Louisiana, United States
And if such is the case, then murder of a possessed child would only help toward that terrible end. Scripturally speaking, exorcism is only possibility of deliverance for a demoniac child.
My point here is, who is to know what was truly in this man’s heart, or that the little girl really was possessed? How are we as bystanders, information gathers… those who believe and don’t believe to know the truth? Do we wait to see someone’s head spinning around like on the exorcise, do we trust what others tell us, or do the fact that it can and have happened before guide our judgment of the situation?
It’s not a question of do possession exist, but whether a question of do we “believe” the father, why, and what “evidence/proof” he may have to prove to us that he himself is qualified to determine whom is possessed, or why not seek professional help. After all, if he can determined that someone is possessed, then he should know that they need a exorcism.
Now let’s say if he and maybe four or five others killed the girl while performing their version of an exorcism, it is more believable of an intent not to kill, but to exorcise… that becomes believable. I mean what’s his defense - “we were in the room, and she started crawling up the wall onto the ceiling… growling like a dog… foaming at the mouth… speaking in languages he didn’t understand… so I killed her?!”
His “belief” is not going to hold water! This is not like the “money senerio” you, Ron and Essorant was discussing. That was a harmless debate on belief. But this is something of a more sinister nature. If this guy can get off, based on his “belief,” then how many more people can just based on their “belief…” kill?
Hay wait, I do have a few family members I’d like to exorcise off this planet, because “I believe” they truly are possessed!” lol