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Satanism Part I

The Congested Brain of Jesus
By Dr. Jules Soury

From his book Studies on Jesus and The Gospels
Jesus the God, gone down in his glory, like a star sunk
beneath the horizon but still shedding a few faint rays on
the world, threw a halo round the bow of Jesus the Prophet.
In the dull glow of that twilight, in the melancholy but
charming hour when everything seemed wrapped in vague,
ethereal tints, Jesus appeared to Strauss and Renan such as
he had shown himself to his first disciples, the Master par
excellence, a man truly divine. Then came the night; and as
darkness descended on those flickering gospel beginnings
there remained nought to be described though the obscurity
of dubious history, but dimly looming, the portentous
outline of the gibbet and its victim.

In the perfect present work Jesus makes his appearance,
perhaps for the first time, as a sufferer from a grave
malady, the course of which we have attempted to trace.

The nervous, or cerebral disorder, at first congestive and
then inflammatory, under which he labored, was not only
deep-seated and dangerous -- it was incurable. Among us at
the present time that affection may be seen daily making
kings, millionaires, popes, prophets, saints, and even
divinities of poor fellows who have lost their balance; it
has produced more than one Messiah. If we be right in the
interpretation of data which has been followed in the study
of morbid psychology, Jesus, at the time of his death, was
in a somewhat advanced stage of this disorder. He was, to
all appearance, cut off opportunly; the gibbet saved him
from actual madness.

The diagnosis which we have ventured to draw is based on
three sets of facts which are attested by the most ancient
and trustworthy of the witnesses of his career.

1. Religious excitement, then general in Palestine, drove
Jesus to the wilderness, where he lived some time the life
of a recluse, as those who considered themselves to have the
prophetic mission often did. Carried away with the idea that
he was divinely inspired to proclaim the coming of the
Messiah he left his own people and his native place, and,
attended by a following of fishermen and other of the same
class, went about among the towns and villages of Galilee
announcing the speedy approach of the Kingdom of Heaven.

2. After having proclaimed the coming of the Messiah, like
other contemporary Jewish prophets, Jesus gradually came to
look upon himself as the Messiah, the Christ. He allowed
himself to be called the Son of David, the Son of God, and
had among his followers one, if not more, of those fanatical
Sicarii, so graphically described by Josephus, who were
waiting for the deliverance of Israel from the yoke of Rome.
Progressive obliteration of the consciousness of his
personal identity marks the interval between the somewhat
vague revelation which he made to his disciples at the foot
of Mount Herman and the day when, before Caiaphas and before
Pilate, he openly declared that he was the Messiah, and by
that token the King of the Jews.

3. The cursing of the fig tree whereon there were no figs,
because "the time of the figs was not yet," the violent
conduct toward the dealers and changers at the temple, were
manifestly foolish acts. Jesus had come to believe that
everything was permitted him, that all things belonged to
him, that nothing was too hard for him to do. For a long
time he had given evident signs of perversion of the natural
affections, especially with respect to his mother and
brethren. To the fits of anger against the priests and
religious ministers of his nation, to the ambitious
extravagance of his words and acts, to the wild dream of his
Messianic grandeur, there rapidly supervened a
characteristic depression of the mental faculties and
strength, a giving way of the intellectual and muscular flowers.

Each of those periods in the career of Jesus corresponds to
a certain pathological state of his nervous system.

By reacting on the heart, the religious excitement he
labored under and the attendant functional exacerbations had
the immediate effect of accelerating the circulation, unduly
dilating the blood vessels, and producing cerebral congestion.

Chronic congestion of the brain, subjectively considered, is
always attended in the initial stage with great increase of
the moral consciousness, extraordinary activity of the
imagination, often leading to hallucinations, and later on
with absurdly exaggerated, frequently delerious ideas of
power and greatness. That stage is also usually
characterized by irritability and fits of passion.

Objectively considered what is observable is hypertrophy of
the cellules and nerve-tubes, excessive cerebral plethora
and vascularity due to the great efflux of blood and
superabundant nutrition of the encaphalon. Inflammation of
the meningeal covering, and of the brain itself is, sooner
or later, a further result of the chronic congestion. The
vessels, turgid and loaded with blood, permit the
transudation of the blood globules; the circulation becomes
impeded, then arrested, with the result of depriving the
cortical cerebral substance of arterial blood, which is its
life; the historical elements undergo alteration,
degenerate, become softened, and as the disorganization
proceeds are finally reduced to inert detrirus.

The brain may remain capable more or less well of performing
its functions when deprived to a large extent of its
necessary food, but not so when the cerebral cellules are
disorganized. Dementia consequently is the rational sequel
of the congestive state. To the destruction of the cortical
substance supervenes partial or total loss of consciousness,
according to the extent of the lesion. Such portions of the
encephalon as continue capable of performing any duty being
in a state of hyperaemia, there is often delerium more or
less intense up to the last.

The process of the disorder is irregular; remissions occur
during which the reasoning faculties seem to be recovered.
But whether the duration extends only to a few months or to
several years, the increasing weakness of the patient, the
intellectual and muscular decay, the cachetic state to which
he falls, the lesions of other organs performing essential
functions which ensue, bring life to a close, and frequently
without suffering.

This is how Jesus would have ended had he been spared the
violent death of the cross.

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