Matthew 8: 28-23 -Answering Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati

Why cannot LORD Jesus Christ purify the impure spirits?

Those sentences which are colored in orange are from Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati book Satyarth Prakash (The Light of Truth) and those which are colored in black are Jerry Thomas’s response.

"There met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs. And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, htou Son of God are thou come hither to torment us before the time? And there was a good way off from them as herd of many swine feeding. So the devils besought him. Saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. And he said unto them, Go and when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters." (8:28, 33.)

C. A little consideration will show that all these things are false. Dead persons can never come out of their graves, nor can they go to any one speak to him. Only the most ignorant savages can believe in such things. Christ was the cause of the death of that herd of swine, and he therefore stands guilty of the sin of having inflicted (pecuniary) loss on the owner of the swine.

The Christians hold that Christ could forgive sins and purify the impure, why could not he cleanse the devils of their impurities? Why did he not recompense the owner for the loss he had sustained? Do the cultured Christians, such as the Europeans, also believe in these yarns? If they do, they are indeed immersed in superstition.

Answer: Maharishi’s reading ability and comprehension power is pitiful.

Nowhere did the Holy Bible tell that these men were dead and came back to life on their own. They were demon possessed men and not dead men. In other words, Maharishi is reading more than what the Holy Bible says to criticize it.

However, if Maharishi had little more patience, he would have read what the other Gospels had to say on the same incident.

Luke 8: 26-27 “Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs.”

In other words, it is not the Christians who are savages, but Maharishi who was an ignorant bigot who imposed his meanings on the text and pretended like a scholar.

Further, the Holy Bible did not simply say that LORD Jesus Christ forgives the sins and purifies the impure; it also clearly defined to whom:

Hebrews 2: 14-17 – “Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham.  Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.”

So, for a claim that the Holy Bible never made, Maharishi asks a question as usual.

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