Notes And Criticisms -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 050:197 (Oct 1893)
Article: Notes And Criticisms
Author: Anonymous


Notes And Criticisms

I. Mr. Huxley

We read that Jesus and his disciples in one of their journeys crossed the Sea of Galilee, and that, near where they landed, was a man with an unclean spirit, or, as in another verse, possessed with the devil. And when the man saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him. Then ensued a most remarkable colloquy.

Jesus said, “Come out of him, thou unclean spirit.”

The man cried with a loud voice, “What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee that thou torment me not.”

Jesus asked, “What is thy name?”

He answered, “My name is Legion, for we are many.”

And he besought him much, not to send them away out of the country.

(Now there was, a good way off, near the mountains, a herd of about two thousand swine feeding.)

And all the devils entreated him, saying, “Send us into the swine.”

And Jesus gave them leave. And they went out of the man, and entered into the swine; and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and were drowned.

And they that fed the swine fled, and told in the city and in the country, what had occurred. When the people went to see what had been done, they saw him that had been possessed with the devil, and had the Legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind.

This is what Mr. Huxley somewhat coarsely calls, “The Swine Miracle.” He says he does not believe a word of it, but that “all he knows of law and equity teaches him, that the wanton destruction of other people’s property is a misdemeanor of evil example.” By which, if he intends anything more than a meaningless, malicious slur, which I should hate to believe him capable of uttering, he asserts that, if the account is true, Jesus was guilty of a wicked and objectless destruction of other people’s property.

The truth seems to me to be directly the opposite, and I hope to show, that, “if the account is true,” the destruction of the swine, so far from being a wanton act, i.e. objectless, or as children say, just for fun, was justified by reasons of ample importance.

Jesus professed to have come into the world on a mission to redeem the human race, and to raise it to a higher and nobler life. He claimed for himself the highest possible authority, saying that he was the Son of God. He offered two lines of proof, one founded on the exalted character of his teaching,—with this we have now nothing to do,—the other on his lordship over the world of matter, and the invisible world of spirits. He healed ...

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