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Christians Are Mentally Sick

Are religious people mentally ill?

A recent study has suggested that religious people have a natural leaning towards full-filling a personality gap.

Saying "Religious people tend to have a low socio-chlimatic personality disorder"

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Christians are not mentally ill. Atheists and liberals are. They will find out in the end that there really is a God.
---Jed on 11/26/11

I'm sorry, but I had a great belly laugh when I read the question. Mental illness can be subjective. It relates to the measures and standards imposed in one's culture and society. Yes, Christians should lose their minds, but in a good way because 1 Cor. 2:16 tells us the reason why. A born again person receives the mind of Christ. The more we read and learn God's Word, the more our minds, thoughts, and emotions become renewed and we begin to think and respond like Christ did/does.
---Sandy on 11/23/11

Christians are not religious people, but Christians are clean and holy people. Religious people, which are also called NonChristians, need salvation equally as much as the nonreligious people, for both are equally condemned. For religion never saves anyone, but only Christ Almighty converts the soul and saves the sinner from their sin and from their unsoundness.
---Eloy on 11/20/11

Trav: Balaam I understand, but Trav, ... not so much.
---jerry6593 on 11/19/11

If being a christian, born again, blood bought is being mentally ill, then praise God, I will stay mentally ill. God gave me a sound mind. I am stable and in love with my Savior.
---shira4368 on 11/18/11

Trav: As usual, I have no idea what you're talking about.
---jerry6593 on 11/18/11

Didn't mean to talk over your head, thought you understood Balaam. His attempts to corrupt Israels relationship with false GODs. Uniting these OT nations, cost 24,000 their lives.
New Testament points it out as well. But, hey never mind...musta had a weak moment. P.C.....Politically Correct. Andy give you a dose. Careful what you say or he may report you to PC Police.
Rev 2:14
But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
---Trav on 11/18/11

Trav: As usual, I have no idea what you're talking about.
---jerry6593 on 11/18/11

you MIGHT wanna clarify your intention before anyone calls you a discriminator
---andy3996 on 11/16/11

No! Atheists, Hindus and Muslims are mentally incomplete. The human mind is the throne for the Holy Spirit. Without His presence, the throne room is empty.
---jerry6593 on 11/16/11

Jerry,Jerry. United Nation PC's caught you. Did you forget in the land of Balaam you must mingle false religions with truth?
Rev 2:14
But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
---Trav on 11/17/11

JERRY No! Atheists, Hindus and Muslims are mentally incomplete. The human mind is the throne for the Holy Spirit. Without His presence, the throne room is empty.

you MIGHT wanna clarify your intention before anyone calls you a discriminator
---andy3996 on 11/16/11

No! Atheists, Hindus and Muslims are mentally incomplete. The human mind is the throne for the Holy Spirit. Without His presence, the throne room is empty.
---jerry6593 on 11/16/11

religious people mentally ill? maybe? thank GOD faith is not a religion :D
---kevin5443 on 11/15/11

wow! Family,(prayerfully) say. song "If It had Not Been For Jesus!".....I can answer for myself ..Where would I have been? dead... God is the only one keep'n me and If that's "unbalanced"... Hey! I want more & more of A God who gives me...Life when Oh! Yes, I went into Cardiac Arrest.. before they minister the Chemo... the nurses too pressed.. birthday party on the ward.. Yes? Honey! Thankyou! I want more of God and thanks to jesus.. my healing cominggive the glory to God! I don't take nothing for pain,up to now..Just Plead the blood of Jesus! Oh! Yes...
---ELENA on 11/15/11

My opinion is that most are slightly disordered.

I'm a former christian and my trauma disorder became worse as a christian, because I was taught to refuse psychotherapy, which is what saved my life.

I was also taught to constantly criticize myself and others.
---Kassandra on 11/15/11

Saved which life? Miss an appointment?
You need to go to your psycho-saviour again kassie. You are backsliding dangerously into traumatic criticizing again.

Hmmm, your psycho saviour didn't really cure you after all did he. Should have stuck with the first one.

Psalm 55:20
He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant.
---Trav on 11/15/11

These days there's a "study" for everything & it's quite easy to find one to fit how you think, no matter what the opinion on any given subject. In my opinion, the human diagnosis of anything is always negotiable. So, having said that, let me add,(ALL IN CHRISTIAN LOVE,OF COURSE), that I think the recent study you mentioned is full of baloney.:-))))
---Reba on 11/15/11

Kassandra on 11/15/11: No argument from me.

But the question is: is beleif the reason for being strange, or is being strange the reason for the beleif.

My experience is that I was always 'odd' and felt somethign was wrong. When I found God, I felt that He was the One who cared about me - about the only One

So is being strange the problem, or just what made me heppy to meet God?
---Peter on 11/15/11

other studies has proven hat gays are mentaliy disordered and should follow treatment from proffesional adequate personal to suppress their tendencies. problem is that those psycho's are well organised and it wouldnt' take a week before any scientist is in front of a judge.
i doubt if anyone would call Guttenberg, Edison, Bejamin Franklin or other great Christian inventors mentally ill?
---andy3996 on 11/15/11

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My opinion is that most are slightly disordered. These comments are disturbing in how quickly they dismiss any scientific data, preferring to be delusional and live in their own "world not of this world". Most christians use religion to escape reality, because they're unsatisfied with their life and with themselves. I'm a former christian and my trauma disorder became worse as a christian, because I was taught to refuse psychotherapy, which is what saved my life. I was also taught to constantly criticize myself and others. Very rarely will you find a christian who is confident,successful, had good upbringing, and is balanced and happy in a non delusional way.
---Kassandra on 11/15/11

The comment: towards full-filling a personality gap.

That comment is real, naturally

The PROBLEM is that we ALL have a personality gap - it is the part of us that we destroyed when we sinned against God

It is just that Christians do recognise that there is something missing in us - many others decide to feel they are complete
---Peter on 3/28/11

"A recent study has suggested that religious people have a natural leaning towards full-filling a personality gap.Saying "Religious people tend to have a low socio-chlimatic personality disorder"
This really sounds like a group of people who got together to defend their own short-comings by inventing a new "disorder" for those who find hope and happiness in God.
---CalicoHawk on 3/27/11

Double crossing is only legal in Christianity? insanity? for the love of ego (materialism) is the root of all evil (ill). materialism is the illest religion. it's just unorthodox. pure monotheism is healthier.
---Thou_shall_not_double_cross. on 3/1/11

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1 CORINTHIAN 1:17 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but unto us which are saved it the power of GOD.
1:19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
---RICHARD on 12/12/10

Bunk! Just more pseudo-intellectual secular humanist anti-God garbage.
---jerry6593 on 12/13/10

Good coment, Donna66

Of course the comment about 'mentally ill' will be brought up every so often, mostly because it is an accusation that required no evidence to make! But, though some people who called themselves Christians (remember the lot who killed themselves in Wako, Texas, or in the Peoples Temple) are wierd, but that does not apply to all of us

Blessings always
---peter3594 on 12/12/10

world is cut off from God and

True Christians are called out to be separate from the world and its god 2Corin 4:4

the world has become dependent on various gods - like the gods of medical science and the masses believe most anything they SELL

in past 50 years medical science has developed a term or label to define everything as a syndrome or defect and the TRILLION dollar drug companies have lots of pretty pills to give people for their so-called gaps

why concern yourself with studies from the world and reasoning of immortal men
---Rhonda on 12/4/10

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First---The diagnosis "socio-chlimatic personality disorder" is either misspelled or made up. It is not a diagnosis commonly recognized by doctors or psychiatrists.

Second--religious people have a natural leaning towards full-filling a personality gap. WHO DOESN'T have personality "gaps"
and WHO DOESN"T try to fill them? Isn't this a "natural leaning" for everyone...not just Christians!

Seems to me the difference is more in how they seek to fill that void? Many people try drugs, alcohol, promiscuous sex, over-work, entertainment etc. The Christian has discovered he can be fulfilled by the Eternal God and His Son Jesus Christ.
---Donna66 on 11/10/10

Some Christians are pretty wacky and some aren't. Which are you?
---Juanito on 11/10/10

I think everyone has an excuse of why not to believe in God and act like Christ. What do we have to lose for believing in God and being a Christian, if God is not real? We don't lose anything. God is real! and the people that don't believe lose in the end. When God comes back.. what will they say then? That who lost? The ones who will go through hell on earth or the ones who are rejoicing in heaven? Just saying :) I really don't get how people don't believe. Everything that goes on here on earth is in the bible! How could you not believe?? We may be looked down upon now but we have a glorious day ahead! so who cares what people say of this world.. I don't!! Hope everyone has a blessed day!
---kb10 on 11/10/10

Originally man was created to worship and be in perfect harmony with God. Sin destroyed that and left an emptiness or "gap" in our hearts. Christians fill this gap and are returned to our proper place through the mercy of Christ our lord. The rest of humanity fills this gap with lust, murder, adultery, lies, drugs, drunkeness, pride, sexual perversion, gluttony,and gambling among other things. Who has the personality disorder?
---Danosaur on 5/23/08

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Hearing voices or seeing things that aren't there is part of schitzophrenia. Get treated.

Are you unable to admit science is right regarding DNA analysis, the germ theory of disease, and Earth orbiting the Sun, for example? Then you might be delusional.

If you're always sad or worse, even though your life is actually average or better, you're probably clinically depressed.

But just having faith is not considered a mental disorder, nor is doing good.

---Nancy on 12/1/07

Boy I could do a preaching on this one. Give me two pages. The Bible saids when you depart from evil you are accounted as mad. Why listen to a lost world filled with lost people? We are suppose to be different. God told me one day not long after I was saved. "Noone is 100% in the mind". If I were you people I would start to wonder a little about other stuff. The people that belongs to God, well, God loves us. What can I say. We need Jesus Christ. What can I say.
---catherine on 8/19/07

so its mentally ill to love everyone?NO we believe that you are lost without jesus.we believe if you don,t choose him you are doomed to death on judgement pitiful the human race is.
---tom2 on 8/19/07

Are religious people mentally ill?

Those who belong to cults do indeed have unstable minds.

One person actually believes she is a descendent of the tribe of Judah, others have real whacko ideas, and nearly all believe that if you oppose their beliefs you are from the devil.

But the genuine Christian has been given a sound mind and is able to think rationally.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
---lee on 3/28/07

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We should not care what any secular studies suggest, because the worldly will always have a propensity for worldliness and a hostility for the spirit, rather than be introspective and realize their own separation from God. Many many more people are sacrilegiously preoccupied, then there are religiously preoccupied.
---Eloy on 11/24/06

I think most people at one time or another ask themselves what is this life all about. After much education and studying all major religions in pursuit of some answers, Christianity to me provided the best answer. We are not just here for no reason. There is a God who revealed Himself thru the Bible.
---Virginia on 11/24/06

1/ I am not sure what you mean by "religious people." However, Jeanne is on point upon providing the history of humanity seeking God, starting in Egypt. There is a thin line between divinity and insanity! Remember Peter had to tell those in attendance that the disciples were NOT CRAZY after the H/S descended on them and they began speaking different languages. The mystic and psychoanalyst Carl Jung spent his entire life finding the link between divinity and insanity!
---I_AM_I on 11/19/06

Albert Einstein, George Washington, Paul, Ghandi,many very smart, genius even have been religous whether Christian or not. Every great society had "gods" so is the whole world mentally ill from Egypt, Rome, Africa, Greece, Israel, Arabia, Europe all had gods before even Christ was preached. So that makes no sense all would be mentally ill.
---Jeanne on 11/19/06

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correct, religious peop are ill. good thing Christianity is not a religion. religion is man's attempt to reach God by his works--Christianity is God reaching down to man knowing man can do nothing on his own to get to God. this is key
---r.w. on 11/18/06

I've been told by someone in a chat room that Christians are mentally ill. Can't remember what it was called ... one of those ology words. If loving Christ above all others is an illness, yep I'm verrrrry ill too.
---Nellah on 8/30/06

Alan 8869 is right. Tests are designed to prove the point the researcher is seeking. It can also be called the law of the instrument. Medical doctor gives medicine,psychologist looks for quirks in minds/emotions to treat. Each one treats the area they understand and are trained to look for. Test questions are skewed to prove what the designer whats them to. Those tests prove nothing except the researcher was very adept at designing his test. The Bible says we have sound minds 1 Ti.1:7,thats my guide.
---Darlene_1 on 8/30/06

Sin is the major sickness, disease, "mental illness/disorder" common to "ALL" of lost humanity (mankind), past, present & future. (Pv. 16:18-19; Ro. 3:23, 2 Cor. 4)
---Leon on 8/30/06

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AMEN, Donna.. I believe in a very unreligious world, where there's unity in Christ's Body. I know people who think that my mindset is messed. People think I'm crazy because I believe in Him. But, hey, they thought Jesus was crazy, too. What Would Jesus Do? He'd love the one in front of him. If they accept it, great.. If they don't, let it go and move on.. Keep prayin.. If people think you're crazy, too bad, they're missing out on a "crazy eternity" with the God of the Universe.
---Melon on 8/29/06

So what, big deal. Religious people have disorders. Doesn't mean they are ALL sick. NON religious people have disorders also. Thats why I dont pay any attention to those kinds of things. There are sick people of all kinds, religous or not.
---sue on 8/29/06

I wonderwhat the questions were that the surveyors asked. I'l bet they were designed to get the reponses they wanted to prove the result they had already decided.
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/29/06

Thanks John for your information but I still refuse to eat a Duck that doesn't "poop" 65 times a day. Burp.......
---Eler on 8/29/06

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Those in this survey are not sound minded enough to admit that somewhere along the line of their mindset, negative thoughts became their way of thinking and for what ever reason began to believe a lie instead of the truth which is Jesus is our healer counsellor he is our mind set for positve thinking through his blood that he shed on Calvery and in him we have hope, Joy, Peace, and salvation. Now armed with all that How many christians gone down the road of depression can now say AMEN!
---Carla5754 on 8/29/06

Joshua: Taking a 'different tack' (any sailors out there?) in answering your questions (assuming as the study claims, it was aimed at ALL religions; and I do seem to recall hearing about something like this in the news once), what else would you expect from atheists who often attack Christian's beliefs, because they're afraid what's in the Bible really is true! [compared to the 'average sinner' who just tries not to think about God at all, and most of the time doesn't anymore].
---danie9374 on 8/29/06

Joshua: Your questions are rather vague. What are "religious people" for example? Some definitions of 'religious' would even include atheists; and in that case, I'd say: 'YES' every 'religious person' (which EXCLUDES those saved by Christ, since they now have a relationship with God; not man-made religion) is 'mentally sick' because they are still blinded by sin, yet deep inside their souls long for salvation from sin!
---danie9374 on 8/29/06

I don't know, but if you get it from Jesus, I hope I got it.
I think the good Book says something about God's wisdom being foolishness to the world.
---mike on 8/29/06

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These same "experts" will be the ones persicuting the remnant.
---Lynn on 8/29/06

This survey could also reflect the mindset of some aetheists that believe religion is a crutch, and those who are part of one are weak individuals.
---Katie on 8/28/06

They told Jesus he had a demon and he didn't. When unbelievers look at the church today, they don't see Jesus, they see hypocrites, jealousy, they see unforgiveness, bitterness, and they judge us. How can we overcome these things and let our light shine before men so that they may see our good words? I believe it's by loving the unbeliever. Loving the harlot. Loving the bitter person and telling them, Jesus can heal you of that if you want Him too. Offer Jesus to these people, amen?
---Donna9759 on 8/28/06

John, I love your answer. Wouldn't it be interesting to know just how much money is wasted everyday doing research into stupid things like the ducks. I recently read one that said they were doing a study to see if males are smarter than females. What a waste of tax dollars.
---shira on 8/28/06

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It is very dangerious to say, religious people are 'sick.' This is what dictaters in communist countries used to say, then pull away children from religious famiiies, ALL religions. Often people were sent to 'camps'-to reeducate them. In communism the state is God, all other religion is competetion.

'Morally Sick' people exist in and out of religion, sometimes religion uplifts and 'cures' problems, other times it enhances sickness.
---MikeM on 8/28/06

john, that was funny. Being religious, is not the same thing as being Christian or being spiritual or being holy. Religious people can be completely devoid of Christ, and therefore not only mentally ill, but also their souls are condemned. The truth is, as they have maligned and mistreated Jesus, so too will the lost do likewise to us who are his. Matthew 5:10-12; 10:16-28; John 15:18-21; 16:1-3; II Timothy 3:12.
---Eloy on 8/27/06

Mod: No where in Joshua's question did he say the "religious people" in the study were Christians.

Joshua: Who conducted the study & who were they studying?
---Leon on 8/27/06

LOL. You can find a study to suggest ANYTHING. We don't know: who performed the study, why it was done, HOW it was done or when, who the subjects were, how many there were, how they were chosen, how their "mental health" was tested. That's just for starters.
AND what is a "socio-chlimatic personality disorder"?
---Donna2277 on 8/27/06

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No more than anyone else. We have obsessive compulsives, attention deficits, oppositional defiants, throw in some hair pullers, overeaters, undereaters and some who need anger management. But if at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
---Rachel on 8/27/06

The beauty of being a believer is the lack of religion. Christ did not establish theology His primary concern was the will of the Father be done. He taught us how to "BE" rather than "what to do."
As far as your question. It seems there is a need for rigid structure within the flesh. The Spirit can not be put into a box. So maybe people do have some kind of 'personality gap' and the automatic response to fill it is , "Go find a religion."
---Ryan on 8/27/06

If my salvation is mental illness, praise God I am verrrrrrrrrrry sick. Doctors have proven people who are born again recover quicker than others. I don't feel mentally ill or crazy, but If I am, it is for the right reasons. Praise God.
---shira on 8/27/06

Seems as though many had the same opinion about Jesus. We are truly a peculiar people with a mission that the world does not and never will understand. They can label me what they like. Too bad I pay taxes to support a bunch like that. Another recent study reported that ducks pooped 63 times a day. More tax money out the door. Their opinions mean nothing to me.
---john on 8/27/06

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I would be interested in knowing about the source of the information, some groups will try to spin anything.
---notlaw99 on 8/27/06

Well, if that's the case, I'd have to say, "I don't suffer from mental illness... I enjoy every minute of it." lol
Seriously, though, here's what Jesus said about such things...Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. (Matthew 5:11-12)
---Tbabe on 8/27/06

They would say that, wouldn't they? whatever "a low socio-chlimatic personality disorder" may be.
It is strange how much happier with life Christians seem to be, if our faith is only compensation for some inadequacy.
The question referred to religious people not just Christian. If you look at the "religion" declared by many people on secular dating websites, most say "Spiritual, but not religious" I suggest it is they who have something missing in their lives, not us.
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/27/06

Josh;To answer your question "are religious people mentally ill?" I would say Muslims "absolutely"
---1st_cliff on 8/27/06

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This study was obviously done by people of no religion whatsoever (atheists) who are determined to undermine our beliefs. If they can 'prove' that we are mentally unstable they think no-one will want to listen to any of us. These people have a huge gap in their lives yet they feel threatened by any mention of God. Could that be because they know that He is really there but do not wish to be answerable to Him in any way, shape or form?
---Mac on 8/27/06

The study has to do w/reteaching youth of India to become productive. It shows that they do once they have an opportunity and / or education. It has some credible ideas in it, but has lost credibility because of the interview processes. I never saw socio climatic personality disorder mentioned at all. I did see a 52 page paper with names, papers and books about the anthropology of N.Africa & the Middle East. Maybe you arereading into this or you may have some inside information that is not on that paper.
---Amy9384 on 8/27/06

I don't know about religious people, but I can speak for a people of grace.
We have trusted in Jesus for all provision of life and beyond. Through this we have stopped chasing after all the love of pleasure and fleshly lusts that stem from an undeniable fear of death.
The truth is people who have no faith have no hope, and with no hope comes a clinging to all that this life holds.
Enjoy that if you must, but tis better to trust in Jesus
---Pharisee on 8/27/06

Also, I found that one study is primarily performed by Islamic people... and it stated as such. There were studies of improving India's socio economic production in their youths (male and female). The statement you made would have to be indicative to something in the study indicates that religious people which indicates all religions- have a tendancey to not fit in with the norm of aggressive business behavior and so they call it a disorder.
---Amy9384 on 8/27/06

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I pulled up socio-climactic personality disorder. I got only 1 item. So I took off disorder and got 3. The study was taken in India. It also has very little integrity because the people who paid for it actually interviewed the people in the study. There is a cast system in India too. You and I can prove anything we want with the right surveys and the right people taking them and a few key leading questions to uneducated people.
---Amy9384 on 8/27/06

Well, if there's a cure for this, I don't want it! ;)
---AlwaysOn on 8/27/06

Jonathan: Who is the author of this study? I have never heard of a low socio-chlimatic personality diosrder. It is not in the DSM-IV-TR.

I do know that many mentally ill people have religious ideations.
---Madison1101 on 8/27/06

Joshua, can you please let us know where you got this information? I'd kinda like to read this study and how they came to this conclusion.
---bethie on 8/27/06

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"low socio-chlimatic personality disorder"
What is that when it is at home?
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/27/06

There are studies and there are studies. Some have said the exact opposite: that people of faith are more fulfilled and better adjusted and more functional.
"Our hearts are restless until they find rest in You," wrote St. Augustine, and many people (not all Christians) have found this to be true.
My intuition tells me that the author of this study had his mind made up before he began it.
---Jack on 8/27/06

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