A false belief strongly held in spite of invalidating evidence, especially as a symptom of mental illness.
Pat Robertson, a very popular U.S pastor with his own TV channel, recently spent a week praying to God. After a while he started to hear voices in his head, and wrote down the following revelations from God:
- Who the next president will be
- The world will see a time of maximum stress and peril
- The country will start disintegrating
- The need for over-whelming prayer
Mr. Robertson then asked God to be more specific and wrote down his conversation:
Pat: Is it an EMP blast?
Pat: Is it a cosmic or solar radiation blast?
Pat: Is at a Mayan galaxy threat?
Pat: Is it an Iranian or North-Korean nuclear threat?
Pat: Is it an earth-quake or volcano?
Pat: Is it a massive power failure?
Pat: What is it?
God: It’s an economic collapse.
“And God said, and I quote: This is not my judgment, they are bringing it upon themselves.”