Website owner: James Miller
Things that wreak havoc on lives
There are some things that can wreak havoc in a person’s life. We all know what alcoholism and drug addiction can do to a life. They can totally destroy a person’s life, affecting it in every aspect, reduce a person to the most abject condition. And their damage is not limited to just that person. They wreak havoc in lives of all those they most intimately touch. They are ugly evils that destroy. This is common knowledge. What is not so commonly understood is that there are other things that can totally take over people, possess them, and completely ruin their lives and the lives of those around them in much the same way as alcoholism and drugs. Like what things? What am I talking about? Well, I am talking about things like jealousy, envy, anger, hatred, lust, pride, etc. These things can take possession of a person, reorder his mind, outlook and personality and act like a disease that wreaks havoc in his life and in the lives of those he touches. They are destroyers. They are mental maladies that cause people to act irrationally, foolishly; maladies that interfere with personal judgment. They can have a huge effect in a home, poison the atmosphere, turn it into a hell-hole. A person overcome by jealousy and anger strikes out. This produces a response in others. One thing causes another and that causes another. Vicious circles arise. Ugly, evil dynamics are produced. One pillar is knocked down and then another and then the entire structure collapses. The problems become one gigantic can of worms. Unable to see the forest for the trees, the afflicted lose all mental perspective. They lose mental balance and equilibrium. They start seeing psychiatrists who then mess them up a whole lot more. It is all a downward spiral. And I am sure that emotional problems, psychological problems, impact on a person’s physical health as well, leading to physical ailments. The person dies, leaving behind a very sorry life, a wasted life, a life of failure. These diseases of the mind can wreak great havoc. And, from what I have seen, the prognosis for cure is not very good. I would guess the recovery rate is about the same as for alcoholism or drug addiction. They are very intractable problems. How can you help these kinds of people? I wish I knew. I would be there to help them if I could. Perhaps this website might help. But how do you tell a proud, arrogant, intolerable person that he has a big problem: his pride. He has a big problem and it is affecting him in many, many ways - but he can’t see it.
The Bible tells us that the wise man seeks Understanding. What is the good of Understanding, do you ask? Well, I have just told you one of the benefits of Understanding. The man of Understanding sees traps and avoids them. The Bible tells us to seek God, love him, obey him. The man who takes God seriously, practices the teachings he has given us, practices what Jesus taught, avoids these problems. They are all listed as sins in the Bible. And they are all deep miry pits that pull you down further and further. I think the person caught in these problems would do well to start reading the Bible and taking it seriously.
See Stay away from these demons: Pride, Anger, Hatred, Lust, Envy and Jealousy
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