November 6, 2016 by Quote:
“Paul, the True Founder of Christianity”
“Somewhere into the early church’s third decade, a new kind of church began to grow up around a dissenting voice among the teachers in the north, based in Syrian Antioch. A theologically educated leather worker from nearby Tarsus named Saul (or when he traveled to Greek speaking places, Paul) began telling a story which many at first found hard to believe.
He began telling people that he had seen the risen Jesus in a vision he had after being thrown to the ground in a kind of seizing fit, accompanied by a bright light that seemed to leave him blind for a couple of days. Many today see in his story the telltale signs ofTemporal Lobe Epilepsy, which produces seizures robbing their victims of sight in varying degrees, also causing them to “see” things that aren’t actually there. They come and go without warning—although they can be made more frequent by a grueling daily schedule involving little sleep, frequent danger, and a great deal of emotional stress—leaving the victim with a weakened body and often permanently damaged eyesight (“SEE WHAT LARGE LETTERS I WRITE WITH BY MY OWN HAND,” Paul once wrote at the end of a letter he had been dictating). “
end quotes (my bold)
So.Christianity may have even been founded by someone who were suffering from a temporal lobe disability
Well. Bugger me.I guess there is no “real great surprise” there then huh