What does matter is that the man was called “possessed by demons” (plural). It wasn’t any one particular sin, but many sins, or just sin in general. We do not think of sin as this powerful, but it is. And there are entities responsible that suck us in and grip like iron.
God is terrifying, if we understand Him correctly. It is when we take God for granted, when we dismiss Him as a great and distant Clockmaker, or a figment of our “wishful thinking”–an entity that is better left to think of “later”–that our destruction begins.
“How long, O Lord, must I cry for help…Destruction and violence are before me. Strife is ongoing, and conflict abounds…the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes…… Read more “Habakkuk’s Lament”
Those precious lives lost in the Grand Canyon from taking selfies on the cliff’s edge come to mind. We all feel the senselessness of that destruction. God, in His Love, calls us back to safety by calling us to Himself.