In the New Testament it’s not unusual to see Jesus or one of His disciples running into someone that was possessed by a Demon. There was the girl that was chasing around Paul telling everyone that they were from God– hoping to get them imprisoned. There were ones that were tearing at themselves, or hurting others. And who could forget “Legion”– the many demons that were given pigs lives and ran them into the sea.
What I wonder is, was this just a New Testament thing?
You all know that I don’t believe that the gift of tongues is around today. But I wonder– for those of you that believe that it is, or even those of us that do not, where are all the cases of demon possession? I mean, it seems like a fairly common occurrence in the New Testament to find someone with this malady. And everyone knew it too! So, where are they now?
I guess I really wonder about all the things that we medicate people for– especially children. I wonder if some of the things that we diagnose as schizophrenic or bipolar are really something that’s going on in the spiritual realm rather than in the physical, but since science and medicine usually avoid dealing with the supernatural realm we have to diagnose it as something and then we have to try to treat it. Most cases, we end up treating it by erasing the person and turning them into vegetables.
Now, I’m not saying this is the case– I’m musing along those lines– but suppose this is the case in some of these “mental illnesses”. This would be a place where a Christian could minister to others in that they could introduce Christ to these people and, should it truly be a demonic possession, the people would be freed of their curse.
But I’m just not sure how you would go about finding out which it was. I guess you could see how the person responded to the name of Christ. Any thoughts?