Over the last two weeks, we have seen two horrible murderous events. People shopping for food in Buffalo, New York, were ruthlessly murdered. In like manner, children simply attending a second thru fourth-grade school in Texas were murdered.
There are many experts giving reasons for all of these murders. They generally speak of mental illness as being the primary cause.
I believe that the scriptures give us a clear and straightforward definition of mental illness as God described one of the causes of the social disorder in the days of Noah before the Flood.
DAYS OF NOAH
“And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. — Luke 17:26
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“And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that everyimagination STRONGS 3336: > yetser, yay´-tser; from 3335; a form; figuratively, conception (i.e. purpose):—frame, thing framed, imagination, mind, work.of thethoughts STRONGS 4284: > machashabah, makh-ash-aw-baw´; or מַחֲשֶׁבֶת machashebeth, makh-ash-eh´-beth; from 2803; a contrivance, i.e. (concretely) a texture, machine, or (abstractly) intention, plan (whether bad, a plot; or good, advice):—cunning (work), curious work, device(-sed), imagination, invented, means, purpose, thought.of hisheart STRONGS 3820: > leb, labe; a form of 3824; the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything:—+ care for, comfortably, consent, x considered, courag(-eous), friend(-ly), ((broken-), (hard-), (merry-), (stiff-), (stout-), double) heart((-ed)), x heed, x I, kindly, midst, mind(-ed), x regard((-ed)), x themselves, x unawares, understanding, x well, willingly, wisdom.was onlyevil STRONGS 7451: > raꜥ, rah; from 7489; bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral):—adversity, affliction, bad, calamity, + displease(-ure), distress, evil((-favouredness), man, thing), + exceedingly, x great, grief(-vous), harm, heavy, hurt(-ful), ill (favoured), + mark, mischief(-vous), misery, naught(-ty), noisome, + not please, sad(-ly), sore, sorrow, trouble, vex, wicked(-ly, -ness, one), worse(-st), wretchedness, wrong. (Incl. feminine raaah; as adjective or noun.)continually STRONGS 3117: > yowm, yome; from an unused root meaning to be hot; a day (as the warm hours), whether literal (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figurative (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverb):—age, + always, + chronicals, continually(-ance), daily, ((birth-), each, to) day, (now a, two) days (agone), + elder, x end, + evening, + (for) ever(-lasting, -more), x full, life, as (so) long as (... live), (even) now, + old, + outlived, + perpetually, presently, + remaineth, x required, season, x since, space, then, (process of) time, + as at other times, + in trouble, weather, (as) when, (a, the, within a) while (that), x whole (+ age), (full) year(-ly), + younger.." — Genesis 6:5