I was brought up in a Christian church that frowned on utilizing science and doctors for healing. Not all churches do, but the church I previously attended believed and taught the doctrine of “faith healing”. That is, if you have a sickness, you pray and wait on God to heal you. It was considered a lack of faith to seek assistance from secular medicine.
However, many years ago I began to reason that this didn’t make much sense and started attending a new church which was more open-minded. If God created intellect, doctors, science, and medicine, after all, why wouldn’t He want us to use them? It was not a lack of faith, I reasoned, to utilize the very resources God Himself had provided for my benefit, and for the good of all mankind. If I had a broken bone in my leg I wouldn’t pray for God to mend the broken pieces; that would be pretty ignorant of me. Instead, I would go to a trained physician who would set the bone in place again, apply a cast on the leg, and give me a shot of medicine to numb the pain.
It is never God’s plan for us to suffer mental illness.
His original purpose for our lives included good health, long life, and a sound mind.
“For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
He is a good God who loves us and cares for us. Because the Creator of the universe is loving and compassionate, He also created neuroscience* and the mental health professions composed of medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, and psychiatric medications to alleviate the suffering of those with mental illness. Anxiety, depression,
Anxiety, depression, bipolarism, anorexia, and many other mental health disorders are treatable, and the God-inspired medicines and mental health therapies developed by science have been of great help to humanity.
Doctors and medicines are God’s gift to us.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” – 1 Peter 4:10
As a Christian counselor, I still believe in the power of prayer. I believe we should pray to God in all circumstances, and about everything we may need. But I also believe that He also expects us to be practical and utilize the medical and scientific resources He has provided that are widely available today. They are God’s gift to us.
A man or woman of true faith is humble and asks for help.
If you’re suffering from some form of mental health problem today, it is not a lack of faith to seek the help of a trained professional. On the contrary, it is a fulfillment of faith to search out professional support and therapy. They are God’s ministers who have dedicated themselves to helping others.
That’s one of the reasons I entered this line of work. Like other professionals in my field, I too had a deep desire to be of service to others and help them find healing from mental illness. I was the only one in my family who studied psychology, but I also have numerous relatives who chose to serve as doctors, dentists, nurses, and other areas of healthcare, which are just as important.
With God’s grace, and with the help of doctors, counselors, and medicines, I believe that healing from mental illness is indeed possible. I am also of the conviction that true faith is genuinely manifested in the desire to love and help others, for God is love.
I wish you faith, peace, hope, and love,
– L. Joseph Castillo, CPC
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*Neuroscience – any or all of the sciences, such as neurochemistry and experimental psychology, which deal with the structure or function of the nervous system and the brain.