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I think there are four ways one can look at this. Medical perspective There are no well-documented cases of demon possession today among vast numbers of illnesses; various mental health problems have been tracked down often to a physical cause (even if we don't understand all the details of how the flaws work). (See Wikipedia articles on epilepsy, ...


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The Bible does not really have a concept of mental illness in the sense we have it today. There are, as far as I know, no stories in the Bible that clearly talk about the mentally ill. There are of course cases of people described as "demon possessed" or "having an evil spirit". Many have speculated that these are people who would today be described as ...


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From the book by Jean Claude Larchet "Therapy of mental illnesses. Experience of Christian East of the First Centuries." (I read it in Russian). There are 3 types of illnesses: natural, spiritual and demonic. Very often 2 or 3 types appear at the same time. For example, someone has very strong pride, it results is a spiritual illness. It may result in ...


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The bible is not a ‘medical encyclopedia’ so naturally it does not refer to every specific mental problems, but we can assume many came to Jesus to be healed of them and they were called ‘various diseases’. Clearly by observing some people mental problems, in the Bible, even if only temporary, they existed. Why else would Judas have committed suicide if he ...


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The story of King Nebuchadnezzar answers this, in Daniel 4:19-37. A summary of the story: Daniel gives a prophecy (from God) that Nebuchadnezzar: ... will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox and be drenched with the dew of heaven. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the ...


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It's not that the Bible does not have a concept of mental illness (that would be silly, of course there were mentally ill people back in those days) but I believe mental illness is more of a modern term. They usually referred to those who were mentally ill as "the dumb" or more generally, just simply those with "afflictions" Here are a few examples in the ...


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So, with mental illness, especially in its most severe forms, there is little ability for the sick person to choose his actions properly. I know this from first-hand experience, when I have fallen into a depressive state (related to bipolar), I am not only less able to think clearly, but I find that I behave in a way which is much different from how I might ...


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Interesting to me that no one has mentioned how common it is for persons in psychotic states to take on religious themes in their ramblings. Some think they are God, many talk about the things of God and many cling to the Bible and scripture with obsession. Someone I love has a mental illness. How I know for sure she was not "demon possessed" is that she ...



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