Why some people cannot be closer to god?

by seraphinajade 3 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • seraphinajade

    Hi There all,

    I have been speaking with 2 beautiful JW's for the past few months (after bagging the religion), but still have many, many unanswered questions.

    One of the many that bothers me is this:

    Why does god allow mental illness? Say a human is born with skitzophrenia or autism or a mental disorder that, not by their own fault, distances them from god because their minds simply cannot process the thought. They have no hope whatsoever for making into heaven, so what are their purpose to god?

    I also wrote another question awhile ago:


    That nobody can answer me without scriptures and excuses.

    I would love to understand why.

  • wobble

    I think you need to define what God you are talking about, if it is the god of the bible, then why not see what the bible has to say in answer to your questions ?

    If it is some other God, tell us about him, and how you know he exists.

  • Amelia Ashton
    Amelia Ashton

    Here is my opinion with no scriptures.

    In bible times mental disorders such as schizophrenia and epilepsy were unheard of. Persons who displayed what we now know to be the recognisable symptoms of these disorders today, back then, had their illnesses attributed to demon possession.

    I would ask, if the bible was written by an all seeing, knowing and loving god one would expect there to be clarification or instructions on mental illness. Even Christ did not correct such mistaken beliefs whilst on earth but perpetuated such misconceptions and myths by calling on demons to leave the afflicted person.

    It is only as advancements in medicine have found ways to diagnose and treat psychological problems that the belief in demon possession has almost vanished in civilised western culture.

    Belief in demon possession is still rife in parts of Africa where there is still ignorance of psychological disorders and those whose behaviour may be slightly different to the norm.

  • EntirelyPossible

    Your question pre-supposed that those people aren't closer to god than you are. Perhaps their "illness" is a result directly speaking with god.

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