Personal and historical observations of mental illness from a Christian perspective.
If one reads the Gospels and analyzes the healings that Jesus did, approximately a third involved what is now classified as some form of mental illness. That was a large part of His ministry.
If Jesus were in bodily form today as He was 2000 years ago, His focus on this issue would not change. The Canadian Mental Health Association has calculated that 21.3% of Canadians will have a mental health issue in their lifetime. It is an essential topic for the Christian community to address.
What exactly is mental illness and how to deal with it from within a Christian framework is a difficult question to answer. Some say it is a demon, others that it is a biological problem, and most simply ignore the subject. A vast majority of ministers refer the mentally ill to skilled practitioners.
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