Really? A mental illness? It is more that people who refuse to be led by any moral code other than the perverted one they have developed hate religion because when it is based on truth, it shows them up for what they are.
Today, there are at least two Bible truths that directly apply to such an allegation. This is the way that people who are determine to lean to their own understanding are creating their own reality. They chose to ignore or silence their own conscience and these are the results.
(Isaiah 5:20) Woe to those who say that good is bad and bad is good, Those who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, Those who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
(2 Timothy 3:1-5) But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, 3 having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, 4 betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, 5 having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away.
Based on the world that this conscientiousness is creating who are the ones who show mental illness?
Not all religions are accurate but they do give their adherents some point of reference. That point of reference with an accurate or inaccurate understanding is God, or Source, Higher Power, Sovereign. It is something to look to beyond limited and faulty human thinking.
Every human being has a 'gnosis.' We know there is something greater than ourselves although pride, arrogance and bad association may darken even bury this innate knowing.
When we ignore and deny the Source of our being, that is mental illness.
(Romans 12:2) And stop being molded by this system of things, but be transformed by making your mind over, so that you may prove to yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Learn more about Source at www.JW.org. Download the brochure Good News from God and carefully read lesson 2.