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Do you believe that someone who believes in God has a mental illness?

I read this answer in another question and I was wondering if that was a common thought. Just for the record, I do NOT think that. I think lack of a belief in God just means you haven't met Him yet. :)

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 2:18 PM on Apr. 29, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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Answers (45)
  • No, but judging from the un-believers I've personally come in contact with, I do think however that many people who don't hold some belief in a higher power tend to lean a bit toward the narcissistic side of things, some more than others. Insisting that people who do hold some belief in a higher power must be mentally ill just so they can feel superior in some way shape or form, goes hand in hand with that completely IMO.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:58 PM on Apr. 29, 2010

  • no.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:19 PM on Apr. 29, 2010

  • In no way does it mean you have a mental illness. But it's interesting that people are so quick to blame it on something tangible. Rather then admitting there COULD be a force out there BIGGER and STRONGER then man.
    TheDiva320

    Answer by TheDiva320 at 2:20 PM on Apr. 29, 2010

  • LOL, no. I was the one who put that answer, and I don't believe so either, but I've seen that said by somebody in that post several times. It was meant to be sarcastic.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:23 PM on Apr. 29, 2010

  • Nope. Although I know many people with mental issues who believe in God, I don't think there is a correlation between the two. I DO however believe that mental issues and the way that someone connects to and reacts to their religious beliefs and convictions do have a connection. Obviously someone who is highly paranoid due to mental issues and who is strictly Christian has a better chance at seeing the Devil in everything! So, in a way, mental capacity and condition and religious beliefs and traditions can and do affect one another. However the belief or non-belief in God and a mental condition have no correlation.
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 2:25 PM on Apr. 29, 2010

  • No, not at all.
    kimberlyinberea

    Answer by kimberlyinberea at 2:25 PM on Apr. 29, 2010

  • I am interested in seeing how popular that belief is though...
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:26 PM on Apr. 29, 2010

  • If they do, that would be the first mental illness that's contagious! lol
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:26 PM on Apr. 29, 2010

  • As I have stated so very, very, very many times before.... Any adult who has imaginary friends, is mentally ill. It does not matter if you are a teacher, lawyer, doctor, or a friggin congressman, you're still ill.
    ObbyDobbie

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 2:27 PM on Apr. 29, 2010

  • I knew you would pop up Obby! lol
    I can see the point but then I look at my kids and the complexity of our bodies and know that we were put together by something very loving.
    3gigglemonsters

    Answer by 3gigglemonsters at 2:32 PM on Apr. 29, 2010

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