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Does God Hate the Demons?

March 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea

Father Fortea, does God hate the demons?

hate the demonsNo. God, being perfect, is Love itself. The created world is God’s act of love, and as part of His creation, demons remain essentially good and loved by God. It is true, though, that God hates sin because it harms the perfection of His creation. Sin ultimately leads to the condemnation of those who remain unrepentant, but this does not mean God hates sinners.

This is the terrible thing: The condemned cannot ask mercy from God because they have made a definitive choice. Infinite Love acknowledges this choice made in freedom. In The Divine Comedy, Dante places the following inscription on the entrance to hell:

 “Through me is the way into the woeful city;
through me is the way into eternal woe;
through me is the way among the lost people.

Justice moved my lofty maker:
the divine Power, the supreme Wisdom and the
primal Love made me. Before me were
no things created, unless eternal, and I
eternal last. Leave every hope, ye who enter!”

This inscription, though a work of literature, captures the truth that it is Love, not hate, which allows the existence of hell. Thus, one cannot plead with Love to destroy hell. God loves the demons but condemns them nevertheless. Why? Because they have chosen hell by their rebellion against Him – God is simply ratifying their choice.

As an aside, if God does not hate the demons, an exorcist cannot hate them, either. During an exorcism, a demon may say things to try and incite hatred in the exorcist or others who are present. I recall an exorcism in which a mother lost control, becoming furious and enraged with the demon that possessed her daughter. The demon, with all the calmness in the world, smiled evilly and said, “You can’t get rid of me with hate.” In the end, only the power of love defeats evil.

 

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

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Art for this post “Does God Hate the Demons?”: Demon Holding a Cup, early 19th century, Hikaku, PD-US author's life plus 100 years or less; detail of Padre José Antonio Fortea 2017, photographed by Elgatoconbotaselgatoconbotas, 5 May 2017 own work, CCA-SA 4.0 International, Wikimedia Commons. Cover of “Interview with an Exorcist” used with permission, all rights reserved.

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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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  • patricia

    Well wow we can not get rid of demons with hate. That rings in my mind should we be aggressive in the spiritual battle being tempted by evil? Should we say we hate the temptation but not the tempter and have a calmness knowing Gods in control. I never thought it in this way. It’s seems more a peaceful a approach.

    • judeen

      we stand in our baptizm and say be gone evil in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ… when attacked by people.. ( our enemys are powers and principalities… ) we love that person.. no matter what they say or do.. this is what Jesus did on the road to be crusified and being crusified.. He loved.. He did not fight back , spit at them or condemn them.. He loved.. we are in charge of the situation when we ignore or love back… the power of our faith …. that Jesus taught us

      • patricia

        I was taught to ignore to flee but really it just gets more intense the tempter and or the temptation so I would say I acknowledge your need to do or say this but I am not going to do that instead this is what I am going to do. It seems more with will rather than a spiritual panic I seem to have when tempted. To acknowledge it I think is important and then put God into it by saying but this is what I am going to do because that is what God wants me to do. Something like that seems the more peaceful approach.

  • judeen

    our Power of Jesus with in us is to love… and love alot… it melts the hardest heart… evil dispises love.. kindness ,gentleness, caring….if you look at the gifts of the Holy Spirit these are top gifts… given at confermation.. (arent they?) the gifts that defeat evil…. as we are tempted and we resist tempation.. we become stronger , have more endurance… understand others who are lost in sin, we have empathy…. the Holy Spirit takes over and helps us to love others…
    the apple of the tree of life… we learned what evil is and does and how good it is to be by God and protected by Him…

  • Judy L

    I think something was missed in the translation – yes, God is Infinite Love and cannot hate – but the translation that demons remain essentially good is an oxymoron. There is nothing good about demons; they are devoid of all love. There is no love in hell. Satan chose to rebel against God and, thus satan hates God, and he hates us because he does not want us to inherit what he has lost through his pride of wanting to be equal to God. There is absolutely nothing good about any creature in hell. God does not want any creature in hell; God loves everything he created, but they chose to be there and God’s justice demands it.

  • RIWOMAN

    He speaks of essence. I believe he is saying that demons were, in essence, created as good and that the good in which He created them, remains. It is the rebellion that we see. The hatred that is returned to God doesn’t change the essence of the being (angel or human) that God created as good.

  • Pastor Diane

    A beautiful and well written article. Thank you Fr. Fortea. People tend to forget that God doesnt make mistakes. Demons and their varied ranks and hiearchy test Gods people every day. These are tests of faith and trial by fire so to speak. Remember Job and that Satan asked God if he could test him, God said yes, you just cant kill him. God is the boss, all of the demons know this, flee in his name and have to answer to God. In the grand picture, they assist God by forcing us to be active participants in our own salvation and that of our fellow man/woman. Every story, liberation, freedom shared with others is for Gods glory. Remember always that we have free will and God can and will test us, using whatever resources he chooses.

  • Pastor Diane

    God tests us all via whatever means he sees fit. For example, God used the enemy to test Job. God is the creator of all and he doesnt make mistakes. All of Gods creation has purpose and is useful. In deliverance, liberation, exorcism, father God tests all involved, our faith must be strong. Even Gods priests/spiritual warriors/deliverance ministers/exorcists and prayer teams are tested, especially and profoundly so as they/we battle for the light. Only in experiencing darkness can one yearn for the light. To not believe in evil, darkness, hell and the demonic realm is to not believe in good, light, heaven and ultimately, God.

  • Deborah Martinez

    Good word and spot on.

  • Lisa

    This topic raises another question I have. Does God, Whom We offend even by our venial sins, feel sadness? If so, how does this relate to Him in eternity? Where there is no sadness. So just as his created angels fell and chose hell, some of us may too. And knowing some souls are lost forever….condemned, how can He or even ourselves, should we someday enter into Heaven, be perfectly happy, yet know others are not with us? This has always confused me.

  • Does God hate demons???? Interesting question to consider. But in my simple elementary understanding, I believe God hates nothing He created. But by exercising our Free Will in making our choices – the same way the Demons did – leaves Him with no choice but to say : “May your Will be done”..

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