A growing number of people are now publicly declaring that Christianity is a mental illness.
Similar to the unfounded accusations against President Trump, a vocal and vicious attack is growing and intensifying … you’ll see and hear it more and more
This trend is being echoed by
- mainstream media
- social media
- progressive political groups
- liberal judges
These groups marginalize Christianity in different ways … they act as if it’s a sickness that needs to be treated medically.
For example, Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker who declined – because of his Christian beliefs – to bake a customized wedding cake to celebrate the marriage of a same-sex couple, was ordered by a judge to attend “sensitivity training.”
The purpose of the training was to reeducate Mr. Phillips and change his views regarding homosexual marriage and regarding what it means to be tolerant and non-discriminatory in the bakery industry.
Had Mr. Phillips been a Jewish baker refusing to bake a cake for a Nazi white supremacist wanting to celebrate Adolf Eichmann’s birthday, the judge certainly would have dismissed any discrimination complaint against him…
But because Christian beliefs are thought by many to be a sign of mental illness, they must not be allowed – they must be eradicated.
In a similar case of anti-Christian bigotry, Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) attacked Notre Dame Law Professor Amy Coney Barrett – one of President Trump’s judicial nominees – because she’s a Christian.
They mocked her beliefs and insinuated she was unfit to serve as a judge because she dared to have Christian beliefs and convictions.
Imagine the outrage of the Left if Professor Barrett had been attacked for being a Hindu, a Buddhist or a Muslim…
One more example: Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) recently declared Russel Vought, President Trump’s nominee to become the Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, unfit for office.
Because he had written an article saying that Jesus Christ is necessary for salvation … making him guilty of Islamophobia … and therefore not qualified to serve in government – in Senator Sanders’ view.
Those who equate Christian faith with mental illness make several assumptions that have no basis in fact:
- Belief in God and the desire to worship God are groundless
- Teaching children to believe in God is “child abuse”
- Activities attributed to the supernatural are erroneous and misunderstood
- Belief in the supernatural may lead to harm and must be rooted out
- Indoctrination and lack of education cause people to “cling” to religion
On the contrary, the apostle Paul, whom God used to write a large portion of the New Testament, was one of the most highly educated scholars of all time.
He was intimately familiar with Greek and Roman history, culture and philosophy – as well as Jewish history and culture.
In his 1st letter to the church at Corinth in Greece, Paul wrote:
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, ‘He is the one who catches the wise in their craftiness;’ and again, ‘The Lord knows the reasonings of the wise, that they are useless.’ (1 Corinthians 3:18-20)
Instead of investigating the truth claims of Christianity, many simply assume its falsehood and label Christians as having a psychiatric disorder.
Biologist Richard Dawkins characterizes belief in God as delusional in his book, The God Delusion.
He defines a delusion as “a persistent false belief held in the face of strong contradictory evidence, especially as a symptom of a psychiatric disorder.”
He’s not the only one who thinks of Christians this way…
Watch this disturbing 3 ½ minute video discussion regarding the findings of Oxford University biologist Kathleen Taylor that religious fundamentalism may one day be considered and forcibly treated as a curable mental illness.
How should we respond when we are accused of having a mental illness?
- Stand firm in the faith (1 Corinthians 16:13; Ephesians 6:11, 13).
- Know God’s Word and how to defend it. (A good resource is Josh McDowell’s just-released major update to Evidence That Demands a Verdict.)
- Be able to give an answer regarding why you believe (1 Peter 3:15). Always be ready to share Truth (John 14:6, 18:37-38).
- Tell other Christians about Reality Alert –
– write Facebook posts
– send email to friends
– encourage people to subscribe
- Vote for candidates who will stop legislation against Christians and Christianity.
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