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Orthodox View on Psychopathy

Discussion in 'The Ancient Way - Eastern Orthodox' started by Dietrich Johnson, Jan 25, 2022.

  1. Dietrich Johnson

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    What is the Orthodox view on Psychopathy? Is it acknowledged and considered something akin to a spiritual disease, or a form of demonic influence, etc? In particular, I'm wondering about those people (who do exist if we're honest with ourselves) that are adept at feigning religious piety for appearances/trust while simultaneously living a double life of hidden sins and evil of the worst kind. In some cases they are exposed by someone with credibility, but it seems some can go on undetected (by those in a church) perhaps indefinitely. Thoughts on this important topic?
     
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    I’d say it exists as a mental disorder, demonic influence, or both.
     
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  3. Dietrich Johnson

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    I've been thinking more about this. I wonder if there are really two extremes humans can theoretically become, along the continuum of degrees for good vs evil. One extreme is true Christ-likeness - with the goal of becoming like Christ (as much as a person can be). The other extreme is one of pure evil, a satanic-like person (despite the convincing appearance/form of godliness) with the goal of becoming more and more evil. Then there are many people in between the extremes on the continuum.

    Along these lines, I'm wondering how one should strive to stay encouraged when they see evil in its pure form (as described here and in the OP). What Psalms or Scriptures, etc would be encouraging to read?
     
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    definitely read all of the Psalms, Job, the Gospel (especially Mark), etc.
     
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    Yes, they must be miserable. But I wonder what you mean about being removed and removing themselves from communion with others. The high-functioning psychopaths seem extremely charming and skillful at hiding their true nature. In fact, I've met several that are adept at feigning religious piety for appearances/trust while simultaneously living a double life of hidden sins and evil of the worst kind. In some cases they are exposed by someone with credibility, but it seems some can go on undetected (by those in a church) perhaps indefinitely.
     
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