I've been going to church now for 2 years, initially to help out after the weekly BBQ, washing the dishes and sometimes turning the community compost heap. Then I started talking to a harmless retired guy, who has alzheimer's, and this turned into a bible study group, run by a pastor. During the bible group, I mostly sit back and listen and comment when asked for an opinion.
Everything was fine until this week, when we started to talk about spirits. Previously we had only ever talked about morality and forgiveness. At least that is how I interpreted what was been talked about.
This week the Pastor started to talk about, 'The Body', 'The Soul', and 'The Spirit'. And from this, a girl there started to talk about evil spirits that tell her to do things, and how the spirit of Jesus comes into her room when she has a boyfriend in her room, and how she wished Jesus would leave her alone sometimes. (She also told everybody she has a 4 foot statue of the Mother Mary in her room, that she got from her mother as a child.) Said said a lot more, and it was all a little bizarre.
Immediately I thought this girl needed psychiatric help. I said nothing, as per usual, and soon found out that I was the only one who thought this. Everybody else thought demons were trying to possess her and she needed Gods help.
This leaves me with an interesting conundrum. Should I help her or leave it to the church to 'help' her.
If the church helps her, then she will always have somebody to turn to, somebody to be there for her. Regardless of whether or not the help she receives is detrimental or beneficial, there will always be somebody there for her. Or should I actually take to a hospital. I know she will not be admitted to the hospital because she isn't suicidal nor is she a danger to others. So I've decided to do nothing and let the church 'take care of her'.
Everybody in the group knows I'm an atheist. And this occurrence, is for them, a very good reason why I should believe in God. For me though, I was thinking that the axons in her brain are not functioning properly. Maybe the axons in her memory are crossing over into the part of the brain that perceives its surroundings at the present moment. So the voices in her head, the demons, are probably past memories she perceives now.(I haven't started to look it up yet though).
Any thoughts on this?