became his warriors of vengeance, and by definition were granted powers by God, to keep Satan at bay. A blatant attempt to pit overpower Satan’s power, ensuring he never gains more power than God allows.
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