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What does the Bible Say about cutting and eating disorders?

Anonymous asked:

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?

I answered:

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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Prayer and Guilt

Anonymous asked:

Is it okay to pray to God if there is unconfessed sin in your life? I feel like the prayer is, in a way, cheap if I’m coming before Him unclean.

I answered:

You are not unclean. That is the misconception that underlies your question. It isn’t the confession of your sin that makes you clean. Jesus made you clean, when he took your uncleanliness on the cross. Romans 5:1 says we are justified by faith. Justified means to be declared righteous in the sight of God. So since we have entered into the new covenant of Christ’s blood, we are never unclean in His sight.

If the only thing we did in prayer was confess our sins, then there wouldn’t be any time to do anything else. Prayer is a time to come before God as you are, there is no perfect state that we have to be in before we can talk to God. So, while confession is certainly an important part of prayer, it isn’t the only aspect. 

It seems to me that what you are dealing with is not so much the theology of confession,  but the feeling of going to God when you feel guilty about something. What you have to remember is that your emotion of guilt does not effect the fact that God has declared you righteous. We get caught up in our emotions, and often give them more power than they have. Jesus died for you, to give you a right relationship with God, and that is true whether you feel like it is or not.

That in mind, coming before God when you feel guilty is not at all cheap. It is actually a great show of faith to come before God when your emotions are telling you that you can’t. You are choosing to believe what God says about you more than what you think about yourself. You are believing God when He tells you that you are clean and forgiven, instead of what your emotions when they try to tell you that you are still dirty and unlovable. Whenever we feel that we can’t bring something to God, that is a sign that we desperately need to.

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Born Again Virgin

Anonymous asked:

I’ve heard that you can be a born again virgin. I know it’s not physically. But can God restore your virginity? Will he? And how?

I answered:

2 Corinthians 5 says that if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation, and Isaiah chapter 1 says that “though your sins are like scarlet, they will be as white as snow”. So certainly the blood of Jesus washes away the mistakes we have made. But seeing the mercy of God as just a reset button is shortchanging it. Christ does not just give us another chance to do things right, it makes so that our screw ups don’t control or define us.

So my question is, why would someone think it is so important to regain your virginity? There is an underlying assumption that a godly man would only want a virgin, and that God is only going to look favorably on your future relationship if you are a virgin. That is ridiculous. A godly husband is going to be understanding of your past, because he know he has been forgiven his past. Ephesians 5:25 says husbands should love their wives as Christ loved the church, and an undeniable aspect of that is to not hold their past against them.

I think there is a part of us that assumes that even though Jesus forgives our sin, it is only because He has to, and he stays mad at us. The scriptures say that God has removed our sins from us as far as the East is from the West. God doesn’t just put white out over your sin, he gets rid of it. God does something so much greater than restore your virginity, He has made it so that the fact that you aren’t a virgin doesn’t say anything about you. You are a child of God and that is what defines you now.

-Matt from the Bridge

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