Root cause of depression Doctors wouldn’t say

TAKEAWAYS:

  • Science doesn’t know the cause or cure for depression.
  • Matured christian can suffer extreme depression.
  • Depression is a mindset issue.
  • The demonic root of depression.

What science says about depression

Science says depression is a result of chemicals in the brain’s gone haywire. Relationship problems are common predictors, but they can also occur as a result of sickness or trauma.

A study shows genetic hotspots linked to depression. Although there are anti-depressant drugs, NMHI said it wouldn’t work on long-term recovery.

What the Bible says

Insanity and physical disability were often associated with sin and demons. However, Jesus severed that notion; it’s not always the case (John 9:3). It sounds awful to someone having a mental breakdown, but sin has many shapes.

A person can be depressed because of passion, narcissistic disorder, or financial rut. Biblically, it’s because of a demonic foothold when one engages in immorality, porn, or drug addiction.

Science and the Bible

There is a correlation between faith and depression. About 61% recover from depression much faster if they have a religious or spiritual affiliation. A higher percentage (75%) is found in suicide. However, very few studies show faith and prayer “cures” depressed people. [NCBI]

→ The only cure for Anhedonia.

When science or faith didn’t help

Suicide because of depression is the second cause of death ages 15-24. Recently, 20 students in India committed suicide because of a failed exam.

Rick Warren & Charles Morris’ son

Author Rick Warren’s son Matthew killed himself. His mother, Kay Warren, became a mental and Christian activist. Jeff, son of Charles Morris, host of ‘Haven Today,’ died from a drug overdose.

Andrew Stoecklein and Jarrid Wilson

In 2018, Andrew Stoecklein, the young and vibrant megachurch Pastor, preached about depression, then killed himself. In 2019, Jarrid Wilson, church leader, author, and mental health advocate, committed suicide.

→ How to overcome depression Biblically.

FACT AND MISCONCEPTION: Being a Christian leader or Pastor doesn’t make you holier. They still sin and can experience weakness like everyone else. Church position doesn’t elevate anyone. In fact, church leaders are the most persecuted, and many have faced tragedies like the biblical Job. They are Satan’s ultimate trophies. Although the devil tried to tempt Jesus, he could not because He was born without sin.

→ Is spiritual deliverance and warfare biblical?

Depression is a spiritual battle:
Flesh vs. Spiritual mind

Depression is a battle of the mind where self-pity gives Satan the opportunity to change our mindset. Scriptures tell us Jesus is our hope, we do not lose heart (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).

On the other hand, Satan tells us “there is no hope,” and the only escape is death. Metanoia or change of mind has to take place if we are to survive (Matthew 3:8).

The mind is the devil’s playground

  • 1 Timothy 6:5 – Depraved mind
  • 2 Corinthians 3:14 – Dull mind
  • 2 Corinthians 4:4 – Blinded mind
  • 2 Kings 6:11 – Troubled mind
  • 2 Timothy 3:8 – Corrupt mind
  • Isaiah 61:3 – Spirit of “no hope”
  • Romans 8:7 – Sinful mind

Case and point: Derek Prince

Derek Prince battled depression. Isaiah 61:3 spoke to him about the ‘Spirit of heaviness.’ It was a ‘familiar spirit‘ oppressing him. “There was a person—an evil spirit set against me by Satan himself—tracking me and plotting my downfall,” he said.

When he became God’s child, his experience equipped him to battle demonic presence. God used him to lead the exorcism of Clarita Villanueva in the Philippines in 1953.

Case and point: Mark Goodnight

Mark Goodnight is an associate of Christian apologist Mark Wood. He wanted to kill himself at age 5 and again at 15 years old. Diagnosed with level-5 neuroticism, he suffered from anxiety and anhedonia.

He saw a dozen psychiatrists and took medication for a time. Mark took illegal drugs in college and read self-help books to soothe depression. None of it helped.

Things began to change when he started reading the Bible. When he became a Christian, someone laid hands and prayed for healing in Jesus’ name. Suddenly, the blackness that consumed his life for the last twenty-five years gone in an instant.

It’s been 25 years since then and I have no issue,Mark said in a video. True healing happens with Jesus. (1 Peter 2:24)

Case and point: Woman with schizophrenia

For a decade, a woman was on and off at a mental hospital for schizophrenia and manic depression. After knowing Jesus, the episodes stopped. Without church fellowship, she returned to Buddhism years after.

She also became busy with making money, and like a child of the world, she mocked God. Soon, her mental problem returned. Mental pills and injections helped, but it also turned her into a totally different person, controlled by the drugs.

→ Pastor’s kid raped: Testimony of Joy Tan-chi.

Depression is Satan’s tool:
God’s children are Satan’s trophies

Depression is one of Satan’s tools (John 10:10). He wants to control our minds to devour us (1 Peter 5:8). In John Gill’s exposition, the passage in Luke 6:18 meant we could be vexed with unclean spirits, possessed with devils, tormented, and afflicted by them mentally.

  • 1 Peter 5:8 – Satan hunts and wants to devour you.
  • 1 Samuel 18:10 – Harmful spirit rushed to King Saul to kill David.
  • James 4:7 – Resist the devil, and he will flee.
  • John 10:20 – The man has a demon and is insane.
  • Luke 22:31–32 – He wants to sift God’s workers like wheat
  • Luke 6:18 – Those troubled by impure spirits were cured,
  • Luke 8:35 – Demons left, and he was in his right mind.
  • Matthew 17:14-18 – Jesus rebuked the demon, the boy was healed.
  • Matthew 4:24 – Jesus healed the sick, those oppressed by demons.
  • Romans 7:18-20 – The evil I do is because of sin that dwells in me.

→ Can Christians be possessed?

Focus on happy thoughts and always trust God. (Philippians 4:8-18, Proverbs 3:5)
[1] NCBI – Religious and Spiritual Factors in Depression.
[2] APA – How Religious Beliefs Can Protect Psychological Well-being.
[3] Miller, Fletcher, Kabat-Zinn – Mindfulness meditation.
[4] NCBI – Neural correlates of healing prayers, depression, and traumatic memories.
[5] Wiley, Todd Chan – Religious beliefs compensate for purpose in life in the socially disconnected.


FURTHER READING:
Closing the door of a demonic stronghold.
How to overcome depression Biblically.
The attitude of Apostle Paul as he faced depression.

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