Why did this not post?Church of England:
"Written by the Rev Eva McIntyre on behalf of the Churchs Archbishops Council and the Time to Change mental health campaign, it suggests John the Baptist, St Paul, St Francis and other figures from the Bible may all have been mentally ill.
It even asks followers to consider accusations made in the New Testament that Jesus "had lost his mind".
It reads: "Many of the people we read about in Bible stories might today be considered as having mental health issues.
"For example,Would Jesus family maybe on occasion have said,Cousin John is a bit odd, bless him! when John the Baptist took to his eccentric style of life?
"It has long been thought that King Saul, in the books of Samuel, was displaying mood swings that suggest he had bi-polar disorder and some think that St Pauls Damascus Road experience was the result of some sort of breakdown or psychotic episode.
"Even Jesus was not immune to accusations about his mental health: there is a story in the gospel that tells of his mother and siblings attempting to take him home because they are afraid that he has lost his mind.
"Many of the stories of the Saints, too, have led people to discuss their mental health. "For example was St Francis suffering from a mental health title?"
Acknowledging how shocking these ideas might be, Ms McIntyre, a member of the General Synod, adds: "Some may find these suggestions disturbing or offensive even.
"Perhaps we need to ask why it would be so terrible to think that some of our most inspirational forebears might have experienced mental health illness.
"Do we mistakenly believe that God cannot or will not work through people with mental health illness?
"Do we think that mental illness is one condition that makes people less able to do Gods work, more unlikely to be able to articulate spiritual truth, and unable to participate meaningfully in worship?
"Who do we think these people are? Statistics show us that one in four people suffer from mental health illness during their lives.
"That figure is based on those who go to the GP for help; the true figure is likely to be even higher.
"That means in a congregation of 50 people, at least 12 people will have experienced or be experiencing mental health issues. "That includes the clergy and ministers, too.
In truth, religion has not always been compassionate to those who are mentally ill, while others, such as arch-atheist Professor Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, consider religious faith a symptom of mild mental illness.
"Church can provide a safe space for people with mental health problems to open up and in doing so they will help open the minds of those around them."
Church says Jesus Christ was mentally ill, also others in bible.
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#2 Mar 30, 2013
#3 Mar 31, 2013
Why did the church make a statement like this? Why would they say Jesus and other biblical characters were mentally ill, it makes no sense?
This from the "World Union of Deists" "God gave us reason not religion"
"Revealed" Religions and Mental Illness
Mental health is a very important and required element for a productive, progressive and happy life. The
false claims made by the various "revealed" religions, especially when introduced at an early age, cause much mental anguish and pain to individuals which then has a great potential to have a negative effect on society in general. For example, the case of Andrea Yates who murdered her five little children because she thought Satan had possessed her and was soon going to possess her children. In her twisted Bible based mind, if she murdered her children before "the age of accountability" they would all go to heaven. She thought she'd be executed for the murders and Satan would die with her.
In a similar case which stinks of the Bible story of God telling Abraham to kill his son, Deanna Laney murdered two of her little boys by stoning them to death and then severely handicapped her third little boy. She did this because she thought God wanted her to do it to "prove her complete and unconditional faith in Him." Of course, God never told Abraham or Mrs. Laney or anyone else to murder their children! THE BIBLE IS WRONG!!! Our God-given reason tells us that the Bible is wrong! Unfortunately, the billions of people who are currently suffering from "revealed" religion put the teachings of the men who wrote the Bible and the men who voted it to be the word of God before God's gift to them of reason. Pl.....
#4 Mar 31, 2013
Because the Topix garbage filter sent your post down the disposal.
So you say The Church of England claims this?
How much can protestants understand about Catholic saints?
For 1500 years The Catholic church beatified saints before Proty's even existed!
When it come to 'The Church', the CoE is outside looking in.
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