The only voices one actually hears in one’s head are your own and a mishmash of memories of real and experienced events – our brains are not transmitters or receivers, they are the processing CPU of our sense gathering sub-sytems – sight, sound, taste and smell is what we most pay attention to – and then there is the whole body sensing organ – skin that covers our exterior membrane (including digestive system contained internally)
Our brains process in the lizard and ape portions for primal and survival response while our human brains often override these impulses.
Anyone can say they talk to god or any of the other ones or demi-beingings – Catholics often show some humility by assigning voices to angels or saints rather than the Top God.
Except that god is only supposed to talk to chosen ones who are leaders in the religions.
Which is where it becomes really too tidy, dontcha think?
Hearing voices is a mental illness – delusional or schizophrenia. Religion is delusional and it is something that people have to put effort into maintaining, usually for social standing, inclusion in communities and conformity.
prophets to personality cults – people listening to the one they follow, who eventually dies (sometimes with the flock in tow mass suicides, going together is so much more social – and sometimes culturally as an obligation to go into the afterlife with The Husband, if the wife(s) or the court of retainers if a Pharaoh/King.
There is really no reason to assume this is a dress rehearsal or audition for some other existence – and it rather limits one’s experience of this world, which probably means missing the point of this life if the other holds.
so – a cult is formed around a person, and if the group continues after that leader’s death and others are able to form groups that support them, then it becomes a religion and shifts from God to leader to followers to God to a system of special followers and then the people they translate or further disseminate to. All under the illusion that the religious leader is somehow a better or special person, when really, we know to the cliche that absolute power corrupts absolutely, so people who seek power are already flawed and compensating.
In any event:
religious leaders are given leeway to talk to their god and represent them
but rank and file general public who claim to talk to god tend to be assessed as mental health patients
Region is money for nothing and altar boys for free, eh?
and frankly, I don’t think the apparent functioning in an environment of 24/7 god all day all night and all the time… talk about enablers and co-dependency
so this idea of so many people who want to be in charge because god told them to, shouldn’t be vote getting statements, they should be highly concerning and even alarming statements
“The president of the United States has claimed, on more than one occasion, to be in dialogue with God. If he said that he was talking to God through his hairdryer, this would precipitate a national emergency. I fail to see how the addition of a hairdryer makes the claim more ridiculous or offensive.”
― Sam Harris,
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