Mental Health in the Bible

Daniel J. Simundson

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/1989

Issue: Ministry and Mental Health (Vol. 9, No 2, Spring, 1989)

The Bible certainly speaks to issues of mental health, though the message may be indirect, appearing as part of a larger theological theme. One cannot assume a direct move from specific texts to a prescription for an individual’s particular life situation. This article makes several generalizations that arise from biblical study and which, in one way or another, speak to our concerns for mental health. Mental health, like mental illness, is a relative thing. Most of us live our lives along a spectrum somewhere between the extremes of health and illness.

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