Tuesday, July 10, 2007

FLOTSAM & JETSAM

Sam Smith

Although it may be because I don't really believe in him, but I can say with certainty that God has never stopped his majestic efforts to talk with me. Further, even among the more religious I know, I can't recall any describing an instance in which God actually conversed with them. These people have ranged from the merely decent to the near saintly. They have prayed to God, thought about God, kept God in their hearts, but, so far as I know, God has never left a message for them on their cell phone.

Which leads me to wonder why, of all people, God talks so regularly to the likes of George Bush and Senator David Vitter who recently said of his dealings with an escort service, "Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling. Out of respect for my family, I will keep my discussion of the matter there - with God and them."

Of course there is always the possibility that people like Bush and Vitter are lying or just deluded, but I would appreciate some theological help on this matter. If I am to be saved, I first need to know the politics of who's saving me and right now it doesn't look very hopeful.

2 Comments:

At July 10, 2007 4:28 PM, Anonymous said...

There's a medical term for the hearing voices in your head. It's schizophrenia.

 
At July 11, 2007 12:32 PM, Mairead said...

[pedant]Actually, it's "auditory halucinations", which, it's true, can be symptomatic of schizophrenia. But transient conditions (e.g., med reactions, sleep deprivation) can produce them too, and not everyone with schizophrenia gets them.
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In the instant case (politicians), I'd diagnose antisocial personality disorder in the senator, and antisocial personality disorder with schizophrenic and general medical features in Bush.

Neither of them has an appropriate concern for the rights of others, they show no evidence of remorse for their behavior, and they tell obvious lies without any apparent discomfort.

 

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