Robin Williams, #Demons, and a Dark Sign

August 17, 2014

Robin Williams, Demons and a Dark Sign

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Some have suggested that Williams’ inner demons will out soon enough. I could hope not. For that would be a disservice to our memory of a man that made us laugh and cry – regardless of how much money can be made by such idle entertainments. But what about the actual demons?

I understand that Mr. Williams was a Christian and a member of the Episcopal church. And if he was, I find it strange that no one seems to mention it or consider it worthwhile to reflect on. One reason to not mention it, of course, would be because it emphasizes the tragedy of his suicide and, perhaps, the consequence of the sin. Ultimately, suicide appears to be a rejection of God and His gifts. And among those gifts, rejected, are life, hope and faith.

Even Christians, however, will be unsure of the consequence of Williams’ suicide because God’s grace is beyond our own understanding.

There are also medical and supernatural considerations. Edelman got slutty and rushed to insert a foot into it’s mouth by using Williams’ tragedy as a springboard to talk about self promotion and marketing for the mental health industry.

As we mourn the loss of Robin Williams to depression, we must recognize it as an opportunity to engage in a national conversation.

And the world told Edelman to STFU.

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The latter (supernatural things), however, must be ignored because not a few Christians presume themselves more educated and clever than God. It is completely understandable for the non-Christian to be so presumptuous. But more than presumptions, is the cunning of the Devil. It is phrased so perfectly in the movie, The Usual Suspects:


The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.


Although I do sometimes have my doubts about my own commission as a Christian, I find it surreal that Christians are not inspired by Mr. William’s death to reflect deeply on the problem of demonization (demonization as opposed to possession). Of course, there would be a certain majority of Christians who would argue that the Christian is immune from demonization (because such admission is too frightening to consider), but obviously the evidence suggests that it does happen a little too often to be a coincidence.

On the other hand, a “theory” of demonization as advanced by the former evangelical Christian minister and writer, Derek Prince, provides the Christian with hope. Not only may a Christian find comfort in the opinion that God’s Grace and Mercy is more possible for crimes performed when one has acted under duress of an evil spirit, but also that the Christian can be delivered from the influence of evil spirits. Before it is too late!

I feel that I have not written about this matter with enough sensitivity or the theological training required for me to speak with authority and illumination on this matter. But I must reflect on William’s death and I must also reflect on the problem of evil that acts through me. I seek deliverance of it. Before I have done something for which the consequences could be profound and epic.

Beyond this, I understand that it is unwelcome to speak to the dark consequence of William’s suicide. For it is profound and epic.

One consequence of Mr. Williams’ tragedy could be described in this way:

An amazing man who has emotionally connected with millions (hundreds of millions or more) has given those same millions a dark sign by his suicide – he has unequivocally rejected life, you and me, and all the world. And I have to wonder why, if he had good reason, and if it is true that we (you and me) and the world are so terrible, incompetent or unworthwhile that Williams refused to journey with us further. 


Mr. Williams would not be alone in his violent rejection of us. The image of young buddhist monks dousing themselves in gasoline and lighting themselves on fire quickly comes to my mind. This can be a lonely planet, indeed. Sometimes, it seems like hell.

I expect that I may have upset more than a few people by my words here. Know that I do not imagine I own the truth on this matter or anything related. In fact, I may be mistaken in part or completely and I apologize to you now if I have wounded you by my words.

Please forgive me.

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Stan Faryna
17 August 2014
Fairfax, Virginia

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