Religion, As Disease: that's R.A.D.
So I was watching House. For those of you who don't know, House is a show on Fox about a medical genius named... well... House. He's kind of cynical, with a rational and thoughtful, and yet forlorn approach to life. Basically, we see him and his team of doctors take unsolvable cases each Tuesday night at 9 Eastern. The plot is rather repeptitive, what with ever Tuesday someone coming in sick, and then leaving healed, but House's witty quips and viewpoints keep the show flowing, if not smoothly, then without excessive halting. Oh, also, House is an atheist.
So, in today's show, the dyeing patient is a 15 year old faith healer, who somehow has the impression that he is the voice of God. Throughout the show, he blinds those around him with deep, thoughtful insights and breathtaking healings. But, eventually, House confronts him about his beliefs, and reveals step by step how he has fooled everyone into believing he has some powers, when in fact he is just a fraud. Eventually, the kid says "Yes, but I have faith in God," and walks away. How frustrating.
But the point is, just before death, House discovers the kid's illness. He apparently has a combination of Syphilis, Herpes, and a brain tumor. Only in House, right? The STD's are of a special form that attack tumors first, instead of the body, which explains how the patient he "healed" experienced a shrinking of her fatal tumor, though only temporary. The brain tumor, though, that causes delusions, and voices. Since the age of 10 (when he developed the tumor) this kid has been hearing voices he thinks are the voices of God, but they're really just a fatal disease!
Wouldn't it be so great if everyone who believes in God just admitted what they actually have is a horrible mental disease and went and got fixed? Eh? Eh? Well, I can dream.