Link – Spirituality vs. Mental Disorders: God Doesn’t Hate Medication

“One day, a Canadian friend, whose husband and daughter I had met in Honduras during a mission trip in 2011, sent me a Bible verse after learning of my anxiety. Jeremiah 29:11, which is a verse that I had read often, says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Upon reading that in the theme of anxiety, I began to realize where medication falls into place. God wants us to be happy, to be at peace. He wants us to live unmolested by turmoil, but the world isn’t perfect. If medication helps us get from point A to point B, if medication can give us peace, then where is the problem? The medication calmed me during rough patches and let me evaluate life clearly as opposed to a state of panic. That was the purpose of the medication: To give me a little more reaction time.”

It has always confused me that many believers who have no qualms about enjoying the many things that God created around us, somehow put drugs into another category altogether, as if the god they claim is so powerful couldn’t have placed those chemical compounds in to nature for just this very purpose.

No, mental illness is not a sign of weak faith any more than it’s is a sign of a weak mind or character. It’s an illness, period, and should be treated as such by whatever we have at our disposal.

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  1. I have heard a lot of Christians against meds and even against going to therapy. I do not but I do struggle with all the side effects Ive heard about from taking meds…My T has wanted me to get on depression meds…but Im trying to do it naturally first.

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