Webster's Dictionary defines possession in a variety of ways; ownership, control, possible domination by something... or even a psychological state in which a person's normal personality is replaced.
In scripture it says that "..by the envy of the devil, death came into the world...And they that follow him are of his side." Wis.ii.23-25 Be sober, and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about, seeking whom he may devour." 1 Peter v. 8
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, "All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring...consulting horoscopes...recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power...as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect and loving fear that we owe God alone." (p. 513, paragraph 2117)
We live in a culture that adores personal power and control over situations. We believe that as long as the Constitution give us a right to "the pursuit of happiness" then we have the right to do as we wish...even if what we wish contradicts the laws of God. If we don't like the laws of God we simply say that they do not apply to us or we imagine that God has probably grown big enough to accept our particular views.
Here are a few simple examples of how we have moved away from God:
God's law: The fifth commandment: You have heard it of old, "You shall not kill: and who ever kills shall be liable to judgment."
Our current culture: Killing a baby in the womb is a personal choice.
God's law: Sacred Scripture begins with the creation of a man and woman in the image and likeness of God and concludes with the vision of the wedding feast of the lamb. "A covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring..." (Catechism of the Catholic Church p. 400 paragraph 1601)
Our current culture: Marriage is what ever you want it to be...
When Hitler began his killing spree against Jews and Catholics he did so because they were an easy mark....they stood out because their beliefs set them apart from the rest of society. He attempted to dismantle every Christian mark in his society. Stalin did much the same though he was not so particular about who he killed...as long as you weren't for him and his views...you were against him...or if you were merely in the way - you were doomed. Same with Mao and so many other treacherous, deceiving murderers of the modern world. Killers usually have a good reason...in their own mind...for what they are doing.
We cannot look at the recent killing sprees and wonder for very long how this happened. No one put the weapon of choice in their hands. They were not forced into their deadly actions. Their evil deeds were of the same order and the same darkness of soul that possessed Hitler, Stalin, Mao and so many others. Killers who attack innocent children, mothers, babies, fathers, are doing exactly what serial killers have always done and with the same demonic force to uphold them in their attacks. The devil's goal is to drive humanity to despair. He has absolutely no desire to see God populate Heaven with holy souls. So, he deceives us into thinking that he will grant us earthly power and solve our worldly problems if we only accept his conditions. But like a drug addict or a drunkard, we find that the cure is worse than the problem we started with. First we reject God - then we replace Him.
We are inundated with deceiving messages all the time now a days - from the celebration of our "right" to choose to kill our babies to...a dead guy (vampire) being handsome and attractive. I submit that our nation is slowly but surely becoming possessed by lies. If we decide not choose God, does that mean we get to live by our own power? I wonder - is the devil is as willing to leave us free to choose good or evil as God does. If we tell God to go away and we don't need His guidance and protection....then whose guidance and protection then do we seek? Our own? The pride in this is truly colossal! I have to wonder; we can reject God and ever hope to be free?
In the first two books of The Deliverance Trilogy, ARAM and Ishtar's Redemption- Trial by Fire, the reality of possessing spirits is delt with honestly with all the tragic consequences, but with the enduring hope that with repentance there can be redemption and even the worst situation can be overcome.