defining our terms
Demon (n.). c. 1200. comes from Latin. daemon, or Greek. daimōn. divine power, lesser god, tutelary deity, guiding spirit, intelligence replete with wisdom, divine genius (divine principle, or inner oracle). A devil or malevolent spirit in Christian mythology.”
Demonology (n.). the systematic and theological study of demons, or beliefs about demons.
Demonolatry (n.). The worship of demons, and the practice of ritual magic, through the aid of a demon.
Superstition (n.). early 13th c. “false religious belief; irrational faith in supernatural powers,” “excessive fear of the gods, religious belief based on fear or ignorance and considered incompatible with truth or reason.”
Ask this question. — What is the problem with the belief in demons, and demonology? One word — origin. What would be the evolutionary origin of demons, or generally, e l e m e n t a l s, “disembodied souls,” &c., i.e., all the superstitions of man’s fears? It’s a hard-pressing question. This is to get you to think from the way the occultist rationalizes. The occultists offered a different approach to it all.
H/She finds the answers. Occult Philosophy deals exactly with this explanatory side and systematizing of sciences and theology, pertaining especially to religious things, both theoretical and practical. The occultist comes face-to-face with these answers. Now, where would demons come from; and what is the need in the hierarchy of nature for the existence of disembodied spirits?
Don’t believe, question.
The Christians changed the Jewish conception of the shedim (see James Tabor: Do Angels and Demons Exist?).
Firstly, demonology is used as propaganda to affirm the beliefs of the ruling ecclesiasts. There are countless people out there, including the author themselves, who can give numerous experiences, or tales from Christian monks, and tribal religions of the most utterly ridiculous and time-consuming beliefs. There is a neurological component to this, that the religious do not consider, that contributes to mental health issues, and delusions. Whether these things exist or not, we need to avoid being too credulous, and any priest will tell you this as well, where they try to screen out the differences between genuine cases, and mental issue.
We go further than Christianity however, and demonstrate the ridiculous idea that still dictates the way people still think, that all gods but Jehovah are demons, as a result of the historical construction of monotheism. There are “left-hand” so-called practitioners who say they evoke Lucifer, Azazel, Satan, Baphomet, &c. How can you evoke a construction of the human imagination, or an amalgamation of creative fiction? We can show exactly when, and what elements go into making up these deities. It can be none other than charlantry, scam, or delusion in the majority of the cases.
Where would demons actually originate from? You not only have that to consider, one runs into trouble with the natural laws. The occult philosophy deals with the question in a similar manner, of relating to the laws, and tracing the causes of phenomena, but theology does not do this.
The true DEITY of the Jews was not a singular being, but the same as the Abyss of the Babylonians. “There was a time in which there existed nothing but darkness and an abyss of waters, wherein resided most hideous beings, which were produced on a two-fold principle,” according to Berosus (a priest of Bel-Marduk or Lord Marduk) and Damascius (see text). The Babylonians began with the UNKNOWN DARKNESS (Abstract Space) and stated a principle existing with it, i.e., the primordial substance, represented by a “sea.” This sea, follows on to be allegorically filled with beasts, fishes, etc., as in Bere’shith. What can the beasts or hideous beings be allegorically? One view, suggests that in the myths, this alludes to astronomical bodies and the sidereal realm, i.e., stars and constellations (zodiacal allegory).
Nevertheless, the same mythical accounts are throughout Mesopotamia.
Where do the demons and angels come into the frame then?
Whether, there exist AFTER-DEATH states, and spirits, &c., is for yourselves to find out, but people keep generating fears based on knowledge they themselves avoid directly wanting to know about. Think firstly about the unnecessary and excessive superstitious fear people have; and thereafter, why we are so willing to be credulous, once we get a glimpse of something? Yes, we must be skeptical, because in many practices, people are deliberately stressing the brain lobes and causing hallucinations. Whether demons, or malevolent spirits exist, we cannot affirm people’s preconceptions, but encourage them to rely on the strength of their mind, will and intelligence.
The genealogy of the gods was for the religions of Egypt and India, entirely metaphysical and psychological. For the Jews, they made it by canon entirely realistic and physiological child-bearing, with the myth of the ancestral genealogy of mankind from the Patriarchates, reduced to a 6,000 year time-span. The Babylonian Patriarchs were conceived to be far older based on the sars (ages). So, something doesn’t add up in the Biblical accounts. There are thousands of traditions, explaining similar concepts with different explanation and mythological or creation accounts. The only thing that seems to draw the line, is whether one believes in one over the other. Then, you must also consider, as we have, the antecedent tradition, where the beliefs are passed from, and how it is changed as in Jewish offshoots.
As to the Jewish Aggadah and texts, the belief in spirits, isn’t important. Demonology is abundant in the Evangels, and the Zend-Avesta (Vendidad, Passim), which were the beliefs of the common people. Anyway, it is why the Jews did not speak of it greatly, due to people falling into superstitions; but Jews still believed in shedim.