Adrian Warnock is asking how we see mental illness and how our faith shapes the way we understand it.
I posted on this subject last month in 3 Christian Responses to Mental Illness and which one, I believe, is closest to Scripture.
But in answer to the question, as a person who believes the Bible, humans are tripartite. We are spirit, soul, and body. The soul makes up mind, will, and emotion.
All of these parts are connected.
In addition, the brain is an organ just like the thyroid, the heart, and any other organ that can become imbalanced.
I also believe in the invisible realm, where God, angels, and demons exist and operate on earth.
Most of the churches I’ve been a part of have held the same understanding.
So looking over the course of my life and all the people I’ve known, even relatives, who have had different forms of mental illnesses (from panic attacks, to depression, to schizophrenia, to bipolar disorder, to social anxiety, to ADHD, etc.), here are the different ways we’ve helped people who suffered from these things.
- Medication when it was warranted.
- Deliverance when demons were involved (casting out of devils). One such instance was very formative for me in my spiritual journey. I’ve told the story elsewhere.
- Counseling and the love and care of a local body. This involves emotional and mental healing from the Holy Spirit through members of the body of Christ. Larry Crabb has written a good bit about this aspect in some of his earlier work.
So there you have it.