I'm not predisposed to the term "religious", but I'll suffer it for the sake of this conversation. The meaning should be "stemming from the origin",
but we know that people associate the term "religious" with some form of ritualism.
That being said, because I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, it seems the only wise way to see myself is as "normal". For it's not enough to say that
I believe in Jesus Christ, therefore I am different. The fact that I believe He is real and His actions are real at every moment compels me to say
that anyone who thinks any different is simply not natural or normal. It would be hypocrisy to say anything else is natural if I understand the
universe to function in the way that my Lord prescribed. So I say, "I'm normal. There just aren't a whole lot of me."
And it would be hypocritical for anyone to perceive themselves as abnormal. For whatever you think and do defines what you think to be true.
Therefore, are you not normal for your standards?
Now that I have defined my values, I am able to make a clear statement.
You are darn right normal people are more likely to be depressed than atheists. Atheists hardly have a reason to be tested. For what good is it to
test a people that deny you? It's pointless.
That's like if my dad were to go to your son and say, "Hey, you. I want you to become stronger. Deal with this."
And your dad would say, "That's my son. What are you doing?"
I have dealt with extremely severe depression for my entire life. Most of it literally was caused by the people around me. Actually, all of it was.
I haven't had the "happy" experience. I've had moments... but never any kind of thread of happiness. I do not relate to it, but I love its rare
beauty when I see it and I highly value it and respect it. But it's so very rare; so many try to mimic it, but they are so easy to read, and I steer
as clear as possible of these kinds: Their surname is "Volatile".
And it is well earned. That happiness. That true happiness. It comes at a great cost. A cost most are unwilling to pay, so therefore, they take
the easy ways out.
And you know, it seems harsh, and it really is. Because when you are faced with the "do or die" situation, most people will do; but that is because
they fail to recognize the test that is in front of them.
What exactly does the "die" aspect truly entail?
And sympathy and empathy and true love for those that have been real soldiers in the real war that is going on. A war that exists in the mind; a far
bloodier war. The war against the powers. The war against our ability to stand up for what is right; NO MATTER HOW SMALL THE MATTER, NO MATTER HOW
When you're faced with the choice to either let your child go without food for a day or to steal, and you choose not to steal - Do you realize what
you have done?
You have given life to your child.
You can say to your child in all honesty that stealing is wrong. They will believe you. You can say in all honesty never to steal. They will do as
you say, knowing you are right.
Because children read your conscience better than even you do. Do you forget being a child and being able to read situations that you could not put
into words, but you knew what the situation meant? You will recall.
Darn right normal people are more depressed.
It is upon us for a reason. We learn from it. We grow from it.
We give from it. We love from it.
Here is a kind of test for you: There are two kinds of people that suffer utter pain: The one that is angry at everyone and everything around them,
or is overly grumpy, and yells at God and says, "Why did you do this to me?"; and then there is the other, the more mature one. The more mature one
seems harsh and heavy when healthy; but when they get sick, they want to give all, love all, share all, forgive all...
These are the ones that are good. The healthier they are, the harder they are. The sicker they are, the more humbled they are.
But the ones that you see that are not so right: the healthier they are, the softer they are. The sicker they are, the more arrogant they become.
Now let it be known, many proclaim to be "normal" these days, and yet they are not.
And many proclaim to be atheists, and yet, they are also lying (at which I actually laugh).
Darn right the normal people have more depression.
Every flaw within us must be burned! For it is not, then we are constantly at war within our heads about the things which we should correct, but we
have not the power ourselves to correct. (Let it be known that the flaws of which I speak are between you and God; not to be judged by us, for
society is so completely warped that what He decides for each individual is for Him and you - He knows your trying more than I. And yet I have seen
your trying, and your desire, which is a naughty desire, but still ironically a valid one over which you have hardly any control at all, nevertheless;
So if I am able to see you and understand, then how much more is God able to see you inside and out and understand? And God sees you naked at all
times. If you think putting clothes on hid you, you're mistaken. He was there when you sat on the toilet. He was there when you showered. He was
there for all your other things. Sorry, you cannot escape surveillance. So He knows your weaknesses and differentiates them between your arrogant
and bold and foolish intents; not that you should use this as an excuse to be stupid, but that you can rest easy knowing -if you are doing the best
So we are forced into situations that stir a fire within us, and a fire consumes that desire, and therefore your soul, because the two are
Now we are given great and wonderful desires. And for these, we are also set on fire; But this is not to burn up the garbage, but to forge the steel
of our dedication and will.
If you do not suffer severe depression at some point in your life, -you have not lived- and you are not on the right path.
That is a guarantee.
I could always go on, but there is a reason they have a character limit.
P.S. - I added quite a lengthy parenthetical above. I was saying this as if talking to a girl I met on the street recently; but I am sure it is meant
To make it clear, when I say "your trying", that is proper grammar for my statement. Thanks.
edit on 9/29/2013 by TarzanBeta because: Grammar