Nik Ripken Quotes (Author of The Insanity of God)
Mark - And when his friends heard [of it], they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself. Isaiah - Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Matthew - Judge not, that ye be not judged. Read More Luke - Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. Acts - And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.
For the context of this piece, the disorders I will reference are those more common in our larger discussions as a society such as depression and anxiety. The conversation on mental illness and its validity have been controversial at times, especially among those within the faith. It is important to note that the Bible never explicitly speaks about mental illness in terms of how we would define it in modern times. Even so, more churches are experiencing the effects of mental illness within their congregations. Treatment and care have been topics that many have debated, and while these questions are not easily answered, the Bible provides insight on how we should view and respond to those who are battling with their own minds. Our earthly lives are limited, and eventually, our bodies will fail us. This also applies to our minds.
What does the Bible say about suicide?
When they came to the crowd, a man came up to Jesus, falling on his knees before Him and saying, "Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is a lunatic and is very ill; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. And Jesus answered and said, "You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me. The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them.
Mental Illness in the Bible. Very few preachers and even fewer Christians have noticed the fact that God threatened the Israelites from Mt. Ebel that he would strike them with insanity if they sinned against him. This threat is couched within the great passage of the blessings and curses after they entered the promised land with Joshua. When God defeated the armies who attacked Israel, he did so by striking them with madness so that they began to kill each other in a psychotic panic of confusion and delusion. The Bible clearly says that God will strike sinners with madness as a curse.
What does the Bible say about? Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. The next day a harmful spirit from God rushed upon Saul, and he raved within his house while David was playing the lyre, as he did day by day. Saul had his spear in his hand.