- Oct 25, 2014
One of my best friends who is Christian was focused on hell for a time being. I think she had some dreams on hell and a deep sense of demonic spirits in her presence. For instance, she doesn't like dolls with eyes in her home because she had seen some Youtube videos that said that demonic spirits live in them, and that the demonic spirits can see your activity through the eyes. She did not like a Venetian mask ornament that I had for this reason. She wanted me to watch Youtube videos on people going to hell and coming back, videos which had a lot of scary imagery (which I didn't). I did wonder if her focus on hell was self-caused (watching Youtube videos and listening to testimonies online, etc.) rather than revealed through God.
I noticed that a lot of people go through this phase at one point during their life, and then they outgrow it. I think it's an adjustment in perception, part of learning to see with spiritual eyes, sometimes fear appears as the believer is on the lookout for spiritual attacks. Finally at some point you realize that it's not from the outside the real danger comes, but from the inside.
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: (...)
I think some of it is of God, some is addiction to fear (adrenaline is addictive), some is personal conviction, and some is weakness of faith (Rom 14).
Funny, I got rid of my venetian mask souvenir long ago - not that I thought that someone could watch me through it, it just wasn't pleasant "vibe" (in lack of a better description) to me anymore and I didn't enjoy it being on the wall.
And no, I don't think souvenirs are "evil", except maybe pagan art.
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