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What does the Bible say about demon possession / demonic possession?

  1. jacobkuttyta profile image75
    jacobkuttytaposted 4 years ago

    What does the Bible say about demon possession / demonic possession?

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    JThomp42posted 4 years ago

    The Bible gives some examples of people possessed or influenced by demons. From these examples we can find some symptoms of demonic influence and gain insight as to how a demon possesses someone. Here are some of the biblical passages: Matthew 9:32-33; 12:22; 17:18; Mark 5:1-20; 7:26-30; Luke 4:33-36; Luke 22:3; Acts 16:16-18. In some of these passages, the demon possession causes physical ailments such as inability to speak, epileptic symptoms, blindness, etc. In other cases, it causes the individual to do evil, Judas being the main example. In Acts 16:16-18, the spirit apparently gives a slave girl some ability to know things beyond her own learning. The demon-possessed man of the Gadarenes, who was possessed by a multitude of demons (Legion), had superhuman strength and lived naked among the tombstones. King Saul, after rebelling against the LORD, was troubled by an evil spirit (1 Samuel 16:14-15; 18:10-11; 19:9-10) with the apparent effect of a depressed mood and an increased desire to kill David.

    1. zeke2100 profile image80
      zeke2100posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Great examples, JThomp42. Demon possessions happen, but it is not like the Hollywood movies portray it happening on a widescale basis. I wrote a Hub on this titled: "Do All Demons Have to be Exorcised?"

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      JThomp42posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Zeke.

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    Disappearingheadposted 4 years ago

    The thing to note is that there are no recorded demon possessions in the Hebrew Scriptures. Why should we wait 4000 years for a demon then thousands all appear at once in the NT? This suggests to me that demon possession is mere superstition; the only available answer to the whys of mental or physical illnesses to a people with no comprehension of viral and bacterial organisms, electro-chemical processes in the brain, or genetics. It is time we stopped believing this superstitious nonsense and made an effort to understand medical conditions.