I had a christian tell me last week that according to christian belief, those afflicted with mental illness go to hell. I felt this was seriously out of line and informed the christian of a mental…Continue
"I had heard that the myth was your soul could be dislodged and come flying out during a sneeze - thus the "Bless you".
Or are both myths "correct" with the people/culture/locale determining which one was believed?"
"It's Cristyn, and the stigma exists both in and out of the church. I've been on both sides, I've seen it on both sides. I'm also quite involved in the behavioral sciences, as there is mental illness in my family, and…"
"I think there is still sort of a stigma about being mentally ill in the church. Because when you become a Christian, the Holy Spirit is supposed to free you from all the bonds of whatever is keeping you from a fulfilled life. So when…"
"There is NO such a place- so nobody can go there- unless you mean Hell, Grand Cayman, or maybe Hell, Norway. No such a thing or place- so NO they and no-one else can go there... mentally ill, serial killer, Hitler or (add horrible person…"
"Good point. I think I read once that shamans have schizophrenic tendencies...it's been studied. Usually a tribe welcomes this person's contributions to the tribes spirituality but only up to a point--there can only be so many…"
"Can those who suffer from grand delusions be considered to suffer a form of mental illness? I have met many seriously deluded people who claim to be able to hear god talking to them and that he watches them all the time (paranoia) and can even read…"
I am the father of two and married to a Catholic. I work in a rationale world of science helping people overcome irrational beliefs. I believe belief in any god is irrational and unhealthy to becoming an authentic person.
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I'm looking for support and to support others that feel the pressures of religion on them daily. Oppression occurs at all levels in life and I want to see that religious people stop oppressing others with their beliefs, including me.
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Why you left your religion.
It clearly wasn't true. I joined when I married at 27. I left at 29. There was no proof aside from a book that is several thousand years old. God never spoke to me, no signs, nothing. Of course no one could answer the most basic questions, and they still can't. We all know what they are.
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