This webinar will clarify how sinful and mentally ill behaviors are not always mutually exclusive categories. Despite significant differences between them, the relationship between sin and illness is often comparable to a chicken and the egg paradigm. It is often hard to discern which has caused which. It will be discussed that self-sufficiency, or attempting to “be like God, knowing good and evil” (Gen. 3:5), the archetype of all sins, is often tied to narcissistic features; callousness may be related to antisocial personality traits, and sexual sins against children are linked to the illness of pedophilia. This webinar will demonstrate that all sinful behaviors, just as virtually all mentally disordered behaviors disregard Jesus’ basic commands, “Love the Lord…” and “Love your neighbor…”(Mark 12:29-31). Therefore, no mental health treatment is sufficient without spiritual healing.
Identify the proportion of free, conscious and deliberate motives, versus pathological motives in the behavior of psychotic and non-psychotic mentally ill patients, as well as in mentally healthy people.
Define the differences the between secular models of conscience (like the Freudian superego) versus genuine Christian conscience.
Distinguish between rational and irrational guilt feelings, in the context of the connection between sin and mental ailments, and summarize the principles behind healing moral laxity and scrupulousness.
Evaluate Christians’ fears, anxiety and angst related to the anticipation of God's judgment, in the context of the connection between sin and mental problems.
Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Missionaries, Evangelists, Pastoral Counselors, Coaches, Spiritual Directors
Level of Content: Intermediate