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Mary Magdalene

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I am surprised with the dogmatism of commentaries that show their authors had studied the Scriptures referring to Mary Magdalene and the unnamed woman sinner in Luke 7:36-50, and, almost with a single voice, conclude identification of the unnamed woman is impossible. This is especially true, if one tries to show Mary Magdalene is the woman in Luke 7 who is known to be a sinner. In fact, some commentators even conclude it would be impossible to say Mary was a great sinner at all, despite the fact that Luke tells us Jesus had cast out seven demons from her (Luke 8:2). While it is true the demonic possession was viewed as an illness in the 1st century AD, it is also true that, because Jesus forgave sins through the miracle of healing (cf. Luke 5:23-24), sinful behavior was understood to be manifest in an illness or demonic possession. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Demon Called ‘Legion’

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It is recorded in the synoptic Gospels that Jesus cast out a demon or several demons called Legion. The account is found in Matthew 8:28-34, Mark 5:1-20 and Luke 8:26-39. This is an account of the healing of a schizophrenic. Notice that only Matthew says that there were two. Yet, it does not say two men. Neither does Matthew say anything concerning the man or men after Legion was cast out, or that Jesus spoke with the man or men. In fact, in Matthew’s account the only word recorded that Jesus spoke is “Go!” On the other hand, in both Mark and Luke, Jesus spoke to a single man, and it is recorded that a single demoniac came running toward Jesus. Afterward the townspeople saw the one who had been possessed in his right mind and speaking with Jesus. When the people of the community asked Jesus to leave, it was this solitary person who sought to go with him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2011 in Christianity, Demonology, Religion

 

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Demons ~ Personification or Living Beings?

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Scripture is filled with literary tools like metaphor and personification. Personality and voice are attributed to things that have no such faculty. For example: in 1Corinthians 12:15-16 speaking is attributed to both feet and ears. In Numbers 20:8 Moses was commanded by God to speak to the rock so that it would give water. Now rocks don’t give water and speaking to one in the presence of others would cause one to wonder about a person’s seriousness or sanity. Nevertheless, Scripture often uses personification to express truth. For example in 1Corinthians 10:4 the rock that Moses struck is personified to express Christ. A righteous man is a tree planted near a river in Psalm 1. My point in all this is: do demons have to be spirit beings, having a life and a will of their own, or can demons refer to our corrupt inheritance from Adam, personified and given life, speech and knowledge? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2011 in Christianity, Demonology, Religion

 

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Who or What Are Demons?

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I have often thought about demons and how and why a person would become possessed. I’ve seen movies that traded on this subject, and Hollywood has made a lot of money producing films that exploit our fear of an unknown and unseen world. However, I have not found Hollywood an accurate commentator on God’s word. Going to the world for my information about the Bible is like asking Pharaoh about the God of Israel or Herod about Jesus Christ. They have heard about what God has said, but they really don’t know what is true and what is not. Awhile back, I exchanged some commentary on my blog with a gentleman concerning the existence of Satan. As we discussed what I believe about this being, the subject of demons came up. At that point I hadn’t written anything on this subject, and to merely offer some thoughts seemed to me to be insufficient. I promised that I would write about my understanding sometime in the near future, and so here we are. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2011 in Christianity, Demonology, Religion

 

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