Job, and other ‘biblical men’ cut, They had legit reasons, I don’t. But if I try to stop, and fail, and still yearn the feeling, would that make me in worse condition? If cutting is refraining me from suicide, isn’t it good? Are there any women in the bible who cut? What does the bible say about ED’s?
If you try to stop and fail, and still want that feeling; that doesn’t mean you are in a worse condition. It means you are going through what anyone goes through when they take on trying to break the chains of an addiction. Backsliding is not just a possibility when you try to do that, it’s almost a guarantee. But anything worth doing is going to be hard. Especially anything that gives you freedom. Cutting is an compulsive behavior, and breaking out of that is not an easy thing, but there is freedom on the other side. Your compulsion is bigger than you, but Jesus is bigger than your compulsion. He also loves you even when you backslide, and will not abandon you.
As for cutting keeping you from suicide, that is a very dangerous road to go down. It’s like saying you drink so you won’t do harder drugs. If that strategy ends with you addicted to alcohol, then you aren’t actually better off are you? The issue there would be an addictive personality. Using cutting to relieve the urge to commit suicide is not a solution because you are still engaging in a harmful behavior, and you are not dealing with the underlying causes.
The Bible’s perspective on Eating Disorders is the same as it’s perspective on cutting. The Bible says that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Your body is part of the body of Christ. You wouldn’t put your church building through the abuse you put your own body through. That is not meant to make you feel guilty, but to let you know that you are important to God. The way you feel about yourself and the way you treat yourself physically, is important to God. Jesus came that you may have life and have it to the fullest, which include being happy with yourself.
I would urge you to get help my friend. That means letting folks in your life know about your struggle. There are people who want to help, counselors, teachers, youth pastors. There are programs and strategies for both self harm and eating disorders. There is work to do, but you are worth putting work into. Jesus cares about you and your friends at the Bridge care about you. I know it is daunting to break out of a pattern of addiction, but you can do it. You deserve to be happy and safe, especially safe from yourself.
-Matt from The Bridge
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