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.
The Gospels were written over two thousand years ago and the mental health statistics have hardly changed. The Canadian Mental Health Association has calculated that 21.3% of Canadians will have a mental health issue in their lifetime.1 It is an important 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, only biological, and most simply ignore the subject. A large majority of ministers refer the mentally ill to skilled practitioners.