In a conversation with a medical doctor about anxiety and depression, he expressed frustration to me over the number of times he will diagnose significant levels of anxiety or depression only to be told that a patient’s pastor or friend warned against medicine and suggested a spiritual solution.
“This kind of five Bible verses and you’ll be better approach,” he said, “is far more common than many realize.”
The doctor is right. Yet he also acknowledged a common and misguided tendency among doctors to reduce issues to physical and medical sources. Over-prescription of drugs is a serious problem, but Christians should not react by choosing another extreme. Those who take the “five Bible verses and you’ll be better” approach risk discrediting the very Scriptures they offer. They also fail to leverage a great advantage available to Christian counselors.
We need more teaching on this subject because far too many Christians…
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