SUCIDE OR AN ACT OF FAITH: Music to calm the savage Beast? By Andre Austin The battle between King Saul and King David resulted in Saul’s fears that David ambition to the mental illness of paranoia. Other biblical evidence shows that Saul’s worried were solidly rooted in fact. The story of David coming to Saul’s court as a youth with musical talents and ability. He’s credited with the poems of the book of Psalms. He also appears in the stories as a skilled user of clever words. The editors of the Bible embellished the story of David’s arrival with an artificial account of Saul’s mental anguish and the need for music to soothe his anguish. David and Samuel plotted together to remove Saul from the throne through a military coup. The Biblical editors overlaid the historical core with an important but fallacious claim that Saul had developed a paranoid fear that David’s popularity would drive him to oust Saul from the throne or, at the least, deprive Saul’s heirs from following in his royal footsteps. We see this play out in Hollywood movies all the time trying to set up family members with a mental illness so they can seize their property. Or better yet kill them and make it look like a suicide. The Bible writers were slick by first laying out the foundation that Saul had mental health issues that David helped him out with music. Now the stage was set and they would end the story with this: “Saul took his own sword and fell on it” (1 Samuel 31:4). Yeah right David hired a hit squad to snuff him out. Or take the story of Titus destroying the Temple in 70AD and say the Jews burned down their own Temple. I see people behind religious clothes and a podium blame the owners of houses that are lost to criminal vandalism. Or with a car bought with defects as being the fault of the purchaser and not the fraudulent seller. Back on David whose editors picture him as killing Goliath but other passages in the OT credits the bodyguard Elhanan of David as killing Goliath (2 Sam 21:19). Jews hated Goliath so David wanted to ride on that sentiment and get the credit. But the people utterly abhorred David (1 Sam 27:12) and thought he was Satan by his racketeering oppressive Census (1 Chron 21). The Jewish people loved Saul so David didn’t want to claim his death. The Jewish people loved James too and Paul didn’t want to claim the blood on his hands for that. Or take the killing of James by Paul, etal and substitute his name for that of Stephen in the book of Acts chapter 7 & 8. See Robert Eisenman for this plausible theory in Volume 1 of James, the brother of Jesus. Speaking of James, the no doctor policy of some crank churches out there. They use the book of James 5:13-16 only when they advised sick patients not to seek medical advice. I’m weary of churches that get life insurance policies donated to them from the elderly and have a no knocking on the Doctor’s door death crusade for more funds. Why can’t we have prayer and medicine uniting together to fight bad health. What about that little bit of wine for stomach troubles and frequent illnesses that was talked about in 1 Timothy 5:23. I see nothing with Music to help out with depression and things. “Teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual song with gratitude in your hearts” Col 3:16. Music & Medicine are a perfect match for being in harmony to fight sickness. You don’t just want to be left with Faith without the other equation even its only folk medicine can sometime beat the funeral parlor. You don’t want to get caught behind the eight-ball to die unnaturally young in your 30’s leaving behind a half dozen kids. Who wants to die unnecessarily now being up in the clouds, maybe behind the gates listening to the harps, only having to go below to hear the violin of a man in a red jump suit with some red pannie hoes on?