Did you know that St. Patrick "heard voices"?

He also had an experience that the skeptics would call "sleep paralysis". (I'm watching "Classroom" on A&E.) I guess it's a biography about him. What do you think about this? Do you think he was hearing God, or angels, or spirits, or......

Update:

Mart..I don't understand your answer.

Update 2:

Skye...The "snakes" were people???? How did you get that?? I do think that Joan of Arc fought for a king who later killed her..and a church that didn't defend her. .& many people were killed in battles..because she thought she was hearing from God. As for myself..I was told to "listen to the guiding of the Holy Spirit" by Charismatics. I think I didn't have discernment & followed the wrong spirits.

Update 3:

PD..Good to have you back. I might not always agree with what you say..but I'll always "defend your right to say it." (As long as it's not cruel etc.)

Update 4:

Skye..I'm posting a link. Please read Morvin's answer & his link.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=200803...

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  • mannon
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
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    I think that whichever each person chooses to believe will be

    will be the 'right' answer for them.

    There is a world-renowned neurologist who believes that many of the saints may have been suffering from migraine headaches, and that voices and visions could have been part of their prodrome, AKA aura.

    I don't have a ready answer one way or the other myself, but I do believe in God and angels, that they do speak at times, and that if God or his angels even chose to manifest as part of a migraine headache, so be it!

    Source(s): Oliver Sachs, M.D. in his book "Migraine"
  • 1 decade ago

    I believe humans have always experienced things the cause of which weren't immediately apparent. Being unable to fully understand the cause of this event would make you seek an explanation in areas with which you are familiar. In the cases of St. Patrick, Joan of Arc, etc. they as Christians interpreted their personal event in a Christian context. They drew the conclusion that it had a supernatural cause.

    I believe many of those people today who believe they have experienced something paranormal are doing the very same thing--they believe in ghosts, demons, etc. so the explanation that makes the most sense to them is that they just saw one.

    Source(s): pd
  • 1 decade ago

    I don't think he was hearing God. Period. St.Patrick was responsible for the genocide of the pagan people in Ireland. That was the snakes he cast out. They were people that were killed.

    He was a nut and a murderer and what comes out of it. A holiday celebrating it disguised as a party honoring what it is to be Irish that's turned into an insult to any one with that heritage.

    edit: Snakes was a figure of speech they used. The pagans were seen as evil and snakes are usually associated as a symbolic embodiment of evil (i.e. the serpent in the garden)

    Pagan is a general term. The Druid religion is part of that general term.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I don't know if it has anything to do with religion, but more with something or someone wanted you to go to/meet something.

    And the average adult goes through sleep paralysis at least once in their life...happened to many of my friends and family, it's normal.

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    most think prophets are no longer needed and therefore were never. when we go back to ridding horses that will no longer have been their opinion.

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