Is there spiritual contamination?
A few years ago, it was very common for us, who were part of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (RCC), to hear people talking about the reality of spiritual contamination. Certainly, there were many errors in relation to this reality and even excesses. For some people, everything revolved around the possibility of “being contaminated spiritually”. So it was with the clothes we wore, with certain foods, brands and companies with which, if we had contact, “we would run the risk of being contaminated spiritually”. Also, there were excesses on content that we saw on television as songs, objects and symbols that we used in our daily lives. Everything needed to be analyzed very carefully so as not to “get contaminated”.
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I realized, however, with the passage of time, after the excesses committed, that people started to take a different stance in relation to this reality of “spiritual contamination”, and entered a dangerous and risky terrain called relativism. It was an attempt to erase the “traumas” of the past left by excesses. Today, I realize that many people, especially young people, are falling into this dangerous relativism, saying that it is not necessary to be so strict with certain realities.
Does the question of “spiritual contamination” really exist?
To understand a little more, let’s go to the meaning of what the word “contamination” means. The word “contamination” derives from the Latin ” contaminatio” , and refers to the action of contaminating. We can say that it refers to a harmful action to alter the normal conditions of a thing by chemical or physical agents, a way of corrupting, in its originality, certain materials.
I think that here is the key to our question – the word “corrupt”. What we call spiritual contamination is, in fact, any kind of contact we have with realities capable of corrupting the truth or the action of God on our lives.
We use this term “spiritual contamination” only to figure that something harmful may be influencing us directly or indirectly. And that this harmful thing does not come from God, nor is it even part of the sound doctrine of the Roman Catholic Apostolic Church.
How do you know if someone may or may not be “spiritually contaminated?”
It is not that simple to discern whether a person may or may not be spiritually contaminated, as, as I explained, it goes beyond imposed rules or situations that irreversibly determine such a condition, because it is necessary that the person sought or had contact with a reality outside of God or Catholic doctrine, to the point that, that person is, from then on, being influenced or hostage because of that decision.
There are realities that if people seek, they will certainly be “opening the doors” for a direct action by the devil on their life, bringing to themselves something harmful, which could corrupt the action and the friendship with God and, therefore, could use the term “spiritual contamination.”
An example of this is when we seek any and all realities focused on the Occult, Magic, Divination, Superstition, sects and philosophies that teach a doctrine contrary to that of the Catholic Church. These realities can be harmful, they can take us to the distant ways of Jesus Christ, and thus, “tarnish”, “hurt”, “contaminate” our relationship with God.
Consequences of contamination
If a person has direct contact with these realities, the likelihood of corrupting is great, but even so, we cannot say that they are “spiritually contaminated”, unless they are already reaping the painful consequences of this search, such as , there are people who, after having had contact with these realities, started to hear voices, see shapes, have nightmares, chronic pain, they can no longer pray, etc.
This is a sign of something spiritual, evil, that may have reached them. Or even, after contact with these realities, they stopped going to Holy Mass, they reject the Church’s teachings, they do not confess, they think they no longer need the Church (…). These are all signs that can indicate that something has been corrupted, contaminated within the person by a force greater than himself.
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Extremes and relativism
Young people have sought, more and more, these realities focused on the occult and divination, falling into a dangerous relativism when they affirm that, they seek these things only to do good, that they do not intend to seek evil, then, seek these realities there would be no danger. In fact, they are at great risk of facing diabolical realities, without even knowing what it is about.
What needs to be made clear to us, and fall to the ground, are the extremes that some people claimed. They would bring us with a “spiritual contamination”, for example, if we pass in front of a yard that interferes with the occult, if we pass next to a dispatch on the street, if we eat in the homes of people of other religions, or have physical contacts with them , and other types of extremisms without logic.
Where God is not found
Another reality that is often asked is about reading books, music and movies, whether or not they can bring the danger of “spiritual contamination”. My answer and experience can affirm the same as I said above: if what you are going to read, hear or watch, will corrupt the action of God in you directly or indirectly, or if it will take you to a field of doctrines contrary to ours, be very careful, because the devil can use all his cunning to fulfill his role, the role of who came to steal, kill and destroy. And, he will never let people see the evil that will be behind what he offers, he always acts subtly, but objectively.
We can say that, in a way, there is the reality of what we call “spiritual contamination”, however, we use it as a figure of speech, which expresses the danger that we run spiritually, when we seek realities where God is not.v