As I’ve been writing the posts exploring the possibility of Christian universalism, it’s become clear to me once again that I have a pretty different worldview from Jesus. Had I lived in his time, I’m quite sure that our worldviews would have been more similar, but a lot of water has passed over the dam since Jesus’ day, and it’s sometimes difficult to build a bridge back there.
I also — no surprise here — hold a different worldview than some of this blog’s readers. Like about demons, for instance. I mentioned in yesterday’s post that most of us would see schizophrenia where Jesus saw a legion of demons. That discomfited a couple readers, and caused a couple more to shout, “Heresy!”
At different points in my life, I’ve been surrounded by folks who were real into demons and demonology. It first happened when I was in Campus Crusade at Dartmouth. Then, much to my surprise, I arrived at Fuller Seminary when it was the hotbed of demon-talk. To the chagrin of the faculty in the School of Theology, two professors in the School of World Mission — C. Peter Wagner and Chuck Kraft — were leading the charge. Their classes would often turn into spontaneous healing services. They often, it seemed, lengthened people’s legs. And they told stories of demon possession and resurrections in far off lands. I distinctly remember one student playing me a tape on his tape recorder of an exorcism.