padma norbu wrote:
Some of the Gnostics basically thought the Bible was upside-down and that the God of the Bible was actually the evil one. It would funny if that were the case and commanding out the demons in the name of God was really just using a superior devil in the hierarchy to exorcise the poor victim.
Well, you have to wonder, -if we are really analyzing the mythos of the Bible with a Buddhist lens, then examining all of the jealous and wrathful, vengeful activities of the god of the Old Testament. . . you'd have to guess he was a being in the gyalpo (king demon) class. If that were so, he may indeed be powerful enough to subjugate lesser entities like local malevolent forces tied to specific times and places.
Of course, most exorcisms are performed by Christians, not Jews, and Jesus' name is specifically invoked. Perhaps if the intent of the priest is pure, and their faith sincere, in a spirit of compassion and good-will they call upon higher forces-- this more-illuminated positive quality of their own mind may be what repels the negative force, even if the priest attributes it to an external force. Or alternatively there could indeed be a bodhisattva who identifies with the name Jesus, to benefit theists. . . or something like that. . !