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Demons and disease entered the national spotlight this week after President Donald Trump retweeted a viral video featuring Dr. Stella Immanuel, who has a history of believing demons play a role in disease.

The Bible is filled with stories of disease and afflictions to humans that has a supernatural cause, brought on by demonic entities.

The scientific and secular world believes such stories are simply myths that arose when mankind lacked the knowledge to explain disease processes, and therefore attributed them to supernatural causes.

Now only does the Bible show us that disease processes are often attributable to sin and the demonic realm, but that God allows this to occur to achieve a higher purpose.

Demons and disease in the Bible

The book of Job in the Old Testament is a classic example of demonically-driven disease. He  Job is steadfastly dedicated to God and is a wealthy man. Satan tells God the only reason Job is so faithful is because he has received so many blessings. Satan challenges God to test Job with adversity. God grants Satan permission to afflict Job with terrible skin source.

Job suffers greatly. He loses his family and all the livestock he owned, as well as his wealth. In his turmoil, Job never wavers in his faith. In the end, Job maintains his faith in God restores his blessings.

The take away from Job

The take away here is that God sometimes allows demonic entities to afflict humans as a way of bringing them back to faith. Think about it. When we’re doing well, we often tend to drift away from God. It is often only under strife that we reach out to the Lord.

Jesus exorcises demons

In the book of Mark, chapter 9, is the story of a father who brings his son to Jesus and tells him that the boy has been afflicted by a spirit that makes him mute, throws him on the ground where he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. The man tells Jesus that he asked his disciples to cast the demon out, but they were unable. (Mark 9:17-18)

The first thing Jesus does is remark on their lack of faith.

“And he answered them, ‘O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.'”

– Mark 9:19

Jesus then tells the father, “All things are possible for one who believes.” (Mark 9:23)

Then Jesus exercises the demon:

“And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.”

– Mark 9:25-27

The demons and the pigs

One of the most well-known stories of demonic possession in the Bible is that of demons and the pigs found in Mark 5. Jesus casts out a legion of demons that had possessed a man and sends the entities into a herd of pigs.

“Jesus was approached by a man with an unclean spirit. The man had been living in the tombs, he was so wild it was difficult to restrain the man, even with chains.

When the man saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees before Him. And he shouted in a loud voice, “What do You want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You before God not to torture me!” For Jesus had already declared, “Come out of this man, you unclean spirit!”

“What is your name?” Jesus asked.

“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” And he begged Jesus repeatedly not to send them out of that region

There on the nearby hillside a large herd of pigs was feeding. So the demons begged Jesus, “Send us to the pigs, so that we may enter them.”

He gave them permission, and the unclean spirits came out and went into the pigs, and the herd of about two thousand rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the water.”

Mark 5:6-13