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Depression lies like hell.

Categories: Beliefs

Martin Elfert

Martin Elfert

The Rev. Martin Elfert is an immigrant to the Christian faith. After the birth of his first child, he began to wonder about the ways in which the Divine was at work in the world. Shortly thereafter, he joined Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, BC, where he and his new son were baptized at the Easter Vigil in 2005 and where the community encouraged him to seek ordination.


  1. A very constructive and helpful response, Reverend. Kudos for such a good answer. I hope the guy gets it.
    The best advice: “go get that help this instant.”

    Bringing God into your response was probably necessary, since you are a Pastor. But religion is not helpful to mental health generally.

    Think of how awful it is to a mentally ill person to hear something like this:
    “Now be sure to take your medications. You need to think rationally and clearly. But first we need to go into this building and say some ancient incantations so Jesus can turn into a cracker for you.”

    I mean. Whatever gets you through, man. But delusions do feed other delusions after all.

    • Atheist Max, insulting a depressed person of faith for their religious beliefs is what isn’t neccessary and makes you out to be a bigot.

      • I am not bigoted. I hate cancer, not cancer patients.
        Religion is an affliction which can be treated.

        If it is not bigoted to approach non-believers and offer them “salvation” it SURELY must not be bigoted to approach believers and offer the truth!

    • “But religion is not helpful to mental health generally.”

      You have no idea what you’re talking about.

      “But delusions do feed other delusions after all.”

      Ah. You’re right about that. I think your atheism is a delusion.