I Feel Guilty for Being So Depressed & I Don’t Know How To Get Unstuck…

Sadly, I can relate to quite a few of the conditions you post about on this site (bisexuality, pedophilia, and masochism [I’m also dealing with mild psychogenic tremors and eproctophilia, but I read your articles about scat so I’m guessing it stems from the same underlying trauma of feeling demeaned]). I’ve been in and out of depression for the last 15 years or so and I feel terrible about it. I feel guilty for even being susceptible to depression, let alone being overpowered by it — and for this long. I was taught that once I was saved I would be transformed into a “new creature.” Honestly, I felt little difference between now and when I was “saved” 14 years ago. Just how long does it take? Anyways, I know I’m not where I should be in life at my age and I still don’t have the necessary faith or trust in God nor the drive needed to go out, build a career, and produce in this world. I’ve had sessions with psychiatrists in an effort to understand what was going on with me and they suggested that I take fluoxetine for my symptoms, but I was taught against psychotropic medicine by my church, so that wasn’t about to happen. What do you think I should do at this point?

Reader Caution: This post contains a few general references to torture and sexual assault aimed at children. Discretion is advised.

There are several issues I want to address here. Let’s start with the trauma symptoms. As you probably know from reading my material, trauma symptoms tend to multiply and intensify over time, so the fact that you have so many at your age is expected given the kind of stress your mind is dealing with. But while the surfacing of new symptoms is an indication of mental fatigue and should spur you on to be more active in trying to deal with root causes, there is also an upside. New symptoms provide new insights into what originally happened, and that is especially helpful in cases where the subconscious feels a need to withhold information. All forms of memory suppression are an attempt to manage stress, but suppression takes a heavy toll on the subconscious, so the sooner you are able to create a safe environment for it to discuss its fears, the sooner it can find relief. You create a safe environment by emphasizing compassion and respect for your mind’s problems.

Now it’s possible (and common) to have multiple traumas building on each other, but in cases like yours, there is often a major trauma that is doing most of the damage. Let’s discuss the clues your mind is providing so far to get a clearer picture of what might have happened.

Bisexuality

Bisexuality forms when your subconscious locks onto gender as a key element of a traumatic event. Since you are male, the abnormal change here is that your mind is pushing you towards intimate relations with other males. Notice that you are not homosexual, which is a more extreme form of this symptom. In homosexuality, the mind is trying to avoid intimate relations with the opposite sex and focus all intimacy towards the same sex. But with bisexuality, your mind is not shunning females (which indicates it does not feel threatened by them), but it is adding males. By pushing you towards other males, your mind is indicating a desire to study the concept of intimate male-male relations. Why? Given your other symptoms, one likely explanation is that your original attacker was a male and your mind is trying to get you into a setting where you can recreate what originally happened to you.

Remember that traumatized minds instinctively try to resolve their distress by symbolically recreating aspects of the original trauma. This is quite logical and reasonable when you think about it. Whenever we humans are puzzled by something and want to understand it better, we focus more on the thing that is puzzling us, we don’t ignore it. If you don’t understand a paragraph that you just read, you go back to the start and read it again. If you don’t understand what that dark smudge on your carpet is, you walk over to it to take another look. In the same way, traumatized minds begin to obsessively focus on traumatic memory files, replaying them over and over again in the hope that they will have an “aha” moment about why that terrible thing happened, what it means, and how it can be prevented from occurring again in the future. These are all very reasonable questions to ask, but as your mind obsesses over such disturbing memory files, you end up being negatively affected by its behaviour. Because your mind feels so upset by what happened to you, it makes resolving that issue an increasingly high priority until your whole life seems to be revolving around reviewing a few crummy events from your past.

Pedophilia

Pedophilia is an especially helpful symptom when it comes to narrowing down timeframes, because often the age your mind latches onto here is the age that you were when you were assaulted. In your case, your symptoms strongly indicate that you perceived yourself as being sexually assaulted by someone during the original trauma. How we interpret an event is what counts in trauma cases. Even if our interpretations are wrong (meaning you thought someone was trying to harm you when they really weren’t), once we form those beliefs, they become our truth, and we react to them as if they are solid facts.

Remember that the best indication of when the original trauma happened is to identify how old you were when you first started noticing any trauma symptom surfacing. Once you identify that approximate age, you know to look for a highly stressful event that occurred around or before that age.

Mascohism

The masochism symptom indicates your mind is trying to use a defence strategy that is a very common choice among passive temperaments: what I call trauma rehearsal. The goal here is to protect yourself from being upset by pain by learning to like it. Your subconscious is essentially hoping to acclimate your body to certain kinds of physical assault. The logic here is “I can’t be distressed by things I genuinely like.”

Masochism is very much a pre-emptive defence strategy. It is based on the assumption that another attack is guaranteed to come, therefore it is urgent to try to acclimate the body to pain as much as possible so that it will have a higher tolerance for pain than it did the first time. Masochism is especially likely to surface when shocking physical pain is experienced during the original trauma. Medical procedures that result in shocking pain to the private areas, or violent forms of sexual assault (such as penetrative rape, not just light groping) are strong candidates here.

The well-intentioned masochistic defence has a fatal flaw in its logic which guarantees that it will always do more harm than good. It is impossible to teach your body to like pain. Your body was hardwired by God to care about two goals in life: feeling good and staying safe. Pain violates both of these priorities, and as a result, your body will always loathe pain. In cases where people think they are learning to like pain, they are misinterpreting their own behaviour. Yes, you can make your body cooperate with sessions of self-torture (and this often feels like an urgent need in cases of strong masochism). But your body feels totally outranked by your subconscious and soul. It also feels a desperate need to appease these two alpha elements–especially your subconscious, who your body depends on to help it function. When your soul or subconscious begin demanding that your body engage in self-harming activities, your body feels it has no choice but to cooperate (see Self-Harming: Understanding Your Body’s Dilemma). Being coerced into doing something is an entirely different thing than liking it.

Many masochists see themselves voluntarily submitting to torture and they interpret their behaviour as evidence that they are making progress in learning to like pain. This feels like a major victory because they believe that if they can learn to like pain, pain can no longer harm them. But, no, what’s actually happening in cases where people think they are “acclimating to torture” is that they are forcing their minds and bodies to remain in a constant state of emergency. The very real loss of physical pain sensations that some people experience when they practice being tortured is due to their minds and bodies utilizing some impressive emergency defence tools that God wired into them. The problem is that these tools are only designed to be used once in a great while because they require immense internal resources to activate. When people try to overuse these extreme defence tools, they put such a heavy strain on their elements that their entire system begins to collapse. Your mind simply can’t keep up with all of the vital tasks you need it to do every day and help your body cope with torture. In order to activate its extreme pain defence tools, your body has to cut resources from many other vital areas. All of this budget slashing will quickly push you towards a full system breakdown, and those are not always possible to recover from.

The important point to grasp here is that masochism worsens over time, and the more you abuse yourself or invite others to abuse you, the more damage you do to your body and mind. This kind of damage is not always obvious at first, but it’s happening nonetheless, and can have crippling long-term effects. So if you see yourself sliding into self-abuse sessions, you really need to step up your efforts to turn your mind away from using this kind of strategy, and that means working on root causes (I’ll make specific recommendations at the end of this post).

Eproctophilia

Eproctophilia is when you feel sexually aroused by flatulence. This symptom indicates that your mind picked up on either a sound, smell, or both in the original trauma environment. Remember that to diagnose root causes correctly, you need to move cautiously and listen to what your mind is actually saying without trying to add in your own assumptions. In your case, what are the specific aspects of flatulence that you find your mind focusing on? The smell? The sound? The image of a naked butt? With symptoms like this, the mind often produces a variety of images that vary in detail. The way to narrow things down is to focus on your mind’s favourite eproctophilia fantasies. These will be the ones it plays the most often, and the ones that give you the strongest arousal reactions. Your mind will typically produce a wide variety of different fantasies before settling on a few winners that it will want to play the most often. What causes a fantasy to become favoured by your mind is how close of a match it feels to the original trauma. The more favoured a fantasy is, the more helpful that fantasy will be in providing clues as to what actually happened to you.

A very straightforward connection here would be that either you or your attacker flatulated prior to, during, or after the actual assault. But it doesn’t have to be this straightforward. Any strong stink in the air could cause this symptom to emerge later on. The original odour did not have to be caused by anyone flatulating. Your mind could have linked the smell to human flatulence later as it tried to identify a likely cause for the smell.

There are a variety of gases that pass through the human digestive system, but most are odourless. Hydrogen sulphide is the gas that produces the “rotten egg” stink, and there are many non-human sources of this gas. If you were in an industrial area and perhaps near a factory that was producing hydrogen sulphide as a by-product of its manufacturing process, then your mind could have locked onto that smell as significant at the time, then later connected it to flatulence once you gained more life experience and realized that human flatulence sometimes smells like that manufacturing plant you were near.

When assault happens to young children, their very limited life experience often causes them to be confused by elements in their environment. The initial confusion can result in their minds forming associations later on that can tempt people to make false diagnoses. Remember that your subconscious is an artist who loves symbolism. So while some very important clues are certainly embedded in each of your trauma symptoms, there is a lot of metaphorical imagery being added in as well. This is why it is so important to look for common themes that keep surfacing across multiple fantasies, and to especially focus your analysis on the fantasies that give you the strongest arousal symptoms. In your case, you are primarily experiencing a fear-driven type of arousal, which means you feel the most aroused (fearful) by things that remind you the most of your original trauma.

Psychogenic Tremors

There is a very strong parent-child kind of dynamic between your subconscious and your body. Your subconscious is extremely protective over your body, and your body heavily relies on your subconscious to help it get its needs met. When your body needs water, for example, it can’t meet that need on its own. It needs your subconscious to get involved, because your subconscious is the part of you that understands how to locate water, and how to get it into your body. What happens in cases of thirst is that your body sends a request for hydration directly to your subconscious. Your subconscious analyses all of the information your body has provided (is just tap water going to do here, or is an electrolyte infused sports drink the better choice?). Your subconscious then performs a quick assessment of your current environment (where is the nearest source of hydration?). Your subconscious then gives commands to your conscious and body, and here is where you find yourself getting up and walking over to your kitchen to fetch an empty drinking glass from your cupboard.

Because your body is so dependent on your subconscious, it is very sensitive to changes in your subconscious’ mood. When your body senses that your subconscious is agitated about something, your body becomes agitated as well. It worries the way a child worries when he senses his mother is upset about something. The child doesn’t understand the details of what his mother is stressing about, but the very fact that she is stressed makes him feel that his own well-being is threatened.

Your subconscious is well aware of how closely your body is monitoring it, and your body’s constant hovering poses a problem for your mind. The problem is that your mind can handle a lot more stress than your body can, so if your body tries to share in all of your mind’s stress, it will quickly burn out. To prevent this from happening, your mind tries to hide much of its stress from your body. This is like how a mother tries to hide her stress from her child by forcing a smile and pretending to a be a lot more chipper than she really feels. The mother puts on this act to try to distract her child from noticing her tense emotional aura.

Now in the world of trauma, all kinds of involuntary twitches, jerks, and repetitive motions develop as mind and body respond to the fact that the mind is super stressed. There are two main ways that psychogenic tremors develop. In the first scenario, your mind essentially coerces your body into developing these tremors as a means of distracting it. Your body finds any kind of muscle tremor distracting, and whenever your body is focusing on some issue within itself, it is no longer able to pay as much attention to what your mind is doing. Your subconscious has many clever tricks that it can use for getting your body and conscious to focus elsewhere. But remember that the underlying goal here is to protect these elements from stress by getting them to stop focusing so much on what your subconscious is doing. (To learn more about how your subconscious uses clever distraction techniques to protect your conscious and body from stress, see A Love of Noise, Speed & Risk: Understanding Stress Mechanics.)

So first we have cases in which the subconscious is triggering the physical symptoms. Your subconscious has the power to override many of your body’s functions. You are already experiencing your subconscious overriding your body’s sexual arousal symptoms–causing it to become physically aroused by targets which your body doesn’t actually feel attracted to on its own. Causing your sexual organs to become aroused is just one of countless ways that your subconscious can override your body’s natural functions. Triggering muscle spasms is also well within your subconscious’ realm of power. But just because your subconscious can override your body, doesn’t mean that it is. While some physical behaviours are a result of the mind overriding, plenty of others are created by the body itself.

Each of your elements has its own way of communicating. While your conscious likes to form verbal thoughts and your subconscious likes to talk through symbolic imagery, your body expresses many of its feelings through physical behaviours. Each body has its own personality, and its own preferences regarding how it wants to vent stress. Some of us start rapping our fingers on a hard surface when we’re nervous. Some of us pace. Some of us wring our hands. Some of us get backaches, headaches, or eye twitches. When it comes to correctly interpreting body talk, the challenge is to accurately identify the underlying cause. Are you coughing because you’re coming down with a cold, because something is tickling your throat, or because your body is reacting to stress that it’s picking up from one of your alpha elements?

Your body and conscious are both very sensitive to what your soul and subconscious are doing. Right now you are in a situation where both of your alpha elements are feeling super stressed. Your subconscious is stressing over traumatic events from your past, and your soul is stressing about you being some kind of failure in the eyes of God. Feeling unprepared to defend you from future attacks is a major stress to your subconscious. Feeling like God sees you as some kind of pathetic loser is a major stress to souls that really care about pleasing Him (which yours obviously does). As your body looks at around at these two alphas who are each panicking for their own reasons, how is it going to respond? It’s going to panic as well.

When your body’s stress spikes, it instinctively tries to vent that tension out of its system. Often it will turn to some form of repetitive motion to do this, and psychogenic tremors fall into this category. It’s not at all surprising that you are developing this kind of symptom given how strained things currently are between your internal elements. This is a very unhappy group at the moment. Everyone is feeling anxious and worried and wondering how long it’s going to be before one of their partners freaks out in some new way. This brings us to the next issue on your list…

Depression

I’ve been in and out of depression for the last 15 years or so and I feel terrible about it. I feel guilty for even being susceptible to depression, let alone being overpowered by it — and for this long.

Seriously?? Why on earth do you think it’s unreasonable for you to be depressed in your current situation? Given all of the factors involved here, it would be entirely reasonable for you to be deeply suicidal at this point, so the fact that you’re functioning as well as you are is very impressive. Yes, we want to improve your situation, but the first change that needs to be made is throwing out this insane expectation that someone in your state of stress is supposed to be cruising through life like some cheery ray of sunshine.

Here’s the thing about depression: everyone is susceptible. I don’t know what kind of idiocy is being pumped out at that church of yours, but making depression out to be some kind of flaw or failing is more than a little obnoxious.

Clearly we need to get you better educated on this topic, so let’s start with some basics. Depression is like the loud clunking sound your car starts making as you’re driving it down the road. That sound tells you that something is wrong under the hood. Do you then pull over, get out, and start lecturing your car about what a miserable loser it’s being for clunking? Do you tell it that it’s ridiculous and embarrassing for a car to ever have mechanical issues because good cars are above such things? If you saw a man verbally shaming his car for making strange noises, you’d think he was a bit of a dolt. Then you might try to enlighten him by saying, “Talking to your car isn’t going to fix anything, pal, you need to take it to a mechanic.”

When your car starts making strange noises, you pop open the hood and start examining its internal parts to see what the trouble is. When depression surfaces, it’s also time to “pop open the hood.” What’s tricky about this is that you are a complex little thing with multiple “engines.” So the first order of business is to figure out which part of you is depressed.

There are primary and secondary sources of depression. The most important kind to treat is the primary source. There are three options here. When your body is the primary source, you become depressed for biological reasons. Diet, illness, fatigue, and chemical/hormone imbalances can all play a role here. Because anti-depressant drugs can only attempt to correct biological problems, they are most effective when the body is the primary source of the depression.

When your soul is the primary source of depression, your depression is a response to negative soul beliefs which are basically making you feel hopeless about your present and future. Often when your soul is the primary source, your body becomes depressed by proxy, for the reasons I explained earlier. But the key point to understand here is that when your soul is the primary source of the depression, taking anti-depressants won’t help you very much at all. You might notice a very mild shift as your body’s reaction to your soul becomes a bit less negative. But there is no drug that can fix spiritual beliefs. Spiritual depression needs to be dealt with using spiritual methods, and that means identifying and correcting the specific false beliefs that your soul is currently clinging to. Divine judgment is often an essential topic here, because in many cases of soul depression, a person is feeling despaired about ever pleasing God because they think He is either not interested in them, holding some grudge, demanding the impossible, or taking sadistic pleasure in tormenting them just because He can.

In cases of psychological depression, your subconscious is the primary source. Like spiritual depression, psychological depression is caused by your subconscious feeling despaired about getting some of its needs met (including its need to protect you) because of certain false beliefs that it is clinging to.

If we were to tally up all of the cases of depression in this world, we’d find that most of them are spiritual and psychological in origin. This is why anti-depressants are notorious for not providing as much help as people wish they would–because you can’t fix beliefs by ingesting chemicals. But that said, to demonize anti-depressants is completely wrong. In cases of biological depression, the right drug can be life changing. Even in cases of psychological and spiritual depression, anti-depressants can at least provide the body with a bit more support, and this certainly shouldn’t be scoffed at. When your entire system is under an immense strain, getting any help to any of your elements is a plus.

In your case, it’s clear that you’re dealing with spiritual and psychological forms of depression. In such a case, taking anti-depressants will likely have a very minimal effect, because they will only be able to help your body. Your body will continue to stress until it senses your soul and mind calm down. Understanding the mechanics I’ve explained can help you make a more informed choice about taking anti-depressants. I certainly wouldn’t recommend basing your decision on a bunch of people who don’t know better than to say “humans shouldn’t be susceptible to depression.” That is like saying “I should be able to whack you in the knee with a bat without you feeling any pain.”

The kind of depression you’re dealing with is a logical response to specific beliefs. Change the beliefs, and the logical response will change as well. But let’s be clear: you don’t just change your beliefs overnight, so before you start listening to a bunch of dingdongs who teach that you can simply “decide” to have unwavering faith, or that trusting God is always a breeze, you need to respect the scope of the problem you’re dealing with. The beliefs that are currently dragging you down are ones that you’ve been rehearsing and confirming to yourself for years. These things feel like rock solid truths right now, and you aren’t going to just kick them aside as you would some tiny pebble. Changing strong beliefs is like trying to dig out the stump of a mature tree: it takes a lot of time, effort and persistence. So this isn’t a process that you want to set some ridiculous deadline on. Don’t say to yourself “By the end of the week, I’ll have learned to think differently!” because that’s not how this works.

You change your beliefs by strategically poking holes in the logical arguments that your soul and mind are currently using. For example, your soul is the part of you that wrote your question, and in your statement, your soul states several of the beliefs that are causing it to feel so despaired. Your soul currently believes it should somehow prevent you from being depressed. This is a false belief. Your soul has very limited influence over your other elements. It cannot control how your subconscious thinks or behaves. It cannot prevent your body from reacting negatively to what its partner elements are doing. To correct this false belief, your soul needs to understand that it is far more limited than it realizes. A very useful step to take here would be to ask God to help you gain a more accurate understanding of what He expects from you.

As the One who defined what your limits are, God does not expect your soul to do things that He knows it can’t do. This means that God does not hold your soul responsible for what your mind and body are doing. Right now your subconscious is feeling very stressed by certain events that have happened to you in the past. God has immense sympathy for the stress your mind is currently under. He considers your subconscious’ current fears, confusion, and stress to be entirely reasonable. He considers your various trauma symptoms to be quite reasonable as well, because He understands that all of those symptoms are a result of your mind trying to logically resolve its distress.

When you find yourself getting aroused by flatulence, God is not saying, “WOW, that is so disgusting!” Instead, He is saying, “Well, of course flatulence distresses you like this because it reminds you of those terrible events that caused you such pain and confusion.”

When you find yourself fantasizing about having sexual relations with other men, God is not saying, “Get away from Me, you vile pervert!” Instead, He is saying, “I totally understand why males have become such confusing symbols to you, and I appreciate what your mind is hoping to accomplish by pushing you towards male partners.”

You see, God gets it. He understands every nuance of this tangled mess you’re in, and He sees this as an opportunity for the two of you to develop a more meaningful relationship with each other. Instant fixes just aren’t as attractive to God as they are to us. Where we see the sudden elimination of a problem as a big sigh of relief, God sees fantastic growth opportunities being eliminated as well, and He doesn’t love that idea.

God invented the whole concept of trauma. If He hadn’t designed us the way that He did, it wouldn’t be possible for us to get traumatized. So why did He intentionally come up with such a nasty little system in the first place? Why make us so vulnerable to getting stalled and stuck with a bunch of horrific psychological symptoms that cause our souls no end of torment? The point is to use the psychological symptoms to unlock spiritual benefits.

When you are masochistic, you have huge issues with self-worth. You basically see yourself as some worthless piece of trash that exists–and perhaps even deserves–to be endlessly tortured by others. There’s nothing in it for you when you’re masochistic–you are just an object that other people get to benefit from.

From God’s perspective, causing your original sense of worth to be obliterated clears the way for Him to teach you a whole new definition of worthy. In this world, we measure our worth by the way other humans view us. How much money we make, how many things we accomplish, how many people we help, how many friends and accolades we collect, and how physically attractive we are–these are the things we measure our worth by. But God defines our worth very differently. He says we all have a very high intrinsic value simply because He chose to bring us into existence, and anything that He considers worthy of His attention is obviously valuable because He is awesome and doesn’t waste His efforts on trash. It is immensely difficult for us to really grasp how God defines our worth as His creatures. As long as we feel we are scoring high in the human measures of worth, we resist the idea of tossing that aside as meaningless and switching over to God’s value system. Yet the fact is that God’s value system is the only one that has any real merit, so if we’re going to get somewhere in our individual journeys, we really need to learn to align with His way of judging things. Here is where God is doing you a huge favour by setting you up with a trauma that causes you to feel incapable of ever meeting the human definition of “worthy.” By the time your subconscious has you neck deep in masochistic logic, you end up feeling despaired about ever competing with the general human race. Well, from God’s perspective, this is progress, because by getting you to feel that succeeding with humans is impossible, He makes it easier for you to switch over to His value system.

God says every creature He makes is worthy simply because He made them, and everything He makes is priceless. So now you’re a screwed up mess that the world is rejecting, yet God is calling you priceless. How is your soul going to respond to this bizarre dilemma? The natural instinct is to call God crazy, but that gets harder to do as your soul develops more respect for who God is. As the Creator and Sustainer of all that exists, God’s opinion trumps everyone else’s, so if He says you’re priceless, you’re stuck with that assessment. No one can change the value that God assigns to His own creations.

Every one of your trauma symptoms is creating vital opportunities for your soul to grow closer to God. God always has spiritual end goals in mind when He puts us through psychological and physical challenges. So for you, the important question is: “What are the positive spiritual lessons that God wants to teach me using this psychological stress?” I suggest you write this question down in a journal, and pray about it. Then list each of your trauma symptoms out and start writing down any insights you feel God gives you regarding them. Be open to Him helping you understand the specific beliefs that your mind and soul are stressing about, as well as the spiritual principles that relate to your various symptoms.

Anti-Depressants

As for the anti-depressants, if you want to try them, go for it. It is not a sin to try to give stressed out bodies more resources to work with. But be advised that anti-depressants are a category of drugs which needs to be treated with an extra measure of respect. Do not skip doses, do not drastically reduce doses, and do not stop cold turkey. Consistency and gradual dose changes are the keys to having a positive experience with this kind of drug. It is a wise precaution to use one of those weekly pill cases that have separate compartments labelled with the days of the week so that you don’t accidentally miss a dose. Abrupt changes to your dosage can cause your depression to suddenly intensify (meaning you go from feeling down to suddenly feeling suicidal). So if you try them, be sure that you follow any advice your doctor and pharmacist give you regarding dosage. If you decide to get off them, you will probably need to ease off gradually to avoid negative shifts in your mood. Ask your prescribing doctor for advice about this before you start taking them just so you can get an idea of what will be involved.

New Creations

Now you referenced the apostle Paul’s teaching that we are made “new creations in Christ.” To put it plainly, this is utter rubbish. The apostle Paul was a very deceptive and dangerous spiritual teacher who intentionally portrayed God as being impossible to succeed with for the purpose of keeping people in spiritual despair. Today Paul’s writings are exalted as “Divinely inspired” by Christians and the man himself is promoted as an excellent model of spiritual maturity. In real life, Paul was a hardcore spiritual rebel who slandered Yahweh (aka God the Father) throughout his writings, utterly rejected the Divinity of Christ, and shamelessly manipulated sincere God seekers for his own gain. The sooner you learn to see this apostle as the demon-led viper that he was, the less susceptible your soul will be to accepting lies from modern day pulpits.

On my spiritual counselling site, I have written a series on Romans which provides an in-depth analysis of some of Paul’s most popular teachings. I suggest that you work through that series as you have time, and ask God to give you insight. Paul’s infamous “new creation” rot comes up in 2 Corinthians, and has been making people feel like spiritual failures ever since the New Testament was compiled. For help with this topic, see Why NO ONE Is A New Creation In Christ (And Why Christ Likes It That Way).

This post was written in response to [Wonderer].