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Difference Between Oppression and Possession

Oppression vs Possession

Oppression and possession are two classifications of demon influence and harassment toward human beings.

Demons are considered a form of evil spirits that can influence human beings in many ways. Although there are many non-believers about demons and their influences, many religions insist that these spirits can influence or cause disruptions to human lives and their faith.

In demonic oppression, the demon does not directly attack the person but influences his behavior and the person’s entire life. The person under demonic oppression might exhibit abnormal or changes in personality, attitude, and manners. Even with demonic influence, the person retains control over his physical body and mind.

On the other side, demonic possession is the state where the demon gains full command of a person’s body. The demon takes away the person’s ability to use his physical body, will, consciousness, and freedom. The body adopts the personality, voice, and actions of the demon. By using the person’s body, the demon communicates to other people by using a different voice and ways like shouting profanity and taunts.

Both demonic oppression and possession need a certain degree of latitude or “acceptance” into the human person’s body. For many religions and religious people, disobedience, committing sins, having temptations, participating in an occult religion, and a lack of faith are major reasons why demon oppression and possession happen.

Demonic oppression and possession can be remedied by doing repentance as well as purification of the body and soul. The most effective way to stop demonic influence is to reclaim faith and solidify belief with a strong will. These elements will help to battle the demon and other temptations. Exorcism, the process of forced extraction of an evil spirit from the body, is usually reserved for demon-possessed people. However, there is little evidence and accuracy regarding exorcism. The exorcist is usually performed by a member of the clergy.

According to Christians, a believer and follower of Jesus Christ can be oppressed but cannot be possessed. This notion is founded on the belief that the Holy Spirit (one of the Holy Trinity) resides in a person’s body as its temple. This makes a Christian incorruptible and an exception to total demonic control.


1. Demonic oppression and possession are two distinct types of demonic interaction. They both cause harassment and influence over a certain person.

2. Demonic oppression is defined as mild to heavy demonic harassment or influence. Meanwhile, demonic possession is characterized as full inhibition and control of evil spirits over the human body.

3. In demonic oppression, the person doesn’t lose his ability to move or control his body or mind. In demonic possession, on the other hand, the demon takes away the person’s volition including physical and mental capacities.

4. Demonic oppression is purely influence or subjugation of the person to the demon’s will. This can be done by suggestion or manipulation. On the other hand, demonic possession is the act where a demon controls a person’s body and mind. Therefore, in demonic oppression, the human will isn’t fully disabled. This is not the case in demonic possession.

5. Demonic possession is seen as more sensationalized than demonic oppression.

6. Both demonic oppression and possession happen inside a person’s body. However, demon-possessed people often communicates with other humans by using a demonic voice and manner.

7. There are many reasons why demonic oppression and possession happen. Most of the reasons are based on weak faith, disobedience to religion, and falling into sin.

8. In Christian teachings, a Christian can be oppressed but cannot be possessed. The Christian belief that a person’s body is the temple of the Holy Spirit is the basis of this thinking.

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  1. I do know that there is a demonic entity within me, but I am not possessed just oppressed. I can see this entity whenever I sit in a dark room and concentrate long enough. Another experience is that when I look into a mirror and stare myself in the eye, I start to see a difference in my appearance. i can’t exactly explain it, I see myself then my face begins to change in the mirror. It looks like my face is being altered, not completely but more as if it’s being joined together with something else.. I need answers.

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  2. I have experienced things like this…over the last year . there used to be only a few figures i can see the shadows of in certain types of reflections….not strait up mirror. Unless it has a magnifiar. It has escalated.. Would like to ask more pls email me i have lots to say

  3. I read your reply in an article on internet about this, and I need help. I do not want this but I’m afraid the possession took place during brain surgery a year ago.
    The demon(I didn’t realize at the time what it was)
    But it had me threaten suicide,
    And I lost my pain mgmt doctor. Found another pm doctor and I ended up writing everything in a journal that I was feeling and that I switched doctors and wrote their names down.
    And I took a bottle of morphine.
    When I woke up rescue squad was standing over me and saw a note I put on my apartment door to call 911, and they took the journal with me to ER and callled doctor and told him what I’d done so now I have no way to manage my pain.
    It wants me to hurt and suffer.
    I’ve already found myself cutting my neck, several times with dirty needle only to heal within 3 days.
    I need help
    I’m repenting of sin from my past, & remebetkmg things I had done that allowed me to be severely oppressed.
    But I didn’t realize till after I had this surgery and feel. Evative forces all around and in me
    Please help me know what to do or is it too late

    • Beth, it’s never too late sister! What you need to try too remember is how and when did you open those doors to the demonic. In my walk with the Lord I’ve come across Christians whom in time opened doors because of certain things they done. Believe me sister, sometimes Christians need deliverance. My advice to you will be to 1st of all, renounce suicide , repent and hopefully you attend a Church that operate in the gifts of the Spirit. “DEREK PRINCE IS A PHENOMENAL AUTHOR AND TEACHER”
      One of his books is entitled “HOW TO EXPELL DEMONS” P/U to understand more about Demonic oppression and Possession. Powerful book.
      I Pray that the Lord will guide every step that you take and help you find a believing Powerful Church that is equip to exercise The Holy SPIRIT Authority..
      God bless you and continue to trust in the Lord..

    • Beth, my name is Beth as well. I truly believe that saturation of God’s word will make a huge difference because Satan and his evil demons cannot stand against God’s word. Jesus proved that by using God’s word when Satan was trying to tempt him. My husband suffers from depression and from time to time it overwhelms him. I have suggested to him at least three times in the 34 years we have been married that he consult with a spiritual counselor. He always tells me it is clinical and that has nothing to do with it. I am convinced that if he saturated himself with God’s word and let go of some things from his past the depression may not totally go away because I feel like part of it is chemical but I know without a shadow of a doubt he would be better. Many times how we think effects what our body does so yes I know it must be chemical partly but like I said I believe much of it is spiritual. I will start praying for you that God will heal you.

      • Hi am also Joshua from Ghana West Africa ..pls am also under the same attack oppression and sometimes I feel in me that another entity wants to control me but I try to take charge over myself ..pls I need a deliverance ..God bless you

      • My name is Oscar molina Jr I have been battling voices in my mind everyday for nine years they are the devil and jezabelle and others who call themselves legion. I consider myself to be a born again Christian as of three years now. I have experienced things like greatforcessss of winds wherever I go that follow me. Also when I look up to the sky I see a white Dove right above me this happens regular especially when I feel alone or thinking about God! Also notice slot of bird around me once I saw a big white bird and a black one going in circles as if they were fighting right above me. There is slot that I have experienced in these nine years. God bless everyone

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