Can a True Christian Suffer from Mental Illness?

Episode 465 Show Notes 

From the Show

Our brains are a part of our bodies. The fall has affected every part of us, including our minds. In the same way that we can be diagnosed with cancer, we can be diagnosed with a mental illness. Mental illness is a legitimate problem just like cancer is a legitimate problem or diabetes is a legitimate problem…We need to affirm that this is a real issue and that it is an issue that Christians, and even pastors, can struggle with.

—Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. Is it true that, based on John 17:1–11, we are glorious because we are one with God. My understanding of "glorious" is worthy of high praise. I thought that only God was worthy of high praise. Is it correct to say we are glorious? 

2. I have been grappling for a long time with the fall of Adam and Eve who chose to eat the forbidden fruit which lead to sin and death. Did God, in his sovereignty, cause Adam and Eve to disobey him and commit the first sin? 

3. How does sin actually lead to death? 

4. Is mental illness a legitimate problem? Can Christians become mentally ill? Will God have mercy on those with mental illness? 

Resources

We Become What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of Idolatry Book by Gregory K. Beale

6 Things You Should Know About Faith and Mental Illness

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