The Word Among Us

October 2005 Issue

Do Evil Spirits Exist?

Yes, they do. But Jesus has defeated them.

It must have been a dramatic scene. A raving lunatic bursts into the synagogue where Jesus is and begins shrieking: "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God!" Unfazed, Jesus responds: "Be silent, and come out of him." With that, the man cries out, begins convulsing, and collapses to the floor (Mark 1:24-28; Luke 4:33-34). It appears that Jesus recognized evil spirits at work within the man—and that the evil spirits recognized Jesus as well.

Today, millions of believers pray, "Deliver us from evil," yet it may be worth asking how readily we recognize demons or their work in the...

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