“Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice!” (Ps. 130: 1-2).
Depression sufferers often face condemnation from their well-intentioned Christian friends. Depression should not, however, be confused with despair. And even despair has preconditions.
Depression v. Despair
Depression can arise despite our circumstances. Despair stems from our circumstances. Depression is the manifestation of a medical condition. Despair is the spiritual conclusion we draw about an eternal reality.
Both will make us unhappy. Only despair, however, is considered sinful.
Despair as Sin
When we despair, we view our suffering as pointless, and God as powerless to intervene. For our hopelessness to qualify as sinful, we must know first know God; must be above the age of reason, and in sound mind.
Judas and Suicide
Judas’ suicide was the classic act of despair. The Apostles had daily close contact with Christ. Judas…
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