In discussing this weird tale with a fundie, he said it wasn't Jesus who was at fault for the loss of the pigs, “technically it was the demons fault for asking”. Now there’s an example of twisted apologetics. It certainly isn't supported by logic. Let's analyze the alleged event.
What are we to believe?
- That Jesus wasn't powerful enough to do the exorcism without providing a suitable alternate host?
- That we have a man-god who takes requests from demons as to how they should be dealt with?
- That Jesus evidently values the requests of demons over the lives of innocent animals, not to mention demonstrating a complete disregard for the financial loss to the pig's uninvolved owners.
Or putting it in contemporary terms, it would be tantamount to:
- a cop getting the drop on two known murderers, who he caught in the act of committing a new murder.
- The murderers ask the cop not to shoot or arrest and imprison them but instead to provide them with a lower life form to slaughter instead of their human victim.
- The cop agrees and offers them the two Irish Setters strolling down the sidewalk.
Even if in the course of dispatching the two dogs, the killers killed themselves, common sense tells us that the owner of those dogs, and the judge hearing his law suit, would have a lot of questions not the least of which would be why an authority, empowered and equipped to dispose of the criminals in a sanctioned manner, saw fit to acquiesce to the criminals’ request and provide them with substitute victims that belonged to an uninvolved third party?
It takes a pretty good imagination, a fanciful embellishment of the scenario, or serious psychological infirmity to come up with a justification, "technically" or otherwise, that would exonerate the cop and not find him derelict of duty, complicit in the act, and fully liable. Of course, theism is a mental infirmity.
No -- The facts are simple: along with his distain for “fags” (per Fred Phelps) and figs [Mark 11:12-14], Jesus also hates pigs. And much like the donkey he had his henchmen "borrow" for him [Mathew 21:2], he's not at all concerned about taking or destroying other people’s property.
Destroying fig trees, stealing donkeys, killing pigs, setting family members against each other -- all clearly indicate a history of sociopathic behavior. Maybe that's why he was crucified. Sounds like he had it coming.