Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 4 months ago

Is being religious a mental illness?

86 Answers

  • 4 months ago

    If an adult still believed in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy, then you would consider that person either to be mentally challenged or having a mental illness. Some magic man in the sky who "answers" every thing you (and billions of other people) ask? Same thing.

  • Saad M
    Lv 5
    4 months ago

    On the contrary in the Koran: we read that by reading the Koran fluently, we heal. And, the recommendation in the Qur'an is to consult credible doctors. In addition, the state and the wealthy must help the poor, even for care.

  • Lisa M
    Lv 4
    4 months ago

    You mean like fanatically religious or just spiritual? Any church or similar that makes you do things is fanatical and very unhealthy.

  • Ann
    Lv 6
    4 months ago

    No but thinking it is is a mental illness. 

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  • 4 months ago

    If so, then the majority of the earth is mentally ill.  Among the human race, we tend to believe there is a higher power.  And then Jesus Christ walked the earth performing many, many miracles of healing and resurrection from the dead.  Jesus so impacted the world that mankind changed time BC/AD because of Him.  Men and women died in Roman arenas because they refused to deny Jesus.  People don't choose to die instead of rejecting a person for no reason.  They died and they refused to deny and reject Jesus the Christ to the Roman rulers of that time.  The Romans led Christians to the arenas like cattle for slaughter.  Christ made an impression on this earth like no other man has ever done.  Thousands of years later there are millions of followers of Jesus Christ.  So atheism is not normal, but being religious is normal.  

  • 4 months ago

    Not really, it's more about being irrational, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. In many ways it's like the irrationality of the magical Santa that brings joy and and exercises the imagination of children. It's only as children grow up and develop a sense of reasoning and understanding of reality that they begin to question the parts that don't quite line up with reality. This also occurs for the religious as they leave the religious mindset because they too decided to question the things that didn't quite line up with reality.

  • 4 months ago

    No.  The majority of the world's population is religious and mental illness is often defined as deviation from a norm of some kind.  Also, false and poorly supported beliefs, i.e. delusions, are not as such diagnostic of mental illness because we all have them and they can even be protective of mental health.  An example is depressive realism:  depressive people perceive a lack of control more accurately than people who are not depressed.  Therefore if religious faith involves incorrect beliefs that may be healthy and improve the person's mental health, and studies show that religious people often have better mental health than non-religious people.  None of this answer is supposed to imply that religious beliefs are accurate.

  • 4 months ago

    I worked for many years with a Consultant Psychiatrist who dealt with patients confined to a locked ward. Some needed to be sectioned. A few claimed to hear 'God' speaking to them. Most did not. The question arises, however, as to whether their mental illness caused their hallucinations, or whether it was the abuse of drugs/drink that most of them indulged in. Mentally ill people may manifest with extraordinary claims about 'God' (yet be utterly irreligious in other respects) but you have to determine which came first. Also bear in mind that many psychiatrists, doctors, lawyers etc are religious people but only a fool would call them 'mentally ill'.

  • 4 months ago

    In most cases no.  But it does manifest as one.  Believing in anything without proof and evidence suggests that your critical thinking skills are at fault.  That puts not only you in danger, but every one else around you as well.  Religion is an assumed conclusion based on suspect claims from dubious sources supported by logical fallacies nested within circular reasoning bringing you back to the assumed conclusion.  It is dishonest to assert as fact that which is not evidently true.  Not only is religion not evidently true,but it is also evidently not true as well.  Religion tries to assert as fact things that we already know are not true or even possible.  By definition magic, the supernatural and deities cannot exist.

  • Paul
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    Not unless 90% of the world's people are mentally ill.

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