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What are Psychologically Healthy Christians?
How to grow in the faith
In chapter one of the first book of the Bible we are told that, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Genesis 1: 27). This profound statement expresses the ideology that mankind is fashioned as God. The statement is not a reference to the physical state, but rather, the psychological and spiritual nature of human beings. When God created men, He bestowed upon them certain attributes that are intrinsic to humans: “For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor” (Psalm 8:5).
The Creator wanted mankind to know that they were created like Him and this message was relayed in numerous passages throughout the Bible; an example is when the Psalmist wrote, “Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High” (Psalm 82:6). Both believers and the non-believers can understand the premise that God created humans in His own likeness; however, only the true born-again believers are able to use the principle communicated in this verse to bring prosperity and good mental health to their lives.
To be born again means to accept that Jesus is the Son of the living God, that Christ died so that you may have eternal life, and to accept Him as your Lord and personal Savior. In conjunction with this acceptance is the desire to obey the teachings set out in the Scriptures. These Holy Words teach that we exist to praise and glorify God and to worship Him only, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
The Ten Commandments that Moses was instructed to deliver to the children of Israel in 1,400 B.C., is believed, by some scholars, to be the first recorded instance of the Sacred Writings. The cornerstone principle of these Commandments is the foundation on how Christians should live their lives. Five of the Ten Commandments are teachings on how believers are to interaction with other believers in Christ as well as the non-believers, i.e. thou shall not covet, commit murder, steal, or bear false witness (Exodus 20).
As Christians grow spiritually they become empowered and take on a new perception of self-worth. The belief that one is created in the image of God puts terrestrial matters and the consequences of them in a different perspective.
There are external elements that will affect the pace at which Christians will develop their new self-images. The transformation from a non-believer to a fully-matured believer does not happen overnight, people who harbor unhealthy emotions prior to becoming Christians may continue self-recrimination after accepting Christ as their Savoir. However, as the Christians move toward spiritual maturity and come to know God more intimately the self-doubting dissipates.
The teachings that govern Christians’ spiritual walks enhance their feelings of self worth and improve their well-being, both physically and emotionally. Christians’ confidence is strengthened through daily pray and repentance of their sins and this improved confidence helps to build self-esteem. Daily pray and Bible reading is vital if new converts are to grow in the faith and to become everything Christ wants them to be.