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Do Christians suffer from omenosis, or was it just moses, noah, jesus, and abe?

(From Latin omen (“‘foreboding, omen’”) and (pathology) “osis” used to form the names of any functional disorder of various parts of the body and mind, as in Psychosis.) Together, it is a term to denote the pathology behind religion and or religiosity.

Originally coined to refer to a broad range of disorders that give rise to and sustain religious beliefs; echolalia, schizophrenia, stunted moral development under kholbergs theory of moral development, low IQ, god helmet, god gene, defense mechanism for fear of death, internalized conformity, all refer to the catch all term: omenosis. The syndrome is heightened when coupled with drugs, particularly hallucinogens.

It is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a mental disorder characterized by abnormalities in the perception or expression of reality. Distortions in perception may affect all five senses, including sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch, but most commonly manifest as “spiritual experiences,” paranoid or bizarre delusions, dreams and visions of gods and demons, or disorganized speech and logic with significant social or occupational disruption. Onset of symptoms typically occurs in young adulthood during childhood indoctrination, with approximately 98.4—99.3% of the population affected. Diagnosis is based on the patients self-reported “experiences” and observed behavior. No laboratory test for Omenosis currently exists.

In its narrowest sense, Omenosis deals more with how religious a person is, and less with what religion a person has(in terms of belief in certain gods, practicing certain rituals, belief in the transcendent, experiencing magic, believing in psychic abilities, belief in a soul, retelling certain myths, revering certain symbols, belief in the “sacred” or accepting certain doctrines about deities and afterlife).

Studies suggest that genetics, early environment, neurobiology, psychological and social processes are important contributory factors; some recreational and prescription drugs appear to cause or worsen symptoms. Current psychiatric research is focused on the role of neurobiology, but no single organic cause has been found. Due to the many possible combinations of symptoms, there is debate about whether the diagnosis represents a single disorder or a number of discrete syndromes.

Paul Kurtz and others have endorsed the idea that major religious figures experienced omenosis psychosis – heard voices and displayed delusions of grandeur. Despite its etymology, Omenosis is not the same as dissociative identity disorder, previously known as multiple personality disorder or split personality, with which it has been erroneously confused.

Psychohistorians, on the other hand, accept the psychiatric diagnoses. However, unlike the current medical model of mental disorders they may argue that poor parenting in religious societies causes the religious persons schizoid personality.

Julian Jaynes in his book The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind; he proposed that until the beginning of historic times, schizophrenia or a similar condition was the normal state of human consciousness. This would take the form of a “bicameral mind” where a normal state of low affect, suitable for routine activities, would be interrupted in moments of crisis by “mysterious voices” giving instructions, which early people characterized as interventions from the gods

Increased dopamine activity in the mesolimbic pathway of the brain is consistently found in religious individuals. The mainstay of treatment is anti-psychotic medication; this type of drug primarily works by suppressing dopamine activity. Dosages of anti-psychotics are generally lower than in the early decades of their use. Psychotherapy, and vocational and social rehabilitation are also important. In more serious cases–where there is risk to self and others–involuntary hospitalization may be necessary, although hospital stays are less frequent and for shorter periods than they were in previous times.

It is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a mental disorder characterized by abnormalities in the perception or expression of reality. Distortions in perception may affect all five senses, including sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch, but most commonly manifest as “spiritual experiences,” paranoid or bizarre delusions, dreams and visions of gods and demons, or disorganized speech and logic with significant social or occupational disruption. Onset of symptoms typically occurs in young adulthood during childhood indoctrination, with approximately 98.4—99.3% of the population affected. Diagnosis is based on the patients self-reported “experiences” and observed behavior. No laboratory test for Omenosis currently exists.

In its narrowest sense, Omenosis deals more with how religious a person is, and less with what religion a person has (in terms of belief in certain gods, practicing certain rituals, belief in the transcendent,

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  • Omenosis is not a legitimate psychiatric term and is not included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. http://allpsych.com/disorders/dsm.html

    Anti-religious Atheists have made up the term to attack people of faith and our freedom of religion.

    I find it sad that people of faith invented, fought for, died for, and established the freedom of religion that enables Atheists to live without persecution and now Atheists are trying to take that same freedom away from people of faith.

    The entire world agreed to include freedom of religion in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. See Article 2: http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html

    The citizens of the United States think this freedom is just as important as the freedoms of speech or the press. All are part of the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/constitution.billofrights.html

    Even the Catholic Church seeks and supports the freedom of religion for all human beings. In the Vatican II document, Declaration on Religious Freedom, Dignitatis Humanae (Human Dignity), the Church states:

    The human person has a right to religious freedom. This freedom means that all men are to be immune from coercion on the part of individuals or of social groups and of any human power, in such wise that no one is to be forced to act in a manner contrary to his own beliefs, whether privately or publicly, whether alone or in association with others, within due limits.

    For the entire document, see: http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_decl_19651207_dignitatis-humanae_en.html

    With love in Christ.

  • This is another “just-so-story” in the never-ending saga of materialistic explanations.

    David Berlinski had this to say several years ago in The Weekly Standard:
    As so often happens in the sciences, molecular biology has resolved its mysteries by magical thinking. Whatever the process, it is DNA, according to official doctrine, that is still crucial, still in charge, an agency capable of achieving every biological effect. Evolutionary biologists now assign to the human genome full responsibility for altruism, date rape, aggression, eating disorders, and a taste for Mansfield Park. The truth is we do not know how the genome achieves any effect beyond the molecular. Although more powerful by far than astrology, molecular biology is not appreciably different in kind, the various celestial houses having about as much to do with human affairs as the various genes.

    We’re supposed to be believe that DNA, while directing only the production of proteins and other cell components, is ultimately in charge of everything else about us too — as Berlinski puts it, “altruism, date rape, aggression, eating disorders, and a taste for Mansfield Park,” and much else.

    An infinity of “much else.”

    Love

  • Guess it really depends on what actual reality is. If there is a cookie, and it’s poisoned, and you want to eat it, and I say no–it’s poisoned, it’ll kill you, and you think I’m trying to stop you from having a wonderful desert, you might call me delusional, when in fact you are about to eat a poisoned cookie, and I’m actually the one who is actually in touch with reality….hope your cookie is worth it…

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