No. Only Satan and his minions are demonic.
Other religions’ ‘gods’ are smaller tastes of the One True God.
Think about it. There is BUT ONE TRUE GOD, therefore, any other god which promotes goodness is probably THE God working through a culture’s understanding of Him in a way He revealed to them for their particular purpose.
To ask if these other gods are anything presumes other gods even exist. I don’t believe they do because there is only One God.
I think of the Native Indians and other cultures who managed (with God’s help) to a) acknowledge there is a higher being b) humans are but a speck in this vast univers this higher being created c) figure out repecting all life is the key to peace and happiness d) the higher being calls the human to run with him/her
These are truths about God. They didn’t come from the Catholic Church to these peoples, these tribes, these nations around the globe, and yet they know them to be true. Their human minds encased the truth in manners they were able to comprehend (thus various god-entities).
Once Jesus came and left the Church it because up to the Church and her members to reveal the REAL Truth about all gods. But that doesn’t make the other gods demonic in and of themselves. For several of those gods, the REAL God is but a deeper revelation of what they where given before. Just as we speak about the Catholic church developing, over time, deeper understandings of God.
2- Was it wrong of me to say so?
Wrong? Don’t know. We are called to share God’s love and kindness and mercy. Little hard for others to get that about Him when the messengers speak with disdain and disgust in their tone. You definitely could have approached it in a kinder, more respective manner.
3- As a Catholic, do I have to respect other entities/gods?
You should respect the fact that God is calling to them through whatever ‘entities’ you see these people responding to. That people turn to yoga and crystals and such for peace, calmness, serenity is almost a white flag being waved in your face that the person is seeking Him. Yes, you know they’re seeking in the wrong place, but to flat out say that to them as if they should just drop their search altogether is wrong. Instead you should use the information they’re showing to introduce God to them.
4- As a Catholic, do I have to surpass toleration and actually respect god (little “g”) worshipping religions?
If the god worshipping religions are teaching Truth albeit in a different form, why would you slam it? Do you not believe God could work through these peoples’ understandings of the little gods to bring them to Him? Their discussing it with you could be God bringing that person to you to point them in the right direction…to lead them to the deeper Truth about him. Can’t do that if you close your mind and reject whatever they say.
I would especially love it if a priest loyal to the Church would answer these questions, although any apologist loyal to the Church is fine :). I would like to keep the discussion down to the main issue of me having to respect gods and the religions of gods, as they really aren’t talking so much about yoga (anymore). I told them I would return with the answer.
Thank you all so much.
Sorry, I’m neither. Feel free to disregard my opinion.