To illustrate the spirit of psychiatry vis-à-vis Christianity, one need not go to great lengths. In 1910 for example, French psychiatrist Charles Binet-Sanglé wrote in his treatise La Folie de Jésus (The Madness of Jesus):
In short, the nature of the hallucinations of Jesus, as they are described in the orthodox Gospels, permits us to conclude that the founder of the Christian religion was afflicted with religious paranoia.
Two years later, American psychiatrist William Hirsch penned these words about our Savior:
Everything that we know about him conforms so perfectly to the clinical picture of paranoia that it is hardly conceivable that people can even question the accuracy of the diagnosis.
- Conclusions of a Psychiatrist, 1912, p 99
This assault upon Christ has not diminished with the passage of time. In 1974, British psychiatrist William Walters Sargant stated:
Jesus Christ might simply have returned to his carpentry following the use of modern [psychiatric] treatments.
The birth of modern psychiatry
The word psychiatry comes from the ancient Greek word for soul, psyche and the Greek word iatros, physician. The word psychiatrist means literally, a doctor of the soul.
Although the word was first used by German physician Johann Christian Reil in 1808, the concept was poorly received until it was promoted by propagandist Edward Bernays. Using a book written by his then relatively unknown uncle, avowed atheist Sigmund Freud, Bernays was able to raise his cocaine using uncle from obscurity to stardom during W.W.II From that moment on, psychiatry became widely popular.
With the acceptance of the theories of Freud, the attack upon Christianity by psychiatry gained momentum. In 1945, psychiatrist G. Brock Chisholm, addressed the American Psychiatric Association with these remarks:
We have swallowed all manner of poisonous certainties fed us by our parents, our Sunday and day school teachers, our politicians, our priests, our newspapers and others with a vested interest in controlling us… [We must take the lead in the] planned development of a new kind of human being.” "Psychiatry must now decide what is to be the immediate future of the human race. No one else can. This is the primary responsibility of psychiatry.
Psychiatry and Christian persecution
Incidents involving the use of psychiatry to punish believers for vociferously bearing Christian witness, are well documented. Psychiatry was regularly used in the Soviet Union to punish Christians and other “dissidents.”
In 2005, Egyptian Christian Gasir Mohammed Mahmoud spent five months in a mental hospital, being forcibly committed for converting from Islam to Christianity.
In the United States in 1999, Temple University student Michael Marcavage, learned that there would be production of a play depicting our Savior as a homosexual. He passed fliers around the campus in protest of this play titled “Corpus Christi.” He was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital for a psych evaluation.
The courts have also used this black art to punish Christians. In March of 2009, North Carolina Judge Ned Mangum, ordered a psychiatric evaluation for Venessa Mills during a divorce proceeding, because her conservative Christian beliefs led her to homeschool her children.
Children are not immune from psychiatric persecution. In 2009, an 8-year-old boy was ordered to submit to a mental health evaluation after being sent home from school. His crime? This dangerous child drew a stick figure of Jesus on a cross!
Sorcery - the drug connection
Despite the fact that there is no conclusive evidence that psychiatry has achieved any real benefit in the lives of its victims, the use of psychiatric drugs has increased exponentially in the past 50 years. This drugging of America with psychiatric medications has been very profitable for the pharmaceutical companies.
According to IMS.com (formerly Intercontinental Medical Statistics), antipsychotic medications were the best selling prescription drugs in the U.S., selling more than $14 billion last year. The use of psychiatric drugs shows no sign of slowing.
The Bible speaks of this increased use of drugs in the end times. The word used to describe this drugging of the people is called sorcery.
Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
Revelation 18:23 speaks of the destruction of the end time city described as “Babylon the Great” and names sorcery as one of the devices she uses to deceive the nations:
And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
The word rendered into English as sorceries, is the Greek word, pharmakeia (Strongs # G5331). It is the word from which we get our modern word, pharmacy.
The medical-pharmaceutical complex, has sold the world on the idea that “madness" can be cured by drugging the patient-victim with expensive poisons. The idea that drugs are curative of such individuals is not based upon clinical results, but greed.
The real cause of "mental illness"
The Bible speaks of individuals who might be called “mentally ill” today. They were not in need of drugs but were possessed by ”devils.” We are told of one man out of whom Christ cast them, and the man was healed.
And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs.
When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not.
(For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.)
And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him.
And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.
And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them.
Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked.
There is only one who can heal the soul of man. His name is Yehoshua Ha'Mashiach, more commonly known in the English tongue as Jesus Christ.
As the time of Great Tribulation promised by our Savior approaches, those of us who survive the initial onslaught can expect to be attacked by these sorcerers who are themselves, possessed by devils. If we are to survive the assault, we must be grounded in the Word of God and protected by his Spirit. We cannot wait until the moment to begin that grounding. Our spiritual prophylaxis must begin now.