It’s real. . . it’s epidemic. . . it’s growing! Why?
It’s heartbreaking, yet we have found there are many different opinions and many different schools of thought as far as what causes autism. There are also many different levels and degrees of severity. We also know it crosses all social, economic, and religious backgrounds.
It must be truly devastating for a parent to hear their doctor say, “Your child has autism” (or has one of the many related developmental disorders that are so prevalent today).
Families become very distraught with the realization that they may be looking at a lifetime of treatment and care “if they can afford it.” Many at first go into denial, some question “why my child?” or think maybe it is a mis-diagnosis…maybe it will go away in time. They then get a second or third opinion, looking for different answers or opinions and the gamut of their emotions runs wild.
The challenges for the parents and grandparents are mixed with anguish, shock, frustration, and anger, along with despair and failure. They are on an emotional roller coaster. This is understandable, but we must not give up and lose hope for a cure. Nor should we stop looking for answers to many questions.
Autism was first identified in the early 40’s and since then, much has been written and researched about autism and related childhood developmental disabilities. Over 2 million children in the United States have been diagnosed with “autism spectrum disorder”.
Nationally, autism and related conditions are being diagnosed in 1 in 88 children (a 10-fold increase in the last 40 years). It is at an epidemic level and is the fastest growing serious developmental disability. Just a decade ago, the occurrence was only one in 2500.
What can explain the sudden increase?
No one knows for sure, but there are some clues.
Fifteen to twenty years ago it was unheard of that young teens and younger were killing their parents, fellow schoolmates, and teachers without regard for the consequences, or with any remorse for their actions. Worse yet, were the reasons given for the committing of these horrible acts of violence. What is triggering these young people to commit mindless acts of cruelty and then taking their own lives at times?
Research has strongly suggested that drugs, fantasy games, occult participation, violent video games, as well as violent and suggestive music is contributing and influencing our teenagers. Whether we like it or not, it is a fact of life.
What is going on with many of these autistic children may be a byproduct of their parents’ participation in many of these same things. Parents who are violent often produce violent children. Parents who are alcoholic often have alcoholic children. This is not to say that autistic children are the result of autistic parents. But there can be a connection generationally, just as there can be (and often is) more than one child in a family who is diagnosed with autism.
There can also be an environmental connection because of what may be allowed in the home to entertain children, i.e. cartoons and video games (that are often violent and demonic). Many times these things are used to keep the children quiet and occupied (a surrogate baby sitter) when parents don’t really have the time or take the time to spend with their children because of jobs, busy schedules, or their own personal struggles.
These are some of the factors that I believe may be contributing, but let’s see what the medical profession has to say. First of all, let me say that not all medical professionals, scientists, and/or licensed therapists agree on the possible causes or the effects of autism. My experience with interviewing some of these professionals who have done extensive research, is that they have come up with some possible causes, but no real definitive answers. No one knows for sure what the causes of autism and other related childhood disabilities are, let alone the “cure.”
But, again, there are clues!
In the February 2005 issue of “Newsweek” magazine, there was an article called “Babies & Autism: Why New Research on Infants May Hold the Key to Better Treatment.” The cover showed a picture of a baby with autism. It is heartbreaking to see the faces of these beautiful children and see the effects of this condition in their lives.
Scientists are now tracking the earliest signs of this mysterious disorder, as desperate parents hunt for treatments that may at least improve the quality of their child’s life. It’s a mystery and most are looking for treatments, not cures (because doctors and other professionals have said, “There is no cure!”) But, people who have autistic children are not really wanting “better treatment” – what they really want is to have their children back as they were – a miracle cure!
I agree with most medical professionals that there may be many open doors (or causes) behind this condition. I strongly disagree that this condition is purely a physical one, but I believe they may be several spiritual root causes lurking beyond the physical aspect.
Medical professionals and researchers are calling autism a brain disorder and there might be some validity in some cases, but not all! What causes some children to shut down as though their minds and emotions have been kidnapped? Some children may stop speaking altogether or withdraw, and yet others will suddenly develop the ability to memorize movie scripts word for word, or be able to suddenly play Mozart on the piano.
Does this sound a bit weird? It is!
It is very much a supernatural act (not natural or normal) for a child to recite Shakespeare, in perfect English, having never seen a play or script before!
Could this be a gift of God, as some say, or is it a supernatural ability from another source?
Scientists are now saying that it is a genetic or inherited genius ability from their parents, or even because of a lack of certain genes. I agree that many things can be passed on from parents to children, but I’m not sure if this is one of them.
A young couple in St. Louis recently were told by their doctors that they both had passed on a mixed bag of genes that apparently was more likely to produce children with autism. Both children born to this couple have the disorder.
We know others who have several children in the family who have been diagnosed with autism. Some parents have become convinced it was caused by childhood vaccinations, which contained thimerosal (a mercury-based preservative), but if that was always the case, why are their children who have never had thimerosal being diagnosed?
According to an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on September 3, 2003, the results of a Danish study had indicated that “autism rates in Denmark do not appear to be linked to thimerosal” because after thimerosal was eliminated completely from vaccinations, the autism rate continued to climb steadily. Many others are convinced that the medical profession and pharmaceutical companies are covering up.
There is no proof that it is thimerosal, nor is there proof that it is genetically inherited. The debate rages on. . .and now we are seeing some set free, not by using prescription drugs, not from treatment, but by the child’s parent recognizing and taking affirmative action in love. We don’t know why some (very few) grow out of it and others do not.
We don’t know why some treatments work or seem to improve conditions and for others they don’t. We are dealing with a very complex issue, but I believe there is a common thread.
We have begun to explore and examine another realm – the spiritual realm – for answers. We need to start asking the right questions!
In the Newsweek article, referred to earlier, it talks about a particular child who was not responding in being able to recognize human faces, but when he was shown a cartoon with the character Digimon, his response was incredible. They go on to say, “an intellectual thief, autism infiltrates children’s brains, stalling or stealing cognitive and social development.” As Christians, we know we have a thief (the enemy of our soul) who wants to kill, steal, and destroy according to John 10:10.
Because of the various opinions, treatments, and ways autism manifests, it is a real feat in navigation to make sense of it all. A primary assessment can cost $2,500. The Newsweek article goes on to say, “What parents really need is a roadmap”.
We say, what parents really need is a “spiritual roadmap”!
Our research continues to show that violent cartoons, Pokemon, Digimon, and the like, are having an adverse effect on our children, but are pastors willing to address these things from the pulpit?
Anger, strife, and violence in the home, as well as lack of love, attention, and nurturing have a profound effect on our children. Even the unborn child can recognize rejection while in the womb.
There is usually a cause and effect. Proverbs 26:2 says, “a curse without cause shall not alight.”
There is a connection between what our teenagers view on TV, movies, and video games and the fact that witchcraft, violence, and sexual promiscuity are on the rise. So, just as violent video games, subtle occult influence, and suggestive music is affecting our teens, so are demonic cartoons, games, toys, etc., affecting our younger children. We have sown to the wind, and we are now reaping the whirlwind, much to our dismay!
But, as you can see from the testimony of Kim about her daughter, Kirstin –
There is HELP!
There is a CURE!
There is HEALING!
There is DELIVERANCE!
We are doing on-going research, but we need your help. If you have had any experience or a testimony that would encourage and inspire others, help us get to the root issues that are involved, or any testimonies of freedom from autism, we would love to hear from you. Please email us at email@example.com
In the ministry God has given us, we really do find we usually don’t have to look very far to get to the roots of problems. What is happening in the “natural realm” is usually a reflection of what is going on in the “spiritual realm.” We must connect the dots between the two.
The doctors, the scientists, the psychiatrists all have their opinions. But, in the final analysis, the only opinion that counts in anything is God’s opinion. For we know His opinion is not just an opinion, it is the TRUTH.
So what is the TRUTH?
God says in Exodus 15:26, “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight,…I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians [the world]. For I am the Lord who heals you.”
In Matthew 9:32-33, Jesus cast out an evil “mute” spirit, and when the demon was cast out, the man who was formerly mute, began to speak. All the people watching on were absolutely amazed!
The Bible tells us that demons have the ability to keep people from speaking, to throw people down and cause convulsions, to cause them to cut themselves, to break loose from chains, to be bent over and not able to straighten up, to cause them to be distressed and oppressed and have sickness and disease (to name a few).
We personally have seen them cause a person to cross their eyes involuntarily, scream, flop around, or writhe uncontrollably. We have seen them cause headaches, stomachaches, and other aches. But these are things people don’t necessarily like to talk about.
When a demon is given the legal right to come in to a person’s life (or the family) through sin and disobedience (such as pride, unbelief, fear, strife, unforgiveness, witchcraft, or sexual sin for example), that same demon has the right to stay until someone takes authority over him and commands him to leave. Jesus commands us as believers to cast out demons (Mark 16:15-18).
We are not saying that all autism is caused by a demon – we are saying we know it is a definite possibility and we believe there are often spiritual connections that are overlooked, or denied.
We all have to admit — we often look for the answers everywhere but in the Bible.