2013-02-14 / Living

Letters to the editor

Mental illness is not the cause of crimes

I would like to discuss the so-called mental illnesses that the people who commit major crimes supposedly have. I do not believe that it is mental illness that causes these crimes. I believe that they have sinful hearts and sinful minds. That is what the problem is. However, studies show that people who are violent usually are not mentally ill.

In 1994, The American Psychiatric Association stated that “the vast majority of people who are violent do not suffer from mental illness.” Thanks to the news media today, the public is often misinformed about violence and mental illness.

In 2000, research at the University of Indiana showed that “the vast majority of Americans believe that persons with mental illnesses pose a threat for violence towards others and themselves.”

But as I mentioned earlier, there is a bigger side to this problem. The Bible says in Jeremiah 17:9 — “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick.”

That is the problem with these individuals who commit violent crimes. Their hearts are not right with God. That causes them to act on their feelings of anger, rage and violence. If these people, as sinners, would turn and repent of their sins, God would forgive them and they would have true joy. This would help us greatly in this country. I believe that mental illness does not cause these tragedies. I do believe that there are mental illnesses out there but mental illness does not necessarily make people violent. It is their sinful hearts. — Joseph Mieczkowski, Atlas Township

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