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Date Posted: 17:12:48 03/05/05 Sat
Author: Chris
Subject: Re: Mental Illness
In reply to: Elizabeth 's message, "Mental Illness" on 15:11:06 03/03/05 Thu

Did anyone see the movie a beautiful mind? I think it reminds us that mental illness can sometimes strike those vulnerable whether they are in UBF or not. Are we all really ready to help the person we married regardless of whether we married them by faith or not. It is at those moments when our lovely vows are tested. And if someone does marry someone who eventually falls in to mental illness, I pray you can take care of them in the best capacity.

I fully agree with you. The behaviour of John Nash's wife in the movie was a good example. But it does not need to be a mental illness. Your spouse can have cancer or a car accident and become bedridden and you need to care for him/her for the rest of your life. All this can happen very suddenly. Or you may have a handicapped child that needs all of your time. Or your parents may need much help in their old age. In these cases, we need to stand to our family though it may turn our whole life upside down and demand much of us. In these situations our love will be tested. But love is the essence of everything, as even John Nash was forced to conclude at the end of his life.

In UBF however, the marriage vow is not worth much. It is considered nothing more than "agreement on cooperation" for UBF mission. If one of the spouses wants to leave UBF this will be already enough reason for a divorce. There are dozends of examples for this in UBF already. So far I have not met the case where one of the spouses needed full time care. What would UBF do in this case? Neglect him/her like they neglect the children though he/she needs help (with the argument that "God will care for him/her")? Put him/her in a nursing home? Divorce? All that would be possible in the UBF mindset. The only thing that counts for them is their UBF mission which is also their only official purpose of marriage.

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