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What is Wrong With the Mentally Ill?

Time Magazine most vividly told the story of "The Revolt of Leo Held". The question is, was Held really sick? Was Mrs. Knisely right? Wittingly or unwittingly, Time answers that question. The caption under a picture of the prostrate wounded killer runs, "responsible, respectable-and resentful." Time put its finger directly on the real issue. Held was not sick; he was resentful. Yet, it is a significant sign of the nearly total acceptance of the mental illness propaganda that Mrs. Knisely's first thought was, "He's sick and needs a psychiatrist". Held's true condition was recorded long ago in Proverbs 26:23-26, which describes people who harbor grudges, resentments and bitterness in their hearts. For a long while Held was able to cover the resentment with an outer gloss of tranquility and graciousness. But finally the resentment burst through. Consider these words: ('Like the glaze covering an earthen vessel are smooth lips with an evil heart.... " Outwardly Held seemed respectable; outwardly he appeared responsible; but inwardly his heart seethed with hatred. Held spoke to his Scout troop with "smooth lips." At church and as a member of the Fire Brigade he paraded in a glaze of respectability. But Proverbs says, He who hates dissembles with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart. When he speaks graciously believe him not for there are seven abominations in his heart.