I Am Legion

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This is a Biblical allusion to an incident where Jesus healed a maniac who ranted and raved as an animal, cut himself with stones and lived among tombs. When Jesus asked "Who are you?", he was not speaking to the man but to the demons which possessed him. Through the man they replied," I am Legion (meaning 'many'), for we are many." The evil spirits leaving the man went into a herd of pigs which in turn went wild, plunging themselves into the Sea of Galilee and drowning there. Because of "collateral damage" having been done, Jesus was asked by the local authorities to leave the area. So He did.

Three of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke but not John) give variable accounts of this. The Gospels were first person testimonials of Jesus' life and ministry as they were written by the disciples bearing those names. They are the first four books of the New Testament.

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We should also note that the "legion" (Latin: legio) is one of the basic units in the Roman military system. So, when the demonic presence identifies itself as being named Legion, this alludes to Roman military term.

Roman legions were divided into 60 "centuries". As the root cent- indicates, a Roman military century, in theory, could have 100 soldiers. Thus, a Roman legion could, in theory, have as many as 6000 men. In practice, however, Roman legions seldom had that many active soldiers in each century and most scholarly sources I have seen argue that the typical Roman legion probably numbered between 4200 and 4800.

Mark's text at 5:13, though, may give a more precise hint at the number of demons in this particular "legion", since in this verse the Gospel writer tells us that the herd of pigs into which Jesus sent the demons numbered about 2,000.

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I think that reading the story that this passage comes from would be beneficial to you. The story involves a possessed man who is exorcised by Jesus. In the story Jesus asked the spirit possessing the man ‘what is your name’, to which the demon responded ‘My name is Legion for we are many.’ This line has become quite famous by its use in movies and books about demon possession. Looking at the phrase and considering it with only a literally sense, it looses something. A legion was a large group of Roman soldiers, these such legions sometimes contained a few thousand men. In this instance the demon is saying that there is not just one spirit inside the man’s body, instead there are thousands. The story goes on and Jesus banishes the spirits possessing the man, he sends the demons into 2,000 pigs then run to the sea and drown. The story intends to show the greatness of the lord, how powerful he is even when standing against so many. I believe that the idea of this story and particularly the phrase I am Legion for we are many is to show that no matter the insurmountable odds those who were faithful to the Lord would in the end prevail. 

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A legion represents many, as in a military unit. When the statement was made in the bible, it was in reference to many demons possessing a single man. The man was one, the demons were many. So, when you hear the statement, how to interpret? "I am Legion, for we are many." I am one person, but I have many to back me up!

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This quote is taken from the New Testament of the Christian Bible. How can I better explain it than by showing you the source in the book of Mark, chapter five, starting in verse 2 (New International Version):

Mark 5:2 When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. 3 This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 4 For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.

6 When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. 7 He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” 8 For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”

9 Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.

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Legion is the name given by the possessed man to let the Christ know that he was not just dealing with one demon....he would be dealing with many demons. Does not indicate exactly how many possessed the man. The only clue we are given is that there were "many."? But that is irrelevant. Doesn't matter if there were 100 or 100,000. What is revelant is that Christ was the only person to drive out "legion" and make the man well again...because Jesus had great compassion and love for all people.
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This is a Biblical allusion to an incident where Jesus healed a maniac who ranted and raved as an animal, cut himself with stones and lived among tombs. When Jesus asked "Who are you?", he was not speaking to the man but to the demons which possessed him. Through the man they replied," I am Legion (meaning 'many'), for we are many." The evil spirits leaving the man went into a herd of pigs which in turn went wild, plunging themselves into the Sea of Galilee and drowning there. Because of "collateral damage" having been done, Jesus was asked by the local authorities to leave the area. So He did.

Three of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke but not John) give variable accounts of this.

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To me this represents "rebellion" & "symbolism" in fact legion just means more than one follower and when he says his name is legion the demon probably is a demonic leader of some sort so when it comes up to a certain extent he might have been more than possessed, he might have been possessed in a more darker concept that meant he was possessed by a very powerful demon. Most people think excorscisms are in fact not real, but their is a story of a young girl that was possessed during the reformation era in which she cried out in aramaic "those who dare go against thee the reformers are the followers of satan" so that girl had no knowledge of aramaic at all. this lead to a spiritual war betweem the catholics & the refromers while the means of showing a different view of excorscism's. It ended up that the reformers power of prayer did not work but the power of the catholic churches rituals won the battle. The final words of the demon where:

 

You have won thy heart, but you have not won my soul.

 

This confused many of the reformers, because demons aren't suppose to have a heart right?

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(orgin of the word :legion from the herbrew term legio or (ש"ע) לגיון; המון, מספר רב

Legion first mentioned in the "Gospel of Mark" 5:9 to mean possesion of many demons or hence "we are many" Verse in the book of Mark:

And he( jesus) asked him ( the man possesed) what is thy name, and he anwsered saying my name is legion, for we are many.

It is futhermore mentioned in luke and matthew as well. The books are in this order: matthew, mark, luke

if speaking about rational physics it means : a wide open space

lorenjolie's profile pic

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the demon through the man says, "You might as well just call me Legion... for i represent my teams' intentions and there are many on my team. We are a group of demons against you."

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This phrase has been taken from the movie "ghost rider". This phrase is used by a ghost who is not single and has captured many other spirits to join in with him. This is the meaning of this phrase. He calls himself legion because now he is not single but has many other spirits who has joined this soul

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It comes from the parable that Jesus told about the possessed man that was in the tombs. Jesus told the spirt to leave him and the reply was that they were legion, we are many and Jesus ordered the spirits out where they entered into a herd of swine and ran off a cliff into the sea.

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This is a Biblical allusion to an incident where Jesus healed a maniac who ranted and raved as an animal, cut himself with stones and lived among tombs. When Jesus asked

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The Christian New Testament gospels of Mark, Luke and Matthew describe an incident in which Jesus meets a man, or men, possessed by demons who, when asked what their name is, respond:
"My name is Legion, for we are many."(In Latin) "Nomen mihi Legio est, quia multi sumus."

In Latin Legio means to gather, choose, collect, pass through, read, appoint, select 

Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_does_lego_mean_in_DanishIn_Latin#ixzz1VuYQM3Ok

 

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I just wanted to point out to samjazael123 that the demon said that Jesus had got his heart but not his soul was referring to before he became a demon.  Angels of God do have hearts, demons don't.  He was basically stating that although he had gained his heart he would never get his soul because he had already made his choice.

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