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Religion and Mental Health -- A few years ago ago I came across an article by Dr. Ayomide Adebayo, a Nigerian medical doctor specializing in mental health, entitled “I’m Christian and I don’t Believe Mental Illness is Spiritual.” This captivated my interest, so I began peering into the article and first saw where he came across a Tweet by a Nigerian pastor who purported this thought: “The root cause of mental illness is sin (Rom 6:23) and the foundational solution to mental health is Salvation.” Is that true? I know some might jump to the conclusion by stating that it is true. However, it is utterly false. Those of us who have a Christian belief system, we do agree that the reason all evil exist is because of sin in the world. But that is not what the pastor meant. He believed that if you are mentally ill or have some kind of emotional imbalance then you did something wrong spiritually or emotionally or physically, “therefore, you need Jesus.” “He also believes that knowing Jesus results in a perfect, free-from-illnesses-of-all-kind life.                                                                                           Read more    

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