I’m licensed by the state of Connecticut as a professional counselor, but am I crazy? We say people are crazy (or psychotic to use the more professional term) if they are deemed to be out of touch with reality. But who defines what is real?
I believe in a personal, loving, all powerful God who created this universe. Not only that, this same God entered into the world as a man named Jesus who died on a cross and then rose from the dead on the third day and ascended into heaven. Am I crazy?
I believe Jesus then sent his Spirit to live in all those who turn from their own self-centered ways and choose to follow and obey him. His Spirit lives in me. Am I crazy?
I believe his Spirit and his Word (the Bible) and his people (the Church) then provide us with the resources for living in ways that are pleasing to God and that enable us to live life to the fullest. Am I crazy?
I’m talking about objective reality here that if it’s true, is true for everyone whether they believe it to be true or not. Back in the glory years of the Soviet Union, many people who believed what I believe where deemed “delusional” by the state and confined to mental institutions against their will so they could be “retrained in correct thinking” – meaning, of course, materialistic atheism and communist ideology. Am I delusional, or were they?
Whether we realize it or not, what we believe about “Ultimate Reality” can have a profound impact on how we live our lives, especially if we are consistent in how we live out the implications (which most of us are not). For example, if you don’t believe in a God like I do, you must struggle to come up with something on which to base your moral choices or values. What makes something good or evil, right or wrong? Why should I sacrifice my own well-being for that of another? What you’ll find is that most of your morals and values are “borrowed” from a religious world view whether you adhere to those beliefs or not. But ultimately, when push comes to shove, your values will collapse when too much pressure is placed on them because there’s no real foundation under them.
So the question remains. Who’s really crazy or delusional here? Is it me?