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Did Jesus Kill 2000 Pigs?

From ChristianAnimalEthics. com
September 2022

The same Jesus who relates himself to a chicken to describe completely selfless love (Matthew 23:37) would never kill 2000 animals.

Jesus did what

Believe it or not, the Bible appears to say that Jesus killed 2000 pigs.

As we see in Mark 5:13, two thousand pigs drowned after Jesus sends demons into the pigs and the pigs rush off a cliff and drown in the sea.

"Did Jesus kill pigs" is one of the most important questions we can ask. This post will walk through the available evidence and answer the question once and for all. \

If this is a literal story, Jesus is taking part in some serious animal cruelty. Before we dive into how this could be, let’s look at some of the crazy rationalizations people have come up with to explain this:

  • Jesus did not actually kill the pigs himself so Jesus is not accountable
  • Pigs don’t have souls so it does not matter that he killed the pigs
  • Jesus had to show his “sovereign power over demons”
  • Jesus could have been rebuking the owners of the pigs if the owners were Jewish since Jews were not allowed to eat or keep unclean animals (Leviticus 11:7)
  • Jesus is responsible for killing the pigs and is a moral monster



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