Out of the Depths: An Autobiographical Study of Mental Disorder and Religious Experience, by Anton T. Boisen, #7

Our Ordained Chaplains scripture verse for today is Ephesians 4:32 which reads, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Our Ordained Chaplains quote for today is from Charles H. Spurgeon. He said, “A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.”

In this podcast, we will continue discussing the book “Out of the Depths” by Anton T. Boisen. We continue today with “Early Years: Earliest Impressions” (Part 3):

On another occasion the professor of English made a brilliant speech before some university gathering. Unfortunately it followed almost word for word a speech by some other man, which my father had happened to read. My father was not one who could tolerate dishonesty and he blurted out his discovery in faculty meeting. He thus brought a good deal of trouble upon himself as well as upon the offending colleague.

After several discouraging months my father was fortunate enough to be appointed to a vacancy in Williams College in Massachusetts with the understanding that if he made good, the appointment would be permanent. Therefore we moved to Williamstown. There he continued to spend a good deal of his leisure time teaching me to distinguish the different kinds of trees by means of leaves and bark. He also took us out frequently to enjoy the mountain scenery.

Shortly after I had passed my fourth birthday, while we were living in Williamstown, I had the experience of being circumcized. Quite spontaneously, it seemed, there had developed a sex-organ excitation which seemed beyond the normal. I can recall my parents* anxious concern and the consultation with the doctor. He was sure it was due to local irritation, and the operation was performed. As a matter of fact, the trouble lay in a more than average interest in matters eliminative and sexual. I may add that I do not remember ever overhearing or seeing anything in the behavior either of adults or of other children which might explain it. Since it was thus primarily psychical, the treatment failed to correct it. The following summer, while at the home of my grandparents in Bloornington, this interest led to some mutual explorations with a boy cousin about a year younger. We were promptly caught and my mouth was washed out with soap and water. This treatment seems to have put an end to the trend for the time being. The horror on my mother’s face and her volunteered promise that she would not tell my father are impressions which still remain.

In our next broadcast, we will continue with Part 4 of “Early Years: Earliest Impressions.”


Now, if you have come across this broadcast, and do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!