Psychology and the Soul
In the first century during the ministries of Jesus and His followers, many people were healed of various conditions. However, one of the maladies Jesus was best known for curing had to do with diseases of the mind and/or Soul. Demon possession was probably one of the most feared mental and spiritual conditions of the time. During this time, demons could inhabit the bodies of people with virtual impunity, until Jesus and His disciples came along and cast them back into Hell. Today, people also suffer from mental sickness. But, are these ailments a result of some sort of supernatural power, or merely caused by chemical imbalances, mental trauma, and other mind altering stimuli?
One of the first things to consider is the nature of the mental problems in the first century and how they differ from today’s mental issues. How are they alike and how are they different? Are the brain, the Soul, and the mind all the same thing? Where do these disorders begin and how are they treated? What about people who manifest separate personalities? Are they exhibiting multiple Souls? Do these problems conflict with Biblical teaching in any way? These are very serious matters without easy answers. But, in Chapter 13 these questions will be examined and rectified.
People who have psychological disorders are still people, although some would say otherwise. And it’s important to recognize these people as human beings with problems. Can they live lives of service before God? Can they be saved? What is the state of their Souls? We will look for these answers together and discover how God’s love keeps the Soul and surpasses our understanding.