Demonic Progression

29 01 2010

Axiom 1: not all potential hosts are equal.

The demon roamed the countryside in search of a suitable host.  A matter of chance brought him to the eastern shore of the Galilee, mostly populated by gentiles.  As such, they were mostly followers of pagan gods.  But not all of them were to become the host to this parasitic spirit.  Only one would fall victim to that fate.  The fact that he was a subject of an idolatrous religion probably helped.  Likely, he was a little further along than his neighbors.  How the demon homed in on him is left to speculation, but something about the man was a draw.

There he was, living on the peaceful coast, drawing fire from the well with no bottom.

Axiom 2: a subdued host is an easier target for further possession.

The thing latched onto the man with its talons, digging deep into the poor victim’s mind.  After a psycho-spiritual struggle, the demon won, and the process of further possessions had begun.  One by one, new monsters found him and came to feed off of his life.  Ultimately, a whole legion of these vile things had him.  It was not the entire countryside that became possessed, though there were enough demons to do so.  Nay, as with the first axiom, not all potential hosts are equal.  A man already subdued makes for easier colonization by others.  A legion in one body is easier than one in a legion of bodies.

Axiom 3: the host cannot or must not die.

As with any parasitic relationship, the goal is to take a little here and a little there…as much as possible, without actually killing the host.  When the host dies, the parasite is in jeopardy.  No matter how many demons possessed a single human, the human soul was not to be parted from the body.  This was not to say that such a thing could not be done.  If one demon could subdue the human spirit, then a legion might be able to permanently separate it from the body.  Such a thing would be death.

Axiom 4: the demon is not a counterpart of the human spirit.

Separating the human spirit from its body would be death, and as by axiom three, such a thing would be undesirable.  If the human spirit could be completely replaced by a demonic one, then there would be no problem with this mortal severance.  However, a human spirit apparently has traits that a demon does not.  The demon cannot take the place of a human spirit, because it is not comparable in nature.  Therefore, no matter how many of these evil things involve themselves in the human psyche, the human’s spirit-body connection must remain intact.

Axiom 5: possession causes insanity, a mental disconnect from the body.

The poor demoniac, now hopelessly consumed, went raving mad, wandering the land, howling and wailing.  He cut himself with sharp rocks and bits of pottery.  The pain no longer evoked the same kind of reaction in him that it would have in a sane person.  Something had come between him and his senses.  This may be why he had seemingly gained superhuman strength, like a man drugged and unable to feel the pain of over-exertion.  His friends and family attempted to subdue him and to chain him, but he was able to break the chains.  Eventually, they were not even able to subdue him enough to put chains on him.

Axiom 6: demonic possession causes demonic affinity.

Taking on the unclean spirits, the poor man developed an attraction to graveyards, where the unclean decomposing bodies were stored.  Could he but roll away the stones blocking their entrances, one might wonder what he intended with those bodies.  Perhaps he succeeded.  His interests were no longer his own but the ones cast upon him by the alien influence.

Axiom 7: demonic possession may be contagious.

Were there two demoniacs, or was there one?  Most say there was one, but one person recorded that there were two of them.  In all likelihood, there was one primary victim, the most notable case, someone who had been possessed longer and to greater effect.  The second victim may have come later, or been a weaker case.  Either way, they were found on the same shore, together, grappling with the same enmity at the same time.  This can be no coincidence.  They were related cases.  The vastly overwhelmed original demoniac may have spilled over to a second victim.

Axiom 8: demons in possession have perception that extends beyond the limits of the human senses.

This is another throwback to axiom four.  The human spirit cannot see beyond the confines of its own mortal shell, but the demon can.  They are not built the same.  One is not just an unclean version of the other.  Somewhere across that lake, they perceived an enemy.  He was coming.  Their hosts could not see that man, but they knew well that he was on his way, even as far away as he was.  They knew that if this man were allowed to arrive, that their demise was imminent.  They knew that he must be stopped.

Axiom 9: demons in possession have powers that extend beyond the limits of the body.

They would cause a storm.  Somehow, though they were physically confined to the shore, they were able to reach out across that lake and stir up the winds and the water.  They filled the boat with water and terrified its passengers.  They nearly capsized it.  But they could not overcome just a few words spoken by that man.

Axiom 10: demons are absolutely helpless against the Word of God.

He could not be stopped.  With a few words, he caused their power to melt like butter on a griddle.  The storm ceased.  He stepped onto the shore, and with a few words, they knew that he would remove them from their host.  Like a parasite removed from the body, they would writhe and suffer.  Nothing could be done to stop the Word.  Once spoken, it was an unbreakable law.  They begged and pleaded to not be left without a host.

Axiom 11: between one body and the next lies an Abyss.

“Don’t cast us into the Abyss,” they pleaded, “Don’t torture us!”  The option on the table was not to stay in their current host.  They already knew the intentions of that man, the Word become flesh, the Son of God.  They could not keep their present abode.  They begged for an alternative better than being left with nothing.  They asked to be cast into a bunch of pigs.  The alternative was the Abyss.  A spirit without a body is thoroughly dead, lost in darkness.  Anything would be better than that.  And then they were granted their wish.

Axiom 12: possession of an animal is not comparable to possession of a human.

They could not adhere to axiom three.  The pigs could not be controlled the same way as a human.  Once in the pigs, their behavior was different from that of the human.  Unlike the human, they caused the death of the porcine host.  Something went wrong.  The connections didn’t line up, or the host response was erratic.  What they had not anticipated was that the pigs would cast themselves into the sea.  At least, they had not expected the pigs to drown.  The host was lost, and the end result was the same.

Axiom 13: a newly freed host is a vulnerable host.

The former demoniac begged and pleaded to follow the Son of God back into the boat and across to the other side.  He sensed his own weakness, and he knew that he was vulnerable.  He was afraid of being left alone without his savior, and for good reason.  Had the demons returned and found this host clean and uninhabited, they might have possessed him in greater numbers yet.  But God did not leave him alone.  He would be safe.  Though the Christ got back into the boat and left, the spirit of God remained, and the man was safe.

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