As a minister I’ve had to counsel individuals struggling with mental illness. In most cases, when this becomes known to me, I refer them to an expert, someone who can help them, because I can’t.
Along the way, I too had to wrestle with the Bible, mental illness, and the medicine, having heard that we do not need medicine to treat mental illness, because the Bible is sufficient. As you already know, I don’t hold to this view.
I also agree that mental illness is a result of the fall. This is in keeping with my theology as well. But I also hold that mental experts and the like, whatever we want to call them, are the result of God’s common grace, as is the case of our various physicians and so on.
We must consult them, use them.
But then there are those cases, as with pastor Rick Warren’s son–who was born with a mental illness and suffered with depression all his life–where specialized treatments, meds, doctors, and so on, simply couldn’t stop the pain.
In cases like these, suicide is often viewed as a way out–a way to escape the pain.
Then there are those with mental illness who have been tremendously helped by similar treatments. I’ve witnessed this firsthand with some of the counselees I’ve encountered.
Using medicine to treat mental illness is very much in keeping with the Bible. And I challenge those who would think otherwise.
And the Bible reader who continues to object to the use of medicine to treat mental illness, I simply ask, Do you take pain killers of any kind, you know, for your pain, whether for a temporary case or chronic one?
The good Lord has blessed us to be wise and not otherwise, with the marvels of his common grace.
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