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Cruelty and Violence
And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the
And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the
tombs a man with an unclean spirit,||
(5:2) "When he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the
tombs a man with an unclean spirit."|
How many men were possessed with devils?
Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not
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 any man tame him.||
And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs,
crying, and cutting himself with stones.||
But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,||
"Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? ... torment me not."
What the Bible says about torture
Are those who believe Jesus is the Christ of God?
(5:8-10) Jesus has a conversation with a godly unclean spirit named "Legion."
(5:8) "He said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit."
(5:9) "And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many."
(5:10) "He besought him much that he would not send them away out of the
Where did the devils ask not to go?
(5:11-17) Jesus sends the devils into 2000 pigs,
causing them to jump off a cliff and be drowned in the sea. When the people hear about it, they beg Jesus to leave.
(5:11) "There was...a great herd of swine feeding."
(5:12) "And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine."
(5:13) "Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine:
and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea."
(5:17) "And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts."
And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou
Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.
For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is
Legion: for we are many.
And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the
Now there was there nigh unto the mountains
a great herd of swine feeding.
And all the devils
besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into
And forthwith Jesus
gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the
swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they
were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.
And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the
country. And they went out to see what it was that was done.
And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and
had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were
And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed
with the devil, and also concerning the swine.
|5:17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.
And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the
devil prayed him that he might be with him.
Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy
friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and
hath had compassion on thee.||
And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus
had done for him: and all men did marvel.||
And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much
people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea.||
(5:23) "My little daughter lieth at the point of death."|
Was Jairus' daughter alive when Jesus was approached?
So this is where all those phony faith-healing stories came from! Notice that the doctors made her condition worse, but she was
instantly cured by faith.
(5:25) "A certain woman ... had an issue of blood twelve years."
(5:26) "And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,"
(5:27) "When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment."
(5:28) "For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole."
(5:29) "And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague."
(5:30a) "Virtue had gone out of him."
Jesus loses some virtue whenever sick women touch him.
(5:30b) "Who touched my clothes?"
Did Jesus know everything?
And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by
name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,
And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of
death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall
And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.
And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that
she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his
For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in
her body that she was healed of that plague.
And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him,
turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee,
and sayest thou, Who touched me?
And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came
and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.||
And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in
peace, and be whole of thy plague.||
(5:34) "Thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague."
If you have enough faith, you will never get sick. (Illness is caused by sin and lack of faith.
Medical science is unnecessary.)|
What the Bible says about medical science
While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house
certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any
As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler
of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.||
And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the
brother of James.||
And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the
tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.||
And when he was come
in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not
dead, but sleepeth.||
Was Jesus the first to rise from the dead?
(5:39) "When he was come in, he saith unto them, Why ... weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth."
(5:40) "And they laughed him to scorn."
(5:41) "He took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her ... arise."
(5:42) "And straightway the damsel arose."
And they laughed him to
scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the
mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the
damsel was lying.
And he took the damsel
by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted,
Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.
And straightway the
damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And
they were astonished with a great astonishment.
And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded
that something should be given her to eat.
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