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A friend of mine said to me that a baby born from a demon possessed parents is likely to be possessed as well. I totally disagreed with him in several points: 1. The child received the Holy Spirit during the Sacrament of Confirmation and has been partaking of the Lord's Body and Blood. 2. God would never ever let that happen. 3. The child has free will.
How can you determine whether somebody is demon possessed or mentally ill? I came across somebody at the hospital that was under a mental health assessment. As I was looking after her, she would concentrate to the left and speak to what I thought was the devil. I started to pray for her in my conscious stating that if she was mentally ill, for god to heal her or if she was possessed that in the name our Lord Jesus Christ to come out! All of the sudden, she started to look to her left and started screaming, "leave me alone, you Egyptians. I hate you all." She repeated that loudly three times. At this point, I was confused whether that was a coincidence or whether the evil spirit knew I was praying for her. She does not know who I am and does not know I am Egyptian. She actually got me mixed up with another Middle Eastern man. What should I do in this regard?
I am a bit worried about the issue of demon possession.
How does a person become possessed? Can a good person become possessed, or is it just those who live a sinful life?
How can we protect ourselves from becoming possessed?
If a Coptic Orthodox Christian dies in a demon-possessed state, is it possible for such a person to be in paradise and eventually heaven after his death; or is he condemned for sure? What if the devil makes him commit suicide, is it possible for him to still be saved and enter paradise and heaven? will the Church pray for him after his death or treat him as a normal person who has committed suicide?
Will the Coptic Orthodox Church still continue to pray for such a person after his death; or is he considered to have died in his sins?
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