Satan, Devil and Demons Explained

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Satan, Devil and Demons Explained

Bible Truth About Satan, Devil and Demons


True Bible Teaching About...”Demons”Who or What is the Devil

In the King James version of the Bible, a different Greek word, “daimonion” has been wrongly translated as “devils”.  This has been corrected in all later versions to “demons”.

But what are the “demons” as used in the New Testament?

We find from history and Greek mythology that the pagans believed them to be human departed spirits raised to the rank of gods, and supposedly enter living people causing certain brain disorders, such as madness, hearing and speech impairment.

Medical knowledge had not progressed then as it has today, explaining many of the reasons for these ailments.  We have an illustration of this in our word “lunatic”, which originated in the idea that madness was the result of the moon’s influence, but which nobody now uses to express that idea.

The descriptions given of the healings performed are complete and final:

Matt. 17:15-18 :  “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is a lunatic, and sorevexed.  And Jesus rebuked the demon, and he departedout of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.”

Matt. 12:22 :  “Then was brought unto him one possessed with a demon,blind and dumb; and he healed him, insomuch that theblind and dumb both spake and saw.”

The supremacy of Christ over all kinds of afflictions and infirmities is clearly what is being taught.  Christ does not say anything after the healing to warn people how to avoid being “possessed” again.  He was simply showing that God was fare more powerful than anything man can dream up.

He spoke to the afflicted ones in the only way they could understand, - not that he, himself believed pagan philosophy.  He even, apparently recognized Beelzebub, the god of the Philistines, assuming for the sake of argument that Beelzebub was a reality.  Luke 11:14-20

“14And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered. 15 But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils. 16 And others, temptinghim, sought of him a sign from heaven. 17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a housedivided against a house falleth. 18 If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. 19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons castthem out? therefore shall they be your judges. 20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.”

 

True Bible Teaching:

  1. The following is an analysis showing that what was attributed to demon possession at the time of Jesus is today diagnosed in different terminology but involves the same symptoms. Jesus simply used the vernacular of the times:

Description

Vernacular at the time of Jesus

Diagnosis Today

Matt. 12:22 "Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil {'daimonizomai; demoniae', R.S.V.}, blind and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw."

"possessed with a devil {demon}"

blind and dumb

Mark 5:1-5 "No man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could anyman tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones."

"a man with an unclean spirit"

insanity,schizophrenia?

Mark 9:17-27 "He teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away . . . and ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him."

"hath a dumb spirit"

epilepsy

Luke 13:11-17 "A woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself."

"spirit of infirmity"

arthritis

See also John 10:20; Mark 3:21 where "he hath a devil and is mad" means "he is beside himself."

  1. Patients today with the same symptoms as those said to be possessed with demons in New Testament times, respond to chemotherapy. This is significant, for if indeed the ailment were due to demon possession, as some suggest, how can the patient's recovery through medicine and therapy be explained? Can pills cast out demons?
  2. Although the narratives appear to indicate that the "spirits" cried out, it is clear that the vocalization of the sounds came from the demoniac. This is implied in the shift of pronouns in Mark 5:7, 9: "What have I to do with thee?"2cf. "I adjure thee by God that thou torment me not." cf. "My name is Legion: for we are many."
  3. After the miraculous cure by Jesus, Legion is described as "clothed and in his right mind." (Mark 5:15). This implies that his affliction was insanity and not the influence of a fallen angel. (The request that the unclean spirits enter the swine is characteristic of some kinds of schizophrenics who fear the return of the insanity).

Conclusion:

While it may have been better if Jesus didn’t use the vernacular of the times in talking about these illnesses attributed to demons through ignorance, his audience would then not have understood him and after all Jesus came to bring the Gospel message of salvation and not medical science.

So it is up to us to ‘study to show ourselves approved unto God’ if we want to understand these things today and not be drawn down a path of false teaching and belief in things that don’t exist.

We need to know that it is human nature that is our mortal enemy and we need to take the steps Jesus has taught us to reverse our natural path to eternal death.

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