In Matthew 17 Jesus, on whom be peace, gives recipe for casting out the demons:
When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.” “O unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment. Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. ( Matt 17:14-20)
When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it. Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country. These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either. (Mark 16:9-13)
The Eucharist ( /ˈjuːkərɪst/), also called Holy Communion, the Sacrament of the Altar, the Blessed Sacrament, the Lord’s Supper, and other names, is a Christian sacrament or ordinance. It is celebrated in accordance with Jesus’ instruction at the Last Supper as recorded in several books of the New Testament, that his followers do in remembrance of Him as when he gave his disciples bread, saying, “This is my body”, and gave them the cup, saying, “This is my blood.” This description is borrowed from Wikipedia. According to common Christian understanding, Jesus Christ is literally present in the bread and the wine at the time of the ritual. However, let me concede in the very beginning that like most doctrines of Christianity, it is constantly being changed and evolved to suit the understanding of audience, so my article is to freeze some details in time, in an attempt to keep Christian apologists somewhat honest.
This is an article to show that ‘Eucharist’ is indeed the best example of paradox par excellence because it has been said that the best way to become thoroughly convinced that Eucharist or ‘transubstantiation’ is not true is to have someone try to convince you that it is true.
It is said that the English expression of hocus pocus had its origin in Eucharist, no less authority than Professor Phillip Cary mentions it in his lecture series History of Christian Theology. It is said that the etymology of the word can be traced to a distortion of hoc enim est corpus meum—’this is my body’—the words of consecration accompanying the elevation of the host at Eucharist . . . mocked by Puritans and others as a form of “magic words.” In all probability those common juggling words of hocus pocus are nothing else but a corruption of hoc est corpus, by way of ridiculous imitation of the priests of the Church of Rome in their trick of transubstantiation in Eucharist.
My apologies upfront if the language appears blunt at times. I am just trying to make a sincere point and not hurt any feelings. Forgive me if my writing skills do not allow for greater diplomacy.
Literal interpretation of the Quranic verses about the Prophet Solomon
By interpreting the verses of the Holy Quran literally, on many occasions inappropriately, the medieval Muslim scholars make a mockery of the Quran. Here, I link a popular movie regarding the Prophet Solomon, which because of the faulty interpretation of some of the Quranic verses, by the medieval scholars, depicts the Jewish prophet Solomon in constant physical warfare against literal satans and demons, not only distorting Islam and logic but also the Jewish history: