I DO agree with CT that it (whatever “it” IS) happens less often than people think.
But I haven’t decided yet what the explanation for “it” is. It may very well be demonic possession, but there are so many charlatan “faith healers” out there (the classic of a person in a wheelchair “rising”), that I have a hard time deciding what’s authentic and what’s not.
I guess, like a lot of others, if I witnessed an event, I’d have a better handle on “it”. But I haven’t.
I saw a documentary one time that exposed “faith healers”. That remains in my mind whenever I see depictions of someone “possessed”.
Now I’m not about to say all faith healers are frauds, and, as I said, I don’t rule out the possibility of demonic possession, but these frauds can do some pretty incredulous stuff . . . they can give the illusion of beds rising, objects sailing around the room, foreign language speaking and understanding, and pretty much all of the elements you might expect a possessed person to do. Pretty slick, they are.
Some people that I trust have said THEY have witnessed an actual possession, but that still isn’t an explanation. Sure they saw something extraordinary, and I certainly don’t think they’re lying to me or anything like that, but I have yet to get my arms around the explanation.
While I am a person of faith, that faith does not include the necessary appearance of spirits on this earth.