How The Bible Can Be Damaging to People with Depression via Patheos Blog
This is a very good article, but I do have one minor disagreement with it (very minor). I’d like to discuss my area of disagreement, but I’ll do so below the link and excerpts.
How The Bible Can Be Damaging to People with Depression via Patheos Blog by Guest Contributor
As a teen, I read the entire Bible. Twice. Deuteronomy, with rules about weird sores on the body, 1 Chonicles and the list of who “begat” whom, and all. Not one verse helped.
I clung to verses of encouragement as I lay sobbing and screaming into pillows, wracked with internal pain. Hopeless. Pleading for God to help me, to deliver me. I could find only one verse that I identified with: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:45-46).
…“Just have a little more faith,” coach these verses and those who deliver them. “Just think more positively; just hope.” That’s the thing about depression, though: there is no hope.
Depression is characterized by a lack of hope. …
That’s where the verses can get dangerous, in the following three ways.
1) Bible verses keep us from seeking treatment.
When we believe that depression can be overcome by thought changes, we ignore the fact that clinical depression is a medical issue, an imbalance in brain chemistry.