“Why Do We Suffer from Mental Illnesses: False Views” (Under the Juniper Tree S1E1)



Season 1 Episode 1
“Why Do We Suffer from Mental Illnesses: False Views”

HOST: Andrew Crowe




Show Notes:

  • On the first episode of season 1, Andrew discusses some of the false views associated with why people suffer from mental illnesses.

Outline of This Episode:

  • It is important that we understand some false views concerning the source of mental illnesses.

  • A wrong view of mental illness leads to a number of problems.

    • Wrong treatment in order to ease the pain.

    • Wrong treatment of the sufferer.

  • Calvinistic View

    • “Before the world began, God ordained who would and would not suffer from depression.”

    • Calvinism makes God out to be the biggest micromanager in the cosmos.

    • Did God ordain who would and would not suffer from the illnesses?

    • The Bible tells us, “No.”

    • Ezekiel 18 focuses on the free will of mankind.

    • If mankind has free will, then God did not force me to do anything and did not force certain illnesses upon me.

  • Demonic View

    • This view teaches that mental illness may be caused by demonic possession.

    • The various Biblical accounts of demonic possession and miraculous healings are used as proof.

    • 1 Corinthians and Ephesians 4 would show that demonic possession would not be a cause.

    • 1 Cor 12 and 14 speaks of the misuse of miraculous gifts at Corinth – Chapter 13 focuses on something greater than these gifts.

    • 1 Cor. 13:8 – A time would come when the miraculous would fail but love would stay as strong as ever.

    • 1 Cor. 13:9-10 – Prophecy and miraculous knowledge only came in bits and pieces but something was coming which would show the world the completed gospel. At that time, the miraculous would disappear.

    • We have the completed gospel in the Bible.

    • Since the miraculous is gone, why would there be any demonic possession today?

  • The God Wants It View
    • “God wants you to have these mental illnesses!”
    • This is a skewed view of God.
    • Does God allow things to happen to us (James 1:2-12)? Yes.
    • Can we use these illnesses for the good of others? Yes.
    • Does God want us to suffer from mental illnesses? No.
    • Sometimes, we expect Christianity to be like some of the hymns we sing. “Blue Skies and Rainbows”
    • The Christian life is more like “God’s Promises”
  • Next week, Part 2

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