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Bipolar and religion

Discussion in 'Bipolar Disorder' started by DeFyYing, Feb 28, 2022.

  1. DeFyYing

    DeFyYing New Member

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    For most of my life religion has been very important to me, but the more I reflect on it the more I see how it is a constantly-oscillating point of doubt to complete confidence that moves in sync with my bipolar disorder. When I'm manic, believing becomes much easier, I think God is talking to me, etc. When I'm depressed I'm more doubtful and discouraged in my belief, looking to external opinions and consensus to make decisions. And when I'm stable... I don't even know what I believe in anymore. I suppose it's belief because that's my default, but I can't help but wonder if I would still believe if I wasn't bipolar. And as someone who is considering pursuing theological studies, it's painful to think about.
     
  2. Aussie Pete

    Aussie Pete Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Stop thinking about it. Make a decision. Belief is a choice. God's word is truth. Stand on the truth and you won't go wrong. You know why you struggle. During the hard times, start declaring truth. The Bible says that if we confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in our hearts that He rose from the dead, we will be saved. You can use the word "delivered" instead of "saved". This applies at this moment just as much as the day you first believed. Doubt your doubts! God's word is true no matter how you feel or think. You may change, God's word does not.
     
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  3. tobyw

    tobyw New Member

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    It's interesting how one's conscious beliefs can change with shift in mood. Brains are strange things.
     
  4. Aussie Pete

    Aussie Pete Well-Known Member Supporter

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    That is why it is so important to have a foundation in truth. Feelings are utterly unreliable, and that's all that a "mood" is. God intends for His people to live by truth. It's truth that sets us free.
     
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