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My family brought me up in a Pentacostal Holiness Christian church. I don't really believe in church anymore because I've been to so many bad ones (by bad I mean kindof corrupt), but I do believe in God and what the Bible teaches. Anyway, my mom believes that if you are truly a Christian and born again that you could not have something like bipolar disorder because God would remove it from your life. Now, I believe in healing and all that, but why then do so many Christians die each year from cancer and all sorts of other things if what she says is true? Her parents and my dad all passed away from cancer. Her argument is that it isn't the same.

Do you think that a born again Christian can still suffer from something like bipolar disorder?

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Mrs.BAT
Submitted by at 8:13 AM on Dec. 20, 2008
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Do you think that a born again Christian can still suffer from something like bipolar disorder?

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Mrs.BAT
Submitted by at 8:13 AM on Dec. 20, 2008
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  • SabrinaMBo...
    Submitted by   at 10:59 AM on December 20, 2008

    BPD is a hormonal imbalance. Becoming a christian (or any other religion) isn't going to cure you. That's like saying that just because you are a christian you can't get cancer...

  • Laura1229
    Submitted by   at 11:11 AM on December 20, 2008

    I agree with Sabrina. Illnesses (physical & mental), addictions, etc having nothing to do with what you believe. They can happen to anyone.

    Ex: In high school, I dated a guy whose family was VERY active in church. They were Pentacostal, too, but had a family gospel band & would travel around to different churches all over to perform. The brother in law had been a drug addict, had gotten 'saved', married, had 2 children. Praised God every day for 'saving' him from his addictions, gave testimonials on a regular basis, etc... became a pastor & everything.

    Where is he today? Jobless, divorced, on meth, and shacked up with some woman who has HIV.

  • MamaBee07
    Submitted by   at 11:53 AM on December 20, 2008

    Being a Christian doesn't mean we're free from suffering. In fact, suffering can be an opportunity for us to turn even more to Christ.

    People who love their Christian faith can and sometimes do have Bipolar Disorder. It doesn't mean that they are less Christian than someone else, it means they have their own personal cross to bear and Jesus did say in the Gospel "Pick up your cross and follow Me." (or something similar anyway) in the Gospels.

    A person's cross can be almost anything--physical ailment, mental ailment, psychological ailment, mistreatmet, absuse, any number of things. I love Christ and I love my Christian faith, yet, that doesn't mean I don't get sick sometimes, that I don't struggle with things and that I don't need Christ's help with many things. It means that I'm human and I recognize that my faith isn't about everything being hunky-dory all the time, it's about loving Christ and trying to follow Him and do what He taught. I'm not perfect at it, but that's why we have God's mercy and forgiveness.

  • cmarielin
    Submitted by   at 12:09 PM on December 20, 2008

    Well, as long as we live on this earth, we're subject to things from this earth such as illness, disease, disorders, rain, sunshine, good times, bad times. God never promised us we'd be free from normal troubles the world brings, just that we wouldn't have to go through it alone.

    Consider the things Jesus Himself went through on this world. Think of the things His disciples suffered. Paul himself had some kind of issue that the Lord didn't instantly take away. It didn't make him any less of a Christian. :-)

  • ktslittlef...
    Submitted by   at 12:30 PM on December 20, 2008

    We all have afflictions in our life that we wish God would take away...whether they are minor or major. Just because we struggle with disease or some disorder does not mean God is punishing us or that we're not a believer. Who are we to say what the will of God is? We can ask for healing, but that does not mean we will receive it.

  • catholicma...
    Submitted by   at 1:13 PM on December 20, 2008

    Yes..a Christian can suffer physically/mentally....
    it is in our suffering that we are united with Christ.

  • OliviasMom...
    Submitted by   at 1:29 PM on December 20, 2008

    Being a Christian doesn't make them special! They are people just like everyone else. They have sickness just like everyone else!

  • simonssupe...
    Submitted by   at 4:36 PM on December 20, 2008

    you know it's interesting you ask this, illnesses and disease can often be racist, but i have never heard of it being dependent on a certain religion
    quick anecdote, a man walked onto my lawn this summer trying to convert/get me to go to his church, we talked for awhile and i mentioned that when i was 15 my one brother died of cancer, he had the audicity to say it was b/c of my brother's and my family's sin, i asked him to leave, i don't want to hear about a god he is preaching about it that god goes against his word, in all honesty tho, i would have to say that BPD affects christians more, because one minute they are a normal respectful person and then next they are a zealot, good luck with your search

  • MamaBee07
    Submitted by   at 6:08 PM on December 20, 2008

    "Submitted by simonss...
    at 4:36 PM on December 20, 2008 you know it's interesting you ask this, illnesses and disease can often be racist, but i have never heard of it being dependent on a certain religion
    quick anecdote, a man walked onto my lawn this summer trying to convert/get me to go to his church, we talked for awhile and i mentioned that when i was 15 my one brother died of cancer, he had the audicity to say it was b/c of my brother's and my family's sin, i asked him to leave, i don't want to hear about a god he is preaching about it that god goes against his word, in all honesty tho, i would have to say that BPD affects christians more, because one minute they are a normal respectful person and then next they are a zealot, good luck with your search"


    What that man said to you was out of line. It's one thing for a desire to evangelize, but having the audacity to say that a person dying of cancer was because of not being Christian or sinning (even though I'd say illnesses can date back to original sin, I wouldn't say that God SENT it!) I have a grandfather who died in 2004 of illnesses and health complications having to do with old age and whatnot and he was a Christian with deep faith and love for God and neighbor. His wife had died 15 years before that of complications with liver cancer...she loved her family and others very much and was a Christian.

    Christians are NOT immune to illnesses just because they're Christian and if they try to tell you that they ARE immune because of being Christian, IGNORE THEM.

    I'm Christian and I KNOW better than that!

  • whitephant...
    Submitted by   at 7:13 PM on December 20, 2008

    sorry sweetie, your mom is wrong... you only have to look at Job for that.

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