The Cause and Cure For Emotional Suffering

March 12, 2016

             The Cause And Cure For Emotional Distress

When multitudes of people are hurting the natural reaction is to ask; “what’s causing it and what is the solution?”  When suffering is because of a health problem our scientists are quick to look for a cause and a solution.  For example, in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s polio outbreaks in the United States crippled an average of more than 35,000 people a year.  People were alarmed about it, and began looking for a solution.  In the early 1950’s Jonas Salk invented a polio vaccine.  Health officials began urging everyone to get vaccinated.  These statistics are from an article from the Center for Disease Control;

Why shouldn’t we have a similar reaction to emotional suffering?  By emotional suffering is meant that which results from things like infidelity, divorce, drug and alcohol abuse and the immoral behavior of those around us.

There are two basic causes for emotional distress.  The first is the lack of discernment.  In our society we are failing to warn people of the negative reactions that result from imprudent moral choices.  Perhaps it’s because of the fear of being criticized for being too judgmental.  That may be the result of warning people, but if we love people we can’t help but warn them of things that will cause them to suffer.

The second cause of emotional suffering comes from the secular society in which we live.  If you go to and type in “secularism” this is the definition you will get.  “Secularism is a belief system that rejects religion, or the belief that religion should be part of the affairs of the state or public education.” Secularism offers no moral restraints.

Without realizing it, the secular minded man is being influenced by the theory of evolution which teaches that the fittest survive.  That gives them a football player’s mentality.  To help his team win the game he knows he must take out his opponent.  Hit him hard. Knock him down.  Take the ball away from him if he has it.  That thinking carries over into the work ethic.  If someone’s goal is to someday be the C.E.O. of the company, he doesn’t endeavor to get there by love and gaining respect.  His way of succeeding is to take out those who stand in his way.  An honest person doesn’t have a chance if the majority on his work team have that mentality.

The founding fathers of our country realized that men have an immoral nature.  That is why Christian moral values were taught in the schools.  The majority of people attended churches where they were reminded of their duty to love one another and put limits on their liberty.

Now that we have identified the causes of moral suffering, we need to look at the solutions.  First of all, let’s look at the lack of discernment.  Discernment is just another word for common sense.  In our day people have a pathetic lack of discernment.  People ought to realize what will be the results of addiction, but since they don’t, they need to be reminded.  Parents everywhere are suffering because their children are taking drugs.  Maybe they have warned them. Everywhere they go they need to hear the same warning.  Colossians 1:28 says that we should be “warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom.” Then Ezequiel 33:5 says, “He that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.”

The other solution is that we need to return to biblical Christianity. Proverbs 16:6 says, “By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.”   Galatians 6:7-8 says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.   For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”  We need to realize that we are reaping corruption.  He is no fool who abides by God’s moral standards.

There are professionals who stand ready to help those with emotional distress.  Some are psychologists.  Sometimes they can help people, but many can’t afford the fees they charge.  There are also lawyers who advise suffering people to sue those who have hurt them.  There is money in it for the lawyers, but even if they win they haven’t helped refrain the immorality in our society.  The help of God, and God’s people, is most often the most effective.  We need to make ourselves available to offer help to those around us who are suffering.

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