As a scientist and psychiatrist, I believe the Bible has all the principles necessary for us not only to survive but also to thrive in this spiritual war. Decision-making science (psychology, biology and neuroscience) is a great tool to condense these awesome but often unwieldy principles of the Bible into bite-sized digestible nuggets for daily use.
Since the beginning of time, every culture has used alcohol or natural substances to alter thinking, mood and reality. Recreational use was often accepted, but impaired functioning or harmful behavior was not. In fact, the inability to stop using a substance despite consequences was viewed as psychological weakness or failure.
The 1950s brought the emergence of the 'disease model' that defined addiction as substance abuse —producing physiological dependence, withdrawal symptoms and the inability voluntarily to stop using despite consequences and danger. more >>
Cohabitating before marriage is a short-term solution for what God designed to be a long-term relationship, says a South Carolina-based blogger and writer for NewSpring Church.
John Weirick asked readers if they would buy a car without first taking it for a test drive, as some couples use that comparison to justify moving in together before marriage. He then emphasized that God has greater plans in store for a relationship between an unmarried couple than cohabitating, and splitting rent and groceries.
"A great love relationship goes beyond knowing each other well or ensuring compatibility," Weirick asserted. "What keeps a relationship strong isn't whether a couple lived together before getting married, but their commitment to Jesus and to each other." more >>
A federal appeals court panel has upheld New Jersey's law banning sexual orientation change therapy for minors, in agreement with a lower court decision.
Three judges from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday in King v. Christie that while they held some disagreement with an earlier district court decision, they still affirmed the decision against the plaintiffs.
At issue was New Jersey's A3371, a law passed in 2013 with strong bipartisan support, which bans conversion therapy for LGBT minors. more >>
Reaction to the launch earlier this week of a group calling itself "Evangelicals for Marriage Equality" heralded by an op-ed in TIME by its spokesman, was met with harsh criticism from some Christians, including the assertion that no "real arguments" were made to support same-sex marriages.
"I eagerly await the young evangelical that finally convinces me that the Bible and human history are wrong on marriage and that justice requires that both Christianity and society bestow marriage on same-sex relationships," wrote Andrew T. Walker, director of Policy Studies for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Walker responded to EME spokesman Brandan Robertson's piece in which he explains why the initiative for evangelicals to support "civil marriage equality" was launched, with his own op-ed the next day in TIME, "An Evangelical Defense of Traditional Marriage." more >>
The ex-wife of a former Scientology president has opened up about her life in the organization, including being ostracized and cut off from family and friends after her divorce.
Karen de la Carriere and Heber Jentzsch were married in 1978 and celebrated his being made International President of the Church of Scientology the following year. However, in 1982, she began to question Scientology's practice of auditing, in which members are counseled and told what to do in order to receive answers to their questions.
"I had people threatening to throw themselves from the tenth floor onto the cement below," Karen told MailOnline. "Scientology is mindlessly anti-psychiatry and here we were disingenuously and hypocritically accepting psychiatric patients. If one of these people died on my watch I was responsible." more >>
Derick Dillard is already documenting his wife Jill Duggar's pregnancy less than three months after their wedding.
The newlyweds announced the pregnancy just eight weeks after their June 21 nuptials. Today, the 23-year-old bride is showing off her burgeoning baby bump for the first time on Instagram. Dillard, 25, shared a photo collage featuring Duggar's progress at five weeks and five days as well as at 11 weeks and two days.
"By the end of next week, all of our baby's body parts, from tooth buds to toenails, will be developing! #firsttrimesterprogression #babydilly #19kidsandcounting," Dillard wrote in the caption on Sept. 5. more >>