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do you beleive it is possible that many characters from the bible could have been schizophrenic? i truly believe that some of the stories that are said to be "absolutely true" are stories from minds that suffered from schizophrenia or some other kind of mental illness

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:41 PM on May. 7, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • As someone that suffers with Schizophrenia I have to say NO. Only in very rare cases do you run in to someone that has such spacific "personalities" in their head. Most poeple that hear voices can't put a name to them, they are just there.
    I think a few of them may have been on drugs or dilusinal but not Schizo...

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:55 PM on May. 7, 2009

  • I honestly just think it has to do with the difference in mentality/language/expression/intelligence(man has progressed)/and so on.

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 12:11 AM on May. 8, 2009

  • I just believe the Bible is seriously dramatized so the point can be clearly made and have an extreme effect on some.


    Answer by hannahwill at 1:09 AM on May. 8, 2009

  • Not schizophrenia. Drugs. Prophets/seers/astrologers all used combinations of fasting and mind altering substances, sometimes for days, before they would have visions and then write them down.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:38 AM on May. 8, 2009

  • Yes, and I also believe that Religious people who 'hear God' are schizophrenic as well.

    Answer by IhartU at 8:11 AM on May. 8, 2009

  • yes I do, but to get into the whys and would not only be a long conversation, but one that would probably not be well received by many...including christians. Ya know the whole demonic spirit discussion. Too deep and too long for a friday. Im tired.

    Answer by momofsaee at 8:41 AM on May. 8, 2009

  • There are lots of stories about religious figures that heard voices (Joan of Arc, St. Patrick). I don't know if it was schizophrenia, but I think it was probably a mental disorder of some sort.

    Answer by Marwill at 11:29 AM on May. 8, 2009

  • Sure that seems valid (no sarcasm)


    Answer by ozarkgirl3 at 5:58 PM on May. 8, 2009

  • I doubt it. The custom at the time was to use hallucinogenic plants to induce visions. I'm guessing they were just high...although John of Patmos may have been a little bit mentally unbalanced as well. Just read his acid trip in Revelations!!

    Answer by witchqueen at 5:07 PM on May. 9, 2009

  • King James Bible : Revelation : Chapter 22

    Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

    King James Bible : Revelation : Chapter 3

    He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

    Answer by age55 at 2:53 PM on May. 10, 2009

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