FEAR THE REAPER
only one thing that can give and take life like that-
we’re dealing with a reaper”
Death as a living, sentient entity
is a concept that has existed in all known societies
since the beginnings of recorded history. The most common
representation of death is that of modern European folk-lore:
The Grimm Reaper a.k.a. Grimm Spectre of Death.
stop time. You can only see them when their coming at
no, no. Not the reaper. A reaper. There’s reaper
lore in pretty much every culture on Earth. They go
by a hundred different names, it’s possible that
there are more than one of them.”
In Breton mythology, the reaper takes
on the form of Ankou, who is described as a tall man
who wears a wide-brimmed hat and long coat. He is the
one who collects the souls of the dead and aids them
on their journey to the next world, in his old rickety
cart pulled by four black horses. According to some
Ankou was the first child of Adam and Eve. Some tales
have it that he has two companions, who are skeletons
in some versions, following behind his cart and tossing
into it souls.
In Hindu mythology, the lord of death
is called Yama and is one of the rulers of the eight
sides. He rides a black buffalo and carries a rope lasso
to carry the soul back to his abode. Here, all the accounts
of the person's good and bad deeds are stored which
allow him to decide where he has to reside, either in
hell or heaven.
In Japanese mythology, death is personified
as Enma, also known as Enma Ou and Enma Daiou. Enma
rules the underworld, which makes him similar to Hades,
and he decides whether someone dead goes to heaven or
to hell. A common saying parents use in Japan to scold
children is that Enma will cut off their tongue in the
afterlife if they lie.
Judaism found the angel of death mentioned
in Psalms lxxxix. 45, where the Targum translates: "There
is no man who lives and, seeing the angel of death,
can deliver his soul from his hand". By acts of
benevolence the anger of the angel of death is overcome;
when one fails to perform such acts the angel of death
will make his appearance. The angel of death receives
his order from God. As soon as he has received permission
to destroy, however, he makes no distinction between
good and bad.
Islam’s “angel of death”
is 'Izrail, the English form of which is Azrael. He
is charged with the task of separating and returning
from the bodies the souls of people who are to be recalled
permanently from the physical world back to the primordial
spiritual world. This is a process whose aspect varies
depending on the nature and past deeds of the individuals
in question, and some suggest that Azrael is also accompanied
by helpers or associates.
A LITTLE FAITH IN YOUR HEART
is the lord who does the healing here friends, the lord
who guides me in choosing who to heal by helping me
see into people’s hearts.”
am personally a believer in the paranormal and supernatural,
but, like Dean, I am not a believer in faith healing.
I also agree with Dean in that these “faith healers,”
or at least most of them, are personally only interested
in our wallets and less for our welfare.
healing refers to healing that occurs supernaturally,
as the result of prayer rather than the use of medicines
or the involvement of physicians or other medical care.
The notion that prayer, divine intervention or the ministrations
of an individual healer can cure illness has been popular
throughout history. The bible does show incidences of
faith healing, but does not condemn, forbid, or even
discourage the use of medicines or other proper medical
care. Luke, who wrote the Gospel of Luke, was actually
belief in, and practice of, faith healing is found among:
sincere Christians, pseudo-Christians, non-Christians,
those involved in the occult, and con-artists. Over
the years, there has been little to no evidence at all
that faith healing actually works. However, there have
been a number of documented cases in which people with
serious diseases have died as a result of abandoning
effective medical care after being "healed."
teachings on faith healing vary from group to group.
Many attribute all sickness to demonic activity and
include exorcism as a tool of faith healing. Others,
especially certain teachers associated with the word-faith
movement, blame sickness on anything from unbelief to
sin, and often tie promises of healing to slick pitches
for financial contributions.
most comprehensive examination of contemporary "healers"
is James Randi's The Faith Healers. The book describes
how many of the leading evangelistic healers have enriched
themselves with the help of deception and fraud. Randi's
most noteworthy experience was the unmasking of Peter
Popoff, an evangelist who would call out the names of
people in the audience and describe their ailments.
Popoff said he received this information from God, but
it was actually obtained by confederates who mingled
with the audience before each performance. Pertinent
data would be given to Popoff's wife, who would broadcast
it from backstage to a tiny receiver in Popoff's ear.
After recording one of Mrs. Popoff's radio transmissions,
Randi exposed the deception on the Johnny Carson Show.
Science is probably the best known religious sect that
favors prayer over medical care. It is the only form
of faith healing that is deductible as a medical expense
for federal income tax purposes. Christian Science contends
that illness is an illusion caused by faulty beliefs,
and that prayer heals by replacing bad thoughts with
good ones. Christian Science practitioners work by trying
to argue the sick thoughts out of the person's mind.
OF THE LORD
I have just seen the episode "House
vs. God", for the hit Fox show HOUSE. The episode
also deals with a faith healer. This time, however the
faith healer is a fifteen year old boy. Discussed in
this episode is another reason why some "miracles"
Set-Up: A fifteen year old claims to be a faith
healer. He has "saved" people in the past,
as seen in the 'teaser' for the episode. He falls ill
and believes that this illness is the work of God. While
at the hospital, the 'faith healer' encounters a woman
dieing of cancer and 'heals' her. Her tumor heals, but
not permanently. There may be another reason for this-
a medical reason.
"For 200 years, there have been reports of wild
viruses the target tumors. Early 1900s, an Italian medical
journal wrote up a woman with cervical cancer who was
injected with a weak strain of rabies. I have no idea
why they did it, but her tumor shrank. One of the virus
types most prone to go after cancer cells is Herpes
This is furthered with:
"The only way you could have transmitted
it is by scratching one of your sores and touching another
Kind of makes you think how many other people, like
this, there could be out there. Those who have herpes
and suddenly attain a gift of "healing," thus
not knowing the scientifical cause, chalk it up to being
a blessing from God to become a 'faith healer'. I don't
know if any other viruses could lead to a similar result,
but found this fact very interesting because it could
explain a portion of some of the supposed 'faith healers'
in the world today.
what exactly were Sam and Dean hunting at the beginning
of the episode? Well, turns out that the ghoul that
caused Dean a heart failure is a rawhead. A rawhead
is an Irish sort of Boogeyman that is said to live by
the pipes under the sink, and to drown naughty children
and reward the good. He is covered all over with matted
hair, has flat blue eyes, lives in dark cupboards, and
is rumored to have a crouching form like a rock.
tarot dates back to the early Christian years, right?
When some priests were still using magic and a few of
them veered into the dark stuff, Necromancy, and how
to push death away, how to cause it.”
special system of fortune telling using a special pack
of seventy-eight cards that consists of four suits of
fourteen cards together with twenty two picture cards.
practice of attempting to communicate with the spirits
of the dead in order to predict or influence the future.
Roy’s using dark magic to bind the reaper”
Magic is magic attempted for evil purposes, calling
upon evil spirits or the devil.
IT'S TIME FOR A LITTLE FAITH