Why did Jesus supposedly cast the Demons into a herd of pigs?
(Matt 8 / Luke 8)
And, how were there SO MANY demons inside ONE MAN, that when "released" by Jesus, it took a whole pack of pigs to contain them??
The more we reason on such odd passages of the bible, the more crazy it sounds...and smacks of the uneducated and superstitious people of that period of time!
Pigs being unclean under Judaism so "ok" to be expendable?
(stupid demons just ran off cliffs, not too bright!)
Joke: if god didn't want us to eat pigs, he shouldn't have made them out of bacon.
clumsy attempt to create a flying pig through evolution, you need millions, during millions of years.
I was reading this article, about some of the possible origins of the tale about the demons and herd of pigs. It is possible that this account got an influence from the Phoenician Heracles-Melqart tales. A very interesting article:
Dogs looks up at you, cats looks down
on you, but pigs is equal.
if god didn't want us to eat pigs, he shouldn't have made them out of bacon.
What? Policemen made of bacon.
Mark 5: 13 Jesus Extracted two evil spirits from a person , and as per their request, infused them into 2k pigs which ran a mighty race up the hill and committed suicide by plunging into the sea.
The Bible never mentions if Jesus was sued for this for animal cruelty or for damaging other peoples property.
One thing for sure, somebody would have given a spoiled bacon to Jesus that made him hate pigs like anything.
It is considered an odd story even by Christian academics.
What makes it problematic are the following points:
1. Though that specific area was inhabited by Gentiles, archeology has never uncovered any pig bones from there. There is no evidence of pig herding from Galilee of the first century.
2. Pigs can swim. In fact, they are notably excellent swimmers, even if they jump from high distances into water.
The story therefore might be written with some hyperbole or allegory. This is noted in the Jewish Annotated New Testament. The expression of Jesus in Matthew 8, especially the single word "Go" to exorcise matches an older Jewish tale of the famous rabbi exorcist Shimon ben Yohai. It may have been modeled on this to teach some sort of lesson now lost to modern readers.
David-jay - Great comment. Thanks.
Mythology strikes again! How does chasing a bunch of pork chops off a cliff destroy the demons inside of them? The pigs might have committed suicide, but spirit creatures (Mythological creatures) certainly wouldn't die from a mere fall off the cliff. So why kill the pork chops? If this story sounds like pig sh*t, and if it smells like pig sh*t, then it must be true---right?