Shootings and Mental Illness

“The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.”
Ezekiel 18:20

There’s a lot of rhetoric these days which attempts to ascribe acts of evil to ‘mental illness.’ With the latest shooting tragedy, the media and people in general have been quick to label the killer as ‘crazy,’ or ‘mentally ill,’ and while he surely seemed to be not entirely sane in the sense that his mind wasn’t clean or right, I can’t say he wasn’t responsible for his actions. He was rational enough to choose a place where he was far less likely to be challenged by someone capable of defending against his attack. He was rational enough to choose easy victims. This is, of course, assuming he actually did it. There is a lot evidence to suggest that Adam Lanza did not act alone, or that he may not have been the shooter at all, but we’ll address that in another entry.

Yes, some may point out that people displaying sociopathic tendencies and behavior often have an abnormally small, or dysfunctional amygdala, which is the gland in the brain that seems to govern impulse control, moral compunction, and empathy. However, what many neurologists have yet to admit to is the possibility that one’s continued thoughts, decisions, and actions may actually affect the function of the amygdala. It would appear to me that this gland is one of the principal connections of the soul to the body. Bear in mind that we were originally create to live in physical bodies, and that the soul and spirit were created to live in and function with the bodies God designed. Thus I am inclined to believe that a continual state of sin, whether in thought or deed, may actually reduce or hamper the function of the amygdala, which in turn renders the person disinhibited… it gives them a ‘seared conscience,’ if you will, or, as my friend Gene Redlin would call it, a ‘dead soul.’

I am beginning to suspect that many of the chemical and biological aspects of apparent mental illness are in many cases actually the physical symptoms of the spiritual condition of the individual, and the consequence of sin and of habitual thought patterns.