There’s No Such Thing As Mental Illness

As I was cruising the internet today, I ran across a short, but brilliant little post by Don Arms of The beauty, of course, lies in the brevity of the truth. Here it is:

Folks let’s get this straight. The mind is not a physical organ. It cannot have a disease or illness except in a metaphorical sense as in a sick economy or a sick joke.

Typhoid fever — disease
Spring fever — not a disease
Scarlet fever — disease
Bieber fever — not a disease

That’s it. Beautiful, isn’t it? Also true.

As Christians, it is our minds that are being renewed, not our brains. Our brains are deteriorating, just like the rest of our earthly bodies.

Quick reference, Romans 12:2:

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

The Greek word translated mind here is nous, the intellect, understanding. Intellect, understanding – these are not physical organs at all, but rather, the mind is the higher, mental part of man which initiates his thoughts and plans. It represents the sum total of the whole mental and moral state of being. It’s not a physical organ in the human body.

Bieber fever, indeed, as disturbing as that is, is no disease.

Neither is sin!