The Bible’s answer

The Devil and the demons influence mankind so much that the Bible says: “The Evil One controls the whole world.” (1 John 5:19, New Century Version) The Bible identifies ways that the Devil exerts this influence on people.

  • Deception. The Bible encourages Christians to “fight against the devil’s evil tricks.” (Ephesians 6:11, NCV ) One of his tricks is to deceive people into believing that his agents are actually servants of God.2 Corinthians 11:13-15.

  • Spiritism. The Devil misleads people through spirit mediums, fortune-tellers, and those who practice divination or astrology. (Deuteronomy 18:10-12) Drug use, hypnotism, and meditation techniques that empty the mind also expose a person to demon control.Luke 11:24-26.

  • False religion. Religions that teach false doctrines mislead people into disobeying God. (1 Corinthians 10:20) The Bible calls such false beliefs “teachings of demons.”1 Timothy 4:1.

  • Possession. The Bible records cases of evil spirits taking control of individuals. Sometimes demon-possessed people were struck blind or mute or even injured themselves.Matthew 12:22; Mark 5:2-5.

How to avoid the Devil’s influence

You need not live in dread of demon control, for the Bible shows how you can successfully oppose the Devil:

  • Learn to recognize the Devil’s methods so that you are “not ignorant of his designs.”2 Corinthians 2:11.

  • Take in knowledge from the Bible, and then apply what you learn. Applying Bible principles will protect you from the Devil’s influence.Ephesians 6:11-18.

  • Get rid of anything connected with demon activity. (Acts 19:19) That includes music, books, magazines, posters, and videos that encourage spiritism.