Liberation from the Power of Evil

Liberation from the Power of Evil

Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Professor Emeritus of New Testament Hermeneutics, A. U. Th.   The central aim of the Gospel reading for the fifth Sunday of Matthew is to demonstrate Christ’s Messianic power. Through Jesus’ activity in the world, His crucifixion, resurrection then the foundation of the Church, the destructive work of...

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The Healing, near Gadara, of the Man Possessed

The Healing, near Gadara, of the Man Possessed

Saint Gregory Palamas   Today’s Gospel tells us that, when Jesus reached land, He met a man from the city who had long had demons within him. The man had no clothes on and didn’t live in a house, but among the tombs. It says that ‘He reached the land’...

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The Possessed Young Man

The Possessed Young Man

Archimandrite Ioïl Yiannakopoulos   In the Gospel , concerning the young man who was possessed, we’re given the opportunity to examine the shortcomings in the way we bring up our children. Bringing children up outside Christianity If we’re to see the shortcomings in the way...

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Demonic Possession or Mental Illness: How Can You Tell?

Demonic Possession or Mental Illness: How Can You Tell?

Rawan from Australia asks about demonic possession: “I am completely dumbfounded when it comes to topics like demonic possession. In the Bible, those that are possessed are described as having tremors and violently shaking and engaging in weird behaviors. But whenever I read that, I just think of medical terms...

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The Reality of Demonic Possession

The Reality of Demonic Possession

A great gulf separates those who read the Scriptures over the shoulders of the Fathers and those who read over the shoulders of modern secular academics. The former are open to the possibility that the ancient worldview might have something to teach us, while the latter dismiss it utterly as...

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