Was the Son of God Insane?
Did Jesus Christ suffer from Paranoid Schizophrenia?
When one person suffers from a delusion, it’s called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion, it’s called RELIGION.
~Robert M. Prisig
Let’s entertain the idea that Jesus Christ was a complete manic.
It’s been stated that Jesus had ALL the symptoms of having paranoid schizophrenia. To claim that you’re the Son of God (especially during 1st century Palestine), was a very sensitive subject- practically suicidal. If that kind of information came across the wrong group of people (you know, like the Romans) you may find yourself chained, imprisoned, maybe even whipped during the process. If you’re too much of a public nuisance or a threat to the local government, you might find yourself nailed to a crucifix.
Jesus was a very charismatic person, also a little controversial. His demeanor was a bit disruptive and his personality was a little shocking to most. His extreme passiveness while facing death is what modern Christians believe Jesus as having some sort of “plan“.
Symptoms of Paranoid Schizophrenia include:
- Auditory hallucinations
- Condescending manner
- Emotionally distant
A popular example that Jesus suffered from delusional behavior was stated in in Matthew 26:26-28. The verse states that He made a reference to the bread & wine at the “Last Supper” as His “body & blood“.
Jesus claimed to have had conversations with Satan and was in constant communication with God.
Another common symptom of paranoid schizophrenia is that the sufferer believes that he/she has been chosen and was “sent on a mission“. Jesus believed that He was sent on mission from God.
Jesus believed Himself to have healing powers.
Jesus also showed signs of violent behavior. According to Matthew 21:12-13, Jesus is said to have stormed into the temple and started flipping tables with money flying everywhere. He started screaming at everybody accusing them of turning His temple into a den of thieves.
<I once knew a Jesus in East Chicago, Indiana. He started flipping tables in a church once, but it only got him arrested.>
The Son of God also contradicted Himself. In the book of Mark, verse 10, Jesus assured His followers that anyone who does receive the kingdom of God as a child will NEVER enter it.
However – Mark 10:29-30, Jesus once again assured His followers that “NO ONE for His sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time…and in the age to come, eternal life.”
Difficult Family Life may Contributed to Jesus’ Paranoid Schizophrenia
Who’s to say that Jesus had a normal childhood? Joesph was mocked & ridiculed for marrying a woman that was “allegedly” already pregnant and supposedly from another man (at that time, such an act could have had Mary stoned to death).
Maybe Joseph beat Mary & Jesus on a regular basis, causing Jesus to have delusional visual & auditory hallucinations in order to escape the pain. Domestic violence towards infants & children can increase the risk of developing a mental disorder.
Faith vs. Fact
Whether you’re a believer or not, you must admit that Jesus’ contributions to ethics & philosophy were by no means thought to be insane, fabricated or exaggerated.
It’s been said that “sometimes it takes someone of mental disturbance to open the path to new human potential”.
What it all comes down to is FAITH…do you have it? To the scientific community if you cannot touch it, see it or measure it…it does not exist.