Monday, April 24, 2017

Miracles, Myth, or Psychotic Episodes?

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There are two odd accounts about Jesus, after his death and alleged resurrection, in The New Testament Gospel of Luke, Chapter 24:13.

Two disciples, walking along a road in Emmaus, were approached by a man (Luke writes it was Jesus) who struck up a conversation with the men and accompanied them to the village where he sat and broke bread with them, whereupon the men purportedly realized that the man was Jesus, who then vanished before them.
Later, while relating the incident to the other disciples (apostles), the man (Jesus, Luke writes) appeared before them all.

He showed them his wounds and asked if they had anything to eat. They gave the man a piece of broiled fish which he ate. The he instructed them in the mission they were to perform, and accompanied them to Bethany, “and, raising His hands, He blessed them. While He blessed them He was parted from them and taken up into heaven.” [Luke 24:50-51]
Here we have an actual visitation of a resurrected Jesus Christ or a mass hysteria, a folie à plusieurs ("madness of many").

Luke’s discourse offers an example of a psychotic episode in the first related account, when the two disciples don’t recognize the man they met and spoke with, even when they sat close up at dinner.

The second account provides an example of an induced hallucination when another group of disciples/apostles see and talk to a man, providing “confirmations” that makes it appear he’s the Jesus they all knew, and who had seemingly died shortly before.

What’s at work here, a mass psychosis or a truly miraculous event?


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