For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, of love, and of a sound mind.2 Timothy 1:7
Although this is one variation of this verse, it got me thinking of the term “sound mind” and the religious intentions behind it. Other versions of the Bible use the term “self discipline” over “sound mind” as seen here in the New King James Version.
Diving into the meaning of a sound mind, I did the research regarding what a sound mind meant in this scenario, of Paul writing to his son, Timothy about encouragement and hope for the future and to trust in God.
My understanding of the verse and even of the chapter itself sort of led me to believe we are given the spirit (through Christ) of power, love, and of sound mind. Which is fine and all, but then who gives us the ailments or illnesses to deter us from having sound mind? In other words, who created mental illness and other mental disorders? Is that an act of love from God to learn from my adversities to bring me closer to Him? Or is mental illness an act of Satan who attacks us daily and hourly with issues to deter us from Christ?
I feel like this almost has to go in line with the basic atheist question, “If God is so good then why are all these bad things going on in the world?” And to be honest, and admittedly embarrassed by this, I have no clue. I have no clue about the apologetics that go on with defending biblical scripture and I don’t know why they have different versions of the Bible and why some are considered better than others.
I do know, however, that God has impacted my life in a way that is mind changing and life altering. I should be dead right now with all the stupid things I have done in my life, yet I sit in my bed, in the lair writing this to you all about my testimony every week about how I am doing with my bipolar disorder. I am here to be a reflection of Christ and no I am not perfect no I don’t reflect Him in all of His perfection and Holiness. But I am a sinner who asked to be saved, repented for my sins and that is what separates one from Heaven and Hell after one passes away. Not any good deed you do in your lifetime will get you into Heaven unless you repent and asked to be saved. The reverse is also true; as much as we want to be a reflection of Christ, no amount of sinning you do is going to leave you stranded in Hell if you repent for your sins and ask to be saved.
This isn’t a post to convert anybody because I am not here to do that. All I do here on my blog is share my thoughts, feelings, and passions and I don’t push that on anyone else because I wouldn’t tolerate it being done to me. However, I feel like it is important to say the things on your mind and this was laying heavy on my heart today knowing that I don’t have all the answers, but maybe some of you do and can enlighten me. My research got as far as an article from a pastor in a town’s newspaper stating the Greek meanings of the words “sound mind” relate back to a salvaged, saved, revitalized mind that is now safe and secure.
With that being said, is it more so we are of “sound mind” because we are with God and whereas before, without Jesus, we were not of sound mind?
These are things I need to know.
I don’t think my first analysis is what God means, but that is after truly articulating things to have a greater understanding of this matter. I mean, I still wonder if mental illness and poverty and houselessness is something invented by God or the devil. Speaking of God and Satan, I wonder if there are angels which most people reflect on as loved ones who went to Heaven, does Satan have angels or I guess devil’s advocates of some sort. I don’t know why but I am imagining like little red monkeys for the devil’s advocates with three pointed pitchforks that breathe out fire balls. Maybe I am just crazy that would be kind of cool to see! Well, not really….but you get my drift.
So somebody should comment below some scripture or their beliefs or other things I may not know about! Please and thank you. 🙂
much love to everyone (even you),