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Holy Spirit – the detailed analysis and underlying mechanisms of the Holy Spirit. Contradictions and errors in theology of the Holy Spirit

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The definition of Holy Spirit is different in different religions. Even within the same religion different denominations have different views about Holy Spirit.
As for example, in Christianity there are approximately 41 thousand of Christian denominations and each of them has different dogmas about Holy Spirit.

http://www.pewforum.org/2011/12/19/global-christianity-exec/
Global Christianity – A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Christian Population
December 19, 2011
http://www.pewforum.org/files/2011/12/ChristianityAppendixB.pdf
http://www.pewforum.org/files/2011/12/Christianity-fullreport-web.pdf
In many countries, censuses and demographic surveys do not include the detailed denominational affiliation and religious self-identification measures necessary for determining the size of global movements within Christianity (such as evangelicalism, pentecostalism and the charismatic movement). The figures on Christian movements in this report were commissioned by the Pew Forum from the Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass. CSGC researchers generated their estimates based in large part on figures provided by Christian denominations and organizations around the world. CSGC has obtained denominational membership information from about 41,000 organizations worldwide.
Appendix B: Methodology for Estimating Christian Movements, "Global Christianity: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World's Christian Population", The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, December 19, 2011.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Spirit_(Christianity)
The theology of the Holy Spirit is called pneumatology. The Holy Spirit is referred to as "the Lord, the Giver of Life" in the Nicene Creed, which summarises several key beliefs held by many Christian denominations. The participation of the Holy Spirit in the tripartite nature of conversion is apparent in Jesus' final post-Resurrection instruction to his disciples at the end of the Gospel of Matthew (28:19): "make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit". Since the first century, Christians have also called upon God with the name "Father, Son and Holy Spirit" in prayer, absolution and benediction.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pneumatology_(Christianity)
In Christian theology pneumatology refers to the study of the Holy Spirit. Pneuma (πνεῦμα) is Greek for "breath", which metaphorically describes a non-material being or influence. The English word comes from two Greek words: πνευμα (pneuma, spirit) and λογος (logos, teaching about). Pneumatology would normally include study of the person of the Holy Spirit, and the works of the Holy Spirit. This latter category would normally include Christian teachings on new birth, spiritual gifts (charismata), Spirit-baptism, sanctification, the inspiration of prophets, and the indwelling of the Holy Trinity (which in itself covers many different aspects). Different Christian denominations have different theological approaches.
Church history contains four critical discussions that have served to progressively define Christian pneumatology:
1. Patristic period. The early Church engaged in a debate over the divinity of Jesus, with Arius asserting that the Son is a "creature" or "angel" and Athanasius countering that the Son possesses divine attributes (such as immutability, transcendence, ability to sanctify, and involvement in creation). Although the debate was not pneumatological in nature, it led to a very similar debate between the Pneumatomachians and the Cappadocian Fathers.
2. Medieval period. In this period ensued a debate regarding the relationship between Christ and the Holy Spirit. The Eastern Church asserted that the Holy Spirit "proceeds" from the Father alone (as stated in the original Nicene Creed), while Augustine of Hippo and the medieval Catholic Church added the "filioque" clause to the Creed (the Spirit proceeds from the Father "and the Son").
3. Reformation and Counter-reformation. Here the relationship between the Spirit and the Scriptures is re-examined. Martin Luther and John Calvin hold that the Spirit has a certain "interpretive authority" to "illuminate" scripture, while Counter-reformation theologians respond that the Spirit has authorized the Church to serve as authoritative interpreter of Scripture.
Philipp Melanchthon (February 16, 1497 – April 19, 1560), born Philipp Schwartzerdt, was a German reformer, collaborator with Martin Luther, the first systematic theologian of the Protestant Reformation, intellectual leader of the Lutheran Reformation, and an influential designer of educational systems. He stands next to Luther and Calvin as a reformer, theologian, and molder of Protestantism. As much as Luther, he is the primary founder of Lutheranism. The scholarly work of Professor Philipp Melanchthon of the University of Wittenberg played a crucial role in the Protestant Reformation. He was a theologian, a student of the classics, a German reformer and collaborator of Martin Luther. As an expert in Hebrew and Greek, he helped Luther translate the Bible into German. Based on theology, he laid the foundation of pneumatology—the mother of psychology.
4. Contemporary era. The contemporary church understands a distinctive relationship between the Spirit and the Church community. Various contemporary theologians grant the Spirit as authority to govern the church, to liberate oppressed communities, and to create experiences associated with faith. Contemporary pneumatology is often marked by the Pentecostal Movement.
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Christians believe that Holy Spirit manifest itself in three ways:
1) Baptism with the Holy Spirit (a.k.a. Baptism in the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost);
2) gifts of the Holy Spirit;
3) fruits of the Holy Spirit.

Catholic Church claims that there are seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, this claim is based on Isaiah 11:1-2:
1) wisdom,
2) understanding,
3) counsel,
4) fortitude,
5) knowledge,
5) piety,
6) fear of the Lord.

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__P67.HTM#$211
III. The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit
1830 The moral life of Christians is sustained by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These are permanent dispositions which make man docile in following the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
1831 The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. They belong in their fullness to Christ, Son of David.[109]
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1832 The fruits of the Spirit are perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as the first fruits of eternal glory. The tradition of the Church lists twelve of them: "charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, chastity.[112]

109 Cf. ⇒ Isa 11:1-2.
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112 Gal 5:22-23 (Vulg.).
Catechism of the Catholic Church. Part three: Life in Christ. Section one Man's vocation life in the spirit. Chapter one The dignity of the human person. Article 7 The virtues. III. The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit. 1831


https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+11&version=ESV
1 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
2 And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
Bible. Isaiah 11:1-2

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians+5&version=ESV
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Bible. Galatians 5:22-23

However it is important to note that Isaiah 11:1-2 has no connection whatsoever with the Holy Spirit. The “<>spirit of wisdom and understanding”, “spirit of counsel and might”, “<>spirit of knowledge” have nothing to do with the Holy Spirit – even the names of Spirits are different.
Another important thing is that Catholic Church claims that Old Testament is no longer valid, because Jesus canceled the Old Testament and established New Testament thus all references to Old Testament are invalid by definition.
Why does Catholic Church have developed such illogical and self-contradictory teaching about the Holy Spirit? The reason is very simple – Catholic Church is unable to demonstrate the Holy Spirit in practice. Catholic Church is totally unqualified in the Holy Spirit.

Pentecostalism is a movement within Christianity that places special emphasis on a direct personal experience of the Holy Spirit.
Pentecostalists can demonstrate the Holy Spirit in practice and this is the reason why many adepts of traditional Christian Churches (Catholic/Orthodox) started leaving their Churches and flooded into Pentecostal Church.

From all range of Christian denominations the Pentecostalism has the most comprehensive teaching about the Holy Spirit because Pentecostalists have thousands of directs contacts with the Holy Spirit everyday.
So let’s put aside unqualified meaningless blah of Catholic/Orthodox Church about the Holy Spirit and let’s study what competent Pentecostalists are teaching about the Holy Spirit.

According to Pentecostalists Baptism with the Holy Spirit is done by putting the hands on the adept.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+1&version=ESV
1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way,
3 the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’”
4 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
5 And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
6 Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey.
7 And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.
8 I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
Bible. Mark 1:8

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+8&version=ESV
11 And they paid attention to him because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic.
12 But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
13 Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And seeing signs and great miracles performed, he was amazed.
14 Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John,
15 who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit,
16 for he had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
17 Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.
Bible. Acts of the Apostles 8:11-17

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+19&version=ESV
1 And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples.
2 And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
3 And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John's baptism.”
4 And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.”
5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
6 And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying.
7 There were about twelve men in all.
Bible. Acts of the Apostles 19:1-7


In New Testament it is written that the first time when Holy Spirit descended on Christians was on Pentecost.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentecost
Pentecost (Ancient Greek: Πεντηκοστή [ἡμέρα], Pentēkostē [hēmera], "the fiftieth [day]") is the Greek name for the Feast of Weeks, a prominent feast in the calendar of ancient Israel celebrating the giving of the Law on Sinai. This feast is still celebrated in Judaism as Shavuot. Later, in the Christian liturgical year, it became a feast commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ (120 in all), as described in the Acts of the Apostles 2:1–31. For this reason, Pentecost is sometimes described by some Christians today as the "Birthday of the Church".
In the Eastern church, Pentecost can also refer to the whole fifty days between Easter and Pentecost, hence the book containing the liturgical texts for Paschaltide is called the Pentecostarion. The feast is also called White Sunday, or Whitsunday, especially in England, where the following Monday was traditionally a public holiday. Pentecost is celebrated seven weeks (49 days) after Easter Sunday, hence its name. Pentecost falls on the tenth day after Ascension Thursday (which falls 40 days after Easter).
Wikipedia

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+2&version=ESV
1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.
2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Bible. Acts of the Apostles 2:1-4

It is important to note that currently not all Christians have the direct contact with the Holy Spirit and this is the reason why Christians who do have direct contact with the Holy Spirit have named themselves as “Pentecostalists”. For several hundred years after the death of Jesus the Christian Church had a direct contact with the Holy Spirit however later this contact was lost.
Contact with the Holy Spirit was revived by independent evangelists in year 1901 in Topeka, Kansas (USA) and in year 1906 in Los Angeles (USA) which got the name “Azusa Street Revival”. The followers of this revivalism movement are called “Pentecostalists”. The second wave of revivalism was in the beginning of 1960s and they got the name “Charismatics”. In the context of New Testament the word “charisma” means “gift” (translation from the Greek).

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+14&version=ESV
1 Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.
2 For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit.
3 On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.
4 The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church.
5 Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.
6 Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching?
7 If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is played?
8 And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle?
9 So with yourselves, if with your tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is said? For you will be speaking into the air.
10 There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning,
11 but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me.
12 So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.
13 Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret.
14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.
15 What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.
16 Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying?
17 For you may be giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up.
18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
19 Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
Bible. 1 Corinthians 14:1-19

When adepts of traditional Christian Churches (Catholic/Orthodox) saw that newly formed Pentecostal Churches are in direct contact with the Holy Spirit while at the same time Holy Spirit is totally absent in the Catholic/Orthodox Church, they began massively abandon their Churches and began flooding into Pentecostal Church. As for example, currently in Russia the number of Pentecostalists is in second place after number of adepts of Russian Orthodox Church. The reason why adepts are switching churches is very simple – there is no point to stay in Church which has no Holy Spirit when the Church with the Holy Spirit is available.
Roman Catholic Church began to panic that it is loosing its adepts, so in 19 May 1975 Vatican arranged in Rome the “Second International Leaders' Conference of Charismatic Renewal” in which more than thousand of highest ranking leaders of the Catholic Church had participated. Specially for this conference a leading cardinal of the Catholic Church Léo Joseph Cardinal Suenens celebrated Mass in St. Peter's Basilica together with 12 bishops and 750 priests. Pope Paul VI blessed the conference. At that time there were approximately 3500 Catholic Charismatic Renewal Prayer Groups in more than 50 countries, the number of members of these groups exceeded 400 thousands.
However in the end of 1970s the second wave of Pentecostalism began to decline. Catholic Charismatic Renewal was not a new thing anymore and Catholics began get tired of it. The spread of Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement began to decline and in some places disappeared completely. However during 20 years of existence the ideas of Pentecostalism permeated all Christian groups and Charismatics grew deeply into Christian world.

Here is a documental movie in which Pope John Paul II blesses Charismatic Renewal movement saying „long life for the charizmatics“ (see movie starting from 5 minutes 30 seconds).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-QDOcDGDWA#t=5m30s
 
Catholic Charismatic History
Length: 10 minutes (starting from 5 minutes 30 seconds).


Below are documentary movies which shows how the reception of the Holy Spirit looks in Christianity.
Exactly in the same identical way Jesus was giving the Holy Spirit to his adepts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srPtMNmbnBY
 
Benny Hinn - Power of God Falling In Philadelphia
Length: 8 minutes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdUIqKJyD0Q
 
Benny Hinn - Raw Anointing of the Spirit (1)
Length: 10 minutes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPpjURtM5OI
 
Benny Hinn - Incredible Demonstrations of God's Power.
Length: 6 minutes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee8H7KbN41k
 
Benny Hinn - Holy Spirit Flow Through Me
Length: 10 minutes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PU7ZWHfNWT8
 
(In Russian) Беснования харизматов
Length: 2 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STaTW12bUcM

(In Russian) Ненормальности харизматов-речников
Length: 8 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5D23oK7iek

(In Russian) "Настоящее христианство" харизматов-речников
Length: 5 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o70cr0bels8

(In Russian) Харизматы-трясуны
Length: 9 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZnyLUjm1JY

(In Russian) Животные звуки в "Торонтстком благословении".
Length: 2 minutes


The movie below shows how the Catholic Church is giving Holy Spirit to it adepts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1knD_4A3uQY
 
Eucharistic Healing Service Father Jose Maniyangat
Length: 5 minutes


The movie below was filmed in 1990s in Ukraine. The movie was filmed by Pentecostalists themselves and the original idea of that movie was that it should be a promotional video which should attract new members into Pentecostal Church. However practical results were completely opposite. When movie was shown to new people they were running away scared in panic. After some time Pentecostal Church changed its mind and decided to hide and not to show this movie to new people in order not to scare them away. Now such movies are shown only to “advanced members” of Pentecostal Church who have long lasting membership in Pentecostal Church.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5AeGOrxVNk
 
(In Russian) Беснование харизматов
Length: 8 minutes

When a man receives Holy Spirit then following scenarios are possible:
1) if the amount of Holy Spirit is small then a man simply faints and unconsciously slumps on the floor;
2) if the amount of Holy Spirit is big then in man’s brain the epileptic neuron impulse firings are initiated which fire into the pleasure center of the brain and this process is accompanied by epileptic convulsions of the man’s body. These epileptic neuron impulse firings into pleasure center of the brain evoke euphoric state for a man who has received the Holy Spirit. The effect of these epileptic neuron impulse firings into pleasure center of the brain is much more dizzying than that of alcohol or narcotics and for that reason if the man has received such Holy Spirit several times then such man becomes addicted to Holy Spirit and man is unable to live without Holy Spirit exactly in the same way as drug addict is dependable on narcotics.

See the movie starting from 4 minutes 30 seconds till 5 minutes 30 seconds. In this episode Pentecostal pastor says that “meeting with Jesus” and “Baptism with the Holy Spirit” has much more dizzying effect than alcohol or narcotics.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5AeGOrxVNk#t=4m30s
 
(In Russian) Беснование харизматов
Length: 8 minutes (starting from 4 minutes 30 seconds).

In Pentecostal Churches usually a loud rhythmic music is played during the procedure of “receiving of Holy Spirit”. Loud rhythmic music helps to induce the trance state for the adepts of Pentecostal Church. Loud rhythmic music is also used in various other religious cults (shamanism, Hinduism, etc) with exactly the same purpose – it helps to induce the trance state for the adepts. Of course, the trance state can be also achieved without using loud rhythmic music, however then the pastor will need more endeavors in order to induce the trance state for the adepts. The usage of loud rhythmic music helps to achieve the trance state much easier and faster.

After the adept has been baptized with the Holy Spirit, the adept may receive “gifts of the Holy Spirit”.
After the adept has been baptized with the Holy Spirit, the adept receives not all “gifts of the Holy Spirit”, but only some of them. Some adepts receive bigger number of “gifts of the Holy Spirit”, and some other adepts receive lesser number of “gifts of the Holy Spirit”. The number of “gifts of the Holy Spirit” depends on how much the adept has pleased the Holy Spirit.

Pentecostals (and some other Protestants) believe that there are nine gifts of the Holy Spirit:
1) the gift of prophecy;
2) the gift of speaking tongues (a.k.a. glossolalia, xenoglossy, xenoglossia, foreign accent syndrome);
3) the gift of the interpretation of tongues;
4) the gift of the discerning of spirits;
5) the gift of the word of wisdom;
6) the gift of the word of knowledge;
7) the gift of faith;
8) the gift of healings;
9) the gift of the working of miracles.

It is important that New Testament actually lists more than nine gifts of the Holy Spirit, however Pentecostals pastors keep big secret and do not tell about them to the adepts. So let’s disclose their secret and let’s list additional spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit:
10) the gift of taking serpents with bare hands;
11) the gift of drinking any deadly poison and staying alive.

Below is more detailed description of all gifts of the Holy Spirit.

(1) The gift of prophecy.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+19&version=ESV
6 And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying.
7 There were about twelve men in all.
Bible. Acts of the Apostles 19:6-7

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+14&version=ESV
1 Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.
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5 Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.
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39 So, my brothers, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
Bible. 1 Corinthians 14:1-39

When a man receives Holy Spirit then any delirium-blah of such man is considered to be “prophecy”.

It is important to note that Christians claim that “gift of prophecy” is the proof of the Holy Spirit, however at the same time Christians claim that “gift of prophecy” is the proof of demonic possession. In other words, exactly the same phenomenon (“gift of prophecy”) is used to prove the divinity and at the same time the same to prove the demonic possession – it is obvious that Christian dogmas have faulty logic.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+16&version=ESV
16 As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling.
17 She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.”
18 And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour.
Bible. Acts of the Apostles 16:16-18

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+18&version=ESV
9 “When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations.
10 There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer
11 or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead,
12 for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you.
13 You shall be blameless before the Lord your God, 14 for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do this.
14 for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do this.
Bible. Deuteronomy 18:9-14

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Micah+5&version=ESV
12 and I will cut off sorceries from your hand, and you shall have no more tellers of fortunes;
Bible. Micah 5:12

http://www.ewtn.com/library/prayer/roman2.txt
Signs of possession may be the following: ability to speak with some facility in a strange tongue or to understand it when spoken by another; the faculty of divulging future and hidden events; display of powers which are beyond the subject's age and natural condition; and various other indications which, when taken together as a whole, build up the evidence.
The Roman Ritual (Latin: Rituale Romanum). Part XIII. Exorcism. Chapter I: General Rules Concerning Exorcism.
Translated by Philip T. Weller, S.T.D. 1964

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demonic_possession
True demonic or satanic possession has been characterized since the Middle Ages, in the Rituale Romanum, by the following four typical characteristics:
   ● Manifestation of superhuman strength.
   ● Speaking in tongues or languages that the victim cannot know.
   ● Revelation of knowledge, distant or hidden, that the victim cannot know.
   ● Blasphemous rage and an aversion to holy symbols or relics.
Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exorcism_in_the_Catholic_Church
Signs of demonic invasion vary depending on the type of demon and its purpose, including:
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9. Knowledge of things that are distant or hidden
Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exorcism_in_Christianity
According to the Lutheran Church, primary symptoms that may indicate demon possession and the need of an exorcism include:
1. The knowledge of secret things, for example, being able to predict the future (Acts 16:16), find lost people or things, or know complex things that one has never learned (e.g., medicine). It is said that fortune-tellers often ask a spirit for help and that this spirit gives them certain powers. In that case, the evil spirit is assisting, not necessarily possessing the person bodily.
Wikipedia


(2) The gift of speaking tongues (a.k.a. glossolalia, xenoglossy, xenoglossia, foreign accent syndrome).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossolalia
Glossolalia or speaking in tongues is the fluid vocalizing (or less commonly, the writing) of speech-like syllables which lack any readily comprehended meaning, in some cases, as part of religious practice. The significance of glossolalia has varied in context, with some minorities considering it as a part of a sacred language. It is most prominently practiced within Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity, but it is also practiced in non-Christian religions as well.
Glossolalia also sometimes refers to xenoglossy, which is speaking in a natural language that was previously unknown to the speaker.
Wikipedia

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+2&version=ESV
1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.
2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven.
6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language.
7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?
9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome,
11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.”
12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”
13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”
Bible. Acts of the Apostles 2:1-13

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+14&version=ESV
1 Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.
2 For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit.
3 On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.
4 The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church.
5 Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.
6 Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching?
7 If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is played?
8 And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle?
9 So with yourselves, if with your tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is said? For you will be speaking into the air.
10 There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning,
11 but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me.
12 So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.
13 Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret.
14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.
15 What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.
16 Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying?
17 For you may be giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up.
18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
19 Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
Bible. 1 Corinthians 14:1-19

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+10&version=ESV
44 While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word.
45 And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles.
46 For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared,
47 “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?”
48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.
Bible. Acts of the Apostles 10:44-48

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians+5&version=ESV
6 And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying.
7 There were about twelve men in all.
Bible. Acts of the Apostles 19:6-7


Below are documentary movies which show how gift of speaking tongues looks in practice.

http://my.mail.ru/mail/azat-pede/video/4245/2212.html

(In Russian) Употребление "иных языков"
Length: 8 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJ2NOkeW_aI

(In Russian) Говорение на иных языках в Новом Поколении
Length: 9 minutes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwWrlvzk6pA
 
Speaking in Tongues Medical Study proves Holy Spirit praying
Length: 9 minutes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9y0fj5ewc4
 
(In Russian) Как на пятидесятников сходит дух
Length: 2 minutes

Christians claim that when a man receives the “gift of speaking tongues” then that man begins to speak in languages which that man never knew before. As for example when a German receives the gift of speaking tongues he will begin to speak Chinese/Vietnamese/Uzbek/etc language which that German had never known before.
However real facts are completely different. When a man receives the “gift of speaking tongues” then that man is unable to communicate meaningfully with people from other nations. When Pentecostal pastors go to visit foreign countries they always hire interpreters/translators in order these interpreters would translate their lectures into the local language.
Nevertheless Christians believe that inability to communicate in real foreign language is no problem at all, Christians claim that incoherent gargle of adepts who had received “the gift of speaking tongues” is called the “language of angels” and Christians claim that this “language of angels” is far superior to any human language. Thus, according to Christians, if you will begin speaking Chinese/Vietnamese/Uzbek/etc after you had received “the gift of speaking tongues” then this is equals to nothing when compared to the ability to speak in the “language of angels”.
It is important to note that there are no documented cases when a man would really begin instantly to speak meaningfully in the foreign language which he never knew before. All religious adepts begin speaking only the incomprehensible “language of angels” after reception of the “gift of speaking tongues”.
The detailed scientific analysis of lexical semantics of the “language of angels” shows that by all parameters the “language of angels” is equivalent to newborn baby gargle when a newborn baby first time tries to speak. In other words, the gift of the Holy Spirit which is called “the gift of speaking tongues” in reality is bringing the man’s brain into the stage of newborn baby and loosing the ability to speak comprehensibly – “the gift of speaking tongues” is actually the state of degradation and not the state of “new super-abilities”.
It is important to note that that when a huge number of people are put into the state of “the gift of speaking tongues”, then these babbling people begin to hallucinate that they can perfectly understand each other’s gargle – such case in described in New Testament only one time.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+2&version=ESV
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven.
6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language.
7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?
9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome,
11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.”
12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”
13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”
Bible. Acts of the Apostles 2:4-11

All other episodes of New Testament clearly state that people who are listening to “tongues” cannot understand the babble of “language of angels” (“For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit.” – 1 Corinthians 14:2)

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+14&version=ESV
1 Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.
2 For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit.
3 On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.
4 The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church.
5 Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.
6 Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching?
7 If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is played?
8 And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle?
9 So with yourselves, if with your tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is said? For you will be speaking into the air.
10 There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning,
11 but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me.
12 So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.
13 Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret.
14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.
15 What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.
16 Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying?
17 For you may be giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up.
18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
19 Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
Bible. 1 Corinthians 14:1-19

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+13&version=ESV
1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
Bible. 1 Corinthians 13:1

Christians claim that the “gift of speaking tongues” as new phenomenon which was born with the birth of Christianity. However this is not true at all.
It is important to note that the “gift of speaking tongues” phenomenon is not unique to Christianity, the “gift of speaking tongues” phenomenon was known from oldest times practically in all shamanistic and religious cults (including the Voodoo Cult and many others).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossolalia
Glossolalia or speaking in tongues is the fluid vocalizing (or less commonly, the writing) of speech-like syllables which lack any readily comprehended meaning, in some cases, as part of religious practice. The significance of glossolalia has varied in context, with some minorities considering it as a part of a sacred language. It is most prominently practiced within Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity, but it is also practiced in non-Christian religions as well.
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Catholicism
The Catholic Church teaches that glossolalia is an extraordinary charism, that is, an extraordinary grace of the Holy Spirit given for the Church's benefit and subject to the Church's discernment.
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Non-Christian practice
Other religious groups have been observed to practice some form of theopneustic glossolalia. It is perhaps most commonly in Paganism, Shamanism, and other mediumistic religious practices. In Japan, the God Light Association used to practice glossolalia to cause adherents to recall past lives.
Glossolalia has even been postulated as an explanation for the Voynich manuscript.
Certain Gnostic magical texts from the Roman period have written on them unintelligible syllables such as "t t t t n n n n d d d d d..." etc. It is conjectured that these may be transliterations of the sorts of sounds made during glossolalia. The Coptic Gospel of the Egyptians also features a hymn of (mostly) unintelligible syllables which is thought to be an early example of Christian glossolalia.
In the 19th century, Spiritism was developed by the work of Allan Kardec, and the phenomenon was seen as one of the self-evident manifestations of spirits. Spiritists argued that some cases were actually cases of xenoglossia.
Glossolalia has also been observed in the Voodoo religion of Haiti, as well as in the Hindu Gurus and Fakirs of India.
Wikipedia

It is important to note that Christians claim that “gift of speaking tongues” is the proof of the Holy Spirit, however at the same time Christians claim that “speaking tongues” is the proof of demonic possession. In other words, exactly the same phenomenon (“speaking tongues”) is used to prove the divinity and at the same time the same to prove the demonic possession – it is obvious that Christian dogmas have faulty logic.

http://www.ewtn.com/library/prayer/roman2.txt
Signs of possession may be the following: ability to speak with some facility in a strange tongue or to understand it when spoken by another; the faculty of divulging future and hidden events; display of powers which are beyond the subject's age and natural condition; and various other indications which, when taken together as a whole, build up the evidence.
The Roman Ritual (Latin: Rituale Romanum). Part XIII. Exorcism. Chapter I: General Rules Concerning Exorcism.
Translated by Philip T. Weller, S.T.D. 1964

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demonic_possession
True demonic or satanic possession has been characterized since the Middle Ages, in the Rituale Romanum, by the following four typical characteristics:
   ● Manifestation of superhuman strength.
   ● Speaking in tongues or languages that the victim cannot know.
   ● Revelation of knowledge, distant or hidden, that the victim cannot know.
   ● Blasphemous rage and an aversion to holy symbols or relics.
Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exorcism_in_the_Catholic_Church
Signs of demonic invasion vary depending on the type of demon and its purpose, including:
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8. Speaking or understanding another language which they had never learned before
Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louviers_possessions
<...> classic signs of demonic possession: contortions, unnatural body movements, speaking in tongues (glossolalia), obscene insults, blasphemies, and the appearance of unexplainable wounds that vanished without aid.
Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exorcism_in_Christianity
According to the Lutheran Church, primary symptoms that may indicate demon possession and the need of an exorcism include:
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2. The knowledge of languages one has never learned. Just as the devil can bind one's tongue (Luke 11:14), it is reported from the early church as well as the time of the Reformation that certain demon-possessed people could speak languages they had never learned.
Wikipedia

(3) The gift of the interpretation of tongues.

This is the “gift” when a man can translate the babble of “language of angels” into human comprehensible format. In practice this looks like following. The man which has received the Holy Spirit a minute or so babbles in the “language of angels” then he “translates” his babble into English like for example “the God told that he loves you all”, then he again babbles a minute or so in the “language of angels”, then he again translates his babble into English like for example “everybody must fall on their knees and must pray”, then he again babbles a minute or so in the “language of angels”, and so on.
The gift of the interpretation of tongues” is pure charlatanism and nothing more.

It is important to note that Christians claim that “gift of the interpretation of tongues” is the proof of the Holy Spirit, however at the same time Christians claim that “gift of the interpretation of tongues” is the proof of demonic possession. In other words, exactly the same phenomenon (“gift of the interpretation of tongues”) is used to prove the divinity and at the same time the same to prove the demonic possession – it is obvious that Christian dogmas have faulty logic.

http://www.ewtn.com/library/prayer/roman2.txt
Signs of possession may be the following: ability to speak with some facility in a strange tongue or to understand it when spoken by another; the faculty of divulging future and hidden events; display of powers which are beyond the subject's age and natural condition; and various other indications which, when taken together as a whole, build up the evidence.
The Roman Ritual (Latin: Rituale Romanum). Part XIII. Exorcism. Chapter I: General Rules Concerning Exorcism.
Translated by Philip T. Weller, S.T.D. 1964

(4) The gift of the discerning of spirits.

This is the “gift” when a man claims that he can discern spirits if the spirit is holy or demonic.
The discerning of spirits is done based on two criteria:
1) if the spirit says that Jesus is God then this spirit is holy and if the spirit tells otherwise then this spirit is demonic;
2) if the spirit praises our own Church then this spirit is holy and if the spirit praises some other competing Church (or competing religion) then this spirit is demonic.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+John+4&version=ESV
1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,
3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.
4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
5 They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them.
6 We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
Bible. 1 John 4:1-6

(5) The gift of the word of wisdom.

When a man receives Holy Spirit then any delirium-blah of such man is considered to be “the word of wisdom”.

It is important to note that Christians claim that “gift of the word of wisdom” is the proof of the Holy Spirit, however at the same time Christians claim that “gift of the word of wisdom” is the proof of demonic possession. In other words, exactly the same phenomenon (“gift of the word of wisdom”) is used to prove the divinity and at the same time the same to prove the demonic possession – it is obvious that Christian dogmas have faulty logic.

http://www.ewtn.com/library/prayer/roman2.txt
Signs of possession may be the following: ability to speak with some facility in a strange tongue or to understand it when spoken by another; the faculty of divulging future and hidden events; display of powers which are beyond the subject's age and natural condition; and various other indications which, when taken together as a whole, build up the evidence.
The Roman Ritual (Latin: Rituale Romanum). Part XIII. Exorcism. Chapter I: General Rules Concerning Exorcism.
Translated by Philip T. Weller, S.T.D. 1964

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exorcism_in_Christianity
According to the Lutheran Church, primary symptoms that may indicate demon possession and the need of an exorcism include:
1. The knowledge of secret things, for example, being able to predict the future (Acts 16:16), find lost people or things, or know complex things that one has never learned (e.g., medicine). It is said that fortune-tellers often ask a spirit for help and that this spirit gives them certain powers. In that case, the evil spirit is assisting, not necessarily possessing the person bodily.
Wikipedia


(6) The gift of the word of knowledge.

When a man receives Holy Spirit then any delirium-blah of such man is considered to be “the word of knowledge”.

It is important to note that Christians claim that “gift of the word of knowledge” is the proof of the Holy Spirit, however at the same time Christians claim that “gift of the word of knowledge” is the proof of demonic possession. In other words, exactly the same phenomenon (“gift of the word of knowledge”) is used to prove the divinity and at the same time the same to prove the demonic possession – it is obvious that Christian dogmas have faulty logic.

http://www.ewtn.com/library/prayer/roman2.txt
Signs of possession may be the following: ability to speak with some facility in a strange tongue or to understand it when spoken by another; the faculty of divulging future and hidden events; display of powers which are beyond the subject's age and natural condition; and various other indications which, when taken together as a whole, build up the evidence.
The Roman Ritual (Latin: Rituale Romanum). Part XIII. Exorcism. Chapter I: General Rules Concerning Exorcism.
Translated by Philip T. Weller, S.T.D. 1964

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exorcism_in_Christianity
According to the Lutheran Church, primary symptoms that may indicate demon possession and the need of an exorcism include:
1. The knowledge of secret things, for example, being able to predict the future (Acts 16:16), find lost people or things, or know complex things that one has never learned (e.g., medicine). It is said that fortune-tellers often ask a spirit for help and that this spirit gives them certain powers. In that case, the evil spirit is assisting, not necessarily possessing the person bodily.
Wikipedia


(7) The gift of faith.

When a man receives Holy Spirit then the faith of such man is drastically increased. The faith of man increases due to simple reason – that man has received and felt the Holy Spirit in reality himself, now the Holy Spirit is not some theoretical thing anymore about which you can only read in the Bible.

(8) The gift of healings.

“The gift of healings” is the acquiring of the ability to hypnotize other people. It is well known that using the hypnosis it is possible to induce suggestion of many things which cause real physiological results. As for example, for a hypnotized man it is possible to suggest that we will touch his hand with red-hot iron stick and when we will touch his hand with cold pencil then a real blister will pop-up in the contact area just like after the real burn. Hypnotized man can be suggested to feel no pain and this will look like a “miraculous healing” for the spectators. Let’s look closer how Jesus was healing paralyzed people.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+8&version=ESV
4 Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word.
5 Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ.
6 And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip when they heard him and saw the signs that he did.
7 For unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed.
8 So there was much joy in that city.
Bible. Acts of the Apostles 8:4-8

The underlying mechanism of “healing of paralyzed people” is very simple. In the times of Jesus the level of medicine was very low, there were almost no sanitation and so on, thus any even the smallest wound/cut could start fester causing very strong pain for a man rendering that man immobile because any trial to move would cause strong unbearable pain and this man becomes “paralyzed”. Using the hypnosis it is possible to suggest to feel no pain and that man feeling no pain will be able to stand up and walk. The spectators of such procedure will become convinced that they saw “miraculous healing”. However the reality is very different. The man who feels no pain will move and walk rendering his gangrenous fester wounds into a worse state. Later when the effect of hypnotic pain removal will fade away the condition of the patient will be even worse then it was before. However the spectators of “miraculous healing” do not see these real disastrous outcomes which come much later, spectators see only “healings” which are done on stage by their religious leader. Thus religious leader who accomplishes such “miraculous healings” become very famous and crowds of adepts flood to such “healer” hoping to cure their diseases too. Modern “spiritual healers” work exactly in the same way too.

(9) The gift of the working of miracles.

“The gift of the working of miracles” is the acquiring of the ability to hypnotize adepts who are in the state of possession by the Holy Spirit. So called “miracles” are seen only by the people who are possessed by the Holy Spirit. If a man is not possessed by the Holy Spirit then such man does not see any “miracles” at all, such man sees only the hallucinatory ravings of religious adepts.

It is important to note that Christians claim that “gift of the working of miracles” is the proof of the Holy Spirit, however at the same time Christians claim that “gift of the working of miracles” is the proof of demonic possession. In other words, exactly the same phenomenon (“gift of the working of miracles”) is used to prove the divinity and at the same time the same to prove the demonic possession – it is obvious that Christian dogmas have faulty logic.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Thessalonians+2&version=ESV
9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,
10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
Bible. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+24&version=ESV
24 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
Bible. Matthew 24:24

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+13&version=ESV
11 Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon.
12 It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed.
13 It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people,
14 and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived.
Bible. Revelation 13:11-14

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+19&version=ESV
20 And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur.
Bible. Revelation 19:20

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+7&version=ESV
22 But the magicians of Egypt did the same by their secret arts. So Pharaoh's heart remained hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the Lord had said.
Bible. Exodus 7:22

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Corinthians+11&version=ESV
13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.
14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
Bible. 2 Corinthians 11:13-14

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+18&version=ESV
9 “When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations.
10 There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer
11 or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead,
12 for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you.
13 You shall be blameless before the Lord your God,
14 for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do this.
Bible. Deuteronomy 18:9-14

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Micah+5&version=ESV
12 and I will cut off sorceries from your hand, and you shall have no more tellers of fortunes;
Bible. Micah 5:12

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+22&version=ESV
18 “You shall not permit a sorceress to live.
Bible. Exodus 22:18

Below are spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit which usually are kept secret by the Christian pastors.
Nevertheless it is important to note that after the resurrection Jesus very clearly listed these gifts of the Holy Spirit in Mark 16:17-18.

(10) The gift of taking serpents with bare hands.

After the resurrection Jesus said to his adepts very clearly that you can discern a true believer from a false believer by the following criteria: a true believer must be able to “pick up serpents with their hands”.
According to the instructions of Jesus if a man is unable to pick up serpents with his hands then such man is not a true believer and such man will go to hell.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+16&version=ESV
9 Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons.
10 She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept.
11 But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.
12 After these things he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country.
13 And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.
14 Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen.
15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.
16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues;
18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.
20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.
Bible. Mark 16:17-18

Picking up serpents with bare hands” is also mentioned in these episodes of the New Testament.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+10&version=ESV
19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.
Bible. Luke 10:19

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+28&version=ESV
3 When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened on his hand.
4 When the native people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer. Though he has escaped from the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live.”
5 He, however, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm.
6 They were waiting for him to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw no misfortune come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.
Bible. Acts of the Apostles 28:3-6

Below are documentary movies which show how “picking up serpents with bare hands” does look in practice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITpVHow7GPk
 
Snake Oil Church
Length: 2 minutes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObhvOeNCKhs
 
Snake Handling Church Service
Length: 2 minutes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0lXKoVVYfo
 
Tread on Serpents
Length: 1 minute

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkMHVQL6h0s
 
serpent handling service
Length: 3 minutes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lpJiAG5Xzo
 
serpent handling service 2
Length: 2 minutes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVgV5O4qunA
 
serpent handling service 3
Length: 8 minutes

Why many Christian Churches avoid mentioning “the gift of taking serpents with bare hands”? The reason is simple. Christians who do practice “the gift of taking serpents with bare hands” are bitten by snakes sooner or later. Other Christian Churches are too afraid to test their own faith using snakes which must be done according to Jesus instructions so they keep silent about “the gift of taking serpents with bare hands”.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_snake_bites_in_the_United_States
List of fatal snake bites in the United States

Name, age, gender
Date
Species
Location, comments
Jamie Coots, male
Feb 15, 2014
rattlesnake
Coots was bitten on the right hand during a service at his Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name church in Middlesboro, Kentucky. After the bite, Coots dropped the snakes, but then picked them back up and continued the ceremony. Later, he was driven to his home. When paramedics arrived, his relatives refused medical treatment for him, saying it was inconsistent with his religion. He died at home.
Mark Randall Wolford, 44, male
May 28, 2012
Timber Rattlesnake
Wolford was bitten on the thigh while handling a timber rattlesnake as part of an outdoor religious service at Panther State Forest in McDowell County, West Virginia. Wolford did not initially seek medical treatment for his injury, but was taken to Bluefield Regional Medical Center when his condition began to deteriorate some eight hours later. Wolford was a pastor and often handled his pet snake during church services. Wolford's father, Mack Wolford, died in 1983 under similar circumstances.
Mack Ray Wolford, 39, male
August 28, 1983
Timber Rattlesnake
Wolford was bitten on the arm by a timber rattlesnake during religious services at the Lord Jesus Temple in Mile Branch, near Iaeger, West Virginia. Wolford did not initially seek medical treatment. An ambulance was summoned eight hours after Wolford had been bitten, but he died during transport to Stevens Clinic in Welch, West Virginia. Wolford's son, Mark Wolford, died in 2012 under similar circumstances.
John Holbrook, 38, male
August 1982
rattlesnake
Reverend Holbrook was bitten while handling a rattlesnake during religious services in Oceana, West Virginia. Holbrook reportedly refused medical assistance because his religion did not permit it.
George Went Hensley, 74, male
July 25, 1955
unknown
Died from a bite sustained while handling snakes during a religious service in Virginia.
Wikipedia


Below are documentary movies about Christians who were killed by snake bites.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0IRXwsXYxs
 
They Shall Take Up Serpents
Length: 4 minutes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwBVcsWYJd8
 
A look at the snake-handling churches of Appalachia
Length: 5 minutes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XD8CmqXia2w
 
Crazy Fundie Snake Handlers
Length: 5 minutes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAM9zWbbOc8
 
Snake-Handling Pastor Dies From Rattlesnake Bite.
Length: 7 minutes



(11) The gift of drinking any deadly poison and staying alive.

After the resurrection Jesus said to his adepts very clearly that you can discern a true believer from a false believer by the following criteria: a true believer must be able to “drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them”.
According to the instructions of Jesus if a man is unable to drink any deadly poison and stay alive then such man is not a true believer and such man will go to hell.
However all Christians who tried to follow instructions of Jesus and drank poison as told by Jesus – all such Christians have died sooner or later.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+16&version=ESV
9 Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons.
10 She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept.
11 But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.
12 After these things he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country.
13 And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.
14 Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen.
15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.
16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues;
18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.
20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.
Bible. Mark 16:17-18

http://www.nobeliefs.com/gifts.htm
Faith Test Bottle of Poison
Faith Test Bottle of Poison
Here is a wonderful and practical gift to test the faith of any Christian. According to the Bible, Jesus says in Mark 16:18:
"if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them."
That's right. Those who are baptized and believe will not get sick or die even if they drink a deadly poison.
This bottle is actually filled with a poison that will kill a human within minutes (unless Jesus is right and you are a believer).
Imagine if every Christian took this test, we could separate all the True Christians from the false ones. Surely all True Christians would be happy to take this test. If they refuse the test, then you can be pretty sure that they have no real faith, and then you can welcome them to the world of unbelievers.
As a bonus, tell them that if they drink this poison and are not harmed, then you will abandon atheism and become a Christian.
Holiday Gift Ideas For Religious People. Compiled by Jim Walker. Created: 25 Nov. 2005. Additions: 16 Dec. 2009


It is important to note that in all religions, no matter what is the name of that religion, the highest spiritual state is exactly identical by its underlying physiological mechanism and its physiological manifestation.
As for example, in yoga the highest spiritual state is called “Awakening of the Serpent Power” (a.k.a. “Kundalini awakening”, some academics use the term “Kundalini syndrome” or “Physio-Kundalini syndrome”).
The highest spiritual state in yoga (“Awakening the Serpent Power”) is fully identical by all parameters to Christian “receiving of the Holy Spirit” – yogis shake in epileptic convulsions and evoke epileptic neuron impulse firings into pleasure center of the brain exactly in the same way as Christians are “receiving the Holy Spirit”.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kundalini_syndrome
Table 1: The Kundalini Scale
Symptoms
1. Feelings of energy in the hands.
2. Feeling deep ecstatic sensations.
3. Experiencing severe, or migraine type, headaches.
4. Awareness of energy discharges, or currents, flowing through the body.
5. Sensations of tickling, itching or tingling on, or underneath, the skin.
6. Awareness of internal lights or colors.
7. Hands feeling hot.
8. Sensations of extreme heat or cold moving through the body.
9. The body shakes, vibrates or trembles.

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Table 2: The Physio-Kundalini Syndrome Index

Motor symptoms   
1. Body assuming and maintaining strange positions for no apparent reason.
2. Body becoming frozen or locked into strange positions and immovable.
3. Breathing spontaneously stopping or becoming rapid, shallow, or deep for no apparent reason.
4. Spontaneous involuntary bodily movements.

Somatosensory Symptoms   
5. Spontaneous deep ecstatic tickle or orgasmic feeling.
6. Physical sensations starting in the feet, legs or pelvis, and moving up the back and neck to the top of the head, down the forehead, over the face, then to the throat, and ending in the abdomen.
7. Extreme sensations of heat or cold moving through the body.
8. Moving pockets of bodily heat or cold being extreme enough to burn or otherwise affect someone else or an inanimate object.
9. Pains in specific parts of the body that begin and end abruptly.
10. Tingling, vibration, itching or tickling on the skin or inside the body.

Audiovisual symptoms
11. Internal noises, such as whistling, hissing, chirping, roaring or flutelike sounds.
12. Internal voices.
13. Internal lights or colors illuminating parts of the body.
14. Internal lights bright enough to illuminate a dark room.

Mental symptoms
15. Observing oneself, including one's thoughts, as if one were a bystander.
16. Sudden, intense ecstacy, bliss, peace, love, devotion, joy, or cosmic unity.
17. Sudden intense fear, anxiety, depression, hatred or confusion.
18. Thoughts spontaneously speeding up, slowing down, or stopping altogether.
19. Experiencing oneself as physically larger than the body.
Wikipedia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SoipDqVXkM
 
Kundalini Vibration
Length: 1 minute

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsetpxZWpgA
 
Kundalini Awakening - 1
Length: 4 minutes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdfcPTQWR0M
 
Kundalini Awakening - 2
Length: 3 minutes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZtvQbStQxs
 
Kundalini Awakening Part
Length: 6 minutes

The highest spiritual state in the Rajneesh (Osho) Cult is also exactly the same.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFYUnVJ-iR8
 
Satanic Yoga Possession
Length: 3 minutes

The highest spiritual state in Hare Krishna movement (a.k.a. “International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)” or “Hare Krishnas”) is called “ecstatic love for Krishna” (a.k.a. “connection with Krishna consciousness”) which is exactly identical by all parameters to Christian “receiving of the Holy Spirit”.
According to ISKCON holy scriptures if a man wants to acquire “Krishna consciousness” he must learn to leave his body and must learn to attain an ecstasy state using continuous repetition of mantras – this process can be facilitated and assisted by blowing conch, beating drums, playing cymbals and other musical instruments – during this process the adept stops feeling his body, leaves the body, connects with Krishna and becomes “self-realized soul”.
Ecstatic love for Krishna” is the highest spiritual state in International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).
The founder of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda listed eight symptoms of “ecstatic love for Krishna”:

http://vedabase.com/en/nod/28
http://vedabase.com/nod/28/en
There are eight symptoms of existential ecstatic love: becoming stunned, perspiring, standing of the hairs on the body, faltering of the voice, trembling of the body, changing of bodily colors, shedding of tears and devastation.
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda. The Nectar of Devotion. Chapter 28: Existential Ecstatic Love
 
http://vedabase.com/en/nod/27
http://vedabase.com/nod/27/en
The bodily symptoms manifested by a devotee in expressing ecstatic love for Kṛṣṇa are called anubhāva. Practical examples of anubhāva are as follows: dancing, rolling on the ground, singing very loudly, stretching the body, crying loudly, yawning, breathing very heavily, neglecting the presence of others, drooling, laughing like a madman, wheeling the head and belching. When there is an extraordinary excess of ecstatic love, with all of these bodily symptoms manifested, one feels relieved transcendentally.
These symptoms are divided into two parts: one is called śīta, and the other is called kṣepaṇa. When there is yawning, the symptoms are called śīta, and when there is dancing they are called kṣepaṇa.
Dancing <...>,
Rolling on the Ground <...>,
Singing Loudly <...>,
Crying Loudly <...>,
Yawning <...>,
Breathing Heavily <...>,
Neglecting the Presence of Others <...>,
Drooling <...>,
Belching <...>.
Sometimes trembling of the whole body and hemorrhaging from some part of the body are also manifested in response to ecstatic love for Kṛṣṇa, but such symptoms are very rare, and therefore Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī does not discuss any further on this point.
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda. The Nectar of Devotion. Chapter 27: Symptoms of Ecstatic Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Qw0yCuDd9c#t=2m50s
 
Nectar of Devotion - 28 - Existential Ecstatic Love (starting from 2 minutes 50 seconds)
Length: 31 minutes


ISKCON holy scripture “Caitanya Caritāmṛta” claims that (the founder of Gaudiya Vaishnavism) Caitanya Mahāprabhu was experiencing all symptoms of ecstatic love for Krishna in his visions in which he saw Krishna.

https://www.vedabase.com/en/cc/antya/14
CC Antya 14.68: They almost died when they saw Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu with His mouth full of saliva and foam and His eyes turned upward.
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CC Antya 14.98: When Svarūpa Dāmodara and the other devotees reached the spot and saw the condition of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, they began to cry.
CC Antya 14.99: All eight kinds of transcendental transformations were visible in the Lord's body. All the devotees were struck with wonder to see such a sight. 
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda. Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta. Chapter 14: Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu's Feelings of Separation from Kṛṣṇa
 
https://www.vedabase.com/en/cc/madhya/18
CC Madhya 18.159: While walking, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, understanding that the others were fatigued, took them all beneath a tree and sat down.
CC Madhya 18.160: There were many cows grazing near that tree, and the Lord was very pleased to see them.
CC Madhya 18.161: Suddenly a cowherd boy blew on his flute, and immediately the Lord was struck with ecstatic love.
CC Madhya 18.162: Filled with ecstatic love, the Lord fell to the ground unconscious. He foamed about the mouth, and His breathing stopped.
<...>
CC Madhya 18.183: Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu said, “These are not rogues. They are My associates. Being a sannyāsī beggar, I do not possess anything.
CC Madhya 18.184: “Due to epilepsy, I sometimes fall unconscious. Out of their mercy, these four men maintain Me.”
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda. Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta. Chapter 18: Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Visit to Sri Vrindavana.

From neuroscience point of view symptoms of ecstatic love for Krishna of Caitanya Mahāprabhu described in “Caitanya Caritāmṛta” perfectly match musicogenic epilepsy criteria.

http://voices.yahoo.com/musicogenic-epilepsy-other-seizure-triggers-837061.html
Reflexive epilepsy is a form of epilepsy in which seizures are triggered by environmental stimuli. Musicogenic epilepsy, according to Dr. Acerkman if Temken Mercy Medical Center and Doctor Martha E. Banks, is just one of many forms of reflexive epilepsy in which a seizure is triggered by music or specific frequencies.
Sensitivity to music varies from patient to patient. Some are sensitive to a particular tone from a voice or instrument. Others are sensitive to a particular musical style or rhythm. Still others are sensitive to a range of noises such as a blowtorch or revving engine.
Musicogenic Epilepsy is relatively rare. Brain surgery last week at Long Island Jewish Medical Center to cure a woman with musicogenic epilepsy has raised awareness of the neurological condition. According to the Associated Press, 25 year-old Stacey Gayle's seizures were triggered by reggae and hip-hop artist Sean Paul's music. Following brain surgery, Gayle hasn't experienced another seizure, to date.
Reflexive seizures are difficult to identify, because often the stimuli is unknown. Although musicogenic epilepsy is not common, according to Doctor's Daly and Barry, Jr., the first case was reported in 1884. Dr. Acerkman and Banks study verified Daly and Berry's conclusion that both psychoacoustic and psychological factors play a role in inducing reflexive seizures. This means that in part musicogenic seizures are caused by certain noises and in part they are caused by negative associations with certain noises or music.
Additional indications which have been observed in patients with reflexive epilepsy include: déjà vu, hearing loss, twitching, loss of consciousness, head tilts, increased blood pressure, respiration changes, elevated temperature, incoherence, trembling of limbs, feeling of a need to grasp a thought that has just escaped their mind, and perspiration.
Reflexive epilepsy can be triggered by a number of things. In addition to musicogenic epilepsy, researchers have found reflexive epilepsy to be triggered by a tap on the shoulder, flashes of light, alcohol, temperature changes, exercise exhaustion, stress, and menstrual cycle or other hormonal changes. Insomnia, video games, insomnia and fatigue, and specific visual pattern have also been known to trigger epileptic seizures. Rarely, seizures may be triggered by thinking, eating, or soaking in water. <...>
Wendy Dawn, Yahoo Contributor Network. Jan 23, 2008
Musicogenic Epilepsy and Other Seizure Triggers.


It is important to note that physiological effects of Holy Spirit are very similar to legendary contactless martial arts.
Below are documentary movies about contactless martial arts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4Jp2vGwZhg
 
(In Russian) Бесконтактный Бой
Length: 3 minutes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3sg9hoq9Ts
 
(In Russian) Бесконтактный Бой-Энергетические Основы
Length: 6 minutes

In documentary movie below Pentecostal pastor shows the contactless martial art skill which is envy of all masters of martial arts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPpjURtM5OI#t=2m7s
 
Benny Hinn - Incredible Demonstrations of God's Power (starting from 2 minutes 7 seconds).
Length: 6 minutes

It is important to note that contactless martial art techniques work only on people who believe in supernatural abilities of “contactless master”. However contactless martial art techniques fail to work on a man who does not believe in the existence of “contactless martial art”. Legendary contactless martial arts have very similar underlying physiological principles as “giving the Holy Spirit” – the only difference is in the usage and presentation to the public.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6sUchkDqN4

(In Russian) Бесконтактный бой (разоблачение).
Length: 7 minutes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvDydc9D3pw

(In Russian) Разоблачение бесконтактного боя Вадима Старова.
Length: 10 minutes


We will repeat the summary.

In all religions, no matter what is the name of that religion, the highest spiritual state is exactly identical by its underlying physiological mechanism and its physiological manifestation.
“The highest spiritual state” is usually accompanied by epileptic seizures. Epilepsy is a phenomenon when a small number of neurons in the brain excite themselves via positive feedback neural circuits which leads to the excitation of nearby neurons and this excessive hypersynchronous neuronal activity spreads through large areas of the brain. When epileptic neuron impulse firings hit the motor cortex in the brain then man’s body goes into convulsions.
In all religions in the highest spiritual state adepts exactly identically shake in epileptic convulsions and evoke epileptic neuron impulse firings into pleasure center of the brain.
The effect of these epileptic neuron impulse firings into pleasure center of the brain is much more dizzying than that of alcohol or narcotics and for that reason the adept becomes addicted to them and adept is unable to live without them exactly in the same way as drug addict is dependable on narcotics.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleasure_center
Pleasure center is the general term used for the brain regions involved in pleasure. Discoveries made in the 1950s initially suggested that rodents could not stop electrically stimulating parts of their brain, mainly the nucleus accumbens, which was theorized to produce great pleasure. Further investigations revealed that the septum pellucidium and the hypothalamus can also be targets for self-stimulation. More recent research has shown that the so-called pleasure electrodes lead only a form of wanting or motivation to obtain the stimulation, rather than pleasure. The weight of evidence suggests that human pleasure reactions occur across a distributed system of brain regions, of which important nodes include subcortical regions (such as the nucleus accumbens and ventral pallidum) and cortical regions (orbitofrontal cortex and anterior cingulate cortex).

Rodent experiments
The pleasure center was discovered in the 1950s by two brain researchers named James Olds and Peter Milner who were investigating whether rats might be made uncomfortable by electrical stimulation of certain areas of their brain, particularly the limbic system. In the experiment, an electrical current was given to rats if they entered a certain corner of a cage, with the hypothesis that they would stay away from that corner if the effect was uncomfortable. Instead, they came back quickly after the first stimulation and even more quickly after the second. In later experiments, they allowed the rats to press the stimulation lever themselves, to the effect that they would press it as much as seven-hundred times per hour. This region soon came to be known as the "pleasure center".
Rats in Skinner boxes with metal electrodes implanted into their nucleus accumbens will repeatedly press a lever which activates this region, and will do so in preference over food and water, eventually dying from exhaustion. In rodent physiology, scientists reason that the medial forebrain bundle is the pleasure center of rats. If a rat is given the choice between stimulating the forebrain or eating, it will choose stimulation to the point of exhaustion.

Human experiments
   ● Dr. José Manuel Rodriguez Delgado implanted electrodes in the brains of 25 people.
   ● 1963: "Electrical self-stimulation of the brain in man." by Dr. Robert Heath.
   ● 1972: A 24-year-old man with temporal lobe epilepsy, identified as patient "B-19". "He was permitted to wear the device for 3 hours at a time: on one occasion he stimulated his septal region 1,200 times, on another occasion 1,500 times, and on a third occasion 900 times. He protested each time the unit was taken from him, pleading to self-stimulate just a few more times... "
   ● 1986: A 48-year-old woman with chronic pain. "the patient self-stimulated throughout the day, neglecting personal hygiene and family commitments."
Wikipedia

If epileptic neuron impulse firings do not hit the pleasure center in the brain then religious adepts consider this phenomenon as “demonic possession”.
For some movies about “demonic possession” please click here.

We will explain why “stigmata” (or “speaking in tongues” or other “wonders”) is a very important criterion for the diagnosis of the “demonic possession”.
When a doctor examines a man to determine whether this man is healthy or sick, the doctor makes the decision based on the diagnostic criteria. As for example, if a man has much fever, then this is the diagnostic criterion to decide that this man is sick. If a man has severe vomiting, then this is the diagnostic criterion to decide that this man is sick. And so on.
There is a large list of diagnostic criteria (the list of features) which allow to determine whether a man is healthy or sick.
Exactly in the same way, in order to determine whether a man is “possessed by demons” you need to know whether the “stigmata” (or “speaking in tongues” or other “wonders”) is: 1) the proof of divinity, or 2) the proof of demonic possession.

It is important to note one fundamental flaw in the dogmatism of all religions – the same exactly identical signs/features are claimed to be simultaneous proof of both: 1) the divinity and 2) the demonic possession.
As for example, the simultaneous proof of both the divinity and the demonic possession are phenomena of: stigmata (wounds on body), “the gift of prophecy”, “the gift of speaking tongues” (a.k.a. glossolalia, xenoglossy, xenoglossia, foreign accent syndrome), “the gift of the interpretation of tongues”, “the gift of the word of wisdom”, “the gift of the word of knowledge”, “the gift of the working of miracles”, and so on.
It is obvious that religious dogmatism has a complete lack of logical thinking.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians%206&version=ESV
17 From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.
Bible. Galatians 6:17

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stigmata
Stigmata (singular stigma) is a term used by members of the Christian faith to describe body marks, sores, or sensations of pain in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ, such as the hands, wrists, and feet.
The term originates from the line at the end of Saint Paul's Letter to the Galatians where he says, "I bear on my body the marks of Jesus." Stigmata is the plural of the Greek word στίγμα stigma, meaning a mark, tattoo, or brand such as might have been used for identification of an animal or slave. An individual bearing stigmata is referred to as a stigmatic or a stigmatist.
Stigmata are primarily associated with the Roman Catholic faith. Many reported stigmatics are members of Catholic religious orders. St. Francis of Assisi was the first recorded stigmatic in Christian history. For over fifty years, St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin reported stigmata which were studied by several 20th-century physicians.
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Non-Christian stigmata
Among the Warao of the Orinoco Delta, a contemplator of tutelary spirits may mystically induce the development of "openings in the palms of his hands." That these tutelary spirits are presented by the "itiriti snake" makes for a close analogue with the Seraph who endowed Francis of Assisi with his stigmata.
Buddhist "stigmata" are regularly indicated in Buddhist art.
Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louviers_possessions
<...> classic signs of demonic possession: contortions, unnatural body movements, speaking in tongues (glossolalia), obscene insults, blasphemies, and the appearance of unexplainable wounds that vanished without aid.
Wikipedia

http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/djw/lutherantheology.demonpossession.html
Quotes and Paraphrases from Lutheran Pastoral Handbooks of the 16th and 17th Centuries on the Topic of Demon Possession
Compiled, edited, and translated by Benjamin Mayes

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There are two kinds of demon possession – one spiritual, one physical. All non-Christians are spiritually possessed by the devil. The devil has taken their souls captive, so that if they die not believing in Christ, they will be taken by the devil to hell. As Scripture says, "we were by nature the children of wrath" (Eph. 2:3). But the devil does not control their bodies, necessarily, though he tries. He doesn't control them. They can decide what they want to do in the morning, they have a normal breakfast, they lead normal lives. That's the first kind of demon possession – spiritual possession. The Church's traditional exorcism at Baptism addresses spiritual possession.

Symptoms of physical possession – One must be careful not to mistake demon possession for a natural disease. Some symptoms which are sometimes mistaken are ecstasy, epileptic seizures, lethargy, insanity, frantic state of mind, and similar conditions. Convulsions and stupendous bodily movements should not be assumed to be demon possession. These sorts of symptoms could stem from purely natural causes, or could be partially assisted by the devil.

Primary symptoms of true possession:
1. The knowledge of secret things, for example, being able to predict the future (Acts 16:16), find lost people or things, or know complex things that one has never learned (e.g., medicine). It is said that fortune-tellers often ask a spirit for help and that this spirit gives them certain powers. In that case, the evil spirit is assisting, not necessarily possessing the person bodily.
2. The knowledge of languages one has never learned. Just as the devil can bind one's tongue (Luke 11:14), it is reported from the early church as well as the time of the Reformation that certain demon-possessed people could speak languages they had never learned.
3. Supernatural strength (Mark 5:2-3), far beyond what they previously had or should have considering their sex and size.
Much caution in judging demon possession is required. All of the circumstances and symptoms must be taken into consideration. Insanity should not be confused with possession. On the other hand, possession may be taking place even where these symptoms are absent.

Secondary symptoms:
1. Horrible shouting. (Mk. 5:5).
2. Blasphemy of God and jeering at one's neighbor.
3. Deformation of movements. (E.g. ferocious movements, facial contortion, immodest laughing, gnashing of teeth, spitting, removing clothes, lacerating self, Mk. 9:20; Lk. 8:26f.)
4. Inhuman revelry, when they take food beyond the capability of nature.
5. Torment of bodies.
6. Unusual injuries of the body and of those nearby.
7. Extraordinary motion of bodies. E.g., an elderly man who, being demon-possessed, was able to run as fast as a horse.
8. Forgetfulness of things done.

Other Symptoms:
1. The corruption of reason in man, making him like an animal.
2. Melancholy.
3. Acceleration of death. Mk. 9:18 (suicide attempts)
4. Other supernatural occurrences.

Treatment: "What is to be done with the possessed? And can the devil be cast out by using a certain method?
1. Let experienced physicians be consulted as to whether [there is a medical explanation.]
2. When a true possession is recognized, let the poor one be committed to the care of a minister of the Church who teaches sound doctrine, is of a blameless life, who does nothing for the sake of filthy lucre, but does everything from the soul.
3. Let him diligently inquire what kind of life the possessed one led up to this point, lead him through the law to the recognition of his sins. If he was previously pious, let him console him, that even God sometimes leaves His people in the power of the devil for certain causes, which the histories of Job and Paul testify.
4. After this admonition or consolation has taken place, let also the works of a natural physician be used, who will cleanse him from malicious fluids with the appropriate medicines. For it has been ascertained that possessed people frequently suffer from a double disease, namely of body – from a melancholy fluid – and of soul, for example, insanity, grief, weariness of life, desperation.
5. It is not necessary to bring him into the temple [church] in the sight of the people, as the custom is for many. Let the confession of the Christian faith be once required of Him, let him be taught concerning the works of the devil destroyed by Christ, let him be sent back faithfully to this Destroyer of Satan, Jesus Christ, let an exhortation be set up to faith in Christ, to prayers, to penitence.
6. Let ardent prayers be poured forth to God, not only by the ministers of the Church, but also by the whole Church. Let these prayers be conditioned, if the liberation should happen for God's glory and the salvation of the possessed person, for this is an evil of the body.
7. With the prayers let fasting be joined, see Matt. 17:21.
8. Alms by friends of the possessed person, Tobit 12:8-9.

In summary, all things happen by prayers and the Word. If the [desired] effect does not immediately follow, remember that not even the adjurations of exorcists are always efficacious. And this benefit of going out [of the devil] is bodily, therefore in prayers of this kind, the will of God must always be included. Thus He hears them not according to our will but for our help [according to what's best for us]. But the fact that our prayers for the possessed are not heard immediately and as we ask is due, among other things, to the unbelief of the possessed ones, who do not approach with certain faith, asking liberation from God. Therefore Christ said to the parent of a certain demon-possessed one, If you can believe the liberation of your son, it will happen." – Balduin, in Dunte, Conscientiae, pp. 100-101.
David Jay Webber’s
Lutheran Theology Web Site



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