Life of Sin is Self Destructive.
Q. Growing up can you share incidences where you hurt yourself? I mean nobody's fault.
Q. Did you believe in certain things which you after growing up realized wasn't true.
For e.g ghost stories told by friends or family, if you eat the seed tree will grow in your stomach
Q. In all the examples what helped us to overcome the false belief?
Trying to find if its true, Logical reasoning.
1 They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes.
2 When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an evil spirit came from the tombs to meet him.
3 This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him any more, not even with a chain.
4 For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him.
5 Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.
6 When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him.
7 He shouted at the top of his voice, "What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Swear to God that you won't torture me!"
8 For Jesus had said to him, "Come out of this man, you evil spirit!"
9 Then Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" "My name is Legion," he replied, "for we are many."
10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.
11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside.
12 The demons begged Jesus, "Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them."
13 He gave them permission, and the evil spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.
14 Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened.
15 When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.
16 Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man--and told about the pigs as well.
17 Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.
18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him.
19 Jesus did not let him, but said, "Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you."
20 So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.
Q. How would you feel if someone like this comes to meet you?
Q. What are few problems this man was facing?
Q. How did the people try to help him?
People think for a solution in best interest of self and not him, selfish.
We all are like this person, we have multiple problems in life. May be it
Won't appear obvious from outside like in this case but deep down we do have.
Q. What are some self-Destructive Sins?
Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking, Sexual addictions.
Q. How does these things destroy us? one by one.
Q. How does people try to help these addicts in general?
Now when he encounters Jesus, he doesnt know that this is going to change his life forever. his problems and dark n hoepless future yet.
Q. How is his first response when he see jesus and why?
It was not him. it was the demons inside. There is a desire but our sins which posseses us.
Bible is a great book, it changed my life from destructive sin like drinking, immorality etc.
But when I ask people to study the Bible to take help they are skeptic.
Lets be reasonable. How can anyone force any false belief on you?
Vs 17 The people are pleading with Jesus not to stay but to leave. why?
For them this guy doesnt matter. they dont appreciate the miracles of God.
What the world values. What comes in TV. WHat Sells. What people read.