Waterloo, Iowa (PressExposure) April 18, 2007 -- There can be no doubt that abuse of all kinds is rampant in our world. One woman, Pastor's Wife Jennifer Brost, dares to claim that her former religious beliefs led her to view God as an abuser. She's named this phenomenon "Abusive gOD Syndrome."
"We say that God is kind and loving," explains Brost, "but so are most abusive people."
Psychologists have long noted the ability of abusive personalities to be, at times, quite charismatic. The problem is that there is an evil side to these people. Brost sees a parallel in what she calls the normative view of God. "He's loving and kind, but He might also hurt you because He has to teach you a lesson," says Brost.
Breaking free from this type of thinking wasn't easy for this now zealous defender of God's goodness. After losing her mother-in-law, mother, father, unborn son, and nearly dying herself all in a short period of time in her early 20s, Brost slipped back into the suicidal depression that had haunted her for most of her life. She claims she has been symptom-free for over 7 years thanks in large part to her new understanding of the Scriptures.
What is the effect of thinking, âMaybe this is a problem God wants for me?â or âWe donât know if God will help us get out of this difficulty?â Brost's answer is a resounding, "Depression!" Who could be more trapped, more hopeless, more desperate than the man or woman whose beliefs cause them to wonder if an all-powerful, divine being is working against their efforts to be healthy, happy, and free?
Brost details her journey out of this spiral toward despair in "How I Suffered From My Theology: and regained my faith by questioning 3 beliefs." It is available in stores nation-wide. All profits are donated to charities like The Job Foundation (www.thejobfoundation.org), Shared Hope International (www.sharedhope.org), and World Impact (www.worldimpact.org).