Yes I’m still burned up at the black church for recognizing $100 bills of parishioners instead of helping them with mental illness.
Sin vs Mental Illness
The ‘sin’ in the Bible is actually undocumented mental illness. Those people were not sinners. They were mental patients who were handled horribly and incorrectly.
Those mental patients in the Bible were
- Stoned to death
- Beat to death and tied to pillars
- Burned at the Stake
- Assaulted beyond belief
The mental patients in the Bible who were mislabeled as sinners were more than likely sociopaths, anti-social personality disorders and some may have been on the autism spectrum through no fault of their own.
The perfect brain consists of 50% white matter and 50% grey matter. The autism spectrum is on the grey matter scale. The sociopathic spectrum is on the white matter scale.
People like Jim Jones, Charles Manson, and Ted Bundy are on the white matter scale, meaning, that they have a higher percentage of white matter rather than grey matter. The frontal cortex is damaged. Either they were born that way or had an organic brain injury. This leaves people on that scale unable to empathize or rationalize right from wrong. Shortly stated- Their brains don’t work right. They need help.
The autism spectrum means they have more grey matter than white matter. They are gifted. As we see in the Bible gifted people are stoned or burned.
Those ‘sinners’ in the Bible needed help. Not stoning. Praying for them or as the book of Romans states ‘leave them to themselves because they refuse to obey’. They can’t obey! They have a brain disorder.
God flat out abandons those people in Romans whose frontal cortex was not functioning properly. Didn’t God create them?
Sampson of Sampson and Delilah is a classic case of an autistic man who felt no physical pain, and overall wasnt to bright, who had the misfortune of getting involved with a woman who had too much white matter. Clearly Delilah had an anti-social personality disorder. She felt no remorse for anything she did to anybody.
Job from the book of Job was checked out mentally. In today’s world he’s one who asks you for a quarter at 5 Points Marta station in Atlanta while telling you the wondrous works of the Lord.
Lot and his daughters would be in prison and their kids would be in DFCS.
Adam and Eve would be in lock up with Balaam from Numbers for talking to serpents and donkeys.
Jephthah’s daughter was a spoiled brat who by today’s standards would have been in alternative school or expelled for her bratty behavior. Juvenile detention is more like it.
and Nebuchadnezzar’s whole dinner party would be on medication for seeing a hand writing on a wall. Mass hallucination.
What the Black Church Needs to Realize
Black churches need to realize that mental illness exists. Praying against sin is really praying against someone else’s unchecked or undocumented mental illness. Mental illness cannot be prayed against or changed. It can only be managed or helped with medication and a mental health professional.
The Stigma on mental health in the black church and community
Black people refuse mental help, even when they have insurance on the job to pay for it. The reason is they don’t feel like the stigma.
They don’t want to be labeled as crazy.
They don’t want to be accused of ‘acting white’.
They don’t want don’t want to appear to turn your back on Jesus who is supposed to fix it while you sit there praying.
So in order to avoid the stigma when you know something if flat out wrong just go ahead and to sit around really crazy rather than be ousted from the community for helping improve yourself.
This makes sense to who???