why christians must face their demons


Only on atheist blogs does it seem people are aware of the harm religion does…but dammit, that’s the wrong type of people who need to be fighting crap like exorcism! The f’ing CHURCH has to fight this too, and they won’t. So atheists are stuck with the job, and the theists hate us for it and won’t listen to us at all. 😦 It’s all deeply sad and disturbing to me. Ain’t No Shrinking Violet

I’ve posted about exorcism before and linked to the Where’s the harm? page, which details over a thousand stories about people killed or harmed in these religiously inspired acts. But until reading the comment above from Ain’t No Shrinking Violet, I hadn’t considered why there isn’t an outcry from the saner elements of the Christian faith about this superstitious, dangerous, highly ignorant and, all to frequently, deadly practice.

Then Jesus demanded, “What is your name?”

And he replied, “My name is Legion, because there are many of us inside this man.” Then the evil spirits begged him again and again not to send them to some distant place.

There happened to be a large herd of pigs feeding on the hillside nearby. “Send us into those pigs,” the spirits begged. “Let us enter them.”

So Jesus gave them permission. The evil spirits came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the entire herd of about 2,000 pigs plunged down the steep hillside into the lake and drowned in the water. (Mark 5)

And this is why. Christians of all stripes and educational backgrounds must believe that Jesus existed and that the stories about him in the Bible are real. If they come out openly fighting in the rational battle against exorcism, they are undermining a key story in the Bible – the supernatural tricks performed by the character Jesus that supposedly prove he was a deity.

The character Jesus cured a mentally ill man by sending demons into pigs and making the pigs commit suicide. He didn’t treat this ill man with medicine, therapy or even by supernaturally altering the chemical imbalance in his brain.

It appears that all the educated Christians in this world, who clearly know better about the difference between superstitious ignorance and treatable medical conditions, would rather stay silent to avoid facing the embarrassing fact that this story is nonsense, when they should be openly and loudly opposing the continued use of such a damaging and dangerous practice in the name of their supposedly benevolent god.