First, no charge can be made against the Lord unless the event actually happened. Those who criticize Christ must concede, first, that this account represents a factual incident; otherwise, their allegation is baseless. Are they willing to admit that Jesus actually cast out demons? If so, exactly what did that circumstance prove?
Second, if Christ is a Divine Being, then He is sovereign over the entire creation and, in reality, everything belongs to Him (cf. Colossians 1:16). God said: For every beast of the forest is mine, And the cattle upon a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10). Hogs, too! Thus, in the interest of a higher good, the Lord had every right to allow this incident to occur.
Third, swine were unclean according to Old Testament regulations (Leviticus 11). It is entirely possible that the owners of these pigs were Jews, engaged in an unlawful enterprise. If such was the case, the Saviors economic rebuke certainly would have been warranted.
Fourth, as the scholarly R.C. Foster once observed, Christ permitted the destruction of the swine knowing that it would awaken the Gergesenes from their indifference and ultimately assist in the salvation of a multitude in the community. There are things that transcend the material, and hardship can have a benevolent result in the final ordering of ones affairs.
In view of these factors, no legitimate indictment can be leveled against the Son of God in connection with this episode.
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