Wow, that’s quite a controversial question. And for the record, no it isn’t. It’s certainly a result of sin in the broadest sense (i.e. we live in a world tainted by sin and that’s why mental illness exists, not that mental illness is punishment for a person’s sin), but it surely isn’t sin itself.
But there are mental illnesses called anxiety, stress, depression and so on which sound like the Bible condemns them. ‘Do not be anxious’ is repeated many times in the Bible in various forms, by Jesus himself and the apostles Paul and Peter. People who suffer with anxiety are clearly anxious, so are they disobeying God’s command?
A guy over here seems to think so, but I’m just not sure . . . I don’t know if it’s just semantics but the following thoughts are buzzing round my head:
- Just because ‘anxiety’ leads to people being ‘anxious’ doesn’t mean that anxiety is a sin.
- I believe that Jesus can, and does, heal today.
- I personally don’t struggle with this so can’t imagine how someone can simultaneously trust God and be anxious, but my ignorance isn’t an excuse for a lack of compassion.
- I don’t think that being ‘born this way’ gives an excuse for sin but rather an opportunity to know God through repentance and faith.
Um . . . in conclusion, I’m more than a bit muddled on this one. Any thoughts?