OCD and Religion, Fear and Jesus

In the article “OCD and the Death of the Christian” by Jonathon Bowers the author speaks to two issues that are of current interest to members and adherents of Christ Church Umhlanga.

Firstly, Bowers likens the compulsive actions of the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder as a return from grace to self-made / man-made religion. A departure from grace is an important subject in CCU’s bible study on Galatians being conducted over several months this year. Controlling behaviours, in Bowers’ case, he says, actually masked a desire in him for omniscience. But, he adds, God never expects us to be omniscient. He knows our frame. He remembers that we are dust.

Secondly, OCD is of course related to the subject of fear and anxiety, the very relevant topic of the upcoming KZN Women’s Convention scheduled for Saturday 13 August 2016 (visit www.ccu.org.za for more details).

Encouragingly, Bowers says that “Your deepest fears [need] have no hold on you, even if you feel like they do.” He urges us to “look to Jesus. Look at him in his triumph over the rulers and authorities (Colossians 2:15). Look at him as the hiding place of all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3). Jesus has the soundest, most well-adjusted mind there is. Look at him as the place where the fullness of deity dwells bodily (Colossians 2:9). Look at him as the head of the church (Colossians 2:19), the firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15), the one in whom all things hold together (Colossians 1:17), the forgiver of our trespasses (Colossians 2:13).

“That’s where your life is. That’s where you are.”

The solution these words offer speak to both topics mentioned above: to the temptation to return to religion and forget Jesus; and to our anxieties and fears.

Read the full article at desiringgod.org.

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