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Is faith a mental illness?

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posted on Jul, 13 2013 @ 09:40 AM
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reply to post by Deetermined
 


I have no secrets here, look at my title.




posted on Jul, 13 2013 @ 09:42 AM
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I feel it should be pointed out that, to some extent, faith is exercised every minute of every day of our lives. We exercise faith that the stranger standing behind us in the grocery line isn't about to unload several clips on fellow shoppers. We exercise faith that the car turning right at the intersection won't suddenly swerve and hit us head on. We exercise faith that a drunken driver won't bury his or her vehicle in our living room. We exercise faith that the food we eat was prepared properly.

If you say, "Oh, I don't exercise faith", then you should be living like John Malkovich in the movie RED. He doesn't have faith, and it shows.
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posted on Jul, 13 2013 @ 09:43 AM
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Originally posted by Samuelis
reply to post by Deetermined
 


I have no secrets here, look at my title.

What do you consider 'your title'?
Are you referring to your username or the title of the thread or something else?
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posted on Jul, 13 2013 @ 09:47 AM
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reply to post by AfterInfinity
 


I agree with you, I could have made a much better title but I expanded on the topic more in the op. I wanted to address religious fanaticism, the more "aggressive" side to religion. Faith in general is necessary, but in the context I wanted to address it is not.



posted on Jul, 13 2013 @ 09:48 AM
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Originally posted by Itisnowagain

Originally posted by Samuelis
reply to post by Deetermined
 


I have no secrets here, look at my title.

What do you consider 'your title'?
Are you referring to your username or the title of the thread or something else?
edit on 13-7-2013 by Itisnowagain because: (no reason given)


My ATS custom title under my name on my avatar, also my mood.



posted on Jul, 13 2013 @ 09:49 AM
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Originally posted by Samuelis
reply to post by AfterInfinity
 


I agree with you, I could have made a much better title but I expanded on the topic more in the op. I wanted to address religious fanaticism, the more "aggressive" side to religion. Faith in general is necessary, but in the context I wanted to address it is not.

So 'faith is not a mental illness but you wrote a thread to imply that it is.
Maybe 'fanaticism' is caused by a mental problem.

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posted on Jul, 13 2013 @ 09:50 AM
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posted on Jul, 13 2013 @ 09:57 AM
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Originally posted by Itisnowagain

Originally posted by Samuelis
reply to post by AfterInfinity
 


I agree with you, I could have made a much better title but I expanded on the topic more in the op. I wanted to address religious fanaticism, the more "aggressive" side to religion. Faith in general is necessary, but in the context I wanted to address it is not.

So 'faith is not a mental illness but you wrote a thread to imply that it is.

edit on 13-7-2013 by Itisnowagain because: (no reason given)


I asked the question if religious FANATICISM could be a form of mental illness. It shouldn't be offensive unless you consider yourself a religious fanatic. Titles are meant to be short and sweet are they not?

It's 1am here and I need to hit the hay. Will catch up in the morning.

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posted on Jul, 13 2013 @ 10:01 AM
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I'm not attempting to insult or offend with this thread, instead I want to explore the possibility that many instances of religious fanaticism may in fact be a sign of clinical Delusions of Grandeur, and may be a cureable illness with use of medication and psychological guidance.


Taken from the OP. See? No offense intended. Also, "religious fanaticism" is clearly referenced. If you're offended, maybe you should examine that within yourself and not immediately assume the OP is wrong.



posted on Jul, 13 2013 @ 10:04 AM
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Originally posted by Samuelis

Originally posted by Itisnowagain

Originally posted by Samuelis
reply to post by AfterInfinity
 


I agree with you, I could have made a much better title but I expanded on the topic more in the op. I wanted to address religious fanaticism, the more "aggressive" side to religion. Faith in general is necessary, but in the context I wanted to address it is not.

So 'faith is not a mental illness but you wrote a thread to imply that it is.

edit on 13-7-2013 by Itisnowagain because: (no reason given)


I asked the question if religious FANATICISM could be a form of mental illness. It shouldn't be offensive unless you consider yourself a religious fanatic. Titles are meant to be short and sweet are they not?


'Faith' is not fanatic. But one can be fanatic about religion or anything really.
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posted on Jul, 13 2013 @ 10:05 AM
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Originally posted by AfterInfinity
reply to post by Itisnowagain
 



I'm not attempting to insult or offend with this thread, instead I want to explore the possibility that many instances of religious fanaticism may in fact be a sign of clinical Delusions of Grandeur, and may be a cureable illness with use of medication and psychological guidance.


Taken from the OP. See? No offense intended. Also, "religious fanaticism" is clearly referenced. If you're offended, maybe you should examine that within yourself and not immediately assume the OP is wrong.

I am not offended - I am discussing.
You yourself pointed out that 'faith' is exercised each moment. Did you do so because you were offended?
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posted on Jul, 13 2013 @ 11:17 AM
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Great posts.
Seems to me your avatar was inspired by your former occupation.

edit on 13/7/13 by Astyanax because: lux verita aeternis.



posted on Jul, 13 2013 @ 11:46 AM
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You assume that it is blind faith since you yourself have no proof. If sane people in churches could communicate with their GOD what makes you think that this would be spoken about to the public without repercussions. The truth is that everyone communicates with the other side on one level or another and if you are not aware of that communication then you are being punished for some thing that went against GOD.



posted on Jul, 13 2013 @ 11:51 AM
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Originally posted by Cuervo
If faith is a mental illness then it is an epidemic that has persisted since the dawn of humanity


It would make sense since they didn't have the appropriate treatment until recently.



posted on Jul, 13 2013 @ 12:07 PM
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Originally posted by NOTurTypical

Originally posted by Akragon
reply to post by Samuelis
 


Medication for religious fanaticism?

That's rich!


They'll be advertising on TV soon enough... some side effects include, depression, anxiety, dry mouth, itchiness, loss of appetite, loss of hearing, sudden blindness, heart attack, stroke, and anal leakage...

True story


Medical marijuana perhaps?


bahahaha!

right.... its a God given plant....

I've heard its mentioned in the bible somewhere...



posted on Jul, 13 2013 @ 12:08 PM
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Oh yea? So what is the appropriate treatment that is saving the world now?



posted on Jul, 13 2013 @ 12:10 PM
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Originally posted by Akragon

Originally posted by NOTurTypical

Originally posted by Akragon
reply to post by Samuelis
 


Medication for religious fanaticism?

That's rich!


They'll be advertising on TV soon enough... some side effects include, depression, anxiety, dry mouth, itchiness, loss of appetite, loss of hearing, sudden blindness, heart attack, stroke, and anal leakage...

True story


Medical marijuana perhaps?


bahahaha!

right.... its a God given plant....

I've heard its mentioned in the bible somewhere...
Kanah bosem canni bus I say it all started with a burning bush.



posted on Jul, 13 2013 @ 12:19 PM
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Originally posted by deadeyedick
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Oh yea? So what is the appropriate treatment that is saving the world now?


saving the world? oh yeah now i'm super inclined to answer you


better then no treatment and continuing the delusion unabated.



posted on Jul, 13 2013 @ 12:19 PM
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SO moses actually smoked the bush... that's why he heard voices?

I'd buy that...




posted on Jul, 13 2013 @ 12:24 PM
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personally i think yes and no. I think it has to do with the combination of the infrared heat that is put off and the consumption allowed GOD to momentary change the amount of light their eyes perceived at the time.


Ancient mryyh was kanah too and often the term myrrh was used to describe edibles with kanah in them and soon after it was banned the tree resin myrrh took on the name and much was forgotten.
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