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What’s the difference?

May 1, 2006
A man reports hearing voices in his head. He says it is God, telling him to kill. He is put in a psychiatric hospital
Another man reports hearing voices in his head. He says it is God, telling him to preach. He is given a position of power in the community.
Personally, I can’t see the difference. I’ve never heard voices in my head and I certainly wouldn’t tell anyone if I did.
7 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    May 3, 2006 21:58

    Because one is physically dangerous?

    Who died from being preached to exactly?

  2. Stan Still permalink
    May 3, 2006 22:12


    I think you may have missed my point somewhat?

  3. Anonymous permalink
    May 4, 2006 01:27


  4. IT Monkey permalink
    May 5, 2006 01:28

    The difference between the first and the second man is one of discernment.

    The first man hears a voice tell him “Go Kill”. So without question he tries to do just that. I suppose his logic is “I wouldn’t think of killing someone, it must be God telling me that”.

    The second man hears a voice tell him “Go Preach”. Let’s assume the second man is studied in the Bible (Word of God). The bible clearly states “…test everything that is said. Hold onto what is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21

    I would argue the first man doesn’t actually have a relationship with God, has never or rarely read the word, and knows nothing of the truth. The second man has learned through studying, testing and perservering in faith.

    Finally, everyone should realise, God gave us brains to use, so we wouldn’t become morons.

  5. Donna permalink
    May 5, 2006 07:31

    Someone who heard voices in their head, I wouldn’t trust. It was used in the early 20cent as a way of people diplomatically laying down their convictions, but these days if someone hasn’t got the guts to say it was them, and take responsibility for what they want to do with their lives; “I want to preach,” or, “I want to kill people,” then they are generally seen as weak or having something to hide. We can’t blame God for anything we do in our lives, be it for good or bad.

    God grief … where’d this philosophy come from? Must have been a minature toy book on Freud in my cerial packet. Don’t worry, it’ll come out the other end in time and I’ll be back to normal; whatever that is!

  6. Bill Sticker permalink
    May 5, 2006 22:16

    God says; “Stop blaming me! It’s all in your own head!”

    At least, that’s what he told me after he told a rather smutty joke about a Cardinal and a choirboy (Case dismissed – haven’t you heard the lad sing?).



  7. Lennie Briscoe permalink
    May 7, 2006 23:02

    I had to deal with a known sectioned offender. I was escorting him back to the town when he told me there were 6 voices in his head and they were telling him to kill me. I nervously laughed and said “I hope not!”…

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