Today I decided to google “multiple personalities and the church” as well as “dissociative identity disorder and the church”. What I read there, while mostly articles 10+ years old, was truly disturbing. Most of the articles, spanning many different denominations, were of the opinion that D.I.D is actually demon possession at worst, and a sign of not praying hard enough at the least. One article went so far as to say that it is up to the core (emphasis added) personality to plead for mercy for their alters in order to save the whole system from hell.
Folks, I can’t even. There are no words for how I feel about this. Sadly, just two years ago, we ran into someone who calls herself a Christian therapist (she had no formal training or licenses). We were interested because she specialized in D.I.D, but all she did was tell us that if we don’t return to wholeness (again, emphasis added) we will never be accepted by God.
Why is it that churches feel the need to condemn those who have suffered? Why are the mentally ill, trauma survivors, and diverse people condemned and declared not enough by the place that is called to love and heal?
“Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”Romans 8:34
What does the above verse actually mean, if it’s acceptable for churches to turn their backs on hurt people?
“What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For he says to Moses, ‘I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.’ So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, ‘For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.’ So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.”Romans 9:14-18
It is not the place of humans to judge another human as worthy of Jesus. That job clearly belongs to God and God alone. So why does it keep happening?
Friends, if we are turning our backs on people, insisting that prayer will make them more acceptable, telling them God can’t and won’t love them as they are, then we are doing this wrong. And if someone has told you any of those things, they are doing it wrong. They don’t understand the true spectrum of God’s love and grace. They don’t fully understand how it is possible for Jesus to love us all right where we are, how we are, who we are. There is no one God doesn’t love. Does He want us to grow, rise up, and move beyond our challenges?
Does He love us less if we can’t at the moment? Does He love us less if we don’t? Will He love us more if we do?
Christ’s love for everyone is never dependent on what we do or how we do it. His love for us is unconditional, whole, pure, and beyond expectation.
Are there things we should consider to become more Christ like? Sure.
But you know what, we all need to start somewhere. And none of us will get anywhere until we understand the number one actual truth. Christ loves us just as we are. And once we can accept that, we can stop fearing the words and rejections of other people who just don’t understand that. Start somewhere. Stop letting the lies win.