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Mental Health for Christians: Biblical Terms for Healing Include the Term for “Therapy”

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Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. 3 John 2 Mental illness brings many challenges, but perhaps the biggest challenge can be coping with the false beliefs of other Christians. Well-meaning Christians lay additional burdens on people with mental illness by telling them things like: “You just need to pray more (or have more faith for healing).” “It’s a sin to get psychiatric treatment or take psychiatric drugs.” “A mental illness is a sin (or God’s punishment for sin) and you need to repent to get well.” Let’s think about this a moment. Is psychiatric treatment any more wrong that other medical treatment? Why should we expect only miraculous healing? Doesn’t God use the medical community, too? Can’t God use modern medicine to achieve His results? Yes, we are spiritual beings, but we are also a body and mind. When it...