Characteristics and Traits of Demons

Updated on April 18, 2016

Demonology of the Early Church

During the first two centuries after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and before the canonization of the Holy Bible as it is known today, the apostolic fathers made known their beliefs on the Christian doctrine of demons and their origins. The letters of these men are some of the very earliest accounts we have concerning the beliefs of early Christians about demons, the characteristics, of demons, and their origins. Some of these men were pupils of the very disciples of Jesus, such as Ignatius, and are near direct messengers concerning the teachings of Christ about the nature of the Enemy.

This list contains information on the origin, physical traits, abilities, and social order of demons with sourced material for your personal study.

 

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Origin of Demons

Demons are the offspring of fallen angels and human women. They were the giants mentioned in the Book of Genesis whose fleshly bodies were killed in the great flood during the time of Noah. They now exist in spirit form, as they also had spirits. [2] [6] [7] [62]

Traits of Demons

  • Composed of a spirit-like structure similar to air, fire or a reflection of matter [7] [8]
  • Incorporeal spirits with no physical body or form [6]
  • Shape-shifters [6] [9]
  • Ability to take on a visual appearance [1] [9] [38] [42]
  • Capable of eating [61]
  • Mortal, but not like flesh [10] [11]
  • Can reproduce with the aid of humans [2]
  • Dwell on/in the earth and in the air [13]
  • Communicate via telepathy or by impressing thoughts [19]
  • Rational and intelligent beings [21]
  • Have freewill and can choose to do good or evil [21] [30]
  • They are fallible entities with limited knowledge [22]
  • Require certain offerings and sacrifices for survival (incense and liquid offerings such as blood and wine) [32] [49]
  • Direct enemies of God and Christians [26] [28] [36]
  • They are imitators and impersonators (especially of God, prophecy, and Christians) [33] [35] [37] [53]

 

Other Characteristics

  • There is a large number of demons found in all areas on the Earth [5]
  • Demons have given names, and they also assume aliases [3] [4]
  • Prone to lying and story-telling [16] [27]
  • Also known as "familiar spirits" [12]
  • Have a deceptive nature [23]
  • Have a wicked and disrespectful nature [24]
  • Demons have unnatural passions [31]
  • Known to cause confusion [29] [35]
  • Prone to accusations [29]
  • They created the doctrine of fate (Astrology) [45]
  • Make false prophecies by making educated guesses [34] [57]
  • They taught humans magical arts and aid them in magical operations [44] [48] [49] [51] [53]
  • Prone to defile, corrupt, and terrorize [46] [49]

 

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Abilities of Demons

  • Able to cloak themselves and appear or disappear at will [9]
  • Can appear as ghosts of the deceased via any sensory perception [1] [9]
  • Ability to perform magic [15] [47] [56]
  • Able to lie [16]
  • Capable of performing acts similar to those they were created to perform [14]
  • Ability to speak through humans and animals [17]
  • Able to occupy bodies and objects, and to control them [50] [54]
  • Capable of being evicted from bodies and objects which they occupy [41]
  • Can appear in dreams, cause dreams, and communicate in dreams [18]
  • Can communicate through magical tools and items [20]
  • Able to enslave and abuse humans [40] [47] [54]
  • Capable of teaching [49] [51]
  • Can cause immorality, injustice, and even criminal and violent behavior [25] [39] [40] [46] [47]
  • Able to influence people, officials, and whole nations or peoples [39] [44] [47] [52]
  • Ability to cause disease including mental disease [54] [55]
  • Can create their own laws and rules which they require humans to follow [58]

 

Social Order of Demons

Both heavenly spirits (angels) and earthly spirits (demons) hold various offices and rank. No specific rank of authority is given, but Clement of Alexandria does mention that there are at least three orders besides the offices listed by Irenaeus. Authority seems to be divided up by order of creation, nature, and geographic location. Below is a list of those offices: [3] [14] [43] [59]

  • Angels

  • Archangels

  • Thrones

  • Dominions

  • Powers

  • Virtues

  • Principalities


In addition, all fallen angels and demons are subject to the authority of Satan, who is the ruler over them. Demons, who are the offspring of angels and women, appear to be subordinates of the fallen angels. Both fallen angels and demons are subject to the authority of Christ. [3] [38] [41] [59] [60]

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      Unknown 

      4 months ago

      All of these may not be true because many religion exist along with Christian

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      Vanessa 

      5 months ago

      Why do some of the things that Demons can do are like what us humans do? like of course they could lie, they were evil and deceitful, and they were always trying to trick humans so and the easiest way of doing that is lying.

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      Harsh darkoid 

      7 months ago

      Demons are more than they are said to be

      Trust me

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      Kim Taehyung 

      12 months ago

      Namjoon hyung didn't believe me when I said demons existed and now I come across this. Thanks for the information.

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      Samuel graves 

      23 months ago

      If ghost's exist you should probably not talk to them and Daniel I don't believe that your a host of a ghost or demon.

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      kasey hudson 

      2 years ago

      daniel you say your a host what do you mean

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      daniel 

      2 years ago

      they are real...i am a host myself...

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      Just a guy 

      2 years ago

      Why doesn't this site show the author or pen name of this person?

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      kasey 37 

      3 years ago

      ghost and demon are both real but they are not the same thing.

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      Brendon Thomas 

      4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Just the sort of material I love to read. Thanks for a great Hub.

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      simon 

      5 years ago

      Yes, and you wouldn't believe, they are leaving among us! This are the biblical tares. Look like us, talk like us, but doing everything to kill us and our soul. How do I know that? Poland is full of them, and they are after me:( They have a hive mind, coordinate their actions against a target, hence the term "gang stalking". These are the nephilim, they want only one: revenge. That's the only purpose they are living for, they are cursed. Lowest of low.

      The demons who haunt me appear as lizards and dark shadows, apart from the aggressive "humans" on the street. They want to scare me, flying by when I expect it least. They operate by fear and psychology, that's their main weapon.

      But they are very limited in their actions, very arrogant, that's their weak point, so you can outplay them. You have to call the name of Christ and use His authority.

      I dind't believe the devil exists, but this was his best trick, to convince everyone he doesn't exist and lure us into a modern, technological dream.

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      dakis 

      5 years ago from Athens

      Did anyone see a demon? Just wondering...

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      Michele Travis 

      5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      This is a very interesting hub. There are no such things as ghosts, but as for demon, yes they do exist.

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      Mandrake_1975 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thank you Powerpoe1! Much appreciated. I was quite amazed at the wealth of information concerning demons and devils that I was able to garner by studying the Apostolic Fathers of the early Christian Church.

      To me anyway, it really means something coming from those invidiuals who lived so close to the time of Christ, some of them of whom, were the pupils of the very disciples of Christ, meaning that their information was only secondhand.

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      Powerpoe1 

      7 years ago

      Very interesting~ Voted Up & Rated Useful

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      Mandrake_1975 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Yes. If you are looking for a free download of the Apostolic Fathers you can find volume 1 here:

      http://www.archive.org/details/antenicenefathe02co...

      and volume 2 here:

      http://www.archive.org/details/antenicenefathe03co...

      I might note that the page numbers I used are NOT the pdf page numbers, but rather the original page numbers. In any event, you can do your own study by doing a word search within the pdf files. Try: demon, devil, giant, angel, possession, spirit, and similar terms. Search for the plural forms of words separately if necessary. A thesaurus is also handy!

      This word search method is also excellent for other studies of the Apostolic Fathers. Once you find the word you can then backtrack to get the full context.

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      SaiKit 

      7 years ago from Toronto

      Wow, I didn't know there were so much references from the teachings of the apostolic fathers. Again, blackout of useful information by the establishments.

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      Mandrake_1975 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I didn't say that demons are the offspring of fallen angels and human women - Irenaeus did. He stated it very plainly too, and so did Justin Martyr. They even went so far as to say that it was why the flood occurred in the time of Noah.

      You're conclusion that they first embodied the living offspring and then became disembodied upon death is the exact same inference I made from the statements of the Apostolic Fathers.

      In any event, when I did this study I was quite surprised as I had always been taught that the "giants" in Genesis were the sons of Cain, but that is simply not what the Apostolic Fathers believed. They state very clearly that the giants of Genesis were the offspring of fallen angels and human women and that their disembodied spirits are now what we refer to as "demons."

      I provided references for those wishing to read the words of the Apostolic Fathers themselves, and I encourage people to do so, especially if they were falsly taught (as I was) that the giants mentioned in Genesis were the sons of Cain.

      It is possible that the whole "sons of Cain" teaching came about as a deliberate attempt to steer away from what many in modern times would consider too fantastic to believe, but that teaching is incorrect.

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      Judah's Daughter 

      7 years ago from Roseville, CA

      The only comment I have is that you stated both that demons are the offspring of the fallen angels and human women, then you rightly stated they are the spirits of those offspring that died. Perhaps they embodied the living offspring and then were disembodied upon their death...I guess that would make the most sense to combine your two statements (just thinking)...

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