Question:When a person becomes insane, what is the cause?
Are all such happenings because of demon possession?
Bible Answer: Demon possession can
and has resulted in individuals becoming mentally unstable. The former
King Saul became mentally disturbed by an evil spirit or demon, according
Now it came about on the next day that an evil spirit
from God came mightily upon Saul, and he raved in the midst of the house,
while David was playing the harp with his hand, as usual; and a spear
was in Saul’s hand. (NASB) 1 Sam. 18:10
In 1 Samuel 15:26 we are told that King Saul ceased to be the king of
Israel after he disobeyed God. Shortly after that God removed the Holy
Spirit from Saul (1 Sam. 16:14). At that point Saul did not have the
anointing of spiritual power to minister for God. This is a serious warning
to anyone who seeks to serve God in his or her own way. God demands that
we minister as He desires and with holiness. If we do not, God will eventually
use someone else and withdraw the spiritual empowerment that comes through
the Holy Spirit. When we come to 1 Sam. 18:10, we discover that God now
allows an evil spirit to control Saul. The Hebrew word that is translated
as "raved" in the passage (1 Sam. 18:10) above is actually
"prophesied." That is, the evil spirit was able to speak through
him. 1 Sam. 16:23 tells us that Saul would be refreshed or become pleasant
again when David would play his harp. Demon possession caused Saul to
be mentally unstable.
So it came about whenever the evil spirit from God came
to Saul, David would take the harp and play it with his hand; and Saul
would be refreshed and be well, and the evil spirit would depart from
him. (NASB) 1 Sam. 16:23
Conclusion:Mental instability can be caused by
different things. However, demon possession is not possible for a Christian
because the indwelling Holy Spirit is more powerful than any evil spirit.
You are from God, little children, and have overcome
them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
(NASB) 1 John 4:4
The evil spirit did not come upon Saul (1 Sam. 16:23) until after the
Holy Spirit had departed (1 Sam. 16:14). Every Christian should remember
that the Holy Spirit indwells us until we die or are raptured and go
to meet our God. Mental instability cannot and will not separate us from
our God. One who is truly saved is going to heaven, period. May the Lord