A Christian With Bipolar Disorder (Extended Edition)

Hey guys 🙂

I was reading through some of my older blog posts this evening and I noticed one that keeps getting hits long after I wrote it so in light of that, I thought I would expand on that post.

If you’re interested in reading the older post, click on the link below –

A Christian With Bipolar Disorder

In that post, I discussed some of the personal challenges I face in regards to keeping my faith strong while living with Bipolar Disorder.

Honestly, I didn’t think it was one of my best pieces but as it turns out it received great responses and more people were able to relate to this topic than I thought.

Living with Bipolar Disorder certainly has its challenges and stigma. Add a dash of faith in God and the challenges and stigma easily doubles.

In the past, I have talked about the persecution of Christians in today’s society. Not just Christians but honestly anyone who chooses to believe in God. Those of us who believe know that as time goes on, that persecution is destined to get worse.

2 Timothy 3:12

Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted…

Personally, I desire to live a godly life. Am I good at that? Not really if I’m being honest. I screw up all the time but one thing I can say with confidence is that I am a resilient person.

In fact, I believe people who live with mental illness have an edge in that respect. The internal battle mental illness can bring day after day…to the point some people would rather take their own life…and do… but there are also so many of us who have managed to survive that battle. In some cases multiple times.

I thank God for my survival. ❤

You know, I was reading some material about Freud and his take on religion. As if the balancing act was difficult enough, the father of psychology states that God is merely an illusion…

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Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires…

 

It could be ventured to understand obsessive compulsive neurosis as the pathological counterpart of religious development, to define neurosis as an individual religiosity; to define religion as a universal obsessive compulsive neurosis…

 

 

The whole thing (religion) is so patently infantile, so foreign to reality, that to anyone with a friendly attitude to humanity it is painful to think that the great majority of mortals will never be able to rise above this view of life… 

 

And my “favorite”…

I regard myself as one of the most dangerous enemies of religion…

 

It’s interesting to note that Freud was born in Austria to a large Jewish family. His nanny was a devout catholic who took him to church every Sunday. Aside from that, Freud fled Nazis persecution and died shortly before World War 2.

As I find with a lot of Atheists, they don’t believe yet are fascinated with the subject. In this case I feel Freud’s take on religion is entirely based on his personal upbringing. If religion was introduced from a young age and in turn rejected, there is a reason for that and from what I noticed, people who reject God seem to be bitter about something. I could be wrong but it’s something that has stood out to me over time.

Freud is indeed dangerous in this regard as he states himself. He is one of the most prominent figures in psychology. Most people take his findings/opinions as the “bible” truth.

As if the stigma of having a mental illness isn’t enough, we now have to deal with a man  who’s words carry much weight even to this day and work hard against the Christian.

Hmm, I wonder what words from men of the past also carry much weight even to this day.

The bible comes to mind but remember, I’m delusional so believe what I say with caution…

So let me get this straight, I have Bipolar Disorder and apparently an obsessive compulsive, infantile mental state on top of it simply because I believe in God.

There is more than one article out there that correlates religion and mental illness. This does not surprise me at all given the state of our current world. It’s much easier to write off Christians as mentally ill then to think maybe they have a point…or a brain for that matter.

This just ties in with the mass persecution I spoke of earlier. Most Christians simply want to live in peace. Most are not banging down your door trying to shove their beliefs down your throat. Most are kind and are not running around killing people over the matter and many (are you ready for this?) are not mentally ill.

In part, you can thank the media for promoting such stigmas.

It blows my mind that in a world that currently promotes and borderline forces you to accept all for who they are without question, Christians still get some of worst ridicule…and for what exactly? How can there be such a double standard?

Apparently, I can’t believe in God without my mental health coming into question yet I could certainly question the mental health of people who currently ride the massive accept all/no questions train.

 

Freud makes yet another quote which I will leave you with…

…Religion’s eleventh commandment is “Thou shalt not question”…

Interesting…

 

Take Care and God Bless ❤

Cavelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You Don’t Have To Believe…

But don’t be an ass about it…

Hey guys 🙂

Today I was inspired to write this post based on something I read today on my facebook newsfeed it reads as follows…

“I just wanted to interrupt your scrolling to remind you that you are beautiful…

Also God doesn’t exist.”

There was much delight and a mockery of replies just egging the issue on which was the whole point of the post to begin with…simply to rile people up and basically slap believers in the face as if we’re fools or perhaps crazy to believe in God.

Many non believers will say this more times than I can count….

” I respect your beliefs just don’t cram them down my throat”

In other words shut up with your “God” talk.

However this post had little to no respect for a person’s beliefs and decided to cram their views down people’s throats publicly with the intent to mock those who believe and to me, that is just sad.

I believe in God, there have been times in my life where I have seriously questioned his existence but despite that, given the things that have happened to me in my life, I have reason to believe He exists. That’s my prerogative and anyone’s for that matter who chooses to believe or not.

I am not about to stoop to the same level and mock atheists simply because they think my beliefs are a bunch of garbage but I will call out people who use their words with the intent to hurt and attack peoples values and beliefs whether or not they believe it is truly hurtful. In this case it appears the people who participated in that post felt it was all great fun, even joking about going to hell.

To each their own I say. Why can’t it be left at that? It’s total hypocrisy to call out people’s beliefs as silly when you claim to have none of your own yet you post plenty of things about yoga and meditation etc…good for you there is nothing harmful or wrong in that but if I wanted to be “that” person I could start saying your yoga and meditation is nothing but hippy granola lululemon BS…pretentious even.

To the poster, my point is if you are going to dish it out you better be prepared to take it. I am surprised given the love of yoga and meditation you still don’t seem to understand the concept of karma at the very least.

Did I have to write this post in response? Nope. But I wanted to write this post because I am tired of people hitting others where it hurts just for a good laugh.

That’s Ok… Keep laughing 🙂

Jude 1:22

And have mercy on those who doubt…

 

Take Care ❤

Cavelle

 

 

 

 

 

The Scoffers. Protect Yourself.

Scoffer – someone who jeers or mocks or treats something with contempt or calls out in derision.

I admit, I used to be one of those people in regards to Christians…

2 Peter 3:3-4

Knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”

The last days that Peter mentions must be here because this morning I decided to expand my reach by searching for Christian blogs here on WordPress. In the search bar I simply typed in “Christian” thinking I would find a string of Christian based blogs that I could reach out to and follow…

That’s not exactly what happened.

Here’s what did happen and in all honesty it made me sad and also fearful of what the world is coming to.

Now I should note that yes, I found true Christian blogs and that was nice to see but here are some examples of what was mixed into my search.

Titles such as –

  • Not Much Evidence For A Historical Jesus.
  • Personal View: Why I Don’t Believe In The God Of Evangelicals And Fundamentalists.
  • Most Christian Women have Poor Sex Life…Behave Like “Dead Bodies” In Bed – Bishop Dag Heward Mills.
  • Reasons I Don’t Like To Call Myself A Christian.
  • I Am Not A Christian

So I decided to be fair in this experiment and in the search bar I typed in “atheist”

*Warning: It doesn’t get much better from here on in*

  • Good God! (don’t you wish there was one?)
  • The Spiritual Quest Of The Atheist, In Six Questions
  • Everyone Is Actually An Atheist
  • Advent, My Way #9
  • Sermon By An Atheist

Now the thing is, just like when I typed in “Christian” and found a lot of atheist blogs, when I typed in “atheist” I found a lot of Christian blogs.

One thing I noticed about the atheist blogs which intrigued me was the fact that atheists seem to know the Bible quite well and even use Bible verses to prove whatever point they are trying to make…I am not saying this about all atheists but I have to question why some atheists are so interested in the Bible when they don’t believe in God.

The only reason as a Christian that I give atheists a remote platform here is because God warned us in the last days this sort of thinking was going to run rampant and it appears to be spreading like a virus doing everything in its power to destroy your faith, question your intelligence and lump you into a preconceived notion that people who believe in God are just “Bible thumpers” trying to cram their ignorant, religious agenda down your throat.

Just like there are plenty of good, honest people out there who believe in God and follow the word of God, I need to be fair to the other side of the coin and say not all atheists are bitter and trying to cram their beliefs (or lack thereof) down the throat of the Christian community. There are plenty of good people out there who don’t believe in God. Some of them are in fact my friends but it is not my job to dictate what path a person should take in their life. That is a very personal thing that only we can figure out for ourselves.

I like to keep things in my life as simple as possible so my suggestion on protecting yourself from this sort of thing is to simply not engage it. If someone does not want to believe in God that is their choice and God gave us free will therefore we need to respect that…on both sides.

I am not interested in debating someone who does not share my spiritual views. It is a waste of time and precious energy that I could be spending on myself and my personal growth as I walk with God.

What I am interested in at this point in my life is finding people who are navigating the same path to God that I am in the hopes that we can lift each other up in our faith. There is strength in numbers so why allow the non-believers (The ones who wish to harm us spiritually) divide and conquer our faith?

It is imperative that we protect our spiritual immune system. There is bitterness and contempt surrounding those of us who want to follow God and the word of God and it’s safe to say that bitterness and contempt is getting stronger and stronger everyday.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Take Care & God Bless ❤

Cavelle