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Title: Spiritual Warfare and Animism


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Spiritual Warfare and Animism
  • REAP Training
  • Dr. David Sills
  • dsills_at_sbts.edu
  • www.davidsills.org

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Do missionaries encounter more spiritual warfare?
  • Paul B. Long, The Man in the Leather Hat
  • Hex death, Baltimore City Hospital

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Animism
  • A belief system.
  • A belief in beings and forces anima.
  • Power to control human affairs.
  • Discovering what beings and forces are
    influencing life.
  • Determining future action and manipulating power.

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Understanding Animism
  • Over 40 of worlds population is animistic.
    Bishop Stephen Neill
  • Animism the belief that personal spiritual
    beings and impersonal spiritual forces have power
    over human affairs and, consequently, that human
    beings must discover what beings and forces are
    influencing them in order to determine future
    action and, frequently, to manipulate their
    power.

  • Gailyn Van
    Rheenen

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Animism
  • A belief that natural objects are animated by
    spirits.  This belief takes many forms.  Things
    in nature have within them different
    spirits--each rock, tree, and cloud may have its
    own spirit.  Spirits are thought of as having
    identifiable personalities and gender.  A belief
    in a powerful, protective "mother nature" for
    example.  The spirits may be benevolent,
    malevolent, or neutral. 

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The Flaw of the Excluded Middle Paul G. Hiebert
  • The Seen-Unseen Dimension
  • The Organic-Mechanical Continuum
  • Organic analogy-sees things as living beings in
    relationship to each other
  • Mechanical analogy-sees things as inanimate
    objects that act upon one another like a machine
  • The Excluded Middle
  • Western Two-Tiered View of Reality
  • Implications for Missions

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Paul G. Hiebert
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General Animistic Cosmology
Remote High God
Living Dead Spirits (Personalized
Dead) (Impersonalized Dead) Created Spirits
The spirit worlds powers intervene in humanitys
normal experiences. People must appease these
forces to sustain life.
Intermediaries
Realm of humanity and things
Keith Eitel, Missiology
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Impersonal Forces Used for Both Good and Evil
  • Mana a supernatural force which operates
    behind all human activity in the world.
    Codrington
  • Witchcraft internal, psychic act (conscious or
    not), malicious intent, inherited, superhuman.
  • Sorcery external, conscious, malicious intent,
    learned, magical.
  • Magic manipulative for power, specific goals of
    individuals, impersonal, for good and evil.
  • Religion supplicative, personal relationships,
    worship of personal beings, benevolent
  • Popular Religiosity AnimismgtRCCgtPentecostalism

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Magic
  • Imitative the desired end is acted out.
  • Contagious procedures imposed upon a part of a
    person to affect them.
  • How does this work?
  • Coincidence/chance
  • Psychological/self-fulfilling, a.k.a somatic
    compliance
  • Demonological
  • Sorcery magic used for antisocial or aggressive
    purposes to harm another.
  • Curses, Oaths, Mantras
  • Amulets, Charms, Fetishes
  • Evil eye

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Biblical Perspectives on Spiritual Warfare
  • Implications
  • There is a spiritual battle for the hearts and
    souls of humans
  • Satan has no power over Gods people other than
    what God permits him for the testing of their
    faith
  • Satan and his hosts can and do demonize people,
    but those with a demonic presence are to be
    pitied more than feared
  • Our focus as Christians should be on love,
    reconciliation, peace, and justice
  • The supreme event in spiritual warfare is the
    cross
  • We must avoid two extremes a denial of the
    reality of Satan and the spiritual battle within
    and around us in which we are engaged and an
    undue fascination with, and fear of, Satan and
    his hosts

Paul G. Hiebert
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