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Why do the NLT translators say "demons" (Rom 8:38)?

NLT translation philosophy is the following (quote from NLT Bible Introduction, emphases mine): The translators of the New Living Translation set out to render the message of the original texts of ...
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Are the "rulers of this age" of 1 Corinthians 2:8 human rulers or demonic rulers?

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 ...
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Are evil spirits chained or not?

Oh, they are chained all right, just not 'chained' as we might know it. The verses you quote in 2 Peter and Jude harmonise perfectly with another statement about demonic forces in the book of the ...
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Why did Jesus not allow demons to proclaim his name

Mark 1:34 explains this … and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him. Jesus did not need or want the testimony of demons. I wouldn't either. He would have enough of the ...
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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

The question complicates matters by using the word 'non-disciples'. Some actually cast out demons in Jesus' name, effectively, and should not be stopped merely because they are not closely associated ...
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What do we know about "Lilith" in Isaiah 34:14?

The Wycliffe 1382 (translated from Jerome's Vulgate) gives : and an heeri schulen meete; oon schal crie to an other. The Coverdale Bible of 1935, Matthews Bible of 1937, The Great Bible of 1539, ...
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Does Jude 1:13 refer to literal planets or fallen angels?

Jude 1:8-13 (DRB) In like manner these men also defile the flesh, and despise dominion, and blaspheme majesty. 9 When Michael the archangel, disputing with the devil, contended about the body of Moses,...
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What is the meaning of Jesus' teaching about unclean spirits returning to a person after being driven out?

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 ...
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Did Jesus imply that others cast out demons by the finger of God in Luke 11:17-20?

To answer the main question, no - there is nothing in Luke 11 which implies that others drive out demons by "the finger of God". To understand Jesus' words here it's beneficial to have some ...
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Is there an obvious reason why we read of two demoniacs in Matt. 8:28-29 but only one is Mk. 5:2-3?

I think the most significant reason would be that Mark may have been focused on the one demoniac who afterward requested to follow Jesus. Only one of the two is recorded as having made this plea, and ...
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“Restores my soul” means what? Psalm 23:3

There is obviously a lot written on Psalm 23, and this verse in particular, so it is not probable that we will completely solve this issue here. There are two translational (how do we move it into ...
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What is the origin of 2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 1:6?

The origin is of Hewbrew / Judaism mysticism. Some suppose it to be from the Midrash and Talmud oral traditions passed down from the 3rd - 1st century BC, and then later picked up and reprinted as ...
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In Mark 5:9 does Jesus ask for a name or a title? And why did he ask?

The context and sense of the question mean that Jesus was asking for a name, rather than a title, although in some sense he was answered with a title. This is the only occasion in Mark's Gospel when ...
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How did the disciples drive out demons, if not by prayer?

The normal method employed by Jesus and his disciples for casting out demons is not prayer at all. Prayer is speaking to God while, casting out an unclean spirit is commanding a spirit to depart, and ...
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Why are prayer and fasting required to cast out certain kinds of demons?

In γένος all demons, their entire universe is implied, as the traditional interpretation has it. For instance, if I see a tennis player blaming everybody and everything except for himself for having ...
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Can demons manipulate the weather?

In Job, God authorizes Satan to do everything except take Job's life. This was not a general authorization to do whatever he wants to whomever he wants whenever he wants, but relates specifically to ...
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How are we to test the spirits?

The verb translated "test" here in 1 John 4:1, δοκιμάζω, is used by Paul often in a very similar sense of: to test, examine, prove, scrutinize; 2. to recognize as genuine after examination, ...
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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

Acts 19:11-16 is not saying ‘no’, it’s showing us that the demon questioned the exorcist brothers’ authority and the right to use the name of Jesus. They were exorcist (clearly had already exorcised ...
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How can we reconcile God's not tempting anyone (James 1:13) with God's sending evil spirits to torment and deceive people?

To answer this question, it would appear that Scripture presents 2 cases: 1.) God gives men over to a “lying spirit” (1 Kings 22:23) as a means of judgment, and while it is ultimately from God, God is ...
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How can we reconcile God's not tempting anyone (James 1:13) with God's sending evil spirits to torment and deceive people?

The best way to illustrate what is going on here is to consider some concrete examples what is known in technical theology-speak as the "Divine Passive". Consider two interesting verses: 2 ...
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Are the "rulers of this age" of 1 Corinthians 2:8 human rulers or demonic rulers?

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 ...
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Is there a distinction between "demon" and "devil" in the original texts?

This is the text of an answer I posted to a similar question on Christianity SE: From the perspective of the Greek New Testament, demon could be said to represent δαίμων (daimōn, from which the ...
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Where did all the demons come from in Matthew 9:32, 33 and the rest of the NT?

Demons, whether good or bad but usually bad, existed in many ancient cultures.The Jewish writings of the Apocalyptic period did expand on the notion of demons, with the Book of Enoch introducing the ...
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What do we know about "Lilith" in Isaiah 34:14?

If you check Strong's Concordance you can find that there is at least some consensus of Hebrew scholars that the word underlying " Lilith " is properly taken to mean a screech owl rather than a proper ...
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What is the "swept and tidy" house referred to in Matthew 12:43-45 and Luke 11:24?

In this parable, Jesus pictures the consequences of moral, ethical and religious reformation apart from a righteous relationship with Him. The main character in this illustration is an unclean ...
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Luke 8:36 δαιμονισθεις demonized or demon-possessed?

Every lexicon I consulted has basically the same meaning for δαιμονίζομαι (daimonizomai): Thayer: to be under the power of a demon Souter: I am under the power of an evil spirit or demon NIV: I am ...
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The spirits of God. 1 John 4:2

To get the impact/context of what the Apostle John is talking about we need to start with verse 1.Evidently false teachers who were harassing the churches with doctrines characteristic of the Gnostic ...
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