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When Faith Turns Neurotic

posted by skirk

When Faith Turns NeuroticWhen does reciting scripture become a symptom of neurosis? Or praying the rosary an unhealthy compulsion? Not until I had the Book of Psalms practically memorized as a young girl did I learn that words and acts of faith can morph into desperate measures to control a mood disorder, that faithfulness and piety can disguise acute anxiety and depression.

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  • steve

    Hi and thanks for your thoughts!
    Could I make a suggestion…I have been reading a book by Dr Martyn Lloyd Jones called “Joy Unspeakable”. Dr Lloyd Jones was born at the end of the 19th century.
    His primary thesis is this: modern christianity bares virtually no resemblance to authentic christianity. You can measure this simply by the absence of joy in the christian life, the prevalence of fear.
    His view is that true christianity (a real love of Christ, true joy and access to his power) are only obtained by being baptized by the Holy Spirit. We cannot (of ourselves) connect with God – or manufacture faith ourselves. Our job is to seek God – not for the fruits that come from really knowing God – but simply to know God. Our job is simply to pray for this baptism by the Holy Spirit (i.e. seek). He takes it from there.
    God guarantees this will happen – although we dont know when.
    But when it does happen it is truly transformative!
    http://www.mljtrust.org is really mind blowing!
    Forgive me if this is something you are already across.
    Thanks again.

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