How God Foresaw The Global Mental Health Crisis

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So there's a pastor in Northern California who's having very good success getting folks to find the motivation needed to make the changes necessary for quick, noticable, and lasting relief from crippling cognitive disease.

He only gets to spend a couple of hours with them in total as part of a comprehensive 10-day residential treatment plan. But his part has become a particular highlight of the program and the results are truly astounding.

He preforms a sweeping inventory of individual mental health liabilities based on Biblical principles in roughly 30 minutes.

And many of his client/patients come in as avowed ATHEISTS. And rarely is he unable to help them.

That's right.

He first builds a rapport with the patient which can take a little longer for skeptics, but once he is able to convince them he only wants to help them and that there is good reason for them to even want or expect any help from God he begins the inventory.

The first question is about their level of satisfaction in life. He asks them how they value what they have, want, and feel about the quality of their life or the lack thereof.

Then he moves on to asking about how they are experiencing or feeling about truthfulness in life, i. e., are they being honest with others and themselves or if they are victims of any dishonesty.

Next comes personal relationships with others, loyalty and/or betrayal on his part or that of others.

Next up is fair dealing or experiences and feelings about fraud, theft, financial commitments, again, on his own behalf or that of others.

Then, quality and quantity of health, life; what he is or is not doing to preserve and improve his own life and that of others, and how others' actions in this regard affect him.

Then comes issues of authority and subordination from his and others' perspectives.

Then, if he is having any problems with fatigue or exhaustion or any neglect of recreation, vacation, or regular cycles of rest—nightly circadian, etc.

Then he asks if the patient feels duly respected or if he renders due respect to others.

Then comes issues with excessive preoccupation with things that do not actually enhance the quality of his own life or that may degrade others' life quality.

And, finally, the patient is asked if he makes time to contemplate with a sense of awe the miracle of the existence of things that minister to the life and happiness of living things in the observable universe.

When this is done, the patient invariably marvels and asks the counselor how he could have gotten the guidance on how to do such a quick and thorough inventory of personal issues.

It is then that he tells them that God showed it to him from the Bible.

They ask "Where is that in the Bible?"

He answers:

"We just went in backwards order through the underlying principles of the 10 commandments—the only part of the Bible that God wrote with His own finger."

Normally, on Christian forums, the subject of the ten commandments is discussed in terms of obligation and the possible punitive ramifications of their dismissal.

What I was hoping to do with this thread was to start a conversation about how they might have been intended as a method of protection against poor mental and even physical health.

I'd like to make this OP a little more comprehensive (read: long) but I tend to ramble and there could be no good stopping place so...
 

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So there's a pastor in Northern California who's having very good success getting folks to find the motivation needed to make the changes necessary for quick, noticable, and lasting relief from crippling cognitive disease.

He only gets to spend a couple of hours with them in total as part of a comprehensive 10-day residential treatment plan. But his part has become a particular highlight of the program and the results are truly astounding.

He preforms a sweeping inventory of individual mental health liabilities based on Biblical principles in roughly 30 minutes.

And many of his client/patients come in as avowed ATHEISTS. And rarely is he unable to help them.

That's right.

He first builds a rapport with the patient which can take a little longer for skeptics, but once he is able to convince them he only wants to help them and that there is good reason for them to even want or expect any help from God he begins the inventory.

The first question is about their level of satisfaction in life. He asks them how they value what they have, want, and feel about the quality of their life or the lack thereof.

Then he moves on to asking about how they are experiencing or feeling about truthfulness in life, i. e., are they being honest with others and themselves or if they are victims of any dishonesty.

Next comes personal relationships with others, loyalty and/or betrayal on his part or that of others.

Next up is fair dealing or experiences and feelings about fraud, theft, financial commitments, again, on his own behalf or that of others.

Then, quality and quantity of health, life; what he is or is not doing to preserve and improve his own life and that of others, and how others' actions in this regard affect him.

Then comes issues of authority and subordination from his and others' perspectives.

Then, if he is having any problems with fatigue or exhaustion or any neglect of recreation, vacation, or regular cycles of rest—nightly circadian, etc.

Then he asks if the patient feels duly respected or if he renders due respect to others.

Then comes issues with excessive preoccupation with things that do not actually enhance the quality of his own life or that may degrade others' life quality.

And, finally, the patient is asked if he makes time to contemplate with a sense of awe the miracle of the existence of things that minister to the life and happiness of living things in the observable universe.

When this is done, the patient invariably marvels and asks the counselor how he could have gotten the guidance on how to do such a quick and thorough inventory of personal issues.

It is then that he tells them that God showed it to him from the Bible.

They ask "Where is that in the Bible?"

He answers:

"We just went in backwards order through the underlying principles of the 10 commandments—the only part of the Bible that God wrote with His own finger."

Normally, on Christian forums, the subject of the ten commandments is discussed in terms of obligation and the possible punitive ramifications of their dismissal.

What I was hoping to do with this thread was to start a conversation about how they might have been intended as a method of protection against poor mental and even physical health.

I'd like to make this OP a little more comprehensive (read: long) but I tend to ramble and there could be no good stopping place so...
This is sort of on topic.

I've just been appraising "The Remedy" which is a New Testament paraphrase by Tim Jennings.

Quote from this link:
Come And Reason Ministries

"Timothy R. Jennings, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist, master psychopharmacologist, Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Fellow of the Southern Psychiatric Association, and an international speaker. He served as president of the Southern and Tennessee Psychiatric Associations and is president and founder of Come and Reason Ministries. Dr. Jennings has authored many books, including
The God-Shaped Brain, The God-Shaped Heart, and The Aging Brain."

Jennings has also produced The Remedy New Testament Expanded Paraphrase Bible which is:

"an expanded Bible paraphrase in which interpretation is filtered through the lens of God's design law of love, the template on which life is built. This paraphrase is intentional in its focus to reorient the Christian mind to God's character of love and His mission to heal and restore humankind, as taught by the early church¹²³. [Sourced from Bingo the Chatbot]

Food for thought.
 

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So there's a pastor in Northern California who's having very good success getting folks to find the motivation needed to make the changes necessary for quick, noticable, and lasting relief from crippling cognitive disease.

He only gets to spend a couple of hours with them in total as part of a comprehensive 10-day residential treatment plan. But his part has become a particular highlight of the program and the results are truly astounding.

He preforms a sweeping inventory of individual mental health liabilities based on Biblical principles in roughly 30 minutes.

And many of his client/patients come in as avowed ATHEISTS. And rarely is he unable to help them.

That's right.

He first builds a rapport with the patient which can take a little longer for skeptics, but once he is able to convince them he only wants to help them and that there is good reason for them to even want or expect any help from God he begins the inventory.

The first question is about their level of satisfaction in life. He asks them how they value what they have, want, and feel about the quality of their life or the lack thereof.

Then he moves on to asking about how they are experiencing or feeling about truthfulness in life, i. e., are they being honest with others and themselves or if they are victims of any dishonesty.

Next comes personal relationships with others, loyalty and/or betrayal on his part or that of others.

Next up is fair dealing or experiences and feelings about fraud, theft, financial commitments, again, on his own behalf or that of others.

Then, quality and quantity of health, life; what he is or is not doing to preserve and improve his own life and that of others, and how others' actions in this regard affect him.

Then comes issues of authority and subordination from his and others' perspectives.

Then, if he is having any problems with fatigue or exhaustion or any neglect of recreation, vacation, or regular cycles of rest—nightly circadian, etc.

Then he asks if the patient feels duly respected or if he renders due respect to others.

Then comes issues with excessive preoccupation with things that do not actually enhance the quality of his own life or that may degrade others' life quality.

And, finally, the patient is asked if he makes time to contemplate with a sense of awe the miracle of the existence of things that minister to the life and happiness of living things in the observable universe.

When this is done, the patient invariably marvels and asks the counselor how he could have gotten the guidance on how to do such a quick and thorough inventory of personal issues.

It is then that he tells them that God showed it to him from the Bible.

They ask "Where is that in the Bible?"

He answers:

"We just went in backwards order through the underlying principles of the 10 commandments—the only part of the Bible that God wrote with His own finger."

Normally, on Christian forums, the subject of the ten commandments is discussed in terms of obligation and the possible punitive ramifications of their dismissal.

What I was hoping to do with this thread was to start a conversation about how they might have been intended as a method of protection against poor mental and even physical health.

I'd like to make this OP a little more comprehensive (read: long) but I tend to ramble and there could be no good stopping place so...
As Seventh-day Adventists, we teach that anyone who loves God will not read with stern voice and pursed lip the Ten Commandments as "thou shalt not!" -- but with a pragmatic, peaceful tone acknowledging the reasonable, righteous nature of them, we're to read them simply as "what shall be".

"For this is the "agape" of God, that we keep His commandments, and His commandments are not grievous".
 
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As Seventh-day Adventists, we teach that anyone who loves God will not read with stern voice and pursed lip the Ten Commandments as "thou shalt not!" -- but with a pragmatic, sensible, peaceful voice, we're to read them as "what shall be".

John said if we have "agape" in our hearts, we won't find God's commandments grievous in the least - which by contrast means those who fight against His commandments show they are bankrupt of "agape" no matter how high they raise their praise hands in church.
Thanks, Phoneman. Your encouragement and insights are always appreciated. ;)
 

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The commandment to honor your parents seems just as much practical as it is spiritual. It's spiritual in that God says "that it may go well with you" and you'll live a longer life.

But isn't it just reasonable that most of the ills of our society and crime comes from those who disrespect lawful authority--- whivh starts in the home?
 
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The commandment to honor your parents seems just as much practical as it is spiritual. It's spiritual in that God says "that it may go well with you" and you'll live a longer life.
I think God's promise of a longer and more fulfilling happy life is a natural result of being mentally healthy as much as spiritually healthy.
 

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So there's a pastor in Northern California who's having very good success getting folks to find the motivation needed to make the changes necessary for quick, noticable, and lasting relief from crippling cognitive disease.

He only gets to spend a couple of hours with them in total as part of a comprehensive 10-day residential treatment plan. But his part has become a particular highlight of the program and the results are truly astounding.

He preforms a sweeping inventory of individual mental health liabilities based on Biblical principles in roughly 30 minutes.

And many of his client/patients come in as avowed ATHEISTS. And rarely is he unable to help them.

That's right.

He first builds a rapport with the patient which can take a little longer for skeptics, but once he is able to convince them he only wants to help them and that there is good reason for them to even want or expect any help from God he begins the inventory.

The first question is about their level of satisfaction in life. He asks them how they value what they have, want, and feel about the quality of their life or the lack thereof.

Then he moves on to asking about how they are experiencing or feeling about truthfulness in life, i. e., are they being honest with others and themselves or if they are victims of any dishonesty.

Next comes personal relationships with others, loyalty and/or betrayal on his part or that of others.

Next up is fair dealing or experiences and feelings about fraud, theft, financial commitments, again, on his own behalf or that of others.

Then, quality and quantity of health, life; what he is or is not doing to preserve and improve his own life and that of others, and how others' actions in this regard affect him.

Then comes issues of authority and subordination from his and others' perspectives.

Then, if he is having any problems with fatigue or exhaustion or any neglect of recreation, vacation, or regular cycles of rest—nightly circadian, etc.

Then he asks if the patient feels duly respected or if he renders due respect to others.

Then comes issues with excessive preoccupation with things that do not actually enhance the quality of his own life or that may degrade others' life quality.

And, finally, the patient is asked if he makes time to contemplate with a sense of awe the miracle of the existence of things that minister to the life and happiness of living things in the observable universe.

When this is done, the patient invariably marvels and asks the counselor how he could have gotten the guidance on how to do such a quick and thorough inventory of personal issues.

It is then that he tells them that God showed it to him from the Bible.

They ask "Where is that in the Bible?"

He answers:

"We just went in backwards order through the underlying principles of the 10 commandments—the only part of the Bible that God wrote with His own finger."

Normally, on Christian forums, the subject of the ten commandments is discussed in terms of obligation and the possible punitive ramifications of their dismissal.

What I was hoping to do with this thread was to start a conversation about how they might have been intended as a method of protection against poor mental and even physical health.

I'd like to make this OP a little more comprehensive (read: long) but I tend to ramble and there could be no good stopping place so...
In thinking about this, I can see much good sound counsel throughout scripture that would primarily benefit mental health. I can think of 2 examples off the top of my head as I write this...
Do unto others... Love... tends to work both ways. People generally respond in kind to those who are kind to them. How much better mentally do we feel when people are kind to us, gentle, respectful, polite, friendly? There's a lot of healing going on mentally when people aren't constantly berating you for being a jerk.
Then there's a soft answer turns away wrath... Which is related to the above. No-one tends to feel better when everyone is angry with them because you can't stop arguing and being a pest. Everything escalates until one ends up with PTSD or a nervous breakdown or both.
All the counsels of God recommend living at peace with everyone else...
KJV Romans 12:18
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men

One thing I also noticed Barney in your article, is that the counsellor was minded to stress that the benefits of honouring the commandments goes to all... To you as the primary instigator, and to others to whom you are directing your attitude. All parties are blessed. And the same thing works in reverse, whether you are a perpetrator or victim.
A very interesting perspective indeed. Thanks.
 

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As for the current global health crisis wherein so many people are having issues with mental health... The cleaving to resentment and desire for retribution and justice is now a catch cry particularly among indigenous peoples hurt and deprived due to slavery and colonialism. Without wanting to sound like there was ever any justification for the rape and pillaging of land and culture and the theft of resources including people, the constant demand for compensation and the free for all expression of victim hood and demand for rights has now permeated throughout society to become a self supporting industry. Such a state of affairs where anger is encouraged and unforgiveness seem as a virtue, cannot by any stretch of the imagination contribute to better mental health. The old saying, holding onto resentment is like drinking poison but wanting someone else to get sick.