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Re: Jesus and Manic Depression Article Dena

Posted by habbyshabit on August 26, 2003, at 16:48:21

In reply to Re: Jesus and Manic Depression Article, posted by Dena on August 26, 2003, at 14:15:23

Dena Dear,

I hesitate to respond to your response to that article. Indeed, I had you in mind when I prefaced the link with the 'fair warning' that these scholars depict Jesus as a man not the Son of God. Personally, aside from essentially giving him the lable of mentally ill, it's a very honorable portrait of a man with beautiful ideas living in a time when such psychological states as Manic Depression were little understood.

As a manic depressive myself, you seem to be one who has little tolerance for the mental illness let alone alternative views of your savior. Is your faith so shakey that another point of view feels like an attack upon it? It would appear so from your response.

Did you give the article a good read or a skim, Picking out words that were distressing? Like manic depression? Am I less lovable for having the diagnosis - should peoples faith in me be destroyed when they discover this about me? ( it does happen, alas )

Dena - no one, including me, or the writers of the article are out to destroy anyones faith in Jesus as the Son of God if that is their belief. It's written there in the first paragraph of the article.

Maybe you were in an overly sensitive mood, what with the loss of your child and your need for succor from that source.

I'm hoping you'll see the fairness in the writer's attempt to create a psychological portrait of a man living in times we can hardly understand from where we live now.

Given Jesus was the son of God, he came here in human form. Perhaps it was the Manic Depression (a very spiritual foilble) that gave him the ability to accomplish the great start of the religion he did! Ya never know... I think you can keep an open mind and your faith, Dena.

With respect,




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