Are psychopaths and sociopaths crazy as a Christian?


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All right, so Robert is asking, are psychopaths and sociopaths crazy as a Christian?

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So we did definitely love mental health.

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Questions, ones that get into the mind and all, even though we just have.

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A hobby interest in it, real safe.

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And when it comes to this, it’s a very interesting topic, a psychopath and I don’t know, Robert, what you get.

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At are they crazy as a Christian? But I think maybe what you’re saying, and I’ll understand this question, is asking can you really be a Christian, a.

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True Christian, and at the same time be a sociopath or psychopath? And I’m not necessarily going to give.

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A full proper definition from the DSM Five is what is psychopath or sociopath?

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But in general, these are people whose.

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Just sense of morality, to oversimplify it, let’s say, is a bit warped.

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And it’s not necessarily they’re tally bad.

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People, but even just the way they see things take into the world and interact with it is going to be.

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Very different than what we consider to be a normally properly functioning human being. And we’ll talk a little bit, even.

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How this might relate to Satan and.

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How his profile might be. But let’s start with how should we be?

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Because that’s really the important thing. You could spend forever studying evil, studying the bad, but if we really understand the good, then we can identify when something falls outside of the expected norm that God has created for us.

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So how does God want us to be? I love First Corinthians 13, just that.

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Whole chapter, right, where Paul introduces it First Corinthians Twelve, describing it as a.

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More better way, the better way to live.

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Like, you know, most of us are living this way, but there’s an even better way, a higher way that God wants us to live. And it’s the path of love. And we get a definition for what.

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Love is from Paul.

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It’s so beautiful. We all might know this, right?

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Sign at verse four of One Corinthians, chapter 13.

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Before I go too far, I think Robert is with us live. And he gives a clarification. He says, I was speaking to a random person. Oh, no, that’s a different question.

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Sorry. Never mind. Different.

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Robert yeah.

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So he says that Paul speaking in.

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One Corinthians 13, verse four. He says, Love suffers long and is kind. Love does not envy. Love does not parade itself, it is not puffed up, it does not behave brutally, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil, does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hope all hopes all things, endures all things. So this is love and really simplify it. Love is focused on serving and benefiting others.

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That’s its focus.

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It’s other people centric. Whereas you go back to sociopaths psychopaths, you can throw a narcissist. These people are very much focused on.

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Themselves and there’s theories that these people.

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Are just so afraid, so fearful that they have to control everybody and everything around themselves to make them feel safe.

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For example, one theory but God wants.

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Us to be focused on others. That’s when we’re healthy, when we are thinking and putting other people first. James two eight and I’m reading from the NIV. It says if you really keep the royal law found in scripture, love your neighbors yourself, you are doing well or you’re doing right. God’s law is to love. At the end of day, all God wants us to do is love people. That’s what we’re commanded to do.

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Even Jesus said, the world will know.

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Who you are by how you love one another. And he says, if you love me, keep my commandments. Everything keeps coming back to love.

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Love two. Timothy three, verse one, back to the.

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New King James Version.

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Paul’s Writing.

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He Says, But Know this that In The Last Days, perilous times Will Come, for Men Will Be Lovers Of Themselves, lovers Of Money, bolsters, proud, Blasphemers, disobedient To Parents. Unthinkful, Unholy, Unloving, unforgiving. Slanderers Without Self Control. Brutal. Despisers Of Good, traitors, Headstrong, haughty. Lovers Of Pleasure rather Than The Lovers Of God. Having A Form Of Godliness, but Denying.

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The Power Of Thereof.

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And from such people turn away exclamation mark. So here Paul is adamant. There’s going to be people just again notice how they’re just completely the opposite of love. Where love is focused on others. These people that just fool themselves, aren’t controlling themselves unrestrained, just seeking their own pleasures, their own lust. That’s completely the opposite. And this is how we’re not supposed to be.

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Remember Paul said turn away from these people.

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Don’t associate with them. So he’s not even saying don’t consider them Christian.

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He says get far away from them because they’re not safe to be around. And in fact, who are they?

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Like if God is love and we’re supposed to love, we’re supposed to be in God’s image.

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But when we are self centric, in.

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Whose image are we? If we look at Isaiah 14, starting at verse twelve, we read about Lucifer and it says how you are fallen from heaven, o Lucifer, son of the morning, how you are cut down to the ground, you who were weakened by the nations. For you have said in your heart, I will ascend to heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. I will also sit on the Mount of Congregation on the farthest sides of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds. I will be like the most high. It’s just I some people said Satan has a serious I problem because it’s all about him. Exalting himself, glorifying himself.

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There’s probably no greater narcissist, sociopath, psychopath.

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Out there than Satan himself.

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It’s all about him.

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And he wants to drag as many other people with him. And in fact, if we go further down into Isaiah 14 we hear about Satan’s children. Interestingly, it talks about his children. Verse 21, it says, Prepare slaughter for his children because of the iniquity of their fathers, lest they rise up and possess the land and fill the face of the world with cities. And then keep reading. Verse 22, it says, Rise up against them, says the Lord of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name of the remnant and offspring.

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And posterity says the Lord, the descendants.

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Of Satan, the seed of the snake. God can’t afford to let them live because they’re just all about themselves. They are the antithesis of love. They are embracing sin itself.

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And this is why God will draw a line.

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And he says, all of you who.

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Choose to remain, third of you, we.

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Talk about the spawn of Satan, but basically you choose to remain in his image, to be like Satan, to be about yourself and embrace yourself and own about yourself.

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You cannot live in harmony with those.

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Who follow God’s law of love. And the law of love is essential for life itself. All comes back to can a psychopath sociopath really be a true Christian and.

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Say the answer is no?

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Now, I’m not saying that if you are naturally wired this way, you have these natural propensities, you’re a terrible person and that you are.

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Hopeless and you’re not a Christian.

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I’m talking about the people who are.

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Just completely caving to the propensities, who.

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Are not struggling with them, who are.

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Not working with God to overcome them. That’s the type of person I’m talking about.

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I like that way you summarize that at the end, that it’s really about someone who’s willing to wrestle and struggle to overcome these kinds of things, to work through that rather than simply just giving oneself over to it, indulging in.

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Those kinds of things. That’s critical.

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Yeah.

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Anything you’d like to add?

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I think that’s really good. I agree. I think these mental health questions are very tough, but they’re real and we serve a real God. And I’m so grateful that we can come to the Bible and see examples of how we can cope through these things. And I definitely agree we need to wrestle through them because they’re something that’s very relevant for many people. And I’m just so grateful that Christ gives us the example of like you’re saying, of being selfless. And that really is such a cure for so many mental illnesses and general, just taking the focus off of self and putting it on Christ and putting it on the needs of others. So I really appreciate that’s.


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