This is the thirty-third excerpt from Soulbook. Order Soulbook from Enwrightened Publications or Amazon. Soulbook: Psychological Disorders and the Soul – Is Mental Illness Something That Can Be Healed? Is it Like Demon Possession?
In the first century, demon possession was still somewhat prevalent. Here are a few instances that might ring a bell: A mute demon in Luke 11:14. A little girl possessed by an impure spirit, Mark 7:25-29. A man possessed by “Legion”, Luke 8:27-37. In every case of possession, there was a separate “spirit” inhabiting the body of the affected person. There is no indication that the person was suffering from a chemical imbalance or childhood trauma. The demon possession was something of supernatural origins. Therefore, mental illness, while the symptoms may seem similar in some cases to demon possession, is not the same as possession. Mental illness is characterized by physiological or environmental interruptions that lead to a neurological/emotional condition. But, can someone with mental illness be treated? Can they be healed? I would say that the answer to both of these questions is “yes”. But the questions are very different. Treatment through pharmaceuticals and therapy can help, but healing comes through the completion of the person. How does someone become complete? Of course, we talked about the complete Christian in the previous chapters. It’s really a spiritual matter that, given time and work, can bring completion to a human existence.