Too Much Faith Will Make You Crazy: Man dies waiting for God to heal him.

Another in our ongoing series of people who had perhaps a tad too much faith takes us to South Carolina and 33 year-old Mr. Tillman. It seems Tillman tore his ACL back in March and when he went to the doctor’s office to get patched up they told him he’d have to pay $300 upfront before the repair could be done. Mr. Tillman couldn’t afford the appointment so he drove back home and settled his 550-pound frame, naked save for a blanket, into a recliner where he took up a Bible and stayed… for the past eight months believing all the while that God would heal him.

His wife tended to his needs as best as she could, but in the end God decided he had via better things to do than to heal Mr. Tillman:

“He read his Bible daily, he spent his full focus on God,” said Webb. “And he was literally waiting and praying for a Job miracle. If anybody knows the Bible and knows Job, he really and fully believed that God was going to heal him just like he did Job, because he said he couldn’t think of a better testimony to go out and to tell people.”

For eight months they had no visitors. Webb rarely left his side, and she tried to keep him clean.

“I couldn’t get him rolled over to use a bedpan,” said Webb.

Other than eating and reading the Bible, she says Tillmon posted sermons online and texted messages of faith through his cell phone.

“He wanted so much to get up and you know, he wanted to tell everybody what Jesus done,” said Webb.

I can only imagine the filth that must have gathered in that chair as he sat there, for eight months, relieving himself. I can’t imagine anyone else putting up with it for that long, but put up with it she did until the bitter end:

Webb says Tillmon consistently told her not to call for help. She says Wednesday morning he was in so much pain that she finally called an ambulance.

Greenwood County authorities say they found Tillmon covered with sores, and that he appeared to weigh about 800 pounds. They say he was stuck to his chair, and they had to saw the recliner apart. They cut a large hole around the front door to get him out.

He died at the hospital.

He had managed to pack on another 300 pounds in eight months? That’s an impressive feat in itself.

The wife, as you’d expect, is beside herself with grief for not getting help for her husband sooner.

Actually, that’s not true at all. She’s fine with it:

Webb says she has no regrets about leaving him in that recliner.

“If I feel anything right now, it’s envy for him because I wish he had taken me with him,” said Webb.

Officials, amazingly enough, aren’t charging her with a crime. I guess the figured they couldn’t come up with a punishment worse than what she’d spent the last eight months living with.

I get emails all the time from various True Believers™ with uplifting stories about how they prayed and God cured them of cancer, or gallstones, or whatever and I often write back and ask if they sought any medical treatment for their condition. Each time the answer is yes. I wonder how well they would have fared if they had the amount of faith in God that Mr. Tillman had. I wonder if their God would’ve been as happy to help had they not sought medical treatment. It’s somewhat amazing how often God’s willingness to cure you is tied to whether or not you’re getting medical attention.

The other aspect of this story that isn’t as obvious is how it shows the need for a public health care system in this country. Perhaps if Mr. Tillman didn’t need to worry about whether or not he could afford to go to the doctor he’d still be alive to spread the message of God’s love.  At the very least, his wife wouldn’t have gone through eight months of hell on earth.

Found over at Pharyngula.

11 thoughts on “Too Much Faith Will Make You Crazy: Man dies waiting for God to heal him.

  1. Unfortunately, anyone with that much “faith in god” is probably a member of the Teabagger brigade, and thus against the public option because their masters in the corporocrat government told them to be.

  2. He couldn’t afford a $300 medical expense but he had a computer, internet access, a cell phone, and purchased enough food to gain 250 pounds. Something is wrong with this picture. And the wife? GGAM!
    The $300 medical expense did not have anything to do with this. These people are just batshit crazy.

  3. Gruntled atheist:

    You assume, of course, that they weren’t already hugely in debt from perhaps already living beyond their means. It is not at all very rare. People have been known to pay for extravagance but not for proper necessities, especially if the need is not apparent to them.

    Again, as I’ve stated before, I find this to be calling the symptom the disease. To say that this is faith causing the craziness is not properly established. It could easily be the other way around, a latch-on to faith to justify their actions. If there was no faith, they’d use some other form of justification.

    Though, it could indeed be the faith causing it, I am just saying that it isn’t properly established. And I’m pretty sure that as far as burden of proof goes, the people saying faith makes a person crazy got to properly prove their argument.

  4. “To say that this is faith causing the craziness is not properly established. It could easily be the other way around, a latch-on to faith to justify their actions.”:

    Yep. We know someone who, when he is on his meds is pretty normal, but if he goes off of them (which he does on a regular basis) he gets SUPER religious to the point he has beaten people in bars for not listening to his sermons. When he is on his meds, he wears jeans and tshirts and the like…off his meds he wears suits and ties and walks around with a bible and makes everything into a bible lesson. He was around one Thanksgiving and someone was carving the bird and he was relating that to something in the bible.

    I think it goes both ways…but I also think that those that are truly in need of help tend to gravitate more towards religion. After all, religion takes everything out of your hands and puts it in God’s.

  5. The saddest part of this is, if you follow the links back to the original story, you’ll find a video report showing the dead man, his wife, and a small child in her lap. If that is their child, we can only hope that social services will step in and remove him/her. Any woman who would believe that letting her husband sit in a chair and die is a viable option should be immediately disqualified from ever being a parent.

  6. Our evil healthcare system should have paid to cut open the roof of his home, gently lifted him out with a Chinook helicopter, paid to have his roof repaired, spent years and gobs of money on dietary counseling, and then supported him in a retirement community for the rest of his life.

    And they say terrorists are crazy.

  7. You’ll have to remind me exactly where it was I said that, TTA. My thought was only that if this idiot had been able to get his ACL fixed in the first place he wouldn’t have opted to commit suicide by immobility.

  8. “that if this idiot had been able to get his ACL fixed in the first place he wouldn’t have opted to commit suicide by immobility.”

    He was able to, but he had to pay a bit for it…He certainly could have produced the $300 if he has a cell phone, lap top, extra large recliner, money to buy enough food to reach 800 pounds, etc.
    Yes, the operation would have likely cost way more than $300, but after the initial fee, I bet some sort of payment plan could have been established…if not with this orthopedic surgeon, certainly at one of many public hospitals.

    There are many good arguments for a “public health plan”, but this is NOT one of them. Indeed, faulty thinking like this simply provides ammunition to folks who are against such a tax-funded system. [Not me, actually]

    Please use the same logical analysis you use to debunk religious nonsense when considering health care.


  9. Link’s OT by the way, sorry but I couldn’t pass it up and I figured you’d see it here..

    ..and as for my question it occured to me that perhaps the lack of visible contact info was intentional, (and understandably if so!) 😉

  10. Wow. Trailer park, 800 pounds, no health care, insane Christian beliefs – this is SUCH an American story.

    I wish it happened more often.

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