[quote="Shin, post:14, topic:182179"]
Sorry if I sounded a little harsh in the above.
I feel strongly that it is very necessary that there be no mistake about the extent of diabolical activity or its goals. This is important business, for us Christians to attend to, and we must make no mistakes about it.
There are some good sermons on the subject of spiritual warfare in the links below.
Hi there Shin! Didn't sound harsh to me at all...... I had to sign off and feed the family here since DH came home early! :D
We both feel strongly in opposite directions. Has happened before. Will happen again. I am ignorant on many things about doctrine, etc (and am happy now to learn--see how far I have come! :)) but one thing I am certain of and that is that mental illness is not the particular vehicle of evil spirits or demonic possession or obsession.
I am going to try to explain my thoughts but it will be a crude attempt to be sure. There is demonic influence all over the place and its goal is to drag people to hell. However, I think it is archaic to say that such negative spiritual influences constellate around one particular type of illness, mental illness just because our perceptions of ourselves is such that we cannot identify the biology behind our thoughts, feelings, etc. like we can when we have a stomach ache or tumor.
Examine PET, SPECT, and fMRI's and there is sufficient evidence to suggest that brains going awry have a great influence on rationality, clear thinking, delusional thinking, emotional stability, and hallucinations. These have nothing to do with demons, sorry.
Depression, nervous breakdowns, psychosis and the like are not manifestations of demon anything.
Also, just because symptoms are inconsistent with what is known to be illness, doesn't mean it is not illness. It simply means we don't understand the biology yet.
Even the Church recognizes mental illness as illness. Vatican City has Conferences on it each year. And there is a movement to educate Catholics about mental illness all across the US anyway. ncpd.org/
Got to sign off again. DH and I are having our walking together time now.. :)