I have seen people speaking in tounges when I attended church services to make a girlfriend happy, and I have a few thoughts that seem relevant.
I have come to the belief that certain forms of epilepsy play an extremely important role in religion.
There is a (controversial) disorder associated with temporal lobe epilepsy called Geschwind Syndrome, which is associated with feelings of overwhelming religious obsession, and a loss of interest in sex.
People who suffer from temporal lobe epilepsy often start spouting nonsense words, mixing pronounciation, and so forth. Also, certain types of temporal lobe epilepsy are hereditary . . . which is why I believe that certain families and lineages are considered “holy” . . . as in my case, as my family are descended from the Biblical Levites.
Sombody with temporal lobe epilepsy may be obsessively religious, spout nonsense while in the grip of the “holy spirit,” be immune to pain (while siezing), and be a member of a “holy” family.
Epilepsy and autism are closely associated with each other as both may be hereditary, and autistic people are up to ten times more likely to have some form of epilepsy.
An autistic person may be able to do complicated math problems in his or her head, have a photographic memory, and other talents that seem miraculous.
If we take all of these points into consideration, then I’m satisfied that I know where the phenomena of “speaking in tounges” comes from.
People with Geschwind Syndrome can also have a compulsion to write obsessively, and they can have unpredictable mood swings.
If we take all of these points into consideration, then you can see why I believe that Moses (if he existed) was an autistic man with temporal lobe epilepsy.
- Posessed by the spirit of the Lord . . . or temporal lobe seizures.
- Trouble communicating, which is why God appointed Aaron to be his spokesperson.
- Losing his temper when the Isrealites broke the rules and worshipped the wrong God.
- His rules in Leviticus about mixing fabrics and threads, as autistic people have sensory issues with the textures of clothing.
- His dietary rules about dairy products, as autistic people very often have stomach issues . . . especially with dairy products.
- Rigid rules about sexuality.
- The burning bush seems relevant, as bright lights and flashes are symptomatic of epilepsy.
- In ancient times, epilepsy was considered divine. Hippocrates specifically said: “Men think epilepsy divine. If men called everything divine that they didn’t understand, then there would be no end of divine things.”
- Being set afloat in a basket shortly after a birth in poverty seems to qualify as a problem birth . . . and problems during birth can be a risk factor for both autism and epilepsy.
- If anyone thinks that it’s a stretch that a man with autism can create a religion, then consider Peter Popoff . . . a religious con artist who has needed nothing more than covert radio transmitters to deceive people into thinking that he represents God . . . so that he can fleece them for money. If Popoff can do this in modern times, then what might a man with autistic abilities be able to do during the Bronze Age?
- Men are 4 to 6 times more likely to be autistic than women . . . and men are the ones whom are priests and/or religious leaders . . . although there are many, many other reasons why religious leadership is dominated by men, so autism is a minor component of this particular point.
And so on.
This is why I believe that epilepsy started the tradition of speaking in tounges.
I am thinking of writing an essay for submission on these topics, so any rebuttal, honest criticism, or other feedback would be very much appreciated . . . even if you disagree with me.
I will give credit in my essay if anyone wants to weigh in, and–of course–wants to give me their info . . . if it gets published.