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A Word to the Wise

8-26-2016 – A Word to the Wise: Unfortunately, it is not “politically correct” to include moral questions in our investigations into mental and emotional illness. Jesus was not under such restraint. I find it intriguing that in interviewing people whom he heals Jesus focuses on the problems, which caused their present illness. Often He points to the characterlogical circumstances, which need correction.

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A Word to the Wise

8-24-2016 – A Word to the Wise: Moreover, Solomon gives a couple of other traits, which are easily observed among the immoral. Solomon says that the immoral person is unstable and, in this state, does not recognize his or her own instability. One type of mental illness seems to exemplify this trait, and that is bipolar disease. That is not to say that everyone who is bipolar is immoral. However, I have found those suffering from the manic and depressive states of bipolar mental illness often have a long history of immorality. I know it is popular to say that this disease is created by chemical imbalance, but I wonder which came first—the immorality or the chemical imbalance.

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A Word to the Wise

8-10-2016 – A Word to the Wise: When people hate discipline, they are unable to follow a logical course of action. Like gravity, every thought that is stimulated is affected by and strained through rebellion. The problem with the rebellious person’s thinking is that there is no understanding or discernment of underlying motives or conditions. Immorality inhibits one’s ability to think clearly. In fact, Solomon says: “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding but only in expressing his opinion.” (Proverbs 18:2).

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8-9-2016 – A Word to the Wise: This reminds me of something that I have seen numerous times. Police officers sometimes have to block a lane of traffic. No sooner have they done so than numerous people try to go around the road block, argue with the officer about why they should be allowed to continue, and demand their rights since they pay taxes. People in rebellion neither listen nor pay attention to laws or authority, and they frequently feel they have a special dispensation to ignore the rules. This behavior is a direct result of the consequences of disobedience or immorality. Thinking is twisted, and what is heard is what one wants to hear. The results can be disastrous.

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8-8-2016 – A Word to the Wise: Hearing refers to a continual intensive action that occurs. Often, the hearing should produce action or behavior. Immorality, however, disrupts one’s ability to hear clearly. One hears the sound, but makes little sense of what is spoken. One’s own thoughts intrude to the point that one is unable to competently respond to the words spoken by others. This obsessive thinking is often brought about because of inappropriate moral behavior or thoughts.

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8-2-2016 – A Word to the Wise: More than 430,000 people in the United States die each year from smoking. Another 14,000 individuals die from drug use, and hundreds of thousands die from food related abuses. 12 These deaths are not the result of a lack of information, for our society is flooded with a constant barrage of information, but most of the information goes unheeded.

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