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Letter: The cure for depression

Robin Williams's suicide apparently was because of depression. I too believe depression is a disease, but I believe it's a spiritual disease.

Like it was stated in the Aug. 14 Tribune editorial, "it is a debilitating and masterful opponent." And yes, wealth, personal resources and support are insufficient to overwhelm this demonic opponent. The most common self cure tried is intoxication, either with today's drugs or overindulgence in alcohol. Yet these seem just to accelerate depression, so their users try higher and higher doses until this demon talks them into self-destruction. Like some wise person said quite long ago, "Excessive drinking (drunkenness) doesn't solve problems; it only irrigates them."

The verse following the best known verse in the Bible, John 3:16, is John 3:17 and here Jesus says, "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him." And again in Matthew 11:28, Jesus says, "Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." And again in John 17:13b, Jesus says, "and these things I speak in the world that they might have my joy fulfilled in them."

I and thousands of others can testify by personal experience that what Jesus promised us here, salvation, rest and joy, are absolutely true. The only requirement on our part is Jesus' answer to the religious leaders of his time. They asked him in John 6:28, "What must we do, to be doing the works of God?" Jesus answered, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent." Believe what the Bible says, not necessarily what some cleric says the Bible says. This is the sure cure for the demon of depression!

Lyle H. Nelson

New London