2. Fast forward to May 2018, I heard that some Christian fundamentalists had cut down the tree, claiming it was the home of demons and the seat/sea of evil spirits. In a similar fashion, good trees, fertile lands, beautiful and creative arts as well as good streams, rivers and springs have been termed evil and thus destroyed, abandoned and laid waste. As genuine as these crusaders have thought their crusage to be, they have only played out a set-script in ignorance. In their naïve-fundamentalist-ignorance, they only destroyed the possessed and not the possessor.
4. God is truth and truth is beautiful and good in itself. God in his love desires to reveal himself to humanity, to dwell among humanity so they could come to the knowledge of him. Thus God- Truth himself allows frail human mind to conceive him in his heart. This truth can also find other complementary form of human expression, above all when it is a matter of evoking what is beyond word(Catechism of the Catholic Church [henceforth CCC], 2500). Of such complementary form is the Visual Art. “Created in the Image of God, man expresses the truth of his relationship with God the creator by the beauty of his artistic works (CCC 2501).”
Therefore, an artist whether he understands or believes this or not, in using his God-given talent and by his/her own efforts simply witnesses to the truth which God has communicated and confirms humanity’s participation in God’s on-going creative process. Nota Bene, to the extent that is inspired by truth and love of beings, art bears a certain likeness to God’s activity in what he has created (cf CCC 2501). This prior sentence is necessary because man being weak and prone to faults and imperfection is susceptible to the devil’s machinations and can misunderstand as well as misrepresent God’s revelation process. Even though Arts of their nature express the infinite beauty and truth about God, the devil can thwart their form, through the artist and re-direct them to his own vane glory.
5. In all these what do we do in concrete situations? Do we keep burning and cutting down trees or plants because they are possessed? Can we kill human beings who are possessed too?
6. All good things come from God including Trees, Plants, Lakes, Rivers and Arts too. The devil only comes to Steal, possess and reap from what he did not sow. However, Christ has given us authority over the evil spirits (cf Mk. 6: 7) and we will drive out demons in his name (Mk. 16: 17) whether they dwell in trees, waters or Arts. The devil knows more than we do and can see more than we can ever see. He is as well a great and patient planner. He can come up with different tact and tactics in order to ridicule anything that can reveal or mediate God to humanity. It is his sole desire to covet every good which God has ordained for man. But in Christ Jesus and through his church, we have the power of EXORCISM. Exorcism takes place when the church-the people of God asks publicly and authoritatively in the name of Jesus that a person or object be protected against the power of the Evil one and withdrawn from his dominion (CCC 1673). Jesus performed Exorcism and from him the church has received the powers to do so in his name and for our good and to the glory of God the Father.
7. CONCLUDING POINTS