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               Miracles and Demons







  In  the  days  of Christ,       pagan beliefs influenced   the lan-

  guage  of  the population.   One of these was the idea that

  some  people  were  controlled  by  "demi-gods",     called

  "demons",  which were the real source of their illnesses.


  When  the    Bible speaks  in the popular terms   of the day,

  it does not  imply endorsement  of  them    any more    than

  the use of the terms "lunatic"(sig.'afflicted by the moon')

  or "pandemonium"(sig.'all demons') or "St.Vitus' Dance"

  (sig.  'spasms  linked  with   'St.Vitus'')      or  "auspicious"

  (sig.' observing  flights  of  birds')  or    "thank your lucky

  stars"(a reference to 'astrology')etc.implies   the endorse-

  ment of these totally unscriptural and untrue ideas.

  We might say "we have some demons", but all we mean

  is that we have some mental or emotional difficulties. 


  Even the days of our week are named after pagan "gods".

  These and  other  terms  are  used today as    a convenient

  means  of  identifying  the  subject being  addressed,     but

  with  no other  thought  in mind.     This is exactly the way

  that"possessed of  devils(should be "demons")"   is used.

  (cp  "Beelzebub" (Matt.12v24,27) -  literally 'dung-god').


  Often  the  term has relation to  mental diseases    of  some

  kind, which  may also result  in physical  infirmities. The

  symptoms  displayed   are   identifiable   with   illnesses

  now  known  to have disturbances in the activities   of  the

  brain as their cause, such as epilepsy etc. Cp Luke 9v37-

  42. Also those with physical disabilities were said to be    

  "possessed with a devil(should be"demon")"Matt.12v22.    

  Jesus "healed  him, insomuch that the blind and dumb

  both spake and saw".


  An interesting insight into   a    recently diagnosed mental

  condition named 'Multiple Personality Disorder' or     'Dis-

  associative Identity Disorder' -    Mark 5v1-20; Luke 8v26-

  39-illustrates the above comments re "mental diseases".

  Observing the Roman "legion(s)",    the afflicted one used

  this name to describe himself -         "My name is Legion:

  for we are many". This is obviously the explanation.


  One  of  the  inconsistencies  of  the  translators (which is

  one of many!)is that the words for 'devil'      (Grk.'diabolos')

  and  'demon(s)'  (Grk.'daimon',  'daimonion',  'daimonia')

  are   indiscriminately  "translated"  as  'devil(s)'.       This re-

  veals a bias towards the common apostate view  that      "the

  devil" ("a fallen angel")  controls legions of  lower-ranked

  "devils", which he uses to persecute humanity.


  This  wrong  teaching  &  incorrect  translation sows total

  confusion  in  the  minds  of  Bible  readers. It  is no won-

  der  that    the  false system  of  'Christianity'    extant       today

  is  termed     "MYSTERY,  BABYLON  THE  GREAT".

  (see  comments  on  this  vital subject page 1- link below).

  'Babylon'  signifies  'confusion',  and   that   is  the  result!


  It  might  be  asked - "how can  sicknesses  be said to   be

  "departed" (Luke 8v38),or to be "cast out"(Mark 6v13)"?

  It  is  a  common  terminology, and in Luke 5v13 we are

  told  that  "the  leprosy  departed  from  him"  (Jesus was

  "cast(ing)  out  devils (i.e."demons")  Mark   1v39-42).  

  We are told   that  sorrows  can  be  "cast out",     and  sins

  can be "cast(away)" etc. See  Job 39v3; Micah 7v19.


  Consider Luke 11v14-"he was casting out a devil  (i.e.

  "demon"), and it was dumb". Then "the dumb spake".

  It is obvious to anyone that "the dumb" person had an

  affliction which caused him to be dumb & he was healed.


  After  the  miraculous healing of the sick,    they were in

  their "right mind", cp Luke 8v35;able to see, hear, etc. 

  It was evident that God's power was being revealed in

  the midst of Israel-cp Matthew 12v10-32.

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