Thursday, August 12, 2010

Faith healing in India: wrong demons

India has a relatively underdeveloped health industry in general and mental health industry in particular, as a recent article explains:

Faith healers and temple doctors are by far the most socially acceptable way to try to cure mental illness in India. There are hardly any psychiatrists — and a mere 37 mental institutions to serve the country's whole population of 1.2 billion.
But even if there were more professionals, it might not matter. Psychiatrists compete not with each other but with healers and gurus.

The rituals described in the article seem pretty useless to an unfamiliar American reader, and yet they are so fully ingrained within the culture that most do not even think to question them.  Perhaps the outsider who reads about this will see the inefficacy of blind faith and question his own beliefs.  But, in a word:  nope.  Here's one response to the article:
These faith healers have the right idea, but the wrong religion. Christianity believes in deliverance from demons, which cause mental illness. Demons are cast out in Jesus' name. It works; I have done it. psychiatry is atheism masquerading as science; they think mental illness is caused by chemical imbalances. This is a big lie foisted on us by the drug cos to sell drugs. In truth, the psych meds cause mental illness; the antipsychotic drugs often have the side effect of causing psychosis. The drug handbooks admit this. this is because ALL drugs are openings for unclean spirits, or demonic oppression. This includes psych meds, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, lsd, pot, etc. what's going on in India is that they are worshipping demons, and demons don't cast out demons, so it doesn't work. charging for faith healing is a scam. Many new age therapies also charge, and this is not really from God. The Holy SPIrit, which testifies to Jesus being the savior, heals, for free. You can't charge for it. It is forbidden. The God of the new testament doesn't make mistakes, or have side effects.

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