Is Depression the Result of Sin?

This question cannot be answered with a simple yes or no. Although some people believe the answer is always yes, the accurate answer is sometimes yes and sometimes no.  This article is not a judgment on those who experience depression, but rather wants to give a bit more light to a question so often asked by people. Everyone’s situation is different and you might know if some of these mentioned points apply to you…

Depression can not be the result of sin when…

  • You grieve normal losses. The Bible says, “[There is] a time to weep … a time to mourn.” (Ecclesiastes 3:4)
  • Your body experiences natural deterioration due to the passing of years. Your body chemistry can change and become compromised. The Bible says, “Outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16)

Depression can be a result of sin when …

  • You become depressed because of the consequences of your sinful actions, and you don’t make any attempt to change.
  • You don’t take the necessary steps for healing (seeking biblical counselling, memorising Scriptures, reading Christian materials, getting medical help when appropriate).
  • You hold on to self-pity, anger, and bitterness when you have been wronged, instead of choosing to forgive. “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” (James 4:17)
  • You use your depression to manipulate others.
  • You continually choose to blame God and others for your unhappiness.
  • You are depressed because you choose to let others control you instead of choosing to obey Christ and allow Him to be in control of you. When we take the Lord’s Supper in an unworthy manner, the Bible says, “That is why many of you are weak and sick” (1 Corinthians 11:30).