What is the Purpose of Demons?

by Philip Jonkers

Why are demons here?

Humanity is plagued by demons and they have done so for quite a while already. Is there a reason for all of this suffering that we have been exposed to for so long already? Is there a method to the madness? In other words, do demons serve a purpose for us?

Let’s start with their inception. According to scripture, it all began with the Watchers.

“Watchers,” a category of good angels (Daniel 4:13,17,23), called “sons of God” (Genesis 6:2,4; Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7) were assigned to earth to teach men (Jubilees 4:15; Daniel 4:13,17). They were assigned to earth and given bodies (1 Enoch 64:1,2; Jubilees 4:15, 22). The Watchers became enthralled with the beauty of women (Genesis 6:1,2; 1 Enoch 7:2ff; Jubilees 4:22; 5:1) and left their first estate (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6). They entered into union with women and had children (Genesis 6:4; Jubilees 5:2; 1 Enoch 15:2-16:1). The children that were begotten from the union of angels and women became giants in the land (Genesis 6:4; Jubilees 5:2; 1 Enoch 15:2-16:1). These giants, also referred to as Nephilim (Genesis 6:4; 1 Enoch 15:9), corrupted the flesh of man (Genesis 6:12) and caused mayhem on the earth (Genesis 6:6,7) to the point it grieved God that He had made man (Genesis 6:6,7).

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For the sin of corrupting the flesh of men, God punished the disobedient angels by chaining them in Tartarus until the final judgment of the ages (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 14; Jubilees 5:2; 1 Enoch 10:11). He then proceeded to have the giants, at the provocation of obedient angels, begin warring against each other to annihilate each other (1 Enoch 10:9; Jubilees 5:3). The remainder who were not killed in that manner died in the flood.

When God destroyed the earth and the creatures that lived on the face of the earth with the flood, He had mercy on Noah and his sons. Noah and his sons found grace in the sight of the Lord (Genesis 6:8) primarily because Noah was perfect in his generations (Genesis 6:9). The corruption between the Watchers and women had not infiltrated Noah’s lineage. The flood was designed to annihilate the corrupted race of man and to leave only a pure lineage on earth afterward.

When the flood destroyed the things on the earth, the giants also were destroyed (Genesis 6:13). The conclusion of the matter is as follows: when the spirits of these mutant hybrids were forced out of their bodies, either by dying before the flood or by drowning at the flood, they had no place to go. Heaven was the place for pure angels and hell the place for evil men. These perverted mongrel beings which did not qualify for either place were left to roam the face of the earth. The spirits of the giants, or Nephilim, were released into the world as spirit-beings with no bodies, looking for a resting place. Even though they have a hybrid nature, they nonetheless still are partially “mankind” and seek the rest of a body (Matthew 12:43; Luke 11:24).

In summary, the spirits of the giants, the Nephilim, are the hybrid offspring of the Watchers and earthly women. When the giants died in the flood, their half-breed spirits had no place to go; therefore, they have no rest. These spirits are what we now refer to as demons. Because 1 Enoch 15:8 says this in a direct statement, there is no room left for speculation.

Now the giants, who have been born of spirit and of flesh, shall be called upon earth evil spirits, and on earth shall be their habitation. Evil spirits shall proceed from their flesh, because they were created from above; from the holy Watchers was their beginning and primary foundation. Evil spirits shall they be upon the earth, and the spirits of the wicked shall they be called. The habitation of the spirits of heaven shall be in heaven; but upon earth shall be the habitation of terrestrial spirits, who are born on earth.”

Excerpted from:

Principalities, Powers and Demons
Their Differences, Their Origins
and Our Authority Over Them
By Dale M Sides

Here is what puzzles me. By virtue of his omniscience, God knew full well that it would come to this. He knew full well that the Watchers would succumb to the beauty of our women and raise unholy unclean offspring as a consequence to this unsanctioned sexual communion. And especially if they were incarnated in male human bodies, this prospect is not hard to imagine. After all, male human beings have naturally high sex drives and so it doesn’t take a sexologist — let alone an omniscient God — to anticipate problems with respect to the divine edict of observing celibacy.

In addition, if the Flood supposedly destroyed all of humanity except Noah’s family — whose lineage reportedly remained pure, i.e. not spoiled by Watcher-“blood” — then all of the Watchers teachings would basically be lost too; thus rendering their teaching-mission sterile and futile. Furthermore, the listed source claims that the destruction of the Nephilim set loose hordes of parasitical and predatory spiritual beings (demons) making the lives of human beings so much harder. Indeed, human beings (by and large) suffer greatly from this demonic infestation.

If this whole enterprise of sending Watchers over to help us, were to turn into such a dismal failure then the obvious question that arises is: Why did God do it, or at least allow it to happen?

I am reluctant to accept a seemingly standard religious answer that God became infuriated with the trespassing angels, implying that it was all a big shock to God. By virtue of his omniscience, God knows everything there is to know about the future (or the past or present for that matter), and so there is no future event that could possibly surprise him. So why would God get mad for something he already knew would come down the pike anyway? You see, we human beings may become mad as a reaction to the emergence of shocking circumstances, the transpiring of some new unanticipated and unpleasant event. But when you already know for sure that something is going to happen, then the shock element is lacking and so too is the motivation for becoming angry. Therefore the idea that God can be angered doesn’t make sense. Indeed, I believe that this idea of a wrathful God is not factual but a product of speculative anthropomorphization on the part of the human reporters (scribes) responsible for interpreting the events transpired; with that I mean that human beings have a tendency to fill in the gaps in their observation with respect to how they themselves would react, or what they would do (if they were to fit God’s proverbial shoes) based on their own human psychology, coming with all the necessary and typically human flaws and imperfections of character to boot.

Also, the offspring of the Watchers and their accompanying demonic spirits obviously have had no say in their own generation. So would it be just to persecute/punish them? To be sure, demons are horrible creatures as they cause a lot of misery and suffering to human beings and were born out of uncleanliness and unholiness etc. But really is it their fault that they act the way they do? Demons didn’t ask to be created, nor would I find it hard to believe that they chose their own nature. They were created on the spot here on earth, and now they have to make do with what they have, which is the lack of a place they can call their own and so they have to get it themselves (forcefully) in order to find some measure of rest. So would it be proper to see to their punishment for what basically is nothing more than their own nature? I am led to think of an analogy with the animal kingdom. Animal predators may on occasion kill and eat a human being. But is really the predator to blame for acting on what is nothing more than its instinct? Likewise, is a demon acting on the basis of free will or it perhaps better to speak of instinct instead? If the latter, is their punishment and persecution really deserved?

Although the angels acted against God’s will, the fact that God allowed them to go ahead and procreate with our women means something. It must serve a purpose. That purpose, I believe, is this. Demons are here to amplify our dark nature. Demons exploit and amplify our weaknesses and vulnerabilities, such as anger, fear, desire (lust), addictive behavior etc. All these aspects of our nature are unholy and undesirable and the effect of the tortuous presence demons is to inadvertently force our proverbial nose in our own feces, so to speak. I believe that they are here to speed up the process of the awareness of our own dark nature and unintentionally encourage us to look for ways to shape up, clean up our act, and look for better ways to treat ourselves and one another, lovingly rather than hatefully.

And so demons paradoxically serve to catalyze the evolution of our spiritual ascension from darkness onto light. They unwittingly encourage us to love, by acting as teachers of the ugliness and repelling side of hate. Demons thus basically act as anti-teachers in our quest to develop into more mature and responsible beings.

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