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How Jesus responded to people with evil spirits

To help us understand how Jesus acted when faced with people who the Bible describes as having an evil spirit, and to see that witchcraft accusations against children, and the abuse and stigma that often follows, are completely unbiblical

2017 Available in English

This Bible study is based on Mark 9:14–27.

It makes the following key points:

  • In the Bible, those who were possessed or oppressed are never accused of witchcraft. While they are often excluded by society, Jesus shows them love, compassion and care. We should follow his example.
  • Witchcraft, understood as the innate, secret, evil power of a person to cause misfortune or problems for others, is not found in the Bible. However, the word of God shows clearly that the enemy and powers of evil do exist and that their goal is to oppose God.
  • Jesus cast out demons as part of his daily ministry. He never took part in special exorcism ceremonies.
  • Jesus has won the victory over all these powers of evil and has made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by his victory on the cross (Colossians 2:15).

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