Can Religion Cause Psychological Problems?
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Can Religion Cause Psychological Problems?

This is a bit of a controversial topic, but I'm talking about a condition known as hyperreligiousity, which is sometimes attributed to one condition or another, but is also sometimes attributed to the religion itself. A person can get caught up in the power of a supernatural force in their every day lives.

Can religion cause psychological problems, or is that just a myth? To answer that question, we first have to determine what the word psychological means. 

A psychologist deals with issues to do with emotions, feelings, patterns of thought, and so on, while a psychiatrist deals with the prescribing of drugs to treat these sorts of problems. 

So basically, psychological problems could mean anything from worrying that you might get punished by God for shop lifting at the grocery store, to thinking that you are in fact the reincarnation of Jesus, sent back to cleanse the earth of sin, and send the unrepentant into their fiery grave. 

Now while there is no proof that God doesn't exist, there is no proof that "He" does either, especially not a god specific to one belief system over another. 

The western idea of the word God is of a Christian, or monotheist god, based on the Jewish tradition, but there are many other interpretations of the word. 

For example, you may not realize that even in Confucianism, they talk about God, but the word means something different in the east. 

The Confucian idea of God is the universe, the "ultimate tao" which is the force that exists in everything, that is everything, and that has always existed, and always will. 

They believe in ideas like Karma, but each person differs on their level of belief in the supernatural power of the universe to intervene on the affairs within itself. 

A lot of Buddhists and Taoists and Confucianists are not really religious at all, they are atheists with a belief in a God that is the eternal universe, and nothing more than that.


Can Religion Cause Mental Problems?

So how does the Abrahamic religions compare to these eastern philosophies? In some parts of the bible, the God of Israel is a vengeful God, determined to punish all of those who didn't follow His word. 

There's a lot of talk of fire and brimstone, maggots and rotting flesh, snakes, demons and eternal suffering, and all of that. 

To a person who already had some psychological problems, just that in itself might cause them to worry, but also because the religion has a certain barrier in it. 

The bible says that Satan can't understand the bible. It says that he who denies that Jesus is the Christ, is the anti-christ. 

At most times, most people have found they couldn't understand the bible, as it actually doesn't make much sense, and many people have also publicly denied that Jesus is the son of God, or that there is a God at all. 

Therefore for the one in four people who will have a mental illness at some point in their lives, trying to read the bible for comfort, a certain percentage of those people will come out of it with the belief that they are Satan, the prince of darkness, the lord of the flies, or at least under his control.

But have no fear, you simply have to do something or other, and then you're free, I forget what that was, or I didn't manage to get around to it. Somewhere in the back of my mind is a set of psychological problems somewhat related to religion, although most of my problems were to do with the real world. 

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