What does the Bible say about Mental Health?

The Bible does not explicitly speak on the topic of ‘mental health’; however, it does have a lot to say about the heart and mind, spiritual brokenness, and the condition of the soul. Mental health is important, as it affects the whole being: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” – Proverbs 4:23

The world is in a fallen state (Gen 3). Sin separates us from God (Isa 59:2), corrupting creation as it groans for freedom from its state of decay (Rom 8:21-22). The fall of mankind has had physical ramifications for the body and spiritual effects on the soul. Mental health is not guaranteed any more than physical health is, and, like the body, the mind can get sick or injured.

The Bible has many passages that speak indirectly of mental health. The Lord is the One who renews the mind (Rom 12:2) and restores the soul (Psa 23:3). God has given His children “a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” – 2 Timothy 1:7, ESV. We have Jesus’ promise of peace (John 14:27) and rest (Matt 11:28). And, of course, there are many scriptural injunctions to “fear not” and to bring our anxieties to God (Isa 41:10; Matt 6:34; Phil 4:6; 1 Pet 5:7)…

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Is it Biblical to Arm Yourself For Self-Defence?

Fathers and husbands are required by almighty God to provide for their families. This includes not only providing food, housing, clothing, education, medical care, love, discipleship, and spiritual guidance, but also protection. Of what worth is all the other provision if one does not provide protection as well? Anyone who fails to provide for their family has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. In fact, those who refuse to protect their young are worse than an animal. What animal will not fight to protect its offspring? God has endowed His creatures with claws, talons, horns, sharp teeth, stings, venom, swift wings, and other means for fight or flight. Self-defence is built into nature.

The underlying arguments for gun control seem to be that the availability of weapons causes crime. But this has not been the Biblical position. Genesis 4 records the first murder when Cain killed Abel. God’s response was not to ban rocks, knives, clubs, or whatever murder weapon may have been used, but to banish the murderer. It is the murderer’s heart that is the problem, not the weapon used…

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The Christian View on Divorce and Remarriage

The controversy over whether divorce and remarriage is allowed according to the Bible revolves primarily around Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:32 and 19:9. The phrase “except for marital unfaithfulness” is the only thing in scripture that possibly gives God’s permission for divorce and remarriage. Many interpreters understand this “exception clause” as referring to “marital unfaithfulness” during the “betrothal” period. In Jewish custom, a man and a woman were considered married even while they were still engaged or “betrothed.” According to this view, immorality during this “betrothal” period would then be the only valid reason for a divorce.

However, the Greek word translated “marital unfaithfulness” is a word that can mean any form of sexual immorality. It can mean fornication, prostitution, adultery, etc. Jesus is possibly saying that divorce is permissible if sexual immorality is committed. Sexual relations are an integral part of the marital bond: “the two will become one flesh” (Gen 2:24; Matt 19:5; Eph 5:31). Therefore, any breaking of that bond by sexual relations outside of marriage might be a permissible reason for divorce. If so, Jesus also has remarriage in mind in this passage. The phrase “and marries another” (Matt 19:9) indicates that divorce and remarriage are allowed in an instance of the exception clause, whatever it is interpreted to be. It is important to note that only the innocent party is allowed to remarry. Although not stated in the text, it would seem the allowance for remarriage after divorce is God’s mercy for the one who was sinned against, not for the one who committed the sexual immorality. There may be instances where the “guilty party” is allowed to remarry, but they are not evident in this text…

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South African Hollywood Actor / Producer’s Journey Of Faith

Hollywood is known for its lack of morals, its advocacy of debauchery, and its blatant disregard for our Christian faith, and all that we hold dear. Born in Camps Bay, Stelio Savante has a powerful testimony and an outright love for Jesus. He stands out amongst the thorns in a city of sin. He is a multilingual SAG Awards Nominee and American Movie Award winner with over three decades of award winning individual performances in highly acclaimed independent and international theatrically released films.

Q. How does your faith in God impact your life as an actor, husband, and father?
My walk and my relationship with Jesus Christ definitely guides and navigates all three of those (Husband, Father, Actor). I’m exceedingly flawed, which means that I don’t always make the best decisions. But I’ve become much better at it. Being a husband is much more challenging than being an actor. It takes two people who are great forgivers, as Billy Graham said. I’m blessed to have a wife who loves me and accepts me. As a father it means that I have to be the best possible steward of a relationship with the Lord and of salvation. It is a fine line to walk because you go from hero to zero very quickly and you cannot take it personally. As an actor it means that I use discernment, both with my choices and my relationships. I don’t trust as easily as I once did because people are human and they will let you down. It also means that I have great mentors in the form of pastors and prayer partners…

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