The following articles are related to the topic of DEMONS

Reductio Ad Absurdum – The Consequences of an Argument

Jesus Christ was the master Teacher, and he employed a wide variety of didactic skills.One format the Lord occasionally used is known as ad hominem, a Latin expression meaning, "to the man."This line of argument is not designed to establish positive truth; rather, it is a form of refutation whereby the inconsistency of error is exposed.Sometimes the inconsistency is so ... read more »

The Syrophoenician Woman: A Woman of Great Faith

"And from thence he arose, and went away into the borders of Tyre and Sidon" (Mark 7:24a). Matthew wrote that Jesus "withdrew" (15:21). This was the third time in which Jesus withdrew from Galilee in the gospel of Mark (cf. 4:35; 6:31). The Lord sought solitude with his disciples, but the text says, "And he entered into a house, and ... read more »

Teresa’s “Exorcism”

A news article from 2001 caught my eye that is deserving of some comment. The late Roman Catholic nun, commonly known as "Mother Teresa," reputedly had an "exorcism" performed on her while she was hospitalized in 1997. This was reported recently by Henry D'Souza, "Archbishop" of Calcutta. The disclosure was made during the celebration of the fourth anniversary of the ... read more »

That Mysterious Disciple

In recent years, the following passage in the Gospel of Mark has become the center of a doctrinal storm: "John said unto him, Teacher, we saw one casting out demons in your name; and we forbade him because he followed us not. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man who shall do a mighty work in ... read more »

What about those Gadarene Hogs?

"How does the Christian justify Jesus Christ who supposedly destroyed a large herd of pigs that did not even belong to him (Matthew 8:28-34)?" On the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus encountered two men who were possessed of demons. [Note: Both Mark and Luke, in their parallel accounts, mention only one man (Mark 5:1-20; Luke 8:25-39). But ... read more »

Matthew’s Use of the Term “Fulfilled”

The general thrust of Matthew's Gospel record is to establish, on behalf of the Hebrews, that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised Messiah of Old Testament Scripture. The Greek New Testament (Aland et al. 1983) lists approximately sixty-eight Old Testament references cited in the Gospel of Matthew. In addition, the technical expression, "it is written," in the perfect tense (gegraptai), ... read more »

Who Was John the Baptist?

"Who was John the Baptist? And what was his relationship to Jesus?" His name was divinely given. It was to be "John" (Lk. 1:13), which derives from a Hebrew term signifying "Jehovah is gracious." He was known familiarly as "the Baptist" (bearing no relation to the modern sect), which simply means "an immerser, one who administers the rite of immersion" ... read more »

O Woman, Great Is Your Faith!

Jesus Christ and His disciples were under considerable pressure. The hostility of the Jews had intensified. Hence, the Master and His men withdrew into the borders of Tyre and Sidon (in Phoenicia) to the northwest of Canaan. Here the Lord encountered a remarkable woman, of whom He exclaimed: "O woman, great is your faith." With such a tribute from the ... read more »

1 Samuel 10ff – Saul’s Apostasy

The first king of Israel was Saul, the son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin. While he started his reign in noble fashion, eventually rebellion invaded his heart and he fell from Heaven's grace. Those who have adopted the Calvinistic theory of "once saved, always saved" have great difficulty with the case of Saul. In order to defend their ... read more »

The Sea of Galilee: A Silent Witness

In the northeastern area of Palestine, there is a rather ordinary body of water. The dimensional features are unimpressive. It is approximately thirteen miles in length (north to south) and some seven miles in breadth (east to west). It is in a depression, 695 feet below sea level, and it has a maximum depth of 165 feet. In the Scriptures, ... read more »