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News Snippets from Around the World

News Snippets from Around the World
News Snippets

Keeping you up to date on what’s happening around the world. Topics include items connected to Christianity and that impact on practising our faith, news on ethical issues, also news on countries who persecute Christians, and topics that affect our culture, additionally ones that impact upon Israel and Jewish people, and those which may possibly be a reflection of end times and associated prophecies.

Note: we endeavour to keep the news snippets updated weekly, but due to time restraints, it may not always be possible to do so.

NOVEMBER 2020

Keeping you up to date on what’s happening around the world. Topics include items connected to Christianity and that impact on practising our faith, news on ethical issues, also news on countries who persecute Christians, and topics that affect our culture, additionally ones that impact upon Israel and Jewish people, and those which may possibly be a reflection of end times and associated prophecies.

Note: we endeavour to keep the news snippets updated weekly, but due to time restraints, it may not always be possible to do so.

26th: Oral insulin, by Israeli mom-son team, starts final trials to become world’s 1st: CEO says pills, which can replace many injections, will help ‘hundreds of millions of diabetics worldwide,’ sending insulin directly to the liver and reducing weight gain. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: Virus crisis will be over by next year, says ex-COVID-19 czar, citing vaccines: Ronni Gamzu expects massive production in various countries will produce enough immunization units during first half of 2021. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: UN panel votes 163-5 in support of Palestinian statehood, end of occupation: Draft calling for two-state solution passes General Assembly’s Third Committee in large package of annual pro-Palestinian resolutions that Israel argues shows bias against it. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: Over 1,000 Kentucky Parents, 17 Christian Schools File Lawsuit Against Gov for Restricting In-Person Learning, USA: parents of students and religious schools have filed a suit after Governor Beshear banned schools from holding classes in person. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

25th: What Pro-Lifers Should Know about the Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford COVID-19 Vaccines: of the three vaccines, Astrazeneca/Oxford vaccine may be viewed as “unethical” because of its use of a fetal cell line. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

24th: Christian Charity Asks British Prime Minister to Grant Asylum to Kidnapped, Forcibly Converted 14-year-old Girl: a Catholic charit, Aid to Church in Need, has sked the British Prime Minister to provide asylum to a Christian teenager who was abducted and forced to marry a Muslim man. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

24th: New Documentary Transhood Shows Mother Declaring Her 4-Year-Old-Son Is a Girl, USA: HBO has put out a documentary “transhood” which seeks to normalise transgenderism amongst children. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

20th: Unborn Are America’s ‘Most Vulnerable Citizens’: 18 States Defend Fetal Heartbeat Ban in Court: 18 states in the US filed a brief with a federal appeals court in which they ask that society’s ‘most vulnerable citizens,’ be protected and requesting abortion restrictions. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

20th: Franklin Graham: Pray that God Will ‘Help Us Know the Truth’ about Election Fraud Claims: American Christians are being asked to pray for the truth about the allegations of fraud in the recent election. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

20th: Study finds immunity after virus infection lasts at least 6 months: Oxford University report finds ‘good news,’ says examples of reinfection relatively rare and few cases found did not exhibit symptoms. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: After trial success, Pfizer seeks emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine in US: Pharma company starts process with government regulators to bring limited first shots as early as next month. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

19th: Major LGBT Group Urges Biden to Strip Accreditation of Christian Schools, Colleges: Biden is being urged by one of the USA’s biggest LGBT advocacy groups to pull accreditation of Christian schools and college if they having a policy on sexual orientation and gender identity which doesn’t agree with their own. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

19th: Swastikas carved into Jewish headstones, memorials daubed with paint in Germany: Cemetery vandalism found in Haren being treated as anti-Semitic hate crime by police; Stolperstein ‘stumbling stone’ plaques for Holocaust victims defaced in Chemnitz, Eilenburg. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: With new ‘elegant chemo,’ Israeli scientists edit genome to destroy cancer DNA: Tel Aviv University team uses ‘microscopic scissors’ to pinpoint and eliminate cancerous cells; results of animal tests just published, trial in humans expected within 2 years. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: ‘I’m a Pro-Choice Pastor,’ Raphael Warnock Says, Sparking Pro-Life Pushback, USA: https://twitter.com/ReverendWarnock/status/1329190179735826439 (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

19th: Atheist Group Files Complaint after Football Coach Leads Team in Lord’s Prayer: a national atheist group has submitted complaints after seeing a football coach lead his team in the Lord’s prayer in a photo. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

16th: Papua Pastor and Bible translator killed by Indonesian military, New Guinea: according to an investigation, the Bible translator and pastor in New Guinea was tortured and shot by an Indonesian soldier. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

18th: Pfizer to seek FDA okay within days as trial results show vaccine 95% effective: Biotech firm says it now has enough data to seek emergency clearance for coronavirus shots from US regulator agency. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: Dolly Parton’s $1 Million Donation for COVID-19 Research Helped Fund a Promising Vaccine: the famous singer has donated one million dollars for research into a vaccine for the coronavirus. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

18th: First Black Astronaut to Travel on Long-Term Space Mission Brings Bible, Communion Cups to Space: Victor Glover has added communion cups and a Bible to his belongings in preparation for his trips to the Space Station. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

18th: Appeals Court Says Nativity Can Remain on Courthouse Lawn, Despite ACLU Complaint, USA: after a court panel’s decision overturning a lower court ruling, a country in Indiana can now legally display a nativity scene on the lawn of the courthouse. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

17th: High Court stands up for Christians persecuted by Hindu Nationals, India: the decision followed incidences were the homes of Christians were bulldozed after refusing to convert from Christianity to Hinduism. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

17th: Newly Elected Congressman Accused of Anti-Semitism for Sharing the Gospel with Jews: Madison Cawthorn, a Freshman congressman was heavily criticised on social media when he said in an interview that he’d tried to convert Jews to Chrisianity. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

16th: Anti-Semitic hate crimes in the US rose by 14% in 2019, FBI report says: Federal officials also say total hate crimes have reached highest level in more than a decade, as ADL warns true number is likely much higher. (The Times of Israel) [link]

`6th: Trump to reduce troops in Afghanistan by almost 50%, trim deployment in Iraq: Cuts, which come after shake-up at Pentagon and installation of loyalists, would be completed just five days before Biden takes office. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: London Police Block Church’s Baptism Service; Pastor Retorts: ‘Love Is Not a Crime:’ after a church pastor and congregation gathered for a baptism service in defiance of the Covid-19 restrictions, London police blocked the service from being held (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

16th: Atheist Complaint Leads School to Stop Filling Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child: A middle school in Kansas will no longer participate in the Operation Christmas Child after an atheist group alleged that their involvement is unconstitutional. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

13th: German scientist who helped develop Pfizer vaccine says it’ll bash COVID on head: Uğur Şahin of BioNTech, which created shot with the US pharmaceutical company, tells The Guardian that the virus ‘can’t defend itself’ against prospective vaccine. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: No fraud: Top officials say presidential election was most secure in US history: Federal and state cybersecurity experts say there is no evidence votes were compromised or altered, firmly rejecting claims of fraud from Trump and his supporters. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: Oxford Changes Definition of ‘Man,’ ‘Woman’ to Be More LGBT Inclusive: after requests, the publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary made changes to several words and their meanings. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

12th: ‘A Rare and Exciting Find’: 3,000-Year-Old Fortress from Time of King David Unearthed by Israeli Archeologists: Israeli archaeologists have discovered what may be the remains of a fortress of one of King David’s allies. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

12th: Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Says Voter Fraud Suits Will ‘Probably Make Its Way Up to the Supreme Court’: McEnany shared that there were several attestations to witnesses of voter fraud…” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

12th: What Trump has in store for Israel, Middle East during final 70 days in office: Current, ex-administration officials acknowledge that additional normalization deals unlikely with White House out of leverage, but it plans to act on Iran front until final day. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: elder abuse is increasing in the state of Victoria, Australia: during lockdown more older people sought support services or protection. (Hope) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

11th: Missionary kidnapped and killed, Mali: Beatrice Stockli, a Swiss missionary has reportedly been murdered by Islamic extremists. (Open Doors) [link 1]

11th: Kirk Cameron Issues a Call to Pray Against ‘Wicked Plans’: Cameron is encouraging Americans to pray for protection from evil hearts in the USA. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

11th: Anglican tribunal decides they can bless same sex marriages, Australia: while the proposed service will not include a solemnisation of marriage, the tribunal believes it’s not inconsistent with the fundamental principles of their church and can allow same-sex marriages to be blessed (Eternity News) link 1]

10th: Trump accuses FDA, Pfizer of deliberately delaying vaccine news until after vote: President falsely suggests federal body, drugmaker conspired with Democrats to postpone announcement because they ‘didn’t want to have me get a Vaccine WIN.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: 10 Attorneys General File Amicus Brief in Supreme Court over Penn. Mail-In Ballots, Potential Voter Fraud, USA: the ten 10 Republican Attorneys General have filed a brief with the US Supreme Court in connection with voting results in Pennsylvania. (source) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

10th: US approves first emergency use of a COVID-19 antibody drug: FDA clears Eli Lilly’s experimental treatment bamlanivimab, similar to one used to treat Trump, for people 12 and older with mild or moderate symptoms (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: US AG authorizes prosecutors to investigate possible voting irregularities: Barr gives federal prosecutors across US go-ahead to pursue ‘substantial allegations’ of voting irregularities if they exist, despite little evidence of fraud. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: ‘I Am a Faithful Defender of Life’: Guatemala’s President Prohibits Planned Parenthood from Operating in the Country: Guatemala’s President said ““I recognize life from its conception, and therefore, in my government, I will not tolerate any movement that violates what is provided in our political Constitution of the Republic, that goes against the values with which I was raised and that conflicts with my principles as [a] doctor.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

9th: Ben Carson Diagnosed with COVID-19 but ‘Is in Good Spirits’: Ben Carson, a Trump cabinet minister and Christian has confirmed he has Covid-19, but is in good spirits. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

9th: Samaritan’s Purse Sends 11 Tons in Relief Supplies to Displaced Armenian Families: the 11 tons of relief supplies will be given to Armenian families who can no longer live in their homes due to recent violence. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: Trump considering running again for president in 2024 — report: US president has yet to concede race to Joe Biden, but is nonetheless reportedly planning a future run. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Optimism over Pfizer vaccine bodes well for Israel’s COVID shot, experts say: Israeli virologists heartened by fact American immunization uses similar tech to homegrown effort, targets the same protein on coronavirus. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Global coronavirus cases top 50 million, with 1.2 million dead: US reports more than 126,000 positive cases and more than 1,000 deaths as pandemic continues to rage. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Islamic State attack near Baghdad kills 11: Jihadists throw grenades and fire at tribal Hashed forces stationed on southern outskirts of Iraqi capital. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Austrian police raid suspects in Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood terror probe: Prosecutors investigate over 70 people and several groups suspected of involvement in forming terrorist association, financing terror, money laundering; no link to Vienna attack. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Antifa Member Vandalizes Church that Feeds, Shelters Homeless in Downtown Portland: during a service at Portland’s St Andre Bassette Church, the congregation had to suspend its service as a result of a violent attack by a large cros of Antifa members. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

8th: Wally the llama’s antibodies, analyzed in J’lem, may help millions through COVID: ‘They are highly potent,’ says Israeli researcher who scrutinized the Massachusetts llama’s ‘nanobodies’ to pave the way for an inhaler intended to help patients fight virus. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: After four days of nail-biting count, Biden elected 46th US president: All major outlets say former VP unseats Donald Trump after winning Pennsylvania, ending days of waiting for vote-tallying in 4 key states; Trump vows to contest the result. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: Evangelicals stick with Trump, see upside even if he loses: With high turnout rate, community has outsized influence on election results; pastor hails ‘most pro-faith president in American history’. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: Trump supporters, some armed, protest outside vote counting centers: Elections officials in several states say they fear for their workers’ safety as backers of US president rally over unfounded fraud claims. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: Georgia poll worker in hiding after false claims online that he threw away vote: Elections official says widely circulated video of man crumpling and discarding paper is misleading, as it was not a ballot. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: Backing Trump’s falsehoods, two Senate allies attack legitimacy of vote count: Senators Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz warn Republicans may reject ballot results if they turn against president. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: Abortion protests rock Poland, shining spotlight on longstanding communal rift: In the latest internal conflict to spill into public view, a pro-choice statement by the nonprofit Religious Jewish Community of Warsaw draws backlash from Orthodox rabbis. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: Facebook shuts down pro-Trump group organizing rallies against ‘stolen’ election: Social media giant bars ‘Stop the Steal’ page over concerns it was being used to delegitimize voting process and issue ‘worrying’ calls for violence. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: US networks cut away from live Trump address due to ‘lie after lie’: Leading TV broadcasters ABC, MSNBC, NBC all halt president’s speech after he makes unsubstantiated accusations of voter fraud. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: Planned Parenthood Retreats, Dropping Suit against 3 Arizona Pro-Life Laws: Arizona’s Planned Parenthood has dropped its lawsuit against pro-life laws in that state, but didn’t explain why. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

6th: Christian Humanitarian Groups Say People Are Starving in North Korean COVID ‘Quarantine Camps’: it’s alleged that North Korea has set up ‘quarantine camps’ for people with Covid, and people aren’t receiving adequate medical care, and suffering from malnutrition. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

6th: Hillson’s Carl Lentz apologises for ‘breaking trust,’ USA: Lentz was fired frm his position as Pastor with the New York City church because he committed adultery. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2]

5th: ‘In God We Trust’ State Flag Approved by Mississippi Voters, 78-22%, USA: a new Mississippi flag has been approved, after much contentious debate, and they voted to retain the phrase ‘In God We Trust.’ (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

5th: Christian bookseller imprisoned, China: Zhang Xiaomai was arrested in 2019 and sentenced to 7 years in jail because he sold too many books to 10,000 people, even though authorities didn’t claim it was because he sold Christian books. (source) [link 1]

5th: UAE, Bahrain, Sudan join huge majority backing anti-Israel moves at UN panel: Jerusalem’s new ambassador to Turtle Bay, Gilad Erdan, promises not to ‘allow business as usual anymore’; new Arab normalization partners vote with Europeans on annual resolutions. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: Liberty University Removes John Piper’s Convocation following Election Post, USA: Liberty University removed John Piper’s election article shortly after it was posted, stating that it was “a controversy we did not seek out or desire.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: Kanye West Launches New Christian Academy: Christian rap artist Kanye West will open a new Christian academy, though details at this stage are scarce. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: 4 killed in Vienna ‘Islamist terror attack’; Jewish institutions to remain shut: Manhunt underway for at least one assailant; 15 wounded in assault that targeted 6 locations, starting outside synagogue; Austrian leader won’t rule out anti-Semitic motive. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: School Bans 3rd Grader’s ‘Jesus Loves Me’ Mask, Threatens Suspension: the third grade student was forced to remove her face mask because it said “Jesus Loves Me,” on it, and now the parents have filed a federal lawsuit due to discrimination. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

3rd: Pope Francis Opposes Same-Sex Marriage and Was Taken Out of Context in Film, Vatican Says: the new documentary which suggests that Pope Francis supported same-sex marriage was taken out of context and the Pope has not changed Catholic doctrine. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

2nd: ‘I Am Pro-Life, and Unapologetically So’: Ivanka Trump Makes Clear that She Is Pro-Life: Ivanka Trump has made clear her positive stance on pro-life during and interview the ‘Real Clear Politics.’ (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: Christian Girl in Pakistan Recovered from Kidnapper: the 13 year old Christian girl was recovered by police in Lahore, Pakistan, and the Muslim man who is accused of abducting her, converting her and forcibly marrying her, was arrested. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

2nd: Franklin Graham Warns of ‘Attack’ on Christian Businesses, Nonprofits if Biden Wins, USA: the evangelist said that Christian businesses and non-profits could possibly be shut down if Joe Biden wins the presidency. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

OCTOBER 2020

31st: title: Mayor Apologizes After Backlash For Saying Boys Have A Penis, Australia: After he spoke out, Perth’s LGBTQ community responded in anger. (Caldron Pool) [link 1]

31st: US records over 100,000 infections in new global high, days before the election: Trump remains defiant as total number of COVID cases in America passes 9 million mark, with nearly 229,000 deaths. (The Times of Israel) [link]

31st: Jewish men abused with anti-Semitic slurs at Philadelphia racial justice protest: Harassment of 3 Jews at demonstration instigated by adherent of Black extremist movement linked to deadly shooting at Jersey City kosher market. (The Times of Israel) [link]

30th: L.A. Fines Church $1,000 after 11 People Pray in 500-Seat Sanctuary: after 11 people attended a Catholic church for prayer and worship, the church was fined despite up to 500 seats being available. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

30th: Pandemic of loneliness, anxiety: Crisis hotline says suicide calls have doubled: ERAN helpline says many of those calling now don’t have diagnosed mental health issues; Rivlin: We must treat the isolation as well as the virus. (The Times of Israel) [link]

30th: ‘We All Matter in the Eyes of God’: Biden Says His Personal Life, Policies Are Informed by His Christian Faith: with only days to go before the election, presidential nominee Joe Biden claimed he has a Christian faith which his guided both his political career and his personal life. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

30th: North Korea Jails, Executes Anyone Who Owns a Bible, Shocking New Report Says: horrifying violations against those who have a religious faith continue in North Korea including public executions and brutal torture, simply for owning a Bible. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

29th: After 3 killed in Nice church, Macron says France under Islamist terror assault, France: Killer beheaded one victim, kept shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’; security to be upped for schools, religious sites nationwide; Nice chief rabbi says synagogues, schools closed on Friday. (The Times of Israel) [link]

29th: Biden Pledges Passage and ‘Full Enforcement’ of LGBT Equality Act in His First 100 Days: in an interview, the presidential nominee informed that he would focus on passing the Equality Act which is causing considerable concern to religious freedom groups because LGBT activists and other concerns. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

29th: Natalie Grant Reveals COVID-19 Diagnosis, Asks for Prayers for Her Asthmatic Daughter: Christian artist Grant has contracted Covid-19 and has requested prayer for her asthmatic daughter. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

29th: Joe Biden Quotes Scripture, Says God Is Calling for Healing, Unity in America: Presidential nominee Joe Biden spoke to a tally of voters sharing that the USA must become “one nation under God.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

29th: Ancient church found where Jesus said to tell Peter to establish Christianity: 4th-century church, one of earliest in Israel, was built atop temple to Pan at spot in Banias where New Testament says Peter saw Jesus as Messiah, was told to spread his teachings. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: ‘A New Start:’ Seventeen Inmates Baptized in Mississippi Jail, USA: seventeen inmates were baptised last week and was celebrated by Covington County Sheriff’s office in Collins, Mississippi. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

28th: Ohio County Backs Down, Won’t Force Minister to Perform Same-Sex Weddings, USA: an ordained minister and a Christian business owner gained a victory when Ohio County agreed that they wouldn’t be forced to perform same-sex marriage under the non-discrimination law, after filing a suit in July. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: ‘Science Is the Practical Pursuit of God,’ Matthew McConaughey Says: in a recent interview, actor Matthew McConaughey shared that he doesn’t see a contradiction between faith and science, and it was the Bible that helped him become a better man. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: Anti-Trump Group Plans to Cause ‘Serious Disruption’ if Trump Wins Election: Protestors have put plans into place to force President Trump from the Oval Office, no matter the election results. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: Trump: Up to 10 countries set for peace with Israel, ‘largely after’ elections: President claims there are 5 Middle East ‘definites’ and a similar number who are ‘pretty much’ ready to open diplomatic relations. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

 

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The June/August 2018 issue of SPAG Magazine is finally here and what a great selection of articles there are in this issue.

Initially, we had a problem with our “Letters to Lou” pages, but they’re now all updated and uploaded to the online issues.

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– Road to Damascus;
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Believers Who Suffered Depression

Believers Who Suffered Depression

by Vicki Nunn (1 December 2016)

“A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear (that results) from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl.”

Stephan Hoeller

Introduction

Some Christians and churches claim that depression comes from demonic possession, or from sin, perhaps a curse, or because God is punishing us for a wrong-doing. As we discussed in the article “Can Christians Have a Mental Illness,” while on some occasions it may be the result of an ongoing sin, for most believers, depression doesn’t usually arise from these things.

We’ve looked at possible physical causes of depression as well as circumstances which may cause it. It can be the result of drug and alcohol abuse, physical injury or as part of an illness, as a side effect of certain medications, or as a consequence of physical, psychological and/or sexual abuse.

Seeking help for depression is not sinful, nor is taking anti-depressants. Getting over depression isn’t about “having more faith,” or “looking on the bright side,” or “just getting over it.” There is no pithy quote, Bible verse or inspirational saying that will snap us out of it. In fact, there are quite a number of Bible verses that speak about depression, and Bible characters who struggled with it.

Depression is not a new thing – it’s been around almost since day one!

One of the more important things we learned in that earlier article is that a good proportion of the population will experience depress-ion at some time in their life, and therefore it’s likely that many Christians will also go through it.

Being a Christian doesn’t automatically make us immune. Depression doesn’t mean that a person is lacking in spirituality or immature in their Christian walk. Do you need reassurance on that? Then hopefully this article will provide enough evidence to demonstrate that some of the strongest, most faithful believers have suffered depression – and God still loved them.

Depression

Normally in each issue of SPAG Magazine we endeavour to provide an article on one inspirational person. In conjunction with issue 7’s focus on depression and mental illness, we’re sharing a little about the lives of inspirational believers who suffered depression  – from the Bible, from history and also from the present day. This is by no means a comprehensive list, and I encourage you to find out more.

If you’ve ever suffered depression, it may ease your burden to know that profound Christian thinkers, passionate champions of the persecuted and down-trodden, God-inspired prophets, and those who reached great pinnacles of wisdom and strength in their Christian walk, have shared the trials and torments of depression with us.

If those with such resounding faith, profound knowledge and deep compassion can experience the same depths of sorrow, anguish, and moments of doubt; times when God seemed silent to their urgent, tortured pleas for help or for answers; then we, the more common, ordinary Christians are not alone – we aren’t wrong or broken or in need of deliverance. For some of us, it is part of the demanding journey of what it means to be a Christian.

It’s almost freeing to know that these exceptional Christians share such a bond with us. Perhaps it is those who have never known depression and those dark, tormented nights of the soul, who miss out on this distinctive experience. Perhaps we who have known depression, are the chosen ones who God deems worthy of undergoing such an ordeal. Perhaps our journey will be all the better for it.

As bizarre and unreasonable as it sounds, perhaps there’ll come a day when we’ll be able to look back and say “Thank you Lord.”

Whatever the circumstances, depression is very real, and can have a profound and long-lasting impact on us. Those who have never suffered depression cannot understand the terrible pain and suffering it causes.

Biblical Believers Who Suffered Depression

(a) Adam and Eve

While there is no Biblical evidence to confirm it, I imagine that both Adam and Eve suffered depression after they sinned and were cast out of the garden of Eden.

Having previously been so intimate with God, it must have been devastating for them to lose that close and loving relationship. No longer did they know that kindred closeness of spirit, soul and purpose. Adam and Eve knew without a doubt that they were no longer Holy – that purity of their holy relationship with God had ceased to exist.

I’ve heard hell described as the absolute and complete awareness of our aloneness and separation from God. Perhaps in a way, it was similar to how Adam and Eve felt.

Their daily lives of toil to grow food and to survive would have been a constant reminder of the repercussions of their sin, and their unending loss.

The consequences of their sin were later brought home to them, when their own son Cain killed his brother Abel.

(b) King David

There are more than three dozen examples of David’s experiences with depression which he shared in the Psalms. In Psalm 6:2-7 we read words that sound similar to what we might say when experiencing deep depression. Along with the anguish, his words seem to be touched with frustration and even anger:

“Show me grace, Eternal God. I am completely undone. Bring me back together, Eternal One. Mend my shattered bones. My soul is drowning in darkness. How long can You, the Eternal, let things go on like this?

Come back, Eternal One, and lead me to Your saving light. Rescue me because I know You are truly compassionate.

I’m alive for a reason – I can’t worship You if I’m dead. If I’m six feet under, how can I thank You?

I’m exhausted. I cannot even speak, my voice fading as sighs. Every day ends in the same place – lying in bed, covered in tears, my pillow wet with sorrow. My eyes burn, devoured with grief; they grow weak as I constantly watch for my enemies.” [Voice]

(c) Job

We can understand why Job would have suffered depression, after he lost all he had including his children and his wealth. While he must have grieved for his children, he was able to accept that loss was part of life – he’d come into the world with nothing, and would leave the world with nothing.

When Satan was allowed to afflict Job with a terrible illness that not only caused him awful physical pain, he also lost the affections and closeness of his wife, the comforts of his home, contact with friends and loved ones in his community, and was cast out of his home town because of his disease.

Here was a different sort of trauma to the losses he’d suffered earlier. This next step meant that he’d lost everything else including his dignity, his health, and his position within society – he was even mocked by low-life people because of how far he’d fallen from God’s grace.

Additionally, he was constantly in pain which would have affected every physical movement and would likely have plagued his sleep. Lack of sleep and relentless pain alone can cause depression, but the added losses and indignities would have piled up upon his already low spirits.

He’d lived a good life and had tried to be obedient to God. When he was suffering so terribly, he questioned God, demanding a response from Him about what he’d done to deserve such harsh treatment. Doesn’t that sound a lot like what most of us would probably do in Job’s situation?

We can almost hear the anger and perhaps even a little touch of rebuke in his voice in Job 6:8-10:

“If only my one request were answered, if only God would grant me the fulfilment of my only hope: That God would be willing to crush me, to kill me, that God would release His hand and cut me off.


At least then I would have a crumb of consolation, one source of joy in the midst of this relentless agony: I never denied the words of the Holy One in my pain.”
[Voice]

We can hardly blame or judge Job for feeling angry with God. In fact, that kind of a reaction has been around since the time of Cain and Abel, when Cain became angry upon God asking where his brother was.

We can still love God and feel angry and upset with Him. In fact, it really isn’t a surprising response when we’re obedient and go through difficulties and pain and don’t understand why we’re suffering.

Eventually God healed Job and restored his blessings including more children and wealth, and a long, healthy life.

For most of us though, restoration of good health, the return of our wealth, or a child or a partner to replace one we’ve lost, don’t usually happen, and our pain and suffering may remain with us.

(d) Elijah

Elijah was one of several people in the Bible who suffered depression. Here was a man that saw some incredible miracles including ravens sent by God to feed him when he was hungry; provision of food for himself, a widow and her son during a famine; and then Elijah raised the woman’s son from the dead after he passed away.

On another occasion he prayed to God to send fire down from heaven to burn up his sacrifice, to show His power to Baal’s prophets and to the Israelite people. The Israelites saw God’s power and were filled with fear, awe and wonder.

In the same chapter we read that he was able to supernaturally run faster than Ahab who’d left earlier in his chariot!

Despite all of those amazing miracles, he knew and trusted God, and yet Elijah sunk into a terrible depression, even seeking to die.

In 1 Kings 19:4 we read:

“He journeyed into the desert for one day and then decided to rest beneath the limbs of a broom tree. There he prayed that his life would be over quickly and that he would die there beneath the tree.

Elijah: I’m finished, Eternal One. Please end my life here and now, even though I have failed, and I am no better than my ancestors.” [Voice]

After he overcame his depression, Elijah continued in his work for God, and took on Elisha as his apprentice. Later, as his time on earth drew to a close we read in 2 Kings 2:11b:

“A blazing chariot pulled by blazing horses stormed down from the heavens and came between Elijah and Elisha. Then Elijah was swept up into heaven by the fiery storm.” [Voice]

God favoured Elijah so highly, that he took him straight up to heaven! Surely then we must consider that depression is no hindrance to being close to God, or for God to accept each of us completely, or for us to be able to do His work.

(e) Other Bible People

You may like to read about other Bible people who suffered depression, such as: Jeremiah; Hannah; Jonah; and Jesus.

The night before His crucifixion, Jesus spent time in prayer, His spirit in distress. While not necessarily depression, He was in extreme anguish so great, that he sweated drops of blood.)

Christians in History Who Suffered Depression

(a) C.S. Lewis

Most of us know Lewis’ work from his beloved Narnia series. Lewis, was a great Christian thinker who also wrote books on theology, and yet for such an intellectual who understood God so well, he suffered depression.

After his wife died of cancer, just three years after they married, he wrote of his experience, when he desired an answer or some kind of sign from God:

“…But go to Him when your need is desperate, when all other help is vain, and what do you find? A door slammed in your face and a sound of bolting and double bolting on the inside. After that, silence. You may as well turn away. The longer you wait, the more emphatic the silence will become.” (“A Grief Observed.”)

Lewis struggled to connect with God during his difficult days, to focus his heart and mind on God, just as many of us do. In his book, “A Grief Observed,” he said of his suffering:

“God has not been trying an experiment on my faith or love in order to find out their quality. He knew it already. It was I who didn’t. In this trial He makes us occupy the dock, the witness box, and the bench all at once. He always knew that my temple was a house of cards. His only way of making me realize the fact was to knock it down.”

And when it seemed to him that God wasn’t responding:

“’Knock and it shall be opened.’ But does knocking mean hammering and kicking the door like a maniac?”

(b)  Mother Teresa

The compassionate and caring nun, Mother Teresa is often presented to the world as an iconic image of supreme Christian service, of one who was content in her work, faithful in her service and unwavering in her devotion to God.

There was also the Mother Teresa that few of us know, who suffered depression and struggled to find God, especially during periods of dark despair, but her soul hungered for Him even when she didn’t sense His presence.

In her book “Come Be My Light,” (edited by Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC) she said:

“I want to smile even at Jesus and so hide if possible the pain and the darkness of my soul even from Him.”

And later she wrote:

“With regard to the feeling of loneliness, of abandonment, of not being wanted, of darkness of the soul, it is a state well known by spiritual writers and directors of conscience. This is willed by God in order to attach us to Him alone, an antidote to our external activities, and also, like temptation, a way of keeping us humble in the midst of applauses, publicity, praises, appreciation, etc. and success.”

(c)  Other Christians in History Who Suffered Depression

Other well-known Christians who suffered depression included: Charles Dickens; Martin Luther; John Calvin; John Wesley; Handel; Emily Dickinson; Sir Isaac Newton; Charles Spurgeon; Pope Francis; Florence Nightingale; and many more.

Well-known Christians of Modern Times Who Suffered Depression

(a) Barbara Bush

The former first lady of the USA suffered terrible depression in the 1970s. According to a New York Times article, she sometimes had to stop her car on shoulders of the highway because she feared that:

“…she might deliberately crash the vehicle into a tree or an oncoming auto.”

(b) Joyce Meyer

Joyce was abused as a child which impacted on her emotional and mental development enormously, and led to her depression. In her article “Is it Really Possible to Beat Depression?”she said:

“I know what it’s like to be depressed. For many years I was unstable emotionally because of abuse that I experienced during most of my childhood. It caused me to be negative, critical, and easily discouraged. I used to believe that it was better not to expect anything good to happen to me because if nothing good happened, I wouldn’t be disappointed. But I was still miserable and had no peace.”

Joyce believes that we can allow depression to take hold of us, and that there are ways to stop it. She said:

“Depression begins with disappointment. When disappointment festers in our soul, it leads to discouragement.”

(c) Other Well-known Christians of Modern Times Who Have Suffered Depression

Jim Caviezel, the actor who played Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson’s movie “The Passion of Christ” has suffered depression.

Others in this group include: John James (Newsboys); Sheila Walsh (singer and talk-show host); Tina Campbell (Mary Mary); Richard Smallwood (gospel music artist); Buzz Aldrin (astronaut); Lecrae (hip hop artist, record producer and actor); Kevin Sorbo (actor); Mel Gibson (actor, director and producer); and Ashley Judd (actor).

Conclusion

For each of us who suffer depression or other mental illnesses, our journey and our experiences may be different, but we are bonded together in a unified Christian experience.

We aren’t alone in our suffering. The similarities of our anguish, the deep depths of our depressions, the struggles of our condition, the unanswered, perplexing questions and even at times, silence from God show us by their similarity that God has found a way to stretch us and shape us, even sometime agonisingly, but purposefully into something more than we were before.

We may not see that we’ve changed for the better, or understand that the suffering that we bore began a transformation within us.

While in the midst of our struggles, sometimes we feel torn, broken, battered and weak with trembling, God isn’t unaware of the battle we are waging, He is not absent from us though His silence may make it seem that He is.

These troubling experiences and depression are another part of our journey. Perhaps we undergo this pain and suffering because there was something deep in us which God needed to change or to remove from us, which required such a forceful and intense experience.

When we take those final steps at the end of our human journey and find ourselves standing before God, instead of asking Him “Why?” our minds, hearts and soul will grasp it at last and we will say, “I understand.” [End]

 

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“That’s the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end. The fog is like a cage without a key.”

Elizabeth Wurtzel

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After Adam and Eve sinned, there were cast out of the garden of Eden, and realised their separation from God.

After Adam and Eve sinned, there were cast out of the garden of Eden, and realised their separation from God.

King David in prayer

King David in prayer

Job and his friends

Job and his friends

Elijah destroyed the messengers of Ahaziah by fire

Elijah calling down fire from God

Jeremiah in the ruins of Jerusalem

Jeremiah in the ruins of Jerusalem

Jesus and the crown of thorns

Jesus and the crown of thorns

Charles Spurgeon

Charles Spurgeon

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

John Calvin

John Calvin

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson

Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton

Handel

Handel

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa

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Having Struggles?

Having Struggles?

Here are some articles which you may find helpful if you are going through struggles. We will continue adding to these as we share them in issues of SPAG Magazine. If you have an issue or a topic that you’d like us to cover in an upcoming issue, please let us know. You can complete the form at the end of this page, or email us at: 

Can Christians Have a Mental Illness?

Five Key Ways to Support a Friend (or Stranger) With a Chronic or Invisible Illness

Good Grief: Coping with Chronic Illness

Happiness Habits – Articles on Learning How to be Happy:

  1. Keep a happiness journal;

  2. Forgiveness and friendship;

  3. Difficult decisions;

  4. Friendship;

  5. Understanding yourself;

  6. Putting off procrastination;

  7. Derailing Depression (parts 1-3)

Believers Who Suffered Depression;

Let’s Talk About Sex;

  1. Introduction

  2. Purity (or the world is not enough);

  3. Masturbation and celibacy;

Where is the Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Why Do I have Trouble Making Friends?

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General Articles

General Articles

 Please contact us if you have any queries.

Humorous Articles

Humorous Articles

Being a single person can have it’s challenges, and sometimes the way we are treated or even ignored, can be very discouraging. With that in mind, we occasionally share a humorous article in SPAG Magazine. Here are the links:

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