Of Pigs and Human Nature

by Andrew Forrest

Do you actually want to change, or would you rather wallow in the filthy status quo?

28?And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed?men met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. 29?And behold, they cried out, What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?? 30?Now a herd of many pigs was feeding at some distance from them. 31?And the demons begged him, saying, If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs. 32?And he said to them, ?Go. So they came out and went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters. 33?The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, especially what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34?And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region. (Matthew 8:28-34)

Jesus performs an astounding miracle in their village, freeing these two men from filth and misery,?and the villagers would prefer he leave than cause any more changes to the way things are.

You don’t think that those villagers had parts of their lives that needed healing? But rather than begging Jesus to stay and work among them, their immediate response is to beg him to leave and never come back.

How true of human nature–so often we prefer the pain we know to the possibility of change.



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1 comment

Sunny Kern August 27, 2018 - 10:20 am

While it is not in vogue in the 21st century it seems to me that the fact that demons entered the pigs is evidence of the existence of evil and the demonic which can?t simply be explained as mental illness. From a slightly different vantage point of you post there is a tendency to want to keep God at a distance or even better, boxed up. No telling what might happen if he was loose.


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