Much of what I am about to write is going to come from C.S. Lewis’s “Mere Christianity”, Book 3: chapter 4. For when my bi-polar son committed suicide in 1999, in my pain and brokenness, I received a lot of comments from misinformed Christians, who only added to my pain. It was through Warren and David Weirsbe’s book “Comforting the Bereaved” and this by Lewis, that I was too comforted, by the truth, and able to heal. You see, my son was in a Christian Academy from K-6th grade, and was saved at 11 years old. He went to evangelism classes with me. Young, he knew Jesus. However, when puberty hit, so did the first signs of Bi-polar disorder.
The premise that suicide is a sin, not to be tolerated, and that the individual will automatically go to hell, came out of a misinformed Catholic Church. (They are still misinformed, now with a Marxist Pope playing politics on global warming, which is cyclical and God, and now guns, which is none of his business in the 2nd Amendment and US Government.) If some prophetic ministries are right, the antichrist is alive now, and will come out of the Vatican. This Pope who may not have read the Old Testament, whereby, God gave Israel to the Jews, in Genesis 13, also siding with Palestine, Hamas, and terrorists, against Israel and the Jews. Whose work is he doing? Certainly not Jesus, for Jesus was a Jew, Rabbi in Matthew. And it is merely my view that the same Romans that nailed Jesus on the Cross for centuries lied and blamed it on the Jews, hi-jacked Christianity, for Jesus never intended to start a new religion. It was only after His death and Apostle Paul’s travels, to Greece, Italy, Rome, etc. ministering to the gentiles that it changed. Even Martin Luther knew that, when he was unable to attain salvation through dead works, on his knees in an abbey, scrubbing floors in tears. But, when he called out to Jesus, he received it free by grace, and left the Catholic Church, starting the Lutheran church. Not to mention this Pope now siding too, “re-thinking” gays? When God clearly points out in Deuteronomy and Leviticus that “man shall not lie with man.” Who is therefore right? This left wing Pope doing the devil’s lies, or God Almighty? So how will God judge him, or us?
In this chapter, Lewis spoke of “Morality and Psychoanalysis”. Since my son, died having a mental illness, I wanted to know truths….God’s truth. And I think this applies to those who end up with Alzheimer’s, Agoraphobia, (me afraid of heights), Schizophrenia, those afraid of insects, afraid of leaving their house….on and on.
Lewis: “First of all, since Christian morality claims to be a technique for putting the human machine right, I think you would like to know how it is related to another technique which seems to make a similar claim – namely psychoanalysis. Now you want to distinguish very clearly between two things: between the actual medical theories and technique of the psychoanalysts, and the general philosophical view of the world which Freud and others add to this. The 2nd thing with Freud is in direct contradiction to the other great psychologist, Jung. When Freud is talking about how to cure neurotics he is speaking as a specialist on his own subject, but when he goes on to talk general philosophy he is speaking as an amateur.” (My belief is this Pope is too!)
“It is therefore quite sensible to attend to him with respect in the one case and not the other. But psychoanalysis itself, apart from all the philosophical additions that Freud and others have made to it, is NOT in the least contradictory to Christianity. Its technique overlaps with Christian morality at some points and it would not be a bad thing if every person knew something about it.
When a man makes a moral choice two things are involved. One is the act of choosing. The other is the various feelings, impulses, etc. which his psychological outfit presents him with, and which are the RAW material of his choice. Now this raw material may be of two kinds. Either it may be what we would call normal; it may consist of the sort of feelings that are common to all men. Or else it may consist of quite unnatural feelings” (being gay or transgender used be called a mental illness and I think is.) “due to things that are really wrong in his subconscious. Thus fear of things that are really dangerous would be an example of the first kind, an irrational fear of cats or spiders would be an example of the second kind. The desire of a man for a woman would be the first kind; the perverted desire of a man for a man (or woman for a woman) would be the second. What psychoanalysis undertakes to do is to remove the abnormal feeling, that is, to give the man better raw material for his acts of choice, morality is concerned with the acts of choice themselves. However, much you improve the man’s raw material, you have still got something else; the real, free choice of the man, on the material presented to him.
The bad psychological material is NOT a sin, but a disease. It does not need to be repented of, but to be cured!” (And THAT one statement helped me over my son’s death! For once Gays were treated as mentally ill and that has slowly dissipated in the past decades making it acceptable behavior. It isn’t, and will have dire psychiatric and emotional problems in future years with the children of same sex couples…or transgender’s. For like mental illnesses, etc, I believe it, too, is a chemical imbalance of the brain. One day, maybe, if society wakes up, there will be laser surgery to go in and fix all….including Alzheimer’s.) “Human beings judge each other by their external actions. God judges them by their moral choices. When a neurotic who has a pathological horror of cats forces himself to pick up a cat (maybe to save him from a car), in God’s eyes he has shown more courage than a healthy man may have shown in winning the V.C. When a man who has been perverted from his youth and taught that cruelty is the right thing, does some tiny little kindness, or refrains from some cruelty he might have committed, and thereby, perhaps, risks being sneered at” (or killed if in a gang) “by his companions, he may, in God’s eyes, be doing more than you and I would do if we gave up life itself for a friend.” Did not Jesus too, forgive the man next to Him on the other Cross?
“It is well to put this the other way around. Some of us who seem quite nice people may, in fact, have made so little use of a good heredity and a good upbringing that we are really worse than those whom we regard as fiends. Can we be quite certain how we should have behaved if we had been saddled with the psychological outfit, and then with the bad upbringing, and then with the power, say, of Himmler? That is why Christians are told not to judge. We see only the results which a man’s choices make out of his raw material. But God does not judge him on the raw material at all, but WHAT he has done with it. Most of the man’s psychological makeup is probably due to his body; when his body dies all that will fall off him, and the REAL central man, the thing that chose, the best or the worst out of this material, will stand naked! We shall then for the first time see everyone as he really was. There will be surprises.
Taking life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing either into a heavenly creature that is in harmony with God, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God. To be the one kind of creature is heaven; that is, it is a joy and peace and knowledge and power…(Holy Ghost power). To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, importance, arrogance, selfishness, greediness, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to one state or the other.
That explains what always used to puzzle me about Christian writers; they seem to be so strict at one moment and free and easy at another. They talk about mere sins of thought as if they were immensely important; and talk about the most frightful murders and treacheries as if you had only got to repent and all would be forgiven. But they are right. One man may be so placed that his anger sheds the blood of thousands, and another so placed that however angry he gets he will only be laughed at. But the little mark on the soul may be much the same in both. Each has done something to himself which, unless he repents, will make it harder for him to keep out of the rage next time he is tempted, and will make the rage worse when he does fall into it.” (Perhaps this happened to Dylann Roof, only 21, so misinformed, so full of hate and these murders in So Carolina. But he was forgiven…he was witnessed to, and he just might go to Heaven and be seen by God for that raw material inside.) “The bigness or smallness of the thing, seen from the outside, is not what really matters.” (Just as the thief next to Jesus was forgiven.)
“One last point. Remember that, as I said, the right direction leads not only to peace but to knowledge. When a man is getting better he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When a man is getting worse he understands his own badness less and less. A moderately bad man knows he is not very good; a thoroughly bad man thinks he is all right.” (I think of Obama now and his left Communist ideologies from his childhood associations with Marshall.) “You understand sleep when you are awake, not while you are sleeping. You can see mistakes in arithmetic when your mind is working properly; while you are making them you cannot see them. You can understand the nature of drunkenness when you are sober, not when you are drunk. Good people know about both good and evil, bad people do not know about either.” C S Lewis
Perhaps somewhere down the line, this is why somehow we are not successful in leading our friends or family members to Christ. I pray that we act in obedience to God. Peter jumped overboard. He went overboard for God. He leaped into a miracle. Maybe we all can now too, by understanding how God sees us. Cause he knows every flaw, every blemish, every transgression…..and He still can forgive. Thank you Jesus.
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