Trying to reconcile the hostility and greed coming out of the North Carolina General Assembly with their declared Christian beliefs is a daunting task. A new study reported in the Journal of Religion and Health may shed light on the subject.
In keeping with prior studies on this very subject, she queried the data on three types of believers: those who see God as angry, those who see God as neutral and those who see God as loving. Controlling specifically to weed out the non-believers, Silton found that a belief in a forgiving, loving God is associated with positive psychological traits, “almost protecting against psychopathology,” she told Raw Story.
But for those who think God is angry and preparing punishments for sinners, “that belief seems to be very much related to these negative symptoms,” Silton said.
“If you look at the previous research, they’ve connected it to depression and all sorts of other psychiatric disorders,” she said. “We were looking at social phobia, obsession, compulsion, paranoia and a lot of features of anxiety disorders.”
The author is quick to point out there is no clear causal relationship in play. The research doesn't say whether belief in an angry god makes people mentally unstable ... or whether unstable people tend to believe in an angry god.
Either way, we all suffer the risk of their collective delusions.