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What does the Bible say about depression? Oftentimes, mental health, and depression can get overlooked in the Christian community because we feel that God can heal everything. Which of course as a Christian I personally believe that God can heal everything.
But I also think that it is important that when you are suffering from depression that you do not just ignore your symptoms and think that everything is going to be all good. Or that because you are a Christian that depression cannot happen to you.
The fact of the matter is that the Bible speaks about mental illness and where it comes from. For myself, I spoke about my battle with depression in the video below. So not only am I a mental health professional but I also know exactly what it is like to deal with depression.
As a mental health professional who is also a Christian, I want to explain to you exactly what does the Bible say about depression. But first, watch my video below to see my battle with depression, and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel by clicking here and to also check out my other blog on how to deal with depression as a Christian.
1. What Does The Bible Say About Depression ~ God Did Not Intend For Us To Have Depression BUT We Do
If you are suffering from depression one of the easiest things for us to do is to blame God. Why is God doing this to me? If God loves me then why (fill in the blank). But the fact of the matter is that God’s intention for us was to never have illness, sickness, or even depression. God’s intention for us was to be perfect.
We know that because when God created Adam and Eve in the perfection of the Garden of Eden they were perfect, they were not going to die. But what caused their downfall and then trickled down to us was the fact that they just could not listen.
They had to eat the forbidden fruit and thus in came the sin in the world. Including illness and mental illness. This means that EVERYONE no matter who you are can get sick and you can get mental illness including depression.
2. Case in Point: What Does The Bible Say About Depression?
In case this is too far-fetched for you to believe let’s go into an actual case in the Bible where a man was “manic.” He probably had a mental illness let’s be real. Here is what the Bible states about this man:
Bible verse for depression: Night and day he was constantly screaming and shrieking among the tombs and on the mountains, and cutting himself with [sharp] stones. Mark 5:5
In the mental health world today we would probably say that he was suicidal or he was self-mutilating AKA “a cutter” and in all actuality he was. But let’s take a look at what Jesus did about this man who was suffering from mental illness and where the Bible says it came from:
Bible verses for depression: And the demons begged Him, saying, “Send us to the pigs so that we may go into them!” Jesus gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out [of the man] and entered the pigs. The herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea; and they were drowned [one after the other] in the sea. Mark 5:12-13
The Bible called this man affliction unclean spirits. And basically, Jesus cast these spirits out into nearby pigs. The demons then made these pigs crazy and basically made them kill themselves. As a mental health professional, I always found this to be so profound.
Have you ever heard of someone being so depressed or mentally ill that they killed themselves? And all of a sudden everyone who knew that person becomes so shocked because it was so uncharacteristic of that person to kill themselves. And it is kind of like that with depression.
That depression can literally take over a person so much that it can actually make them hurt themself. But in all actuality, it is not them but is the depression operating in them. I also suggest you check out my video below for more on how the devil works where I spoke about this further.
3. What Does The Bible Say About Depression ~ Points To Keep In Mind
The reason why I gave you this account of the manic person that was self-mutilating and probably on the verge of being suicidal is that when you think about it, it sounds a lot like depression. However, this was not his everyday way of being. Instead, they were demons that took over this man who made him that way.
As Christians, I think sometimes when we think of demons and the devil we get freaked out and start thinking about the exorcist or something. When really that is not the case. If you have ever read the Bible or have some basic knowledge of the Bible then consider this.
After Adam and Eve gave in to the devil and God removed them from the Garden of Eden, they had two children. Cain and Abel, and this is where you see the FIRST spout of depression.
Bible verse for Depression: Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” Genesis 4: 6-7
In this verse, God was literally talking to Cain about his attitude because Cain could not overcome his sadness, his anger, and as we know Cain took these emotions out on his brother Abel when he ultimately killed him because he was jealous. But mind you, these emotions ONLY came in after Adam and Eve disobeyed God and listened to the devil.
Giving the devil the authority to come into man’s heads and wreak all of this havoc (including depression). And it did not take long for the devil to do it because literally the first children that Adam and Eve had (mainly Cain) suffered from depression. Which, I also talk in my video below about who is the devil and understanding how he works in your life.
Therefore, the main point to remember about depression is that this was not God’s intent for us. BUT unfortunately, we suffer from it all the same because when sin entered the world. And if you suffer from depression it is not your fault, it does not mean you are less holy, less godly, less Christian it just means that you are a person and you suffer from depression like many people in this world do.
4. What does the Bible say about depression conclusion?
To sum this post up I think it is important for us Christians to normalize depression. Not in the sense that we all need to get it and feel okay with it, that is NOT what I am saying. But rather not be in denial about it, not be afraid to get help, not be afraid to see a professional, and most importantly do not hide your depression under a rock because you are afraid of what other Christians may say.
Just like we all get the common cold, the flu, due to no fault of our own. Many people get depressed due to no fault of their own. If you know someone who may need to read this post then go ahead and share it with them. Plus, check out my Christian Manifestation Guide with 29 Bible verses and affirmations that you can repeat to yourself daily to help put you in a better mindset and hopefully help lift you out of your depression. Click here to buy.