Welcome to the first ever Monstrous Monday, which is hosted by The Other Side. It is a day for all of us who love/hate monsters to blog about ’em. For Monstrous Monday, I decided to share a little bit about a monster in my novel. This is not a Christian novel, despite the religious undertones. This is horror/paranormal.
According to Merriam-Webster, a demon is
- an evil spirit
- a source or agent of evil, harm, distress, or ruin
Although many of us in America consider the demon part of the Christian religion, there are demonic-like beings in Islam (jinns), Hinduism, Judaism, and several ancient religions. There are many demons in Christian demonology, many of which were added because some Christian theologians concluded that all pagan deities were demons. In Christian tradition, demons are like angels: spiritual, immutable, and immortal.
Demonic supernatural powers are believed to include psychokinesis, levitation, divination, possession, ESP, telepathy, witchcraft, and curses, as well as superhuman strength, controlling the classical elements, animal control, and provocation. Demons use variants and combinations of these powers to harass, demoralize, confuse, and disorient the victim, or the willing subject of demonic interest. All of these attacks, as well as their effect or scope, can be nulled by God.
Demons are believed to have the power to physically or mentally hurt people, but only within the boundaries of what God will allow. Demons can destroy any material on the earth; these supernatural powers are always inferior to the power of God. God may use His will to cancel or destroy any effect the demon chooses to invoke. According to the gospels, Jesus also had full power over demons, and they always obeyed his commands when he told them what to do, as opposed to a more general sense in which demons only do that which God tells them to. Often Demons are said to create negative emotions, wreaking havoc, ensuing chaos, and disrupting peace. (Source: Christian Demonology Wiki)
These are questions that sparked the idea behind my work in progress.
- Does the child born to a woman impregnated by an incubus (sexual demon) have a soul?
- Would that child be permitted to enter Heaven with the heavy weight of Original sin (gained from the mother) and the sinful nature of the demon?
- If that woman was to end the life of a half-demon (the baby), would that be considered a sin or an exorcism?
In my book, the baby is not allowed to enter Heaven because she is not baptized. When Death comes for the baby, the demon father stops Death from sending the baby to Hell. The demon father decides that he will keep her on Earth. I don’t want to spoil the book, so I won’t say how. She learns about her powers far before she learns “what” she is. And when she does, the question is still…is there a chance that she could go to Heaven or is she destined to spend her afterlife in Hell?