Many mental health professionals agree that faith can be instrumental in a strong mental health even if the faith is only in one’s self because faith builds trusting personalities.
Recently there has been allot written in the news media and the internet on both rumor and statements made which has many people questioning their faith and asking the question, “What is actually true?” “What is right”?
An example is, after years of denial, NASA has disclosed that the Viking space craft which landed on Mars back in 1976 actually found microbial life; yet for whatever reason they denied it.
So why do they admit it now?
Just two weeks ago, NASA also admitted that there not only was water on ancient Mars but there is actually water of every kind and lots of it on Mars right now. This comes decades after private research scientist stated that all of the evidence has long pointed to an abundance of water on Mars.
So again, why has the information just now come to the surface?
Why was this information previously considered not true but now it is?
Then again, does any of this really matter with regard to our faith in God, our-self and our mental stability?
There is also the floating rumor on the internet and late night talk shows that either the White House or NASA is going to reveal a life changing, planet changing announcement anywhere from October 6 to November 13, 2013.
There are all kinds of speculation as to what that announcement might be from a life ending asteroid hitting the earth to human type life has been found in outer space.
The question is why would or should any of these statements shake a person’s faith and lead to unstable mental health?
One of the biggest pieces of news to shake allot of people recently came from the Vatican.
Pope Francis issued a statement back on September 23, 2013, in which he said, “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible,” he said during the original interview that sparked controversy. “The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”
Although the media totally corrupted the interpretation of this statement, it was enough of a change from the norm and traditional to challenge what some people believe and shake their faith.
One person I spoke to who is a very strong Catholic Christian, said that between all the Ancient Alien television programs, NASA’s recent admissions and the Pope’s seemingly change on traditional Catholic doctrine, he wasn't even sure if he believed in God'; or anything else.
He repeatedly told me, “Everything is just a lie”.
My response to him was that “Everything is a lie as long as you let it be”.
The problem so many people get into with the matter of faith is that their faith is not anchored; that is their faith is so flexible it won’t stand on its own.
An open mind is definitely a wonderful thing to have but when the mind is the basis of faith through logic and not faith itself, instability sets in.
For Christians, the basis of faith is Christ Jesus. For most of us we can’t see, hear or touch Him but we know He is there.
As a result it shouldn't matter if an asteroid is headed for earth as sad as that would be, that Mars has water and some form of life, that NASA might have discovered human life outside of earth or that the Pope is taking a different direction in traditional Catholic belief (which he has not).
Faith makes us strong, enhances our belief and builds our ability to trust.
An old saying about faith goes like this, “If your faith fizzled at the finished, it was fickled from the first”.
Develop your faith through prayer, Christian fellowship and Bible study and absolutely nothing will get you down.
A strong faith can keep you mentally alert and emotionally strong.
©Copyright 2013 Dr. Lee W. Outlaw III