Mark 9 - demon possession "from his youth" - impact on other doctrines
I was intrigued to read Mathew Henry noting that the demon had afflicted him for a long time and that this probably gave the demon a stronger hold. From his youth I take to be below the age of his bar-mitzvah (13).
It raises the question about how a demon gains a hold. As a christian I think in terms of giving a demon permission through dabbling in the occult.
1. Am I wrong in thinking that for an unbeliever is in a sense satan's property and open to demonic possession?
2. Does this undermine what I have been told is the baptist doctrine of "the age of accountability" (as a baptist I disagree, I always thought of it as a presbyterian doctrine :oops:) If he was possessed below the age of accountability???? Or am I misunderstanding "the age of accountability"