As human beings, we were created in the image of God to enjoy fellowship with him and to worship him. “Life is a search for the spiritual. Whether in the throes of pain or in the disappointments of pleasure, we strive for an essence that is beyond the physical.” Zecharias, Ravi, Why Jesus.
When we rebel against him, separate ourselves and live our lives as though he does not exist, we harm ourselves. There is vacuum within us and we try to fill it with all manner of things, sex, pleasure, illicit drugs and relationships, money, fame, material possessions and whatever else the world has to offer.
This separation from God, and the failure of the substitutes to fill the void in our lives, results in depression for many people.
The frontal lobe of the brain is the seat of reasoning, spirituality, morality and the will. This is what makes us spiritual beings, so when we develop and enjoy a relationship with God our frontal lobe function is enhanced.
According to the 1998 American Journal of Psychiatry for every 10-point increase in the intrinsic religiosity assessment score, people recover from depression 70 percent sooner.
You may not be a religious person and its highly likely that you avoid religion like you would the plague, but I would ask that you keep an open mind on this subject. If you are struggling with depression or if your life is falling apart and nothing you’ve tried has worked, I would encourage you to try developing a personal relationship with God, the one who created you and who has a purpose for your life.
The PEP website includes messages that are based on the Bible and the wisdom contained within its pages. These messages are intended to encourage and inspire you and to share information that can help change your thinking, cure your depression and ultimately transform your life.