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Christian Worldview

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Based on your understanding of a Christian world view, are we normal or abnormal? I believe that we live in an abnormal world and are abnormal because the once-perfect creation is now affected by sin and the Curse. According to the biblical account in Genesis, tragedy struck with the fall of mankind with a devastating impact on every aspect of creation. As Paul states in Romans 8:20 “… the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice.” Our world became an abnormal world. For the first time in human experience, brokenness and difficulty were introduced. The effects continue to carry over today into our work, our world, our bodies, and our relationships with self, others, and God. What does the Bible say about abnormality?

God actually attributes any abnormality in thinking to the influence of the Devil and demonic spirits. However we can relate this to psychology, and psychology and uses labels such as Schizophrenic, Psychopathic, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anti-social Personality Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, etc. However in the Bible Jesus did not mention the word mental illness, but Jesus did say many things about demon possession and physical sickness and deformity. As a Christian and future counselor I can relate to the root of all disorders is some type of sin that is being committed. And even though we all sin, some sin to such a degree that they are either destroying themselves, or terrorizing and destroying others, animals, and property. They are consistently choosing to do the wrong thing over the right thing. Since we have "free will" we can choose to participate in evil activities, or we can choose to have nothing to do with them. It is a question of our values and morals, and resisting temptations, and following the "light" instead of living in the "darkness."