Just in time for Halloween, NBC is introducing Constantine, a modern day “demon hunter.” Here’s how they’re promoting it online:
Based on the wildly popular comic book series “Hellblazer” from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan, “Criminal Minds”) is armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and a wickedly naughty wit. He fights the good fight—or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he’s decided to abandon his campaign against evil until a series of events thrusts him back into the fray, and he’ll do whatever it takes to protect the innocent.
It premiers tonight, so—disclaimer—I haven’t seen it, but judging by the official promo it’s not at all realistic. So, two comments:
1. Jesus and Paul both teach that you can’t fight evil with evil.
One day Jesus cast out a demon from a man who couldn’t speak, and when the demon was gone, the man began to speak. The crowds were amazed, but some of them said, “No wonder he can cast out demons. He gets his power from Satan, the prince of demons.” Others, trying to test Jesus, demanded that he show them a miraculous sign from heaven to prove his authority.
He knew their thoughts, so he said, “Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A family splintered by feuding will fall apart. You say I am empowered by Satan. But if Satan is divided and fighting against himself, how can his kingdom survive? And if I am empowered by Satan, what about your own exorcists? They cast out demons, too, so they will condemn you for what you have said (Luke 11:14-19).
2. Demons are not comic book characters or movie villains
As I mention in my The Why Files series, demons are real. They are fallen angels intent on destroying humans through overt actions (the highly publicized stories of possession), but mostly through extremely subtle, unseen tactics to turn the hearts of men and women away from God. Here’s my chapter on Demons: Possession or Obsession?.
Please read it before seeing the latest TV show, movie or book featuring demons. They’re simply not realistic!
Copyright © James N. Watkins
Photo from The Exorcism of Emily Rose, the only Hollywood film on demons I would recommend. Not perfect, but well-done—and realistic.