Originally Posted by Beck
I think it is a great topic. God is supernatural and the Bible is a supernatural book. We have already found out that some think it is all psychological while some see it literally and believe it truly is some entity or spirit that is possessing people. Now why are you differentiating between "possession" and "captivity"? I don't understand.
I think this reveals that demon spirits seek for a body and don't want to be cast into outer darkness. A human body, perferably.
In the case of Mark 8:28-34/ Luke 8:26-40 'Demons are casted into swine' there seems to me to be a greater meaning rather than reading this as a literal event, it rather seems to speak of a parable of sort.
Depending on the context "sea" does not necessarily have to mean people. In this instance, I don't think it does. Demons seek for a body, to give them "rest".
The unclean spirits (demons) plead with Christ that he cast them not into the sea. Again 'sea' is a symbol to denote 'peoples'.
I think you are stretching it a bit here.
Could there be a relationship in that the unclean spirits are a symbol of those that speak evil which disbelieve to those children of Ephriam that are driven into the sea of the Gentiles?
Ok, I understand where you are coming from. Then we have two alternative views of demons, now. One is psychological problems and the other is that the events were not real, just stories or parables to illustrate a teaching.
As to some would declare that Jesus when speaking in Luke 16 'Rich man and Lazarus' is a literal event, but to carries many of the same symbol's of a parable. Which relates to the Rich man as Judah and Lazarus as Eliezer to denote 'not my people' will be called my people the children of Ephriam. So you see there can be an alternative view of demons.
I think I got it,
There is no other book like the Bible in the world where you have to know the Author to understand the book. If Christianity were the religion of the Book then it would be no different than any other religion in the world. But, Christianity is Christ! It is the dynamic, personal Spirit of God functioning in man.