Faith Beats Demons

In volume 4 of the Black Butler manga we are introduced to Agni and Prince Soma. Soma and Agni are from India, they join our protagonists in London as they are investigating some personal attacks on Anglo-Indians in London. Agni is Soma’s servant and butler. He is a Hindu who worships the Hindu goddess Kali as well as his master Soma. In two instances, Agni is involved in fights with the title character “Black Butler” Sebastian, who is a demon. In each instance, Agni holds his own in battle against Sebastian causing Ciel Phantomhive to question whether Agni was human.

Later, Sebastian tells Ciel that he most certainly is human and goes on to say, “Human beings are rare creatures that can produce tremendous power derived from intense belief that gives way to a kind of blind faith…because of his absolute devotion to his god and master Prince Soma he can invoke power that is beyond human. It is a power our kind (demons) cannot boast…that which is born of belief in and love for another. A power known as faith.” Humans as powerful as a monster. Interesting idea to think, but is it Biblical?

First, the Bible speaks of supernatural evil forces and the reality that demons exist (Matthew 12:22James 2:19). As does the devil (1 Peter 5:8). Do they all look like handsome lanky British butlers with red eyes as we see in Black Butler? Doubtful, but who knows.

Second, we know that through faith in Christ one can defeat demons. Why? Because Christ does just that and He tells us so. In Matthew 17:14-20, Matthew describes a scene where a man is possessed by a demon and how Christ stops the demon:

When they reached the crowd, a man approached and knelt down before Him. “Lord,” he said, “have mercy on my son, because he has seizures and suffers severely. He often falls into the fire and often into the water. I brought him to Your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him.”

Jesus replied, “You unbelieving and rebellious generation! How long will I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to Me.” Then Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and from that moment the boy was healed.

Then the disciples approached Jesus privately and said, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

“Because of your little faith,” He told them. “For I assure you: If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.

Christ says their faith is what failed them. Their faith could have defeated the demon and freed the man from his spiritual bondage which was destroying him. Christ did it. The apostles did not. They should be able to do so, as noted in Matthew 10:1 – Christ called them and told them through their faith they would have the power to defeat demons.

But, we as Christians must acknowledge another truth – there is only one God and He is the God of Abraham, of Isaac, of Jacob, of Moses. There is one God and He is triune (Deuteronomy 4:35, 2 Samuel 7:22, Psalm 18:31, Mark 12:29). Power only comes from that one God, not from people like Prince Soma, not from gods of other faiths like Kali, it comes from our one God – it comes from Christ our Lord (Matthew 28:19Mark 2:5-12Luke 24:52John 10:30, John 20:28). Worship Him alone and through the Lord comes power which can move mountains, heal the sick, raise the dead, and yes – defeat demons.

About the Author

Matthew Newman
Matthew Newman is a Christian environmental engineer (Professionally licensed in Maryland). He’s also a husband, beard aficionado, Dad of four beautiful children, blogger, and all around geeky guy from Baltimore County. When he’s not chasing his kids or working, he’s probably asleep.

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