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Title: Pentecostalism and Mental Illness
Post by: Robb on May 25, 2011, 04:39:10 PM
Does the Pentecostal movement cause mental illness?  I have heard reports that some people who get involved with them get very "mixed up" in the head from their experiences. 
Title: Re: Pentecostalism and Mental Illness
Post by: NicholasMyra on May 25, 2011, 05:10:07 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_De2EOcI8qg

I could see it happening.
Title: Re: Pentecostalism and Mental Illness
Post by: Wyatt on May 25, 2011, 05:22:02 PM
Any group that requires you to turn off logic and dive into unrestricted emotionalism (and claim that such emotionalism is "the Holy Ghost") can't be good for one's mental well-being.
Title: Re: Pentecostalism and Mental Illness
Post by: KBN1 on May 25, 2011, 05:39:30 PM
I think you would have to do a study of all versions of Christianity and instances of mental illness to know that.
Title: Re: Pentecostalism and Mental Illness
Post by: ialmisry on May 25, 2011, 05:40:03 PM
Christ is risen!
Does the Pentecostal movement cause mental illness?  I have heard reports that some people who get involved with them get very "mixed up" in the head from their experiences. 
That is the question: according to studies, they are the highest denomination in psych problems/users of psych services, but it is not clear whether it causes such problems or attracts those with them.
Title: Re: Pentecostalism and Mental Illness
Post by: Sleeper on May 25, 2011, 05:47:27 PM
To be frank, I think that Pentecostalism attracts those with mental illness as well, for whatever reason.
Title: Re: Pentecostalism and Mental Illness
Post by: Agabus on May 25, 2011, 06:49:33 PM
To be frank, I think that Pentecostalism attracts those with mental illness as well, for whatever reason.
Speaking only from anecdotal experience, I agree.

This apples to drug abusers, as well.
Title: Re: Pentecostalism and Mental Illness
Post by: biro on May 25, 2011, 06:56:03 PM
While Scripture does tell us that the Holy Spirit was given to the Apostles, and "these are not drunk as you suppose," I can't picture early Christian worship being like what we saw in the video clip posted above. The Apostles cannot have encouraged losing control of yourself, dancing like an exploding spin-top, and rolling around on the floor. It isn't coherent, so I don't know how it could be offered up as worship. God does give us joy, but I can't imagine Him wanting us to go into chaotic outbursts.  ???
Title: Re: Pentecostalism and Mental Illness
Post by: NicholasMyra on May 25, 2011, 09:02:52 PM
While Scripture does tell us that the Holy Spirit was given to the Apostles, and "these are not drunk as you suppose,"
But that's because those who did not know the various languages the Apostles were speaking thought they were speaking drunken gibberish, not because they were falling over themselves.  :police: