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Can non-disciples of Jesus cast out demons in Jesus' name or not? Mark 9:38-40 vs. Acts 19:11-16

Mark 9:38-40 (ESV): 38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for ...
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In Matthew 15:26 who are the children, the dogs and what is the bread?

“And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭15:26‬ ‭ And in context why would the children need the bread that the dogs are asking ...
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What can we know about unclean spirits, such as those of Mark 5:5-9? [closed]

In the Gospel of Mark we read: Mark 5:5-9: “5Constantly, night and day, [the man with the unclean spirit] was screaming among the tombs and in the mountains, and gashing himself with stones. 6Seeing ...
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What is the Kingdom of Satan? Matthew 12:26

Matthew 12:22-28 (ESV): 22 Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the man spoke and saw. 23 And all the people were amazed, and said, “Can ...
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Why did the demon-possessed Gadarene bow down before Jesus?

Mark 5:5-13 (NASB): 5 Constantly, night and day, he was screaming among the tombs and in the mountains, and cutting himself with stones. 6 Seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed down ...
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If evil spirits have personhood, does the Holy Spirit also have personhood? 1 Samuel 16:14-16 & Matthew 12:43-45

In 1 Samuel 16:14-16 we see the contrast between the Spirit of the LORD leaving Saul and an evil spirit being sent by God instead to torment him: 14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and ...
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Why did Jesus permit the demon's request to send them to the pigs in Mark 5:13?

Mark 5:9 And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” 10 And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11 Now a great herd of pigs was ...
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How did the Jewish exorcists of Acts 19:13 cast out demons before they undertook to invoke the name of Jesus?

Acts 19:13 informs us about the existence of iterant Jewish exorcists who, inspired by Paul, decided to undertake the practice of invoking Jesus' name to cast out demons, probably because they wanted ...
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Was Judas a Christian?

1 Corinthians 3:16 English Standard Version Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? Let's define a Christian as one who has the Spirit dwells in him. John 13:...
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Were Satan and his evil forces cast out of heaven or not? Revelation 12:7-9 vs Ephesians 6:12

Revelation 12:7-9 (NASB) says: 7 And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, 8 and they did not prevail, and there was no ...
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Where do demons spend most of their time: in humans or in the heavenly places?

Matthew 12:43-45 gives me the impression that demons are constantly in the lookout for humans with "open doors" to inhabit. They find no comfort in living anywhere other than a human. 43 “...
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How are we to test the spirits?

1 John 4:1-6 (NRSV) stresses the importance of testing the spirits, given that not all spirits come from God: Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from ...
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Renassiance era English Bible translations prefer the word “devils” rather than “demons” — why?

In the Tyndale Bible, Geneva Bible, King James and Douay Rheims Bible (of the same era) all prefer to use the word "devils" (or earlier variations like "deuils"). The English word ...
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Why are demons mentioned only once in Douay Rheims Bible (at Isaiah 34.14)?

There is only one reference to a "demon" in the Douay Rheims Bible, which is of the same time period as the King James Version, and influenced by it. The King James Version mentions demons ...
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Can demons manipulate the weather?

Job 1:12,16,18,19 (NIV): 12 The Lord told Satan, “Everything he has is in your power, but you must not lay a hand on him!” Then Satan left the Lord’s presence. [...] 16 While he was still speaking, ...
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Why did Michael wait 21 days to come to help the angel that was sent to Daniel?

In Daniel 10:2-3 ,12-14 (NIV) we read: ²At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. ³I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks ...
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(2 Corinthians 10:5) trying to undersand what Paul meant by “destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God”

2 Corinthians 10:1-10 1 Now I, Paul, myself urge you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am [a]meek when face to face with you, but bold toward you when absent! 2 I ask that when I am ...
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What is the “abyss” in Luke 8:31?

What is the “abyss” that Legion was imploring Jesus not to command them to go away into in Luke 8:31?
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Why are prayer and fasting required to cast out certain kinds of demons?

The casting out of demons is one of the signs that Jesus promised would follow all believers: Mark 16:17 (KJV): 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out ...
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How did the disciples drive out demons, if not by prayer?

In Mark 9, Jesus drives a demon out of a child which his disciples could not drive out. In response to their question of why they could not drive the demon out themselves, he responds, This kind ...
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Did Jesus imply that others cast out demons by the finger of God in Luke 11:17-20?

Luke 11:17 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste, and a house divided against a house will fall. 18If Satan is divided against himself, ...
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Why do the NLT translators say “demons” (Rom 8:38)?

Rom 8:38 (NLT): And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons*, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow ...
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“Restores my soul” means what? Psalm 23:3

“He restores my soul.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:3‬ ‭ How is the soul restored and from what does it need restoring? (Since there is no attempt to answer the question thus far, I wonder if...) “Or he will ...
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Did Jesus ask once or repeatedly? Mark 5:8

The text translated says something to the effect “For he was saying to him, "Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!"” ‭‭Mark‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭ Which would cause one to assume Jesus said it once only ...
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Demons entreat Jesus "if you cast us out send us into the herd of swine. Why ? Matthew 8:28-32

Matthew 8:28-32 NASB 28 "When He came to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were demon-possessed met Him as they were coming out of the tombs. They were so extremely ...
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Luke 8:36 δαιμονισθεις demonized or demon-possessed?

What is the correct way and not necessarily the most popular way to translate the Greek δαιμονισθεις (daimonizomai), to be “demonized” or demon-possessed? “And those who had seen it told them how ...
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The spirits of God. 1 John 4:2

The Holy Spirit identified by other confessing spirits. Who are these spirits? “By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,”...
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What is the origin of 2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 1:6?

2 Peter 2:4 KJV — For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; Jude 1:6 KJV — And the angels ...
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What do we know about “Lilith” in Isaiah 34:14?

In the New American Bible translation ( from Wikipedia) I find these for Isaiah 34:14 (12) Her nobles shall be no more, nor shall kings be proclaimed there; all her princes are gone. (13) Her ...
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What is the “swept and tidy” house referred to in Matthew 12:43-45 and Luke 11:24?

‘The lost Gospel of Q’ by Burton L. Mack, on pg 91, quotes Luke 11:24-26 seen below (compare Matthew 12:43-45) "When an unclean spirit leaves a person, it wanders through arid regions seeking rest ...
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In Leviticus 19:31 are unclean spirits unclean because they are disembodied breaths of the dead?

Were unclean spirits unclean because they were the disembodied breaths of the dead? Mat 12:43-45 NET 43 "When an unclean spirit goes out of a person, it passes through waterless places looking ...
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Does Jude 1:13 refer to literal planets or fallen angels? [closed]

Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. Compare this to the book of Enoch, which Jude apparently considered ...
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Is there a distinction between “demon” and “devil” in the original texts?

I am not competent in Greek nor Hebrew as used in Biblical texts. The two common English words for evil spirits have a lot of overlap in modern/current English usage. I am curious as to whether or ...
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Where did all the demons come from in Matthew 9:32, 33 and the rest of the NT? [closed]

In the OT sickness and such is never ascribed to demons. There are no exorcisms or people "possessed by demons". In fact, even the Satan is only treated as a personal entity a few times. And YHVH's ...
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Why did Jesus not allow demons to proclaim his name

In Mark 1:21-28, Jesus casts out a demon: Then they went to Capernaum. When the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people there were amazed by his teaching, because ...
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In Mark 5:9 does Jesus ask for a name or a title? And why did he ask?

Mark 5:9 ESV: 9 And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” 10 And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11 Now a great herd ...
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In Mark 3:11-12, who or what are τὰ πνεύματα τὰ ἀκάθαρτα and are they visible and/or audible?

ISV Mar 3:11 Whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they would fall down in front of him and scream, "You are the Son of God!" Mar 3:12 But he sternly ordered them again and again not to tell ...
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Are the “rulers of this age” of 1 Corinthians 2:8 human rulers or demonic rulers?

Starting in verse 5. 1Co 2:5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 2:6 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age ...
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In Mark 3 what does Jesus' response about the “strong man” mean in regards to exorcism?

In Mark 3:20-22, Jesus is accused of being "out of his mind" by his family, and of being "possessed by Beelzebul" by teachers of the law. In his response (v. 23-39), Jesus says "In fact, no one ...
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If a “house divided cannot stand” how did non-disciples cast out demons?

Really what I'm getting at is two lines of reasoning I see in gospel accounts that seem to contradict one another. In particular I'm thinking of the pericope in which Jesus is accused of casting out ...
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What is the meaning of Jesus' teaching about unclean spirits returning to a person after being driven out?

In responding to allegations that he drives out demons by the power of Beelzebul, Jesus says, among other things: When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it wanders through waterless ...
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Does Jesus show compassion to demons in Mark 5:12-13

Mark 5:12-13 recounts how Jesus allowed the 'legion' to enter a herd of pigs after hearing their pleas. Is this a case of Jesus showing compassion to demons? If not, what is Mark trying to communicate ...