I suffer from depression and am on anti-depressents. I have two questions, 1: I know that anti-depressents are not a cure but they DO help me alot to an extent, but is it wrong for me to be taking them and relying on them a little and the rest with god, or should I be off of them and depending intirely on god? I know that if I wernt taking my pills I would have been dead a very long time ago. 2: The verse: For god so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life; How do we know that the verse does not mean that we who believe in god and his son Jesus, in that alone would not give us eternal life?
Barely hanging on.
My response is in Green:
On your first question, no it is not wrong for you to take medication. As long as you realize that it is not you only hope. My main problem with medication for depression is that it tends to mask the symptoms instead of cure the disease. Now I am not talking about you, but many people who are depressed are so because there are problems in their lives that they need to take care of, so medication only prolongs their suffering by masking the real problems. However, there are many people like yourself who need medications and that is fine. I just always try to point people to God first, and then to medication.
I am not sure what you are asking in your second question. I will take a stab at it, but I may have misunderstood what you were saying. Belief in Jesus Christ is all it takes to get eternal life, but yet that is not the end of the story. Let me show you a couple of passages that will illustrate what I mean.
(Matthew 16:24 NIV) Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me."
This passage shows that once we believe in Jesus we must follow Him. We don't gain our salvation by works but we are commanded to follow Him after He saves us.
(1 John 2:3-6 NIV)  We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.  The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him:  Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.
This passage shows that one way we have assurance of our salvation is that we obey Jesus' commands and follow Him. If we are not doing that, then it shows that we never truly placed our faith in Him.
(Hebrews 10:26-27 NIV)  If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left,  but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
This passage shows that we cannot claim to know Christ and believe in Him and still go and sin deliberately. If we do, then we are proving that we don't truly believe He is who He said He is and we are proving we don't truly love Him.
I hope that helps.
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