Notes for my writing

This blog is made up of notes on the gospel as found in the only true and living church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This includes notes that are either excerpts from or ideas for books I either have in draft or may yet write.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Abraham and Prozac

Given the number of people I know that believe that there is something so wrong with their body or mind that they simply could not have a normal mortal experience if they didn't live much of their life on mood altering prescription drugs, I feel a need to write this.

Given the percentages (that I know of) among my own acquaintances, I simply don't believe it. Sure, there may really be individuals whose body does not function normally and for whom some medication will help their body to come back into the realm of normalcy. On the other hand, that is the odd exception. The wholesale number of people who live their lives on such medications clearly indicates that most of these people have bodies and minds that function normally, and they are simply turning to medicine instead of learning to live a normal mortality with its usual bumps and bruises. We can't all be the weird exception. Sure, some of us can be. But we need to knock off the excuses.

This borders on sacrilege to even ask, but given the current measure of insanity, I will go ahead: Do we believe the atonement could have been performed on Prozac? Or was that mental suffering necessary to accomplish it?

Would the story of Abraham and Isaac be different if Abraham was heavily medicated from the initial commandment to the day the angel delivered Isaac from being sacrificed?

If someone feels they need thought and emotion altering medicine to make it through, fine. But I can't help but believe that we cheat our own souls when we take unnecessary mood altering medications to pass through our troubles. Doubly so if we do so to pass through daily life.

After all, we still believe that "A religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never had the power to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation."

I think there is a measure in which we cheat our souls when we turn to thought and emotion altering medication. We remember the sacrifice made by those of the Martin handcart company, and the story of the man who was a member, and stood up in defense of those who did so. Can we believe they could have exercised the same degree of faith on drugs? This will not be popular, but I do not believe they could have either developed or exercised the same faith without faithfully enduring the same mental suffering. Do we believe that if that old man had been taking prozac, he could have come out of it saying "Was I sorry that I chose to come by handcart? No. Neither then nor any minute of my life since. The price we paid to become acquainted with God was a privilege to pay."

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