From the very start of his ministry, when there was nothing really significant about him, Jesus was dogged by rumours that he was working black magic. 

Jesus once did a miracle of multiplying loaves and fishes for thousands of people and they enthusiastically followed him afterwards but he told them firmly that they were only after him because they got a feed (John 6:14). His sign failed to touch them and the passage gives no hint that only some of the crowd were meant so it could mean all. God would not do miracles that make others more selfish and even the Church says one of the tests of a divine miracle is the great spiritual good that comes out of it. By Old Testament standards, the miracle could only be the product of evil sorcery. Jesus tried to imitate characters like Elijah and Elisha who did secret miracles and which followed the rites of pagan sorcerers. For example, Elisha lay on top of a dead boy and put his hands on his hands and his feet on his feet and his mouth on his mouth to revive him which is indicatory of pagan magical techniques (page 115, Miracles in Dispute). Jesus’ doctrine of a heavenly bliss that nobody normal could refuse when offered destroys any chance of his religion being really unselfish. If Jesus had offered a Heaven where discipline continues and which is not necessarily so pleasant it would have made more sense and ensured more altruism which was the cornerstone of his ethical system. The entire system was one of fabrication and disguise so he followed the Devil he condemned.
Jesus said that his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane before his crucifixion was the triumph of the powers of darkness. It was not as if he had to suffer and die to save all. It was a false victory. He did not see it as the demons destroying his good self for he expected to come back from the dead. He saw his death as the weapon which he would use to create an empire of evil as his offering to his infernal master. And it worked! The death of Jesus has led to evil so great that it is incomprehensible!

John says that Satan put it into the heart of Judas to betray Jesus. Satan would have suspected that Jesus was God’s Son if he couldn’t get him to sin and would have plotted to get Jesus killed some quieter way thus reducing the likelihood that Jesus could get converts out of it or by rising from the dead. If Satan was a willing cause of Jesus’ death then Jesus was his servant. Jesus told Judas to go ahead and do the job, to go and obey Satan. Jesus wanted to die for Satan. Loyal wasn’t he?

Mary Magdalene was afflicted by seven demons and allegedly cured. Yet she started the rumpus about Jesus’ resurrection. She was reputedly the first to see him.  But what if she only acted as if she were cured? Nobody could tell if she was. What if she was guided by evil spirits to make the others think they saw Jesus? Powerful personalities can make people assume that their imagination is the reality. And one with psychic powers would be omnipotent and know what buttons to press so demons might have given her a few. What if her strength was increased by her madness – it happens – and she duped the soldiers (assuming the unlikely claim that there were soldiers is true) and got Jesus out of the tomb and dumped him and did not recall doing so? A woman like that testifying to history’s most famous miracle is too suspect. It creates suspicion that the demons started the whole thing off. It would be a sin to venerate events that may be demonic. It would be different if Magdalene had not had a history of possession. We have to believe that demons created the resurrection hoax. There is no evidence given for her freedom from demons. The Gospeller just states that she was cured but that could just are hearsay or an opinion or a guess. He gave no corroboration – he doesn’t say he knows firsthand so he does not.
Carl Kraeling studied the Gospel of Mark and gave us a new interpretation of the text where Herod says that Jesus is John the Baptist having been raised from the dead which is why he has the power to do miracles. The key expression in the text is because of this the powers are at work dia touto ener gousin ai dunameij. Kraeling says Herod would seem to think that John who was dead is now Jesus. Kraeling denies Herod thinks it for Jesus and John reportedly ministered at the same time and John did no miracles so he did not imagine that John and Jesus were the same person. Kraeling says that as raising the dead could mean necromancy that John's ghost was in Jesus doing the miracles. Popular belief did and still does imagine that people get strange powers when they die and become ghosts. Jesus then was accused of evilly using John's spirit to do miracles with it. The Bible is clear that necromancy is a grave sin and involves dealing with evil spirits. Mark states that Jesus has authority over the evil spirits unlike the scribes. So Jesus is the one putting demons into people to take them out again. Mark means that Jesus just gave an order and the demon went out. Catholic exorcisms are not true exorcisms for nobody commands a demon to go with immediate results. It looks suspiciously like a placebo and psychological conditioning. There is no evidence that Jesus' name can eject demons today which would be unsurprising if he were not truly from God.  Catholic exorcisms take ages and there are excuses for when the "demon" comes back.  Real power would mean instant expulsion.


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