Mental Illness Article, Part 3

Mental Illness Article, Part 3

“We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us.”
― Ken Levine

Key Quote: “We are free to choose our paths, but we can’t choose the consequences that come with them.” (Sean Covey, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens)

God created man “to be fruitful, to multiply, and to have dominion” over everything on this planet (Genesis 1:28). Adam and Eve, though, doubted God’s provision and warnings of sin and its consequences, thus creating a discontented heart that disobeyed God, creating shame and fear into the heart of man. (This is the cycle of sin: we doubt the truth of God’s Word, we experience discontentment which leads to disobedience, and then we feel shame and fear afterwards).

Consequentially, eating forbidden fruit led man to be born with “a spiritual mental illness” – a compulsiveness to do evil, an unsound-mind processing flaws, a consequential tendency to place self into harm’s way, a void of depression that only the Trinity can make right, a death sentence to hell. Here’s a list, I found on the Internet, of the consequences of man’s fall:

• Sufferings of man and creation
• Man spending entire life fighting for food and family – lifelong struggle to survive
• He came under the curse of death
• His innocence
• A hindered relationship with God
• Damaged relationships with others
• A changed (hostile) relationship with creation
• The joy of laboring
• The dominion he once enjoyed
• The privilege of reflecting as fully
• From the time of the fall on, men inherit from Adam a sinful nature which is hostile toward God.

https://bible.org/seriespage/5-fall-man-gods-perfect-plan
Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death”.

 

POINT 4: “Love only is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.” – Erich Fromm

A. FREEDOM DEMANDS RECONCILIATION WITH GOD, WHICH HAPPENS WHEN YOU ACCEPT CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOR

Key verse: Jesus: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

Man’s disobedience brought death to every human, but Jesus’s obedience brings freedom to every believer:

“For the sin of this one man, Adam brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and His gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ. And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins. For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace, and His gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:15b-17)

God is a god of unimaginable compassion. He doesn’t want you to go to hell so badly that He chose His innocent Son (Jesus) to die on a cross as a ransom for all your sins. Freedom is only freedom, though, if given a choice – you must decide to accept that gift.
So what do I do to get saved? Romans 10:9-10 says: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.” Salvation has nothing do with works, but everything with Jesus and the cross.

God wants to give you a new beginning, a new start in life. Please accept Christ as your Savior.

“No man cometh to the Father and gets saved except through Christ.”

KEY QUOTE: God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. (Saint Augustine)
KEY QUOTE: ”The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.” (Oscar Wilde)

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