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Will Evil Exist Forever? – An Exorcist Responds

February 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Evil, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

Will Evil Exist Forever?
An Exorcist Responds

Will Evil Exist Forever?

Will Evil Exist Forever?

Will Evil Exist Forever?

Father Fortea, will evil exist forever?

Yes, in a certain sense. The clear teachings of Sacred Scripture and the Church affirm that both demons and condemned human beings will exist for all eternity in hell. In this sense evil will exist indefinitely. Evil will exist forever within these fallen angels and humans. At the end of time, the divine order will be established in a perfect way; God’s truth will triumph. But those beings that have consciously chosen to reject God and serve evil will be separated from him and burn eternally in the fires of hell.


Editor’s Note:  To learn more about spiritual warfare and demonology, Catholic Spiritual Direction recommends Fr. José Antonio Fortea’s excellent book, Interview With An Exorcist – An Insider’s Look at the Devil, Demonic Possession, and the Path to Deliverance



Art: Envy (the Devil on the right), Fasting&Prayer (the Angel in the middle) presented in a Bulgarian 18th century fresko in Chukovets Church, Bulgaria, 19 May 2013, own work, Edal Anton Lefterov, CC, Wikimedia Commons.

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About Fr. Jose Antonio Fortea

Father José Antonio Fortea is not only an exorcist, but also a writer, and parish priest. He once thought he would lead what he has termed ordinary life as an attorney in Madrid, much as his father did before him, but sensed instead a vocation to the priesthood in his adolescent years. A theology graduate of Navarre University in Spain, Father Fortea wrote a thesis there on exorcism. He has been a practicing exorcist for several decades.

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  • Marg

    A very uplifting message to ponder for today?

  • ThirstforTruth

    Reality is not always uplifting unless we “gird our loins with Truth” as St Paul continuously reminds us. The fullness of truth is a hard reality in many ways
    The truth of the existence of eternal evil is daunting and unsettling in ways that
    disturb all but those strong in Jesus Christ.

  • judeen

    the Power of our catholic faith is based on Love, truth. Hope , and so much more.. we forget ,Jesus taught us how to save souls… to cast demons out of people , and how much the change , in unbeleiveable ways… !!! the Power of just HOLY Water and the Cross! something we use every day.. do we think of it? the st. Micheal prayer.. do we understand it? we are fighting for souls in church .. in our prayers, in our Honor to God … and we fight for our own soul as we repent.. then covered with God protection we go out , into the world to help others reject evil.. do we think of this as we sit in our pews in church? the Power of the Holy ones praying with us… when the Host is lifted do we say use our beleif , deliver all of us from evil… ? the coughs that start at one end of the church to the other … when saying this in the presence of the Lord.. could be spirits leaving people… this was taught from fr. sudac.. at a retreat… do you understand your a warrior of God?

  • $1650412

    Father Fortea is giving us the facts here. HOWEVER, he is certainly not giving us
    any kind of contemplative mystery enshrouded in hope about Divine Mercy or the comparative glory of the triumph of God’s Truth over said evil in the eternal context- ok, so let’s not allow ourselves to be imprisoned by a secular mindset bound here in our concupiscent flesh. Eye has not seen and ear has not heard what God has promised for those who love Him, evil is infinitesimally small– itty, itty bitty; convoluted turned in on itself, a teeny tiny pin prick- the dust speck on a dust speck or less- that is where hell is, in a forgotten corner of heaven- or maybe in the center of the stone on the signet on Christ’s right index finger. Ok, so let’s not lose perspective here. It is not a colossal horrific thing we can never ever escape- more likely it is a shadow of a memory that causes us to go in the next second into the raucous joy that has to do with our redemption from it.

    • Marg

      your away above me didn’t understand a word of your post, to complicated for my simple brain.

      • $1650412

        Marg, I probably had too much caffeine in my coffee. I don’t see many punctuation marks in those comments above! Anwyay, what I meant to say is, we sometimes think things here in our time and context are one way, when in eternity it will seem completely different- and to try to think with the mind of God about evil. Consider everything in light of the beatific vision- when we will be with God seeing Him as He is, resplendent with glory and perfect beauty- what can tarnish the perfection of God? What can diminish Him? Nothing can- He has no failure, no underside, no unpreferreable points- He is wholly endearing to the soul- there is nothing about Him I am not going to be captivated by every moment I am with Him, and not only Him but everyone else in love with Him- this is going to be an amazing place to experience. I don’t think evil will be able to effect it except to bring some added nuance to notice -I hope this is more understandable. Evil will never stand on its own, only as a pointer or path way to better or to good.

        • Marg

          Jo, thank you for this post, it help me understand, I do have a hard time processing some of these posts. I’m not an intellectual type, like I said Jo, my brain is all about simple! God bless and have a great day Jo!

        • LizEst

          Punctuation marks? Thanks for sharing Jo. I’ll have to look for that. I had sufficient enough caffeine yesterday…but, it only kept me alert enough to see my glaring failures! Blessings to you…and happy March!

          • $1650412

            Punctuation marks, decent spelling and correct grammar on my part = sufficient pause for reflection and consideration for my reader vs. tirade of opinion in a wicked hurry to ‘transmit.’ I sometimes have so much to say, and so little time and focus to communicate with adults in meaningful conversation about profound things, that I get hurried and very sloppy- a kind of ‘hit and run’ tactic in print. Either I need to make the discipline of reflection and succinct statement a part of my repertoire; OR ‘stay on the horse I rode in on’ here, and catch what I can by reading, but keep my thoughts more to myself to learn to share them with the children with whom I spend most of my time, and on whom I should be most focused.
            I find it challenging to set those limits for myself because they do not come naturally at all. And some of the topics in rcsd are those kinds of things I know I grow through most by communicating about them, or trying to.
            Re failures: 2 Corinthians 12:9- In the great medieval art the martyrs are often depicted with their wounds, even when the scene is not about their martyrdom. I think it is no coincidence that the Lord is glorified through our weakness and that the marks of sin often remain in some way (like they do in His glorified Body)– to magnify Him and to carve into our souls- the humility that makes us at home with Him within us- habitare secum. We are never getting ok with doing sin; but with having sinned- from this there is no escape except into the loving and forgiving arms of Jesus. And the really big leap of faith- He gives power to help us reform, and He can undo the damage done or use it for His greater good. Anyone struggling with that latter part… I feel your pain and need for an increase or strength in faith. But God can work with that too- We are marked with the sign of Christ, for us, ‘it’ truly is ALL good! So we can count it all joy when we encounter various trials per James 1:2-5. There is an end to the mourning evil sometimes causes and a greater, ultimate, triumphant, good resolution we are persevering toward!

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