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Body:The Cure of Mental Illness: Since mental illness is a behaviour, not a disease, the whole idea of "curing mental illness" is flawed at its foundation. Curing Mental Illness is like curing habitual shoplifting or "chronic lying". A kleptomaniac does not need a "cure" because he has no bodily disease; he does, however need to change his sinful behaviour through repentance. All the behaviours associated with mental illness are not diseases but freewill sinful choices. Diseases of the body need a cure. Sinful behaviours of the spirit need repentance. Mental illness is a behaviour choice, not a disease.

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1. "The spirit of a man can endure his [physical] sickness, But as for a broken spirit who can bear it? " (Proverbs 18:14)

2. "Anxiety in a man's heart weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad. " (Proverbs 12:25)

3. "A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken. " (Proverbs 15:13)

4. "Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him; the beginning of his talking is folly and the end of it is wicked madness. " (Ecclesiastes 10:12-13)

5. "The hearts of the sons of men are full of evil and insanity is in their hearts throughout their lives. Afterwards they go to the dead. " (Ecclesiastes 9:3)

6. "The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; Who can understand it?" Jeremiah 17:9

7. "And hearing this, Jesus said to them, "It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners." Mark 2:17

8. "God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. " (Psalm 147:3)

Introduction to the cure of insanity and mental illness

The whole concept of "curing insanity" is flawed at its core. How do you cure someone of chronic lying or habitual shoplifting? What disease do they have? What is wrong with their body? Liars and thieves have no disease and do not need to be cured of anything. They are engaged in consciously behaviours that others dislike and find annoying or against the law. How do you cure an atheist of his "disease of unbelief"? How do you cure someone who believes they are themselves God? How do you cure someone who is in an angry rage? What disease do they really have? What is wrong with their body? A child could answer these simple questions, only someone with a Ph.D. in Psychiatry would find it complex and difficult.

Changes in human behaviour have their origin in the free will choice of the human spirit. A person is always in full control of their thoughts, words and actions. Behaviours can only be changed when a person wills to make a change. Twelve step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), have a 97% failure rate because the person is relying on outside forces to make the change for them, when the only factor involved in stopping drinking, is a firm choice of will. 97% of people in AA really don't want to stop drinking. If they did, they would already have stopped. Those who really want to stop drinking or smoking, do so on their own, without any outside help. This is how you "cure" madness.

Insanity is a pattern of human behaviours others dislike, object to, find offensive or annoying. In church, these behaviours would get you labeled a "sinner" and you would be told to repent and change your behaviour. In chemical psychiatry, you are labeled "mentally ill" and given drugs which are theoretically supposed to modify the unwanted behaviours on your behalf, independent of your personal effort or free will. Neuroleptic drugs change behaviour the same way a lobotomy or alcohol stupefies. Psychiatric drugs are called a "chemical lobotomy" because of the way they "dumb you down" and emotionally "numb you down" into a condition of lethargic indifference."

For psychiatrists to label simple behaviours as mental illness and then ask for a cure, is entirely misguided. It is like Christians viewing sinners as mentally ill, then seeking to drug and shock their brains and chain them against their will in the church basement, until they are cured and stop sinning and agree to start attending church! In fact, taking a page out the DSM-5 manual, atheistic chemical psychiatrists could be diagnosed with a delusional disorder because they believe the delusion that they evolved from monkeys and do not believe in the very God who created them, before whom they will stand before in judgement. Atheism is a delusion that will cause you a lot of harm in hell! Perhaps atheists should be arrested, drugged against their will and jailed in the church basement until they are cured of their atheism and start believing in God! This direct parallel illustrates how utterly absurd it is to speak of curing someone of insanity.

"Question to Szasz: What do clients find most difficult about the therapeutic process? Answer: Assuming responsibility for their contribution to the problem they seek to resolve. ... Liberation from painful, constricting relationships or situations can be achieved only by assuming responsibility for one's own contributions to them and by extricating oneself from them. The only person who can change a person is that person himself. ...being able to help a client set himself free by assuming more, not less, responsibility for his behavior and feelings." (Seven Questions for Thomas Szasz, Psychology Today, 28 Jan 2009)

Jesus Christ is the cure! Every answer you seek about your life and how to live a happy, normal joy filled, purpose driven life is in the Bible.

A. Four ways to "cure" mental illness: A change in will

There are four ways to bring about a change in the behaviours of mental illness or insanity. How do you bring about a change in behaviours that others find sinful, offensive, annoying and illegal? There needs to be a change in will. How do you bring about a change in will?

1. A major change in outlook or beliefs, like conversion from atheism to Christianity. This is well documented.

2. A structural change or personal commitment: People change behaviours by making New Year's resolutions. Marriage vows, swearing an oath of conduct for a job, joining the army will get you out of bed at 4 AM every day.

3. The punishments in criminal code like jail, fines and public humiliation modify behaviour. Remember the time you drove by the guy who got a ticket for speeding. Next time you drove by that same location, you were doing the speed limit for fear the policeman had set up a radar trap. Fear of punishment modified your behaviour.

4. Torture and confinement in an asylum were the most common methods psychiatrists used between 1500-1900 AD to bring about a change in behaviours for the insane. This is really a parallel criminal code for moral behaviours. The only way anyone changes any behaviours, is when they decide to do so.

B. Mental Illness Self-Test and Diagnosis:

1. You can use our free self-help, self-counseling method to find real and practical answers.

2. Your problems need to cause others trouble as well. Before you take your problems to someone else and cost them time and money, why not solve your own problems yourself!

3. If you honestly answer all three parts to our "Do it yourself Psychiatry" test, you will know what your real problems are and how to solve them.

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Click to View Part 1: Divine Sin Manual (DSM-7) Self test and checklist of 155 behaviours associated with mental illness.

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Click to View Part 3: Etiological Diagnostic Snapsheet (EDS-7) Determine the cause of behaviours associated with mental illness.

C. If you feel you still need a counselor:

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"Factors for Change" percent of improvement: spontaneous improvement: 40%. Common non-specific factors: 30%. Placebo effect: 15%. Specific treatment: 15%. ... Based on this, one could conclude that 85 per cent of clients would improve with the help of a good friend and 40 per cent without even that. Many similar studies have supported the overall conclusion that most of the improvement attributed to psychotherapy is due to the general effects of talking to a warm, kind person and the effect of just naturally eventually feeling better anyway. (Manufacturing Victims, Dr. Tana Dineen, 2001, p 117)

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E. Drugs do not "cure" mental illness:

Trying to cure the behaviours of insanity with drugs is about as effective as using drugs to convert an atheist into a Christian. Drugs do not control choice, nor do they cure behaviours.

See: Neuroleptic and anti-psychotic drugs

See: Prescription drugs for mental illnesses index sheet

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Using drugs to cure someone of "mental illness" is like trying cure to a chemical psychiatrist of his "atheistic personality disorder" so he suddenly believes in Jesus. Imagine popping a pill in their mouth and they suddenly, for the first time in their lives, have the urge to read the Bible and attend church every Sunday. This is the fictional idea that people have about psychiatric drugs. Just take the drug and it will change what you believe, what you think, how you act and what you say. The truth is, that drugs to not make a liar tell the truth, a thief stop stealing, an adulterer to feel guilt, a drunk to go sober, a selfish person to serve others. Drugs and alcohol clearly modify behaviour, not by changing the will, but by making the will indifferent.

Although insanity and mental illness are precisely interchangeable terms, they are often viewed differently. Depression is a "mental illness" but schizophrenia which often includes delusion, paranoia and "salad talking", is insanity. Chemical psychiatrists "treat" them in the identical way with the identical drugs and electric shocks to the brain.

If you have had any contact with the psychiatry industry, you already know they have no idea what is really wrong with you or how to cure you. They offer you two things that don't work: talk and drugs. Neuroleptic and anti-psychotic drugs are seen as the primary cure of mental illnesses by the public. This is in spite of the fact that psychiatrists know these drugs do not cure, only control you. There are a surprisingly limited family of drugs that are used to treat a wide range of mental illnesses. Here is a summary page of the drugs used for any given mental illness that psychiatrists prescribe: Prescription drugs for mental illnesses index sheet. Psychiatrists and the staff at mental hospitals know that these drugs are society's way of drugging into quiet submission, otherwise unruly and disruptive people. While they indeed achieve their goal, they do not fix anything. They provide temporary relief, like a topical pain killer for a severe and painful sun burn. If you are on prescription drugs under the care of a doctor or Psychiatrist, never stop taking them, unless you discuss this with them in their offices. Although these drugs do cause harm to the body, even inducing mental illnesses rather than curing them, they can also kill you if you stop cold turkey. Discuss any changes in your medications with your medical doctor!

"Therapy has also been shown to be more effective than drugs in helping patients diagnosed with their first "schizophrenic" break. Nowadays it is argued that these people must have drugs and that psychotherapy is futile; yet nothing could be further from the truth. In controlled studies, untrained therapists in a home-like setting have proven more successful than drugs and mental hospitals in treating patients diagnosed with their first episode of schizophrenia. A key factor was the caring, noncoercive approach of these therapists." (Your Drug May Be Your Problem, Peter Breggin, David Cohen, 2007 AD, p 59)

F. Psychiatry, psychotherapy or professional counseling won't help.

Credentialed psychologists and therapists do more harm than good!

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1. Psychiatry only prescribes drugs and shocks to dull and damage the brain. "I once shared a conference with a fine Christian psychiatrist whose lectures were very true to the Word. "The trouble with psychiatry," he told me, "is that it can only deal with symptoms. A psychiatrist can remove a patient's feelings of guilt, but he cannot remove the guilt. It's like a trucker loosening a fender on his truck so he won't hear the motor knock. A patient can end up feeling better, but have two problems instead of one!" When a sinner trusts Christ, his sins are all forgiven, the guilt is gone, and the matter is completely settled forever." (W. W. Wiersbe, The Bible exposition commentary, 1989, Heb 10:11)

2. Psychotherapy is useless! Professional Counseling or psychotherapy with Psychiatry, psychologist or trained and certified counselor won't do any good. You can read the details of various non-Christian counseling and therapy methods everyone is familiar with today and why they are wrong. There are two reasons why their talk cannot help you: First, their methods and foundational theories are based upon evolution, atheism, junk pop social science. Second, most formal paid counseling today is modeled after Carl Rogers style, where you talk and talk and talk and they merely listen without ever passing judgement or giving you any formal advice, moralizing or things to actually change in your life. Basically you would be better to save your money and talk to a tree. Better still, why not talk and talk and talk to God about your problems and ask him for some help!

3. Locust of control and DSM: "In psychology there is a useful concept called "locus of control." People who seek help from mental health professionals often believe that the locus of control in their lives lies outside themselves. They may feel at the mercy of their spouse or parents, or even their own children. They may feel helpless in regard to work. Or they may feel overwhelmed and no longer in charge of themselves or their lives. Too often, all this is made worse when people seek help from a psychiatrist. First, they receive a medical-sounding diagnosis. Often they are told that they have "panic attacks" or "obsessive-compulsive disorder" or "major depression" or "manic-depressive (bipolar) disorder." Immediately, this label confirms their feelings of helplessness. The locus of control moves further away into the hands of "the doctor."" (Your Drug May Be Your Problem, Peter Breggin, David Cohen, 2007 AD, p 114)

G. The cause of your mental illness is sin!

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Sin can make you physically sick and cause Mental Illness!

The idea that sin can make you physically sick is accepted by every health care professional in the world, including the chemical psychiatry industry.

Click here for a detailed outline on the etiology (cause) of mental illness.

Click here for a detailed outline on how sin can make you sick.

"For I am ready to die, And my depression is continually before me. For I confess my iniquity; I am full of anxiety because of my sin. " Psalm 38:17-18

H. Tips on how to cure those labeled as "mentally ill":

Tell them the problem is spiritual, not physical. Mental patients have nothing wrong with their bodies. Chemical imbalances are as mythical and unscientific. The entire world has been deceived into believing chemical imbalances are scientific facts. Chemical imbalances are like the "missing link" of evolution, but a lot of people believe in them, but the specific chemical that is supposed to be missing has never been found. Anti-psychotic drugs are powerful tranquilizers that merely control symptoms but never address the cause. "The only evidence that makes mental illness a disease "are the symptoms used by professionals to label someone mentally ill. But the symptoms used to diagnose someone as mentally ill (despair, hopelessness, sadness, anger, shame, guilt ...) are not biological markers. There is no evidence that these expressions are physical in nature. They all point to a hurting soul." (Ty C. Colbert, Rape of the Soul, Hour the Chemical Imbalance Model of Modern Psychiatry has Faded Its Patients, 2001, p. 237-238)

Stress personal responsibility for their thoughts, actions, conduct, words and speech. There is no exception for sinful behavior in the bible. PERIOD! Recently a preachers wife shot her husband in the back and killed him, claiming abuse. The courts excused her sin and immediately put her back out on the street where she worked a full time job as a dry cleaner employee until her trial. Do not tolerate or turn a blind eye to a "mental patient" behaving in a sinful or socially unacceptable way. They need to know that they have no one to blame but themselves for their current mental condition.

Deny they are victims. Jesus tells Christians we will be persecuted for living perfect godly lives. Historically, this persecution included execution of one's family before your eyes to get you to deny Christ, confection of property, beatings torture, public scorn and ridicule.

Identify their sins: Mentally ill people have an infestation of sins in their lives that need to be fixed. They are often selfish narcissists, have high self-esteem and a feeling of entitlement like they deserve the best to be given to them, lazy, spoiled, unwilling to work, have no self-discipline, cannot hold a job down, are high school drop outs, illogical, smoke cigarettes and drink and do drugs, are in terrible physical fitness, are angry, throw temper tantrums, they have learned that welfare and social assistance pays a lot more than the allowance their mother gave them when they were living at home, etc. They have been living this way for a long time and it has become a habit that must be broken. Specifically question them about sexual misconduct of every kind. Look for narcissism (ultra-selfishness), laziness, rebelliousness. Ask them to tell you what secret sin they have committed... the sin no one knows about. There is almost always some hidden sin that is causing their bizarre behavior.

Expect them to repent and confess their sin. They will not improve until they release the guilt by asking God and man to forgive them. "By the way they respond to life's problems in difficult situations, sinners develop sinful patterns from the beginning of their lives. We should expect this because that is all that unconverted sinners can do. Those patterns may pay off for a while, but they will not continue to do so forever. The Scriptures speak of the temporary pleasures of sin (Heb. 11:25). Eventually, however, sinful living gets people into trouble. Sinful responses to life's problems begin to pile up and complicate the original problems. Problems grow, sometimes so much so that people don't know which way to turn next, and they give up, or blow up, or crack up." (The Big Umbrella, Lecture, Jay Adams)

Do not tolerate selfishness and narcissism:

Many mentally ill people are self-centered narcissists. This may come as a shock and surprise to some, but those who work in mental hospitals know how truth this is.

Contrary to popular belief, mentally ill people are able to control their thoughts and actions. Remember there is no exception for sinful behaviour in the Bible on the basis of mental illness.

Here are a few true case examples of narcissism in "mental patients":

i. A 23 year old man is in the mental hospital and when he not allowed to play with his hand held video game, he throws a temper tantrum of erratic behaviour that lands him in isolation room. In an act of retaliation, he smears his poop all over the walls and floor of the room. This disgusting act cost the hospital a lot of time and money to clean up and was used in court of his mental illness. Yet the man is not mentally ill, he is just a spoiled self centered 2 year old who threw a temper tantrum when he did not get his own way. The sin of narcissism is front and center. It was all about his personal needs. He felt he was so important that nobody has the right to deny him his desires!

ii. A 40 year old man dresses in strange combinations of clothing style and colour. This is viewed as proof of his mental illness. In fact, it is his narcissistic way of attracting attention to himself. "Look at me".

Expect them to make immediate changes in conduct. They don't need hours of laying in a shrinks couch, they need to start living the way God wants them to live RIGHT NOW! "Psychiatrist and best-selling author Scott Peck says that ultimately there is one great impediment to spiritual growth "and that is laziness. If we overcome laziness, all the other impediments will be overcome. If we do not overcome laziness, none of the others will be hurdled.... Spiritual growth is effortful, as we have been reminded again and again." (Exley, R., Galli, M., & Ortberg, J. Dangers, toils & snares, 1994, p 52)

Forget the past and live in the present. Ok, they really messed up their life, caused harm to both themselves and others. Get over it and live one day at a time. Each morning is a new start. "In their unsuccessful effort to fulfill their needs, no matter what behavior they choose," writes psychiatrist William Glasser, "all patients have a common characteristic: They all deny the reality of the world around them" (Reality Therapy, p. 6). By refusing to live in the past and by honestly facing reality, Job took a giant step in maturity and integrity. (W. W. Wiersbe, Be patient, 1991, Job 30:1)

Humble themselves and accept who they are today. They are 25 years old with only grade nine education, they have few job skills and their prospects at making a lot of money in the near future is low. Accept they are "a loser" and work hard at making themselves a brighter future.

Let your mind dwell on goodness: "Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you." Philippians 4:8-9

Have low-self esteem and selflessly consider all others are more important than yourself. "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus," Philippians 2:3-5. Some people commit suicide because they say, "I deserve better than this. I am worth more than I am getting. People are undervaluing me. Nobody cares for me, when they should be caring for me because I am important. I will retaliate and hurt them all by killing myself. I will make them regret not paying me more attention and making my life better."

Anxiety and depression are sinful behaviour choices forbidden by Jesus Christ: Anxiety, depression and mental health

Be content with what you have and what you are. Contentment and mental health. Be content in whatever life situation you find yourself: You may look at yourself and notice you are working a minimum wage job because you never finished high school. That's where your life is right now. Be content with this. However you can take steps to work harder, more responsibly, even taking night courses to better your condition. The key is that you accept your current failures and take steps to make the changes you want.

Never violate your conscience. The conscience is the foundation of your good mental health. A bad conscience is a bad feeling you get when you do that which you have been taught is wrong. "Cognitive Dissonance" is a modern fancy term invented and used by psychologists. They plagiarized the idea directly from the Bible without giving God any credit. "Cognitive Dissonance" is a bad conscience and is a primary cause of mental illness.

Enjoy the hope of heaven! Become a Christian and you will have the hope of eternal life and riches laid up for you in heaven! "The eminent American psychiatrist Karl Menninger called hope "the major weapon against the suicide impulse." Hopeless people feel that life is not worth living since they have nothing to look forward to but suffering and failure. They conclude that it is better for them to die than to live and be a burden to themselves and to others." (W. W. Wiersbe, Be patient, 1991, Job 12:1)

I. Expect them to get off welfare and work: "If a man won't work, neither let him eat"

"For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread." (2 Thessalonians 3:10-12)

Since insanity is not a medical condition, it is an enormous waste of money to treat them with doctors in hospitals.

Society has five ways of teaching you to behave yourself and not do harm to others:

your mother

your teacher

your church

the police

a psychiatrist

When a person chooses to become completely irresponsible for even the basic care of himself, society has to make choices what to do with such an individual who resembles a mental vegetable with a what medical doctors have determined is perfectly normal functioning body. Four options are available:

First, care for him at tax payers' expense for the rest of his life in an expensive mental hospital.

Second, perform the moral treatments of the 1800's and disrupt his physical peace and tranquility so he starts making choices to return himself to a more pleasant state.

Third, put them on welfare where they are cared for at tax payers' expense by minimum wage earning caregivers.

Fourth, tell him he is on his own and drop him off at the bus stop or a park where he will need to make choices when cold and hunger kick in for his own personal survival. The key is that the insane are always in full control of their own destiny, even if they appear otherwise. The more you allow them to be dependent, the more dependent they will become. Governments know that if you want to get more people off welfare, make welfare less comfortable and cozy.

Involuntary committal to a mental hospital must be abolished. If someone wants to commit suicide, that is their own right to chose. If someone wants to harm others, they should be charged and sent to jail. If someone who is in perfect physical health has chosen to become a unresponsive vegetable, they should be put in an unlocked room of a halfway house where they are free to leave when they finally choose to do so.

If while in the half-way house, the "vegetable" assaults others or causes public disturbances, they should be charged with and sent to jail. If they assault people in jail, they should be placed in solitary confinement. Ignore the label of "mental illness" and apply the law without partiality.

Abolish mental hospitals which are glorified full service hotels that allows people to be lazy and dependent under the guise of medicine. We have a legal system to jail those who hurt others or commit crimes.

If we closed all the mental wards and expelled all the "mental patients" from the group homes, we would suddenly have a lot of lazy, listless people roaming around town who have used the label of "mental illness" to gain disability cheques and relieve them of the need to work and support themselves.

Living in a group home as a mental patient with a disability pension, is a much higher standard of living than most enjoyed before 100 years ago. You have a warm, dry, clean place to live, with nutritious your meals made for you and enough spending money for cigarettes and all the coffee you can drink! You get to do whatever you want all day and night without any rules or structure! What a life! The alternative is working 6 days a weeks at the coffee shop where you have to clean your own house and cook your own meals. People are smart and have calculated this into their choices!

So if the state no longer supported mental patients, they would be out on their own on the street. Those that refused to work would die from starvation... but after all the Bible says, "If a man won't work, neither let him eat". There is no exception for mental illness in the Bible for sinful conduct. Being lazy, some would resort to crime, but then they would end up in jail where they belong as criminal, not "club mad-fed". Some of them would die of starvation, kill themselves or whatever, but at least they are taking personal responsibility for themselves and making choices. If they want to kill themselves, advise them against that, but that is their own choice to make. Just as they may have weighed the options of working full time vs. being fully supported in a group home and doing what they want, so too they may weigh working full time or committing suicide. For a large number of mental patients, laziness is the chronic problem. The Bible solves this: "If you refuse to work, don't eat (die)." If this sounds harsh, take your argument up with God!

All psychiatric patients should be treated on a voluntary, consensual basis. If some refuses treatment, let them fend for themselves! They will starve to death, end up in jail or get a job. It is time to stop catering to sinful behaviour choices with public money under the guise of psychiatric medicine.

J. Bible solutions to the behaviours of mental illness:

How to deal with raging anger:

"Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger," (Ephesians 4:26) Releasing genuine righteous anger at the end of the day to God is a commandment.

The idea of "madness" literally refers to a person who is angry (mad). When you say someone is in a state of madness, he is throwing an out of control temper tantrum. When a Christian has been angry for a year at someone who sinned against him, we ask them why they are disobeying the commandments of the Bible.

How to deal with anxiety:

When a Christian comes to us and tells us they have been suffering from an anxiety disorder for 2 years and are on neuroleptic drugs, we ask them why they are disobeying Jesus and order them to repent!

Jesus commanded us "do not be anxious" in Matthew 6:25-34

"Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Philippians 4:11-13

"Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, "I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you," so that we confidently say, "The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?"" Hebrews 13:5-6

"be content with your wages" Luke 3:14

How to deal with depression:

"Be glad and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven." (Luke 6:23)

When a Christian tells us they have been under the care of psychiatrist for 5 years for depression, we ask them why their faith is so weak that they are not rejoicing.

How to deal with financial windfalls and disasters:

"If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs." 1 Timothy 6:8-10

Both financial windfalls and disasters have a long history of triggering insanity. Money is not evil, but the desire to get rich is a sin that leads to insanity as well as financial loss:

How to deal with harsh treatment from others:

"Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:10.

"Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable." 1 Peter 2:18

A wife who must submit to a harsh and unloving husband was the etiology of hysteria. Till death do us part is a long time. Hysteria was when a woman gave up, became utterly lethargic and lay disabled in bed unable to function. But scripture has the answer:

How to deal with past traumas, failures and future uncertainties:

"Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13-14

"So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34

We are commanded as Christians to forget the past, ignore the future and live in the present.

Solution: There are things that happen in our lives that will make us anxious, sad, angry etc. For example, the Christian is commanded be angry, but to release that anxiety by faith to God before we sleep. Likewise, there are things that will make us anxious and we need to release that anxiety to God at sundown! The prayer of faith that places your life, bad circumstances and destiny into the hands of God's care, is a powerful cure for mental illnesses like anxiety and depression. Drugs only remove the feeling without fixing the problem and are worthless.

Set your mind on heaven, not the earth: "Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God." Colossians 3:1-3

Happiness & Selfless love are unconditional:

Selfless love is unconditional, in spite of being mistreated: ""If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them." Luke 6:32

When someone feels like they are unappreciated, being attacked, mistreated by others, this should not affect a persons overall happiness.

Conclusion:

1. "For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I (God) would heal them." Acts 28:27

2. Christian hope brings joy and peace! "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13

3. Look forward, forget the past: "But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:7-14

This passage is centrally critical to having "good mental health".

Notice that Paul has just discussed how he was once living the high society life in a position similar to Moses! But he gave it all up and is not homeless, hungry, poor, disrespected, dishonored and in physical pain.

Notice that he forgets the past, which includes both the high life he gave up and the extraordinary sufferings he has suffered as an apostle.

Anyone having past personal failures or traumas, are commanded by God to FORGET THEM and look to their future in heaven.

It is a sin to continually dwell on your past traumas. Going to endless counseling sessions where you keep "dredging up the past" is a violation of Christ!

Chemical psychiatry is founded in paganism, atheism and the "doctrines of demons" because it wrongly believes that the only way you can be happy, is to talk about all the things in the past that have made you unhappy!

4. "A Psalm of Asaph. Surely God is good to Israel, To those who are pure in heart! But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling, My steps had almost slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant As I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For there are no pains in their death, And their body is fat. They are not in trouble as other men, Nor are they plagued like mankind. Therefore pride is their necklace; The garment of violence covers them. Their eye bulges from fatness; The imaginations of their heart run riot. They mock and wickedly speak of oppression; They speak from on high. They have set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue parades through the earth. Therefore his people return to this place, And waters of abundance are drunk by them. They say, "How does God know? And is there knowledge with the Most High?" Behold, these are the wicked; And always at ease, they have increased in wealth. Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure And washed my hands in innocence; For I have been stricken all day long And chastened every morning. If I had said, "I will speak thus," Behold, I would have betrayed the generation of Your children. When I pondered to understand this, It was troublesome in my sight Until I came into the sanctuary of God; Then I perceived their end. Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction. How they are destroyed in a moment! They are utterly swept away by sudden terrors! Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when aroused, You will despise their form. When my heart was embittered And I was pierced within, Then I was senseless and ignorant; I was like a beast before You. Nevertheless I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand. With Your counsel You will guide me, And afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For, behold, those who are far from You will perish; You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You. But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works." (Psalm 73)

5. "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. " James 4:8

By Steve Rudd: Contact the author for comments, input or corrections.

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