Robin Williams, #Demons, and a Dark Sign

August 17, 2014

Robin Williams, Demons and a Dark Sign

by Stan Faryna

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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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The Problem of Nations: Romania

October 2, 2013

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by Stan Faryna

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Imagine Dragons, Demons

Through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, I have passed out from under the curse and entered into the blessing of Abraham, whom God blessed in all things.
– Derek Prince
Voronet Church

Below is my comment about George Sipos’ intelligent, self-reflection on Romania’s troubles:

I celebrate the author’s passion to ask soul searching questions that are rarely asked by Romanians in Romania. There may not be one answer that helps us understand what happened, what is going on, and who we are. Good questions will lead to better questions.

Good books will also help to frame better questions: C.S. Lewis’ Abolition of Man, Jacques Maritain’s The Person and the Common Good, Herbert Marcuse’s One Dimensional Man, Solzhenitsyn’s What’s Wrong With the West and Derek Prince’s Curse or Blessing – You Can Choose.

Beyond the economic, political, social and psychological predicament, there is also a spiritual predicament. Romania is besieged by evil spirits, great and small. Curses and demons abound and the spiritual armory is in profound disrepair. Romania is not alone in this predicament but the people were truly unprepared to receive the demons and vice of Mammon that must always accompany the promise, blessings and virtues we celebrate in democratic capitalism.

The lack of knowledge of God’s word, sacrifice, and promise may be the greatest problematic. And not just for Romania.

Dostoevsky’s Grand Inquisitor (The Brothers Karamozov) illuminates the problem of a church, government and bureaucracy that presumes it, alone and unaided by heaven, can mediate and resolve the sins and salvation of a people. Nor will the idolatry of the violet light cult, Reiki, Masonic secrets, Feng Shui, astrology, etc. save Romania; infact, it brings God’s curse (for three or four generations!) as God promises in Exodus 20: 5.

Be sure of this – God keeps his word.

Those pure-hearted individuals who believe, repent, obey God’s laws and live in virtue (faith, hope, and love), however, can find deliverance. Even the Romanian, the Syrian, the American, the Russian…

George Sipos’ article is here:

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Book of Carrot: Chapter 2.2 by Stan Faryna

May 24, 2011

This is a continuation of the posts originally titled, An Untitled Novel About The Long Road of Hope.

[ Chapter 1.1 is here. ]

Chapter 2.2.1

Ultra Violence, Black Magic, And A Dirty Old Man?

Lumi awoke just before sunrise. A faint lavender scent lingered on the crisp, clean white sheets. She thought to stay in bed. It was so cozy. But thoughts – of the day they left Bucharest and what today and tomorrow hold – tumbled into her attention.

She’d review messages and find coffee. Read the rest of this entry »