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Jesus is showing compassion to the man The relationship between Jesus and demons is complicated as presented in Mark. On the one hand, Jesus has authority over them, and on the other, they still cause problems for him. Take his first encounter with a demon recorded in Mark 1:23-26 (ESV): And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an ...


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I don't see this as compassion, but as allowing them to choose their punishment. Jesus had a couple of different options on how to deal with the demons. Indeed, he probably had more options than we know of. However, we know of two, for sure. The first option, send them out of the country: Mark 5:10 (NASB) And he began to implore Him earnestly not ...


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Another answer gave evidence in support of the idea that this passage refers to demonic powers and echoes (or rather, anticipates) gnostic ideas. Clearly this is one widely held scholarly viewpoint. I would like to point out, however, that this is not the only available, defensible interpretation. I have bolded here the references given by the OP to other NT ...


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Earl Doherty says, in The Jesus Puzzle, there has not been a universal scholarly consensus on what Paul has in mind when referring to 'rulers' (archons) in 1 Corinthians 2:8, but that over the last century a majority of commentators, some reluctantly, have decided that he is referring to the demon spirits. He cites Paul Ellingworth, S. G. F. Brandon, C. K. ...


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Considering the context that Jesus was engaged with the Pharisees and the subject that He alone was powerful enough to remove the Devil from his kingdom, various commentators seem to conclude that this is a parable to expose the true nature and hypocrisy of religion without Christ. Religion pretends a higher morality than the common man and tries to show it ...


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Plural form of ἄρχων refers to angelic beings in both Daniel LXX-OG & Theodotion. Concerning 1Cor 2:6,8 rulers τῶν ἀρχόντων Gordon Fee[1] “the plural form does not refer to demonic forces of any kind in any Jewish or Christian writings prior to the second century.” G. Fee draws a unnecessary semantic boundary between the singular and plural form ...


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One thing I like to point out in pondering such passages is the obvious development of a whole new religious dimension in the NT that is absent in the OT. I mean, wouldn't Moses find such a discussion to be bizarre and unintelligible? But in the NT, daemons, devils, "filthy breaths", etc. abound everywhere and are the cause of all kinds of ills including ...


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It would seem that the most simple interpretation is this: When an evil spirit is cast out, you MUST replace it with The Good Spirit [Christ - the strong man who kicks out the Devil]. Failure to do so will result in more evil filling the empty space, because that's just what the human heart gravitates towards, and demonic forces are happy to oblige. The ...



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