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By A. J. Fecko - 13 Jul 2016

Reflections on the Gerasene Demoniac and the Pigs

The account of the Gerasene Demoniac is sometimes used by those that want to defend their exploitation of animals. Actually, the account is perplexing whether one favors or opposes animal rights.

Some commentaries state that the wording of some versions of the Greek text are ambiguous as to whether the pigs or demons are described as having been smothered [to cut off wind or spirit] in the sea. If the latter, it should be considered that it was commonly believed that running water neutralized the power of demons, and could drive off the spirits themselves (and pigs can swim). Perhaps this account has some kind of baptismal significance. Either way though, the herd was clearly lost to its owners since the keepers immediately fled. We should know regardless, whatever our Lord does is the best for all.

A J Fecko 

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