Is Anxiety A Sin?

"...not every negative effect finds its specific cause in a specific sin on the part of the person experiencing it. That is to say, mental health is not a sin issue. And while there may be individual sins that contribute to the relative health or malady of a person, the level of health itself is not ipso facto a moral issue." - Kainos

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Study: Regular Bible Readers Experienced More Stress in 2020, But Also More Hope

"Every measure of anxiety increased a bit between June 2020 and January 2021 in the study. Christians who regularly turn to the Bible were not immune. ... 'A strong relationship to the Bible often coexists with—and could even be compelled by—the hardships of life.'" - C.Today

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Pandemic spikes prescriptions for depression, anxiety, insomnia as expert warns of mental health crisis

"Express Scripts research shows that the number of prescriptions filled per week for antidepressant, anti-anxiety and anti-insomnia medications increased 21 percent between Feb. 16 and March 15, peaking the week ending March 15, when the virus was declared a pandemic." - CPost

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Anxiety & the Glory of God

The Subway. George Tooker, 1950.

Reposted from The Cripplegate.

With the current global situation, it’s likely that anxiety is more common than usual. There are reasons for concern in this dark hour. Anxiety can be a very difficult thing to battle. But God’s word has answers.

Whether you battle with anxiety, or love someone who does, here are a few thoughts on anxiety and the glory of God.

1. The experience of anxiety is difficult.

You might be someone who never experiences anxiety or worry. Glory to God if so. It might be helpful to understand a bit what it’s like to go through it.

I don’t have to tell those of you who have experienced it, that anxiety is an unpleasant sensation. For those who have experienced prolonged and severe bouts of it, that is a major understatement.

Anxiety could be defined as “the state of feeling nervous or worried that something bad is going to happen” (Oxford). Often times it can start with a slow train-wreck in the mind. One thought begins to crash after another. And another, and another. And then it feels impossible to control, as frightening and unsettling thoughts begin to compound, like that derailed train wreck. It keeps going and crashing, and it feels like you can do nothing.

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“Anxiety has physical, mental, and spiritual components”

"Anxiety disorders have real physical symptoms (rapid heart rate, tensed muscles, shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, etc.) brought on by identifiable physical things like the hormone epinephrine. However, anxiety also reveals the intimate connection between the mind and body." - Ref21

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How J. P. Moreland Presented His Anxious Mind to God

"In public, J.P. Moreland is best known for battling in the arena of Christian apologetics. But privately, he has waged a personal struggle against occasionally debilitating mental illness. The longtime Biola University philosophy professor opens up about this side of his life in Finding Quiet: My Story of Overcoming Anxiety and the Practices that Brought Peace." - Christianity Today

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