“Does the Bible mention schizophrenia?”……Answer: Schizophrenia, a severe form of mental illness, is nowhere explicitly mentioned in the Bible. However, some people in the Bible exhibited characteristics of schizophrenic behavior. People suffering from schizophrenia have a strong tendency to withdraw themselves from the real world and display irrational or inappropriate reactions to normal, everyday situations. […]

“How should a Christian view Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?”……Answer: According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts termed “obsessions,” and/or repetitive behaviors, termed “compulsions.” Repetitive behaviors such as hand-washing, counting, checking or cleaning are often performed with the hope of […]

“Should a Christian see a psychologist / psychiatrist?”……Answer: Many Christians struggle with the decision to see a psychologist or psychiatrist as the key to overcoming mental illness. Christian psychologists, psychiatrists, and counselors are numerous, and Christians are seeking their advice regularly, most often for depression and anxiety. Part of the difficulty is that there are […]

“How does psychology work with Biblical counseling?”……Answer: Secular psychology, based primarily on the teachings of Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Carl Rogers, has no place in biblical counseling. Nor does some of what is called "Christian counseling," because some of Christian counseling often has secular psychology, not the Bible, as its basis. This is not […]

“How should a Christian view ADD and ADHD?”……Answer: ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) are terms which describe conditions associated with particular sets of behaviors. There are generally both physical and spiritual implications associated with those who have been diagnosed with either of these conditions. Much of the research and debate […]

“Should a Christian be involved in mentoring? What does the Bible say about mentorship?”……Answer: The word "mentor" is defined as "a wise and trusted counselor or teacher." Although "mentoring" doesn't appear in the Bible, Scripture does give us numerous examples of mentoring. Moses was mentored by his father-in-law Jethro, first as son-in-law and then as […]

“What is the value of pastoral counseling?”……Answer: The value of counseling by a pastor is many faceted. Pastoral counseling can be defined as counseling by a church pastor directed to an individual or couple in his own flock. There are instances where church pastors counsel those outside his congregation, but generally speaking, the benefits of […]