According to John MacArthur, some years ago, the Mayo Clinic stated that statistically 80 percent of their total case load were ill either in reality or artificially due directly to mental stress. Also according to MacArthur, not too long ago, there appeared an article in a leading medical journal entitled, “Is Stress the Cause of All Disease?” The author of the article says that at the beginning of the century, bacteria were considered to be the center of attention. Today, mental stress has replaced bacteria.

-Sermons Illustrated May/June 1990

 


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Robert
Anthony tells a story about a man who went to see a psychiatrist because he was
obsessed with worry. The psychiatrist used hypnosis in therapy and was able to
wipe out the memory of what was worrying the man. The psychiatrist was shocked
to see the patient back in his office a few days later. “It’s worse than
ever, Doc,” said the man. “What’s the problem now?” said the psychiatrist.
The patient replied, “I have forgotten what I am supposed to be worrying
about.” So many people are beset by all kinds of anxieties and worries. Are
you so used to worrying that you sometimes forget what you’re supposed to be worrying
about?

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J.
Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati,
OH.


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