I didn't want to put this under relgion because of the story..
The story of Jaycee Lee Dugard is really sick and messed up. But what do you think about the man saying he could hear and talk to god?
Obviously god didn't "make" him do it. But what do you think about the story?
I believe he is delusional and is schizophrenic he is quite mentally ill and God would never make someone do something so disgusting! More like the devil made him do it! So he should stop blaming his sick issues on God!
The line between religious experience and mental illness is pretty thin sometimes.
People should be careful about taking instructions directly from *God*. If you think God is talking to you, talk to another person about it, or two, or six. Make some friends. Run it by somebody else!
Chances are they'll tell you to snap out of it.
So many of these very sick people have no one to ask for a reality check, so they talk to *God* and it isn't God at all. It's just another part of their own sick, isolated brains.
I agree with Pam, with the addition that some of the people are not as sick as they want people to believe. It's a very manipulative ploy to hide behind the voice of God. And perfectly well people will use it to their advantage. Elizabeth Smart says her captors were perfectly rational people the time she was held captive, but are now raging lunatics in prison, still not going to trial because they are found to be mentally incompetent. There may be a mixture of both, incompetence and a ruse. When people need to survive something, they will likely go to nearly any length. A lie is a pretty easy thing to do to cover one's tracks.
Sounds a bit like the Abraham syndrome to me. Remember? God supposedly told Abraham to sacrifice his son. And how many other weirdos murdered their children saying they also listened to the voice of God? Whether real or imagined, a reality check is a good thing each day.
God speaks to all of us, but not through a "box" as David Garrido explains. I agree with all that pgrundy said, but would add that I'm not sure who was sicker -- David or his wife.
I have noticed a lot of schizophrenics try and relate their illness to speaking to god.
A lot of them claim they can.
Have you ever noticed how Charles Manson kind of looks 'lit up' but not in a good way? I mean, usually we associate light with God, but there's a guy who is shiny, beaming, demented.
I don't know what that has to do with anything--I've just always wondered about it.
I agree with Pam and Daniel.
For everyone who is sick enough to believe he's actually hearing God, there are a bunch more who are sociopath enough to use that line to either come across as sick (and use that as a defense), or else to continue to try to convince people they are "special receivers of God's messages" (for their own control, self-aggrandizement, reasons).
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