7.27 The General Effect on the Man of Supernatural Experiences


Chapter 7: Ground and Symptoms of Possession

from War On the Saints
by Jesse Penn-Lewis

A very little consideration of the characteristics of those drawn into abnormal supernatural experiences, will bear out this diagnosis. The invariable effect upon such believers is the weakening of the mental force, the reasoning and judging power; a weakening in moral force and will and ofttimes; a haunting sense of fear - fear of the future, fear of persons so that they cannot bear to hear them spoken of, or to speak to them; and a gradual general weakening of the physical frame. In time there comes an involuntary effect upon the nervous system, and there is impatience - manifestly "nervous" and not moral - and restlessness, and often an involuntary twitching action of the nerves.

In the moral realm comes an attitude of infallibility, positive assertion and unteachableness, with loss of the real power of choice, and personal control of mind, speech, manner, and actions - for persons thus "possessed" cannot choose or act, because they shall not; and they have acutely a sense that they "don't know what to do," on account of the evil spirit's hold of them.

[7.26] The Life Full of Contradiction
[7.28] Effects of Possession on the Believer - Column 6
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