Originally posted by dj2becker
a)It is rocorded in the Bible that hell was prepared for the Devil and his angels
I meant how do you know that he could not have banished them back to hell?
Well if you are spiritually blinded you would probably not see the significance of his act. He did have the power to banish them to hell but he chose not to. Think about it. If he banished the demons straight to hell, the people would not see the miracle. They would say that the man was never posessed in the first place. He also did it to show the people what a devastating effect demons can have and that they are capable of moving from one host to another. The pigs symbolise backsliding Christians, who return to wallowing in the mud. This significantly portrays that if you are not living a cleansed life, demon can have the power of entering you.
I am fully aware of why he chose to do it, I am putting forth a viewpoint that finds his actions offensive, as requested in the thread's title. His showmanship, for want of a better word, is callous and unnecessary. I find it hard to believe that the son of god would resort to crowd pleasing stunts to illustrate his points.
Necromancy is defined as "The practice of supposedly communicating with the spirits of the dead in order to predict the future." I don't see this taking place.
You are right, I was using a broader term of necromancy to cover raising the dead. Necromancy in it's definitatory term is indeed divination rather than resurrection. However I do not see why Jesus is allowed to break the rules to raise the dead. Would you not count the ressurection of Lazarus as a sin? If not, you must acknowledge that Jesus does not suffer from the same constraints and rules as the rest of us. If this is so, how can we consider him a role model for human life? I find this double standard offensive, if any human being had raised the dead he would be packed off to hell. And what is worse, Jesus did it for his own selfish gains, he loved Lazarus and gave in to his own emotional needs.