I didn't say that all depressions were the same. I made a statement that various mental conditions were viewed for centuries as sinful failures of character or demonic possession.
Do you disagree with that statement?
Do you believe that everyone is capable of overcoming their mental disorders? Even epileptics?
Do you believe that only sinners are the ones that fail to overcome their mental problems and deserve their fate?
Do you believe that everything is right with a world that includes many people that seem unable to deal with their mental conditions?
Certainly people are over-medicating themselves. Certainly there is the possibility that some mental conditions are the result of toxins in the environment, prenatal poisoning from mothers who smoked/drank/took drugs, etc.
But there seem to be many cases where otherwise good and normal people behave in horrible ways until they start taking the appropriate medication.
What do you make of all this? Do you just sing "Onward Christian Soldier" in a louder voice?
Hey, the Luke who wrote the gospel and Acts was also a physician and did not stop being one when he became a believer in Jesus. Folks who say doctors have no place in Christian ministry are just being silly.
Well, how about looking at my own freep page. I don’t think you will read that as just a louder version of “Onward Christian Soldiers” (as helpful as that hymn can be in the appropriate circumstance, it is not a comprehensive gospel message).
Hopefully others have presented better answers than I have furnished. But I think to sum up, yep we are in a spiritual war zone. God folds suffering into His plan in an omniscient, omnipotent manner to, among other things, show people the need of returning to God even while refraining from forcing their will. Really, to some people God could never do anything to satisfy them. If God forced their wills then they’d call God a manipulative tyrant. If God refrains then they’d accuse God of being vague and difficult. Now if you take this as an accusation to sufferers that they have somehow earned their suffering through sinning, you have warped my message. Because mercy is also folded into His plan.