This is not a sponsored blog; I am not being paid to do this. A reader whom I don’t know if they are subscribed or not asked me to give my thoughts on how, and why Christianity can help with Anxiety. I explained to them I was not a Christian and thus my opinion would not be based on credible experience. I don’t dislike Christians; I simply don’t believe in the notion that Christ was divine. We got past that large obstacle and the request stood, so here is the post.
I could scour the internet for witty quotes or sermons given by devout Christians but whenever I need an answer about Christianity or need to understand how things are rationalized in that faith, I find myself looking at the book of psalms.
Vindicate me, my God,
and plead my cause
against an unfaithful nation.
Rescue me from those who are
deceitful and wicked.
Faith in the Christian god is a great gateway to self-improvement. We have to acknowledge faith first, the concept of life, your life, being in the hands of a supreme being must be comforting. That doesn’t mean it is without trepidation. The same god gave you these emotions which, to many Christians is part of the larger test of life. In the end it’s been my humble experience that Christianity and its doctrine has an answer for everything that could possibly be troubling you.
As with Psalm 43.1 above, god understands there are those who are deceitful and wicked he has heard the prayers. The word “those” is the pivotal point of the psalm here as one normally assumes that it pertains to people or peoples but the breadth of faith allows us to extrapolate this to anything. The brick that is off color on your wall at work that sets off your anxiety might fall into this category.
God knows this, he understands you and it’s okay. It’s okay to be anxious, it is okay to feel abnormal, it is okay to not understand emotional responses you have that others don’t over similar events. God understands, and he understands you. To the person who asked me to write this thank you. For you specifically, the answers are in the scripture and your devotion to prayer and your quest to extract from said scripture as much comfort as you can. It’s all there for you, this is your faith, your god, these words are written for you to help you.
Me? You don’t need to worry about me, I appreciate your offers of prayers thank you. Serve your god and his will. Take care of yourself and yours and place yourself in a better position to help others as a result. In times of weakness or anxiety? Go back to the scripture, the book of psalms has so many answers for you, you will be fine.
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