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ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

the DEVIL and MAGIC

by Hieromonk Benedict
of Holy Mount Athos, Greece

PREFACE

In the past few years, much has been said, not only in our country, but in other parts of the world, concerning the existance of Satan and his company.

During the past two years, specifically, all that has occured in the area of Greece convices each honest person that the existence of the devil and his group of followers is not just a simple event or an idea, as some people would prefer to believe, but a hard fact, which all of us should accept.

This volume concerns itself with this burning issue. Burning, not just for our age, but for all ages.

Read the rest of the book's preface below


book size (in cm): 13.5x20
Pages:177
Paperback
Language: English



Preface 13
Translation note 15

FIRST PART
 

THE DEVIL
 

General
 
Time and reason for his fall 23
The indifference, arrogance and
desperation, reason for his fall

24
His envy 24
They are subordinate forces of heaven 25
The existence of battalions of demons 25

His Appellation
 
a) Ruler of the world and of this age. His place 26
b) Opposer and devil 27
c) "Lion". He is powerless before Christians 28
d) The eternal tempter 29
e) Many named, diversed, polymorphous and
evil beast

31
When God allows his attacks against us 33
Evidence of his wichedness 32
Recognizing demons 35
Reason for his existence 36
If we are careful, he becomes cause for
spiritual progress

36
Our rewards from our battles against him 37
 
His place in the original sin
 
Motivated by envy, he used the snake against man

38

The big fraud
39
The wickedness of the devil
40
The slander of God
41
The bait of equidivinity
42
Why the snake is punished and not the devil
42
 
His battle against us
 
Recognizing demons
44
Nothing as filthy
44
His trickery
45
His arrows  46
The suitable time for attack
 47
Let's be alert
 48
He also fights us with virtues
 49
He doesn't force. He intices with deceit and persuasion
50
He doesn't subdue us with his authority
50
He fights us with earthy things
51
He always copies
52
He confuses and overturns everything
52
He makes many attempts
53
He doesn't act suddenly, but in phases
53
 He doesn't know if he will win
 54
He humbles the human
 54
 His hatred for mankind
 55
 He always rejoices at men's downfall
 56
 When he is most furious
 57
 When he rejoices and when he is humbled
 57
 He suffers when he sees a soul removing itself from sin
58
 His aim is polytheism and idolatry
 58
 His cunningness
 59
 His underhanded methods
 59
 He doesn't lead to repentance
 60
 His stronger weapon: Desperation
 60
 Judas' case
62
He cuts our hopes of God
 63
 He gives daring to sinning
 64
 He doesn't present sins clearly
 65
 Most of all, he damages us by the use of "the tongue"
 65
 He grants us clay in order to seize our heaven
 66
 He always persecutes the people of God
 67
 He mostly fights against Monastics
 68
 He persecutes the virtuous
 68
 He fears prayer
 68
 His underhandedness at time of prayer
 69
 He attacks those in seclusion
 70
 In the end he attacks more violently
 71
 The irreconcilable hatred and the hard war
 72
 Great is the gift, great also the war
 73
 He covers sin with pleasure
 74
 The example of the birds
 75
 When does he yield
76
 The methods used for his war are the same
used for his destruction
 
77
 He is accused by the martyrs
 78
 He won through woman, and he was defeated by a woman
78
 
Confronting Him
 
 The cunning enemy
 80
We must become Knowledgeable of and avoid his plots
 81
 We should blockade his entrance with prayer
 81
 Imitate the archer
 82
 In order to avoid his traps, proper faith and
virtuous lifestyle are needed
 
82
 Beware of his traps
 83
 His attacks are repulsed by spiritual study
 83
 His enemies: the acts of light and virtue
 84
 He doesn't approach whenever the Law of God exists
84
We should not disregard those things of smaller importance
 85
 When he causes something bad, he renders brilliant
those who endure him
 
85
 Many things happen because of our idifference
 86
 When we do not get hit, he receives the blow
 87
 Christ's Commandments and those of the devil
 88
 His concern for our loss and our concern for the salvation
of our brethren
 
89
 Sin is worse than the demon
 90
 If the Lord were not with us...
 92
 The war is difficult
 93
 The excuse of the lazy...
 93
 If love exists...
 94
 He fights for our final destruction
 95
 The reasons
 96
 Our passions weapons against him
 97
 His eternal enemies
 98
 Why God hasn't destroyed him
 98
 It is not proper to have ressive reasoning
 100
 The devil does bad to  himself
 100
 How he is beneficial to us
 101
 He doesn't cause all the evil
 102
 If God didn't allow it, Adam wouldn't have approached
 102
 
The termination of his servants
 
 The end of his subjects
 105
 In the end, those who serve him become ridiculed
 105
 
When he appears before Christ
 
 His embarrassment before Christ
 106
 Even if the demons tell us something useful, we should
not listen to them
 
107
 Neither out of necessity...
 108
 He is confronted with tolerance and forbearance
110
 He uses his strongest tricks in the end
 111
 Methods to confront him
 112
 After the victory over him, the angels will wellcome you
 113
 He uses the same wiles even nowadays
 113
 He promises much
 114
 He even uses relatives
 115
 His position before Christ
 116
 His cunning plan for the Resurrection of Christ
 117
 How he would have usurped the Resurrection of the dead
119
 
His relationship with the Apostles
 
 When he pronounces the name of God
 121
 Why the Apostles never accept his withessings
 121
 The truths he utters are unacceptable
 122
 He serves the Apostles in their mission
 122
 The Apostles used him as an executioner
 123
 They do not accuse the Apostles or Christ
 124
 
Why the devil does not disappear
 
 The security in time of war
 125
 Why he is called devil and the cunning one
 127
 Evidence for the absurdity of thought: a) Creation, b) Our
members, c) The Cross of Christ, d) The Apostles, e) Our
Lord's Presence

 

129

 How he benefits us
 133
 Never fear
 135
 
SECOND PART
 
 
MAGIC
 
 The absurdity of the oracles and of magic
 139
 The homicides...
 140
 Through Holy Baptism, the Christians denounce Satan
 141
 Satanical pomp and its symbols
142
 Our hope is Christ Cross
 144
 "The woman is a Christian..."
 144
 The worst superstition
 145
 Demons do not cure
 145
 Death is preferable...
 149
 Is your illness too stressful for you? Remember Job
 150
 Remember the paralytic and Lazarus
 152
 When God tests you, do not take recourse in his enemies
 153
 Even if the fever is alleviated, the torture of the conscience
is unbelievable
 
154
 Think well of the future reward
 157
 Remember how much the righteous suffered
 158
 Do you desire the true martyrdom?
 159
 The devil is a killer of men
 160
 Rely on fear of God
 161
 The sick who do not invite magicians, are crowned
as martyrs
 
162
 The same of those who lose money and glorify God
 163
 How a loss becomes beneficial
 164
 Why things foretold by oracles happen
 166
 If they knew something, they should have foretold of their
fate
 
167
 Evidence of little faith and lack of faith
 168
 Wiles of the devil which bring death to the soul
 170
 "I am so-and-so's soul..."
 171
 Conclusion 175

In the past few years, much has been said, not only in our country, but in other parts of the world, concerning the existance of Satan and his company.

During the past two years, specifically, all that has occured in the area of Greece convices each honest person that the existence of the devil and his group of followers is not just a simple event or an idea, as some people would prefer to believe, but a hard fact, which all of us should accept.

This volume concerns itself with this burning issue. Burning, not just for our age, but for all ages.

Saint John Chrysostom, the great teacher, sociologist, economist, educator of children, dogmatologist, interpreter of the Holy Writings, and many other things, did not omit to concern himself with the sleepless enemy of man's salvation.

In the texts which follow, he teaches us about this incorporeal force, which because of pride, fell from heaven and due to sheer envy, tempted man to rebel against God, His Father. Since then, there exists a hard and implacable war and an irreconcilable hatred. The Saint teaches us the way in which we should journey in order to execute this...a battle of many facets. He confronts those who assert that if the devil did not exist, man's salvation would be easier, and also those who contend that demons are those who govern the human sphere.

He combats those Christians who desire to belong to Christ and to the devil. Those who want to be church-goers, but who simultaneously want to visit a medium whenever some problem presents itself. That is when they abandon Christ and The Church and run to His enemies.

It appears though, that even in His time, there occured such activities which take place today. Therefore, Saint John Chrysostom's writings are timeless.

He answers those who ask "where does the devil learn some secrets and mysteries", an how have the things that "the old lady" said come true. Thus, it battles sorcery and witchcraft, and the impostor, who even in those times was at his peak.

In addition, he stresses that the wiles used by the devil and his powers of prognosis are useless before a faithful member of The Church, just as when the devil himself seems like a small, harmless sparrow when facing one who is striving for his salvation...

Hiermonk Benedict
New Skiti, Holy Mount Athos





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