Is It a Sin to be Depressed?

Is It a Sin to be Depressed?

There are 233 comments on the www.christianpost.com story from May 7, 2008, titled Is It a Sin to be Depressed?. In it, www.christianpost.com reports that:

Q: Is it a sin to be depressed? The doctor says I have a chemical imbalance in my brain that he can treat with medication, but a friend of mine says I shouldn't do this because I just need to pray and have more ...

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Tony

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#236 Aug 21, 2009
resident wrote:
<quoted text> Now you have really done it!!!! Stealing Z's line. How low will you go?
Actually he stole it from me. I have been using it for 10 years.
Tony

Australia

#237 Aug 21, 2009
jayd808 wrote:
Depression is a disease...
Your comment is deceptive, in error, and made by the ignorant people who look to blame anything besides themselves for their self created misery.

Depression is just a medicalised term they give people who covet and are ungrateful.

the Bible says: "Happy is he who keeps the Commandments of God." So those who claim to be "depressed" you will always find are the people who break God's Commandments willfully, and don't even try to keep them, and who are ungrateful for what they have, and keep wishing for more money, more fame, more success, more friends etc.

Depression and misery is a choice made by the selfish, self-centered and ungrateful humans who complain about everything and anything.

“so tell me......”

Since: Aug 08

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#238 Aug 21, 2009
Tony wrote:
<quoted text>
Your comment is deceptive, in error, and made by the ignorant people who look to blame anything besides themselves for their self created misery.
Depression is just a medicalised term they give people who covet and are ungrateful.
the Bible says: "Happy is he who keeps the Commandments of God." So those who claim to be "depressed" you will always find are the people who break God's Commandments willfully, and don't even try to keep them, and who are ungrateful for what they have, and keep wishing for more money, more fame, more success, more friends etc.
Depression and misery is a choice made by the selfish, self-centered and ungrateful humans who complain about everything and anything.
I will have to strongly disagree with you Tony.
As someone who suffers from seasonal affected disorder I spend a lot of the winter months feeling very depressed.I have a good home and family life and on the face of it have nothing to be depressed about but the winter months, especially February, triggers a feeling of deep unhappiness that can reduce me to tears for no apparent reason. It is a medically recognised problem and one which I have tried many tactics to deal with.
I certainly am not ungrateful or covetous and I certainly don't choose to be depressed.Why would anyone choose to feel unhappy?
Depression can lead to thoughts of despair and even suicide so we need to have understanding and compassion.

Elijah was clearly showing signs of depression when he asked God to let him die but how did God react? He cared for him.
Should we not do the same?
resident

Edison, NJ

#239 Aug 22, 2009
Tony wrote:
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Actually he stole it from me. I have been using it for 10 years.
Perhaps but it just doesn't fit you.. Maybe you could end off in you'll all burn in Hell...
Tony

Australia

#240 Aug 22, 2009
angelinaUK wrote:
<quoted text>I will have to strongly disagree with you Tony.
As someone who suffers from seasonal affected disorder ...
Notice you will only feel "depressed" when you are focusing on and thinking about things you do not have in your life, things and people lacking in your life. It's called COVETING and once a brain becomes conditioned with COVETING, they get "depressed", and then the doctors and medical association medicalise coveting and call it "disorder" and "sickness" and "depression". But that's just so they can make drugs and make money from the coveting people and the ignorant.

Notice you will not feel "depressed" when you are in a zone of NOT coveting, but being grateful who you are talking with, spending time with, or doing some activity that you enjoy. Notice, like a miracle, all of a sudden you don't feel "depressed". Why is that? Because your focus and thoughts are not on coveting.

The problem is that people become deeply conditioned that the brain now out of habit focuses on COVETING, and then they are told that they have a disorder and "depression", and now they have some external force to blame and to cover up their selfish coveting thoughts.

No wonder God warned humans to NOT COVET!

“so tell me......”

Since: Aug 08

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#241 Aug 22, 2009
Tony wrote:
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Notice you will only feel "depressed" when you are focusing on and thinking about things you do not have in your life, things and people lacking in your life. It's called COVETING and once a brain becomes conditioned with COVETING, they get "depressed", and then the doctors and medical association medicalise coveting and call it "disorder" and "sickness" and "depression". But that's just so they can make drugs and make money from the coveting people and the ignorant.
Notice you will not feel "depressed" when you are in a zone of NOT coveting, but being grateful who you are talking with, spending time with, or doing some activity that you enjoy. Notice, like a miracle, all of a sudden you don't feel "depressed". Why is that? Because your focus and thoughts are not on coveting.
The problem is that people become deeply conditioned that the brain now out of habit focuses on COVETING, and then they are told that they have a disorder and "depression", and now they have some external force to blame and to cover up their selfish coveting thoughts.
No wonder God warned humans to NOT COVET!
And what exactly am I supposed to be coveting?
S.A.D. is caused by a lack of sunlight.
http://hcd2.bupa.co.uk/fact_sheets/html/sad.h...

“In the rustling of the leaves”

Since: Dec 07

Washington, D.C.

#242 Aug 22, 2009
Is it a sin to be depressed? NO.
but it might be a sin to think so....

“so tell me......”

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#243 Aug 22, 2009
Janeebananee wrote:
Is it a sin to be depressed? NO.
but it might be a sin to think so....
I don't know about it being a sin to think so but it is certainly unkind.

“so tell me......”

Since: Aug 08

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#244 Aug 23, 2009
Some scriptures I think may be relevant.

To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under Heaven..........A time to weep, anad a time to laugh,A time to mourn and a time to dance.
Eccl. 3.1 and 4

Turn yourself to me and have mercy on me,
For I am desolate and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart have enlarged,
Bring me out of my distress.
Psalm 25.16-17.

Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
Romans 12.15

.........And He bagan to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.
Then He said to them "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful even to death, stay here and watch with Me".
Matt 26.37-38
Tony

Australia

#245 Aug 23, 2009
Janeebananee wrote:
Is it a sin to be depressed? NO.
but it might be a sin to think so....
Many people love to live in misery, love to blame their coveting on a "disease" in an attempt to gain attention for their staring soul.

There are many different reasons why people claim to be "depressed" and the main one is they love to covet and the other is that since a child, they seek attention by making out they are unhappy, in attempt to get others to notice them and feel sorry for them. This is done on a subconscious level, and they love that their self inflicted misery has now been medicalised and given a name.

WAKE UP!!!

Since: Jul 08

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#246 Aug 24, 2009
Tony wrote:
<quoted text>
Many people love to live in misery, love to blame their coveting on a "disease" in an attempt to gain attention for their staring soul.
There are many different reasons why people claim to be "depressed" and the main one is they love to covet and the other is that since a child, they seek attention by making out they are unhappy, in attempt to get others to notice them and feel sorry for them. This is done on a subconscious level, and they love that their self inflicted misery has now been medicalised and given a name.
WAKE UP!!!
Hello Tony: Although what you have written may be true for some, it is not true for all. To assume so is to unnecessarily harm someone who is already harmed. God does not harm in this way. His ways are always redemptive, restoring, and renewing...calling one out of darkness into light. I've noticed when He does this to a sore soul, He NEVER uses a pointed boot (like your words). I cannot support your method here.
Tony

Australia

#247 Aug 24, 2009
Stedfast wrote:
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Hello Tony: Although what you have written may be true for some, it is not true for all. To assume so is to unnecessarily harm someone who is already harmed. God does not harm in this way. His ways are always redemptive, restoring, and renewing...calling one out of darkness into light. I've noticed when He does this to a sore soul, He NEVER uses a pointed boot (like your words). I cannot support your method here.
Your comments are false. God isn't always using soft words like you want me to.

God is the same yesterday, today and forever, and many times in the Old testament God ordered the killings of humans, even children.

Many times, a hard approach is needed to get through to the people who are hard hearted and stubborn and blaming everything except for themselves on their misery.

The truth hurts.

And the truth is.. "depression" is just a medicalised code name and term for people who covet and who are so self-centred and selfish that they make themselves miserable.

Since: Jul 08

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#248 Aug 25, 2009
Ephesians 4:15: Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From Him the whole body joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

I John 4:12: No one has ever seen God but if we love one another God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

Galatians 6:1 Brothers if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.

Galatians 5:22-26 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Galatians 5:13-15 You, my brothers were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: Love your neighbor as yourself. If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

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