The Bible’s authors have a unique way of expressing individuals who make poor decisions. A common way to explain this behavior is being out of your mind. Missteps usually begin with momentary lapses in judgement. When a pattern forms, unsettled minds take souls further away from God than they ever expected or intended. Anyone who goes off the deep end is often labeled insane.
Immediately the word concerning Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from mankind and began eating grass like cattle, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven until his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails were like birds’ claws. Daniel 4:33.
One of the gospel authors blames insanity on demons, Mark 5:1-20. One man’s condition had gotten so bad that he withdrew to catacombs, living in an underground cemetery. Jesus refers to his condition as being under the influence of an unclean spirit. A legion of demons possessed this man, making sanity impossible under his current state. Yet, Jesus diagnosed this man’s spiritual condition by relying on the Holy Spirit. After confronting one dominant being, this man was set free.
Now at the same time my reason returned to me; and for the glory of my kingdom, my majesty and splendor were returned to me, and my counselors and my nobles began seeking me out; so I was re-established in my kingdom, and still more greatness [than before] was added to me. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and honor the King of heaven, for all His works are true and faithful and His ways are just, and He is able to humiliate and humble those who walk in [self-centered, self-righteous] pridem,” Daniel 4:36-37.
Another disciple refers to a similar account or perhaps the same event. This time the man once possessed is described as being in his right mind. This is where sanity is restored as individuals can once again follow and obey their conscience. The apostle Paul stresses the need to take thoughts captive, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. Make sure this spiritual discipline is exercised so that if you are on the verge of giving into temptation, sanity will prevail.
by Jay Mankus