Showing posts from May, 2016

Is Mental Illness a Sin?

Recently, I read a comment that said that mental illness should not be looked at as a sin. In other words, if somebody sins due to mental illness this should not be considered sin. This idea is gaining momentum in many Christian circles and must be discussed before it is accepted as fact. Being someone who does not struggle with any diagnosable mental illness it is hard to relate. However, I do have friends and family which struggle with mental illness and have seen its effects first hand.

What is mental illness? The Mayo Clinic defines mental illness in the following way:
Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behaviour. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviours. This definition is very broad and any range of normal health conditions could also be included, such as, being tired or hungry depending on the resulting behaviour. In fa…

Moral Dysphoria: A Pathogenic Meme

Our society is an example of a contradiction. The same society that denigrates anybody who does not agree with evolution is the same society that claims that people who do not support the gender dysphoria are hateful. Logically, it would seem that a society who claims to believe in science would be quick to sort out that XY and XX chromosomes indicate male and female respectively regardless of a persons delusions. Not only that, but our society should be able to see the danger in having people pretend to be something that they are clearly not. Christians are called crazy because they say we believe in a myth, yet the rest of the culture is playing a dangerous game of fantasy.
Thankfully, there are still some voices of reason even if they are being shouted down by the mob of hysterical haters. Paul McHugh, MD, is University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School and the former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He recently wrote an a…

Intentional Communication

Relationships give us happiness but also cause us great heartache. One of the keys to a great relationship is great communication, whether it is with your spouse, child, sibling, or friend. Unfortunately, communication is not always easy. This isn't because people are speaking a different language or their thoughts are not clear, it is because they have different underlying assumptions. These underlying assumptions come from one basic assumption which is that everybody thinks that everybody is like themselves. We see this in how people interact and understand other people.
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," does not mean that we should do to other people exactly what we would do for ourselves. When it comes to communication we should try to communicate in the way that best suits the person we are trying to communicate with. The book, "The Five Love Languages," did a great job of showing that people learn and appreciate different communication …