|07-30-2012, 02:34 AM||#41|
Joined: Jun 2006
The swine were unclean and so after the episode the people in that area who were Gentiles asked the disciples to leave...
but God could heal through Jesus nonetheless whether people thought He was driving out real demons or not...
From Mark 5:10 -20...
16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.
17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.
18 And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.
19 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.
20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.
Re. Decapolis per wikipedia:
The Decapolis cities were centers of Greek and Roman culture in a region that was otherwise Semitic (Nabatean, Aramean, and Jewish).
|07-30-2012, 02:41 AM||#42|
Joined: Dec 2010
Im not sure if the pigs are symbolic but symbolic pigs is not something that came to my mind to begin with...
symbolic demons yes..
|07-30-2012, 04:58 AM||#43|
chief bottle washer
Joined: Jun 2011
From: "Here am I, Here am I"
To me, this all shows the might of God. It is quite possible that an episode with pigs did indeed occur, yet at the same time, the great symbolism and spiritual teaching is inherent in the occurence. Conversely, it could be a gospel writer using a narrative in order to convey a great truth and the narrative could be partly factual, or not factual at all, yet the truth it contains is apparent. Factual or not, the truth it contains nourishes our spirits.
|07-31-2012, 03:23 PM||#44|
Joined: Apr 2011
From: Beijing, China
The author cites other scholars who read the narrative here symbolically through the lens of "the Greco-Roman traditions of sailing through the Straits of Gibraltar . . ."
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|08-01-2012, 06:01 AM||#45|
Joined: Dec 2010
May as well try to keep this thread alive!!
Know verily that Knowledge is of two kinds: Divine and Satanic. The one welleth out from the fountain of divine inspiration; the other is but a reflection of vain and obscure thoughts. The source of the former is God Himself; the motive-force of the latter the whisperings of selfish desire
(Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 65)