“Daemon” vs. “Demon” – Difference Explained In A Religious Context

In many Christian countries, we are sometimes warned of the dangers of “demons”. But, you might also hear them called Daemons. In this article, I want to look at the differences between a Demon and a Daemon.

What Is The Difference Between “Daemon” And “Demon”?

“Demons” are from Judaeo-Christian religions, they are always evil, dwell in Hell, and are separate from God. However, “Daemons” are usually good beings who work as halfway points between mortals and Gods. They are most commonly found in Greek Mythology.

What Is The Difference Between "Daemon" And "Demon"?

But who are some Demons and Daemons you might be familiar with? And if you’re writing a story, which one should you use?

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Demons

What Are Demons?

Demons are commonly found in Abrahamic Monotheistic religions that worship an all-powerful and all-loving God.

In these religions, they are seen as evil, and they like to actively work against God. The two main things that they spend their time doing is torturing people in Hell, and manipulating us so that we do evil things that will land us in Hell.

According to some people, Demons are angels who have turned against God and decided to follow sin.

You could even have an exorcism that expels the demons from you and makes you into a better person.

Examples Of Demons From The Bible

Of course, one place where you’re likely to find demons is in some of the stories within the Bible. Each demon is associated with one of the seven deadly sins. Whether that’s because they cause you to commit them, or they’re the demons you’ll meet if you do.

Here is a list of the main demons for each of the sins.

  • Lucifer
    Pride

  • Beelzebub
    Gluttony

  • Asmodeus
    Lust

  • Sathanas
    Wrath

  • Leviathan
    Envy

  • Belphegor
    Sloth

Most Christians, Jews, and Muslims would agree that all of these things are bad, and we should all do what we can to avoid committing them.

Examples Of Demons From Pop-culture

But of course, the Bible isn’t the only place you’ll find demons. There are also plenty in pop culture, here are a few of my favourites.

  • Adam- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    What’s interesting about him is that he’s part demon part machine.

  • The Grim Reaper- Multiple
    He is a skeleton and if he touches you, you die.

  • Spawn- Image comics
    This guy is kind of a semi-good demon. He lives on Earth and tries to act like a superhero- easier said than done when you are literally born evil.

  • Hellboy
    He looks like Satan with his horns cut off.

4 Example Sentences That Use “Demon”

  1. “I ran away from the demon. But there was only one way to get rid of him for good. I had to cast a spell which would cast him back into the depths of Hell”

  2. “The demons in the Bible are nothing like the demons in Hollywood movies. I think those demons are more for entertainment than the respect the Bible”

  3. “Yes, demons are all around us. They cause us to do all sorts of evil, including lying, cheating, stealing. We need to pray so we can overcome them”

  4. “You need to know about demons to be able to fight them. It’s gonna take more than a cross and some holy water if you want to defeat them”.

Daemons

What Is A Daemon?

And that brings us nicely onto a Daemon.

You might hear some people use Daemon to mean the same thing as Demon. This is probably an attempt to make themselves seem more intellectual- although clearly not a successful one if they’re using words they don’t know the meanings on.

In Greek mythology, Daemons were not evil, they were just beings that existed between gods and morals. In a way, they were comparable to angels in Christianity.

How Daemons Are Categorised

It’s unlikely you’ve heard of any of these guys. But in Greek mythology, each Daemon would serve a purpose and do something for their gods.

There are seven different types of daemons. Emotion, human condition, personal quality, morality, voices and sounds, actions and events, and society.

Each one has their own special interest, and they are responsible for causing something to go one way or the other. Unlike gods, daemons can either be bad, good or morally ambiguous, like us humans.

On mythus.fandom, you can see a list of all the daemons in Greek mythology.

4 Example Sentences That Use “Daemon”

  1. “I want to write a story based on some old Greek myths. What I’m thinking of doing is taking a daemon and giving him some kind of backstory and turning him into the main character”

  2. “In ancient Greece, many people would give both blame and credit to the Daemons whenever anything happened. It was kinda weird”

  3. “There is a lack of daemons in films about Greek myths. Audiences don’t just want to see the powerful gods anymore, they also want us to look at the little guys”

  4. “A lot of the Greek daemons were inspired by the previous religions within the same area”.

Should You Use Daemon Or Demon In Your Story?

The fact you’re reading this article could mean that you’re thinking of writing a story and you have a character that you’re unsure about whether they’re a daemon or demon.

Well, the first question to ask yourself is “Are they working against God or for gods?” If they are evil and going against God, they are probably a demon. But, if they are working in the same fictional universe as gods, they are more likely to be a Daemon.

You also need to decide if your character is evil. Because if he is, he’s more likely to be a demon.

However, it’s your story so it’s really up to you.

Conclusion

And now you know some of the key differences between demons and daemons. In Christianity, a demon is an evil, fallen angel who lives in hell and drives us to sin. But in Greek mythology, a daemon is a spiritual being who is less powerful than a god but more powerful than a mortal.

Both of them can be interesting to study. Demons from a theological perspective, and daemons from a fictional analysis perspective.

Next time you hear someone use the word “daemon” to try and sound smarter than people who say “demon”, you now know that are probably just trying to sound smarter than they are.