Mad with God: The insanity of life without God

 

 -Eccles. 9:3 “This is an evil in all that is done under the sun: that one thing happens to all. Truly the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil; madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead.”

The final conclusion: death comes to all of us!  According to Solomon, who was blessed with wisdom by the way, the one thing that everyone can count on is that we all will encounter our fate or final destination via the conveyance of death!

Everything done under the sun equates to evil; the hearts of believers and everyone else is evil; without God, we are in a state of ‘madness,’ then we die; being dead is essentially evil! 

“* Enjoy life while it’s possible (Eccles. 9:1-12).

In view of the common destiny of the wicked and the good, for death awaits all, Solomon could only say, “Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun—all your meaningless days” (Eccles. 9:9). Work hard, for there will be nothing for you to do in the grave, and death may catch you soon and unaware.

—Teacher’s Commentary

This may sound like doom and gloom but it is not.  While we “Develop Our Hearts for God” we will surely meet others who will be in need of Christ’s compassion, His teaching, someone will need to hear his preached Word, others will want to hear from God through prophecy, and for sure as this scripture so plainly demonstrates, life is basically meaningless unless one is concerned and active in ministering love and peace of mind into the lives of others who are in need…also healing is a constant necessity for anyone and everyone – and of course we must evangelize this dying world in order for any of this to happen. 

Finally, without God’s love that is in Christ, we are destined to the grave which is actually eternal separation from God; in other words – death!  Serving in Christ as He did during his ministry will negate this observation that Solomon so dreaded, and we can live with sound minds, the grave will have no sting for us, and our lives will be full and provide much for giving praise and thanksgiving to our Lord!     

God”s Decree: Arrogance and the fall of a nation

Psalm 101:5 (MSG), “5 I put a gag on the gossip who bad-mouths his neighbor; I can’t stand arrogance.”
Jeremiah 49:16, “Jeremiah 49:16 (MSG)

16” You think you’re so great— strutting across the stage of history, Living high in the impregnable rocks, acting like king of the mountain. You think you’re above it all, don’t you, like an eagle in its aerie? Well, you’re headed for a fall. I’ll bring you crashing to the ground.” GOD’s Decree.”

This message keenly illustrates human nature battling itself internally, and morally. Should we disregard the poor to satisfy our desires just because we can versus those who think, should we jeopardize our lives to stand up against injustice and tyranny to try and gain equilibrium with the forces that oppose us?
These scripture more than anything are showing how kingdoms, and empires, and dictatorships rule and reign and trample over its people backs as if they are not the beneficiaries of its existence, as if they are not the reason to have a government and or leadership in place.

Martin Luther King on the eve of his assassination spoke at the Mason Temple in Memphis Tennessee he talked to the people and about how the people are the strength of a nation and that they only need to “pool” their resources, i.e. their power to balance it against the powers of a corrupt government whether it be a city, state or nation or even a world government. and that God is the foundation and governor of it all. His sermon’s essence is the implication that sooner or later God through godly people will put it all under His subjection!
Therefore, those of us who are “Developing Our Hearts for God” will have to be ready to heed the call to serve God by serving the poor and those under subjection of governmental oppression and as M.L.King quoted … with an eloquent cry that we have nothing to fear but fear itself… It is no longer a choice between violence and non-violence in this world; it’s nonviolence or nonexistence… That is where we are today. And also in the human rights revolution, if something isn’t done, and in a hurry, to bring the colored peoples of the world out of their long years of poverty, their long years of hurt and neglect, the whole world is doomed” (Jr., 1994).
Further confirmation of God’s sovereign and timely intervention is seen here, “Borrowing language from international diplomacy used earlier by Obadiah (Obad. 1), Jeremiah pictured God sending an envoy to His allies among the nations asking them to assemble for an attack on Edom. Edom would become small among the nations and despised as God reduced her prestige and power (cf. Obad. 2). Edom’s pride in her strong natural defenses made her feel secure, but God would bring her down.” -The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty-
“We don’t have to argue with anybody. We don’t have to curse and go around acting bad with our words. We don’t need any bricks and bottles, we don’t need any Molotov cocktails, we just need to go around to these stores, and to these massive industries in our country, and say, “God sent us by here, to say to you that you’re not treating his children right. And we’ve come by here to ask you to make the first item on your agenda–fair treatment, where God’s children are concerned. Now, if you are not prepared to do that, we do have an agenda that we must follow. And our agenda calls for withdrawing economic support from you.” (Jr., 1994).
This article demands that we stray from arrogance and mistreatment of our neighbors. As we “Develop Our Hearts for God” we must absolutely remember that God decrees that he will bring down those who through disregard of the needy with their arrogant hearts and oppress His people, He will bring down those from the top of society down to the individuals who gossip against others and are inconsiderate of those who cannot do for themselves as effectively as the next person.

Hypothetical case study: from movie “The Caveman’s Valentine”

Description of the case study

Romulus Ledbetter is African American and a classically trained pianist/musician who attended Julliard.  He is forty-five years old, and currently lives in a cave in NYC.  He has a daughter who is presently an NYPD policeman.  His wife lives nearby in the city with her daughter but

has been estranged from Romulus for many years.  This study is directed towards the effects of delusions on patients such as Romulus, who appear to have awareness of their delusion but cannot escape their impact on the rest of their lives.

This episode began when the Department of Social Services (myself) was sent out to see this man who lived in a cave.  Actually the incident was reported to Romulus’s daughter by him after he found a deceased man in a tree frozen to death directly outside of his cave.  With a Police escort, I interviewed him regarding his involvement if any and was greeted by rants and profanity by Mr. Ledbetter.

He seems to have a fixation on someone named “Stuyvesant,” who seems to be his primary

stressor and in whom draws out the most fear and hate from the patient.  When I inquire about his past he stares blankly off into the “sky” as if he is listening to someone who is speaking, I ask again and he says that the “moth- seraphs” in his head cause brain-storms or something to that effect.  He says these “angels” are always flying around in his head.  The incident of finding the body triggered his paranoia about Stuyvesant and he went on a crusade to find the truth about it.

This is significant because he demonstrates an ability to make use of transient mental clarity in order to investigate this murder.

Most Common Symptoms

His most noticeable symptoms are schizophrenia, he rants at invisible people and hears and believes that Stuyvesant is watching everything from his tower over the city.  He is unkempt; he has an odor that could be classified as offensive.  He talks to people but is aggressive and

unfriendly.

The incidence of this problem in present society

The incidence of this problem is probably associated with crime and especially violent crimes.  It is becoming more common across ethnic and racial lines and is seen in the news more often than in the past.  A brief definition of its clinical description is, “Schizophrenia is a chronic, disabling brain disease that affects approximately 1% of the world’s population. It is characterized by delusions, hallucinations and formal thought disorder, together with a decline in socio-occupational functioning. While the causes for schizophrenia remain unknown, evidence from family, twin and adoption studies clearly demonstrates that it aggregates in families with this clustering and is largely attributable to genetic rather than cultural or environmental factors.” (Bj Mowry, 2001)

The most effective treatment (s) for this disorder

Treatment is complicated and includes clinical, medical and intense laboratory work in genetics,

“The current working hypothesis for schizophrenia causation is that

multiple genes of small to moderate effect confer compounding risk through

interactions with each other and with non-genetic risk factors. The same

genes may be commonly involved in conferring risk across populations or

they may vary in number and strength between different populations. To

search for evidence of such genetic loci, both candidate gene and

genome-wide linkage studies have been used in clinical cohorts collected

from a variety of populations. Collectively, these works provide some

evidence for the involvement of a number of specific genes (e.g. the

5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) type 2a receptor (5-HT2a) gene and the dopamine

D3 receptor gene) and as yet unidentified factors localized to specific

chromosomal regions, including 6p, 6q, 8p, 13q and 22q. These data provide

suggestive, but no conclusive, evidence for causative genes.”(Mowry.)

Possible Co-morbid conditions/disorders

Some shared features to Schizophrenia may be paranoid ideation, magical thinking, social avoidance, and vague and digressive speech.  These possible co-morbid disorders are significant because they cross symptomatic lines; they overlap, and therefore any showing similar behavioral symptoms requires a professional clinical diagnosis.

The prognosis for this disorder

An article from Helpguide.org is optimistic about treatment, it says, “Treatment options for schizophrenia are good, authors: Melinda Smith, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., (Authors: Melinda Smith, 2012) and the outlook for the disorder continues to improve. With medication, therapy, and a strong support network, many people with schizophrenia are able to control their symptoms, gain greater independence, and lead fulfilling lives”… “To enable further progress there is a need to:

(i) collect fine-grained clinical data-sets while searching the schizophrenia phenotype for subgroups or dimensions that may provide a more direct route to causative genes; and (ii) integrate recent refinements in molecular genetic technology, including modern composite marker maps, DNA expression assays and relevant animal models, while using the latest analytical techniques to extract maximum information in order to help distinguish a true result from a false-positive finding.”

Any cultural considerations

His current living conditions could be attributed to his SES. His family may be inclined to tolerate his disorder, and live with or without him in the home for economic reasons, rather than seek help in a mental/clinical hospital.  The course of his symptoms appears to be congruent with national onset statistics (psychotic episode in early mid-twenties in men…late twenty’s in women).

There is no record of any past generations of relatives with this disorder in his family.  He does mention an uncle who was a medical doctor, who “lectured” in an old abandoned mental facility many years earlier but no other references.

What are some if any Psycho-social and environmental problems that may affect the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of the disorder?  Again SES may be his families’ primary hindrance to seeking professional help with him.  His ability to survive on his own in the street, is most likely the strongest factor for not receiving a diagnosis, treatment and from benefiting from the medical, laboratory and clinical advancements.

The family’s psycho-social background is stable in that the two women are independent and economically sound, they seem to be highly functional on their own.  The live in a one family house, in the upper north-east coast where living expenses are some of the highest in the U.S. The daughter demonstrates love for her dad but also reveals some anger/frustration at times.  Her mother seems to keep her distance from him.

               

 DSM-IV-TR Diagnosis

Axis I- 295.30 – Schizophrenia, paranoid type, episodic with inter-episode residual symptoms.

300.23 – Social phobia,

300.3 – Obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Axis II – Paranoid Personality Disorder

Axis III – Unable to procure or maintain employment, or a habitable residence

Axis IV – lives in a cave in a New York park, disruption of family by estrangement.  Problems with wife and daughter but has contact with them occasionally.  Problems with general public, and is well known by police.  He is highly educated, but unable to benefit from it.  He is unable to procure employment, no housing or economic involvement, and no apparent access to health care.  Other than this incident patient seems to have no interaction with the legal system.

Axis V – GAF= 30 (current)

Mischievous in the sight of God

 

Psalm 28:3 (MSG),3 Don’t shove me into the same jail cell with those crooks, With those who are full-time employees of evil;” Psalm 140:2 (MSG),2All they do is think up new ways to be bad; they spend their days plotting war games.

Mischievous seems a harmless sophomoric term, but whatever state of our heart of hearts determines our relationship with God.  In this case our hearts are “hateful to God” in our seemingly harmless motives, speech and actions.

We all know someone who is constantly plotting for more… the bible says they are “employees of evil.”  Jail or some sort of incarceration is inevitable for those who are always “thinking of ways to be bad.”  Even our national security towards our fellow human beings is dangerously close to the sin of “being hateful towards God.”

“The psalmist uttered harsh imprecations on the wicked who sought to poison and ensnare him with their vicious devices. He spoke these imprecations in full confidence that the Lord would secure justice for the afflicted against their attacks. This is the substance of his opening prayer.”

-The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty-

We must be aware of our selfish needs even when eminent danger is upon us.  The Psalmist offered up selfish imprecatious prayers, but we must steer clear of this type of prayer unless you/we are absolutely convinced of our sinless spiritual condition in the presence of the Lord!  Mischievousness is spiritual folly for those “Developing their Hearts for God!