Prov. 1:5, 6, 7, 20-23 says:
Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance — for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. … Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech: “How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you.
Today, as we continue our study on Christian or Secular worldview, we will be covering what The Bible has to say about psychology. We have already covered the different views concerning Theology, Philosophy, Ethics, and Biology.
Let us get into psychology. What does the Bible say about it?
In this exposé we will immediately see the flaws in the Secular worldview on psychology; mainly because it denies the supernatural.
By definition, psychology is the study of the soul.
In all reality, is an atheist psychologist equipped to help a person – seeing he does not even believe man is a three-part being (1Thess 5:23), consisting of a spirit, soul, & body? If you are a Christian, then the Biblical answer is “No”. You cannot rightly address the issues of a man without knowing what a man is.
Secular worldview as projected by Humanists and Marxists believe:
Man is inherently good. Society is mostly to blame for men doing evil things.
However, the two groups differ in some areas:
Secular Humanists believe that an individual can achieve mental health by getting in touch with his “real self”; or by becoming “self-actualized” while
Secular Marxists believe that language can affect the mind to basically inspire revolution (evolution in society), and when we all live in the perfect Socialist/Communist new world order – then the man will be capable of perfect mental health, and is free to “be all that he can be”.
To the Marxist, as long as inferior and failed systems like Capitalism and Christianity exist – then there will always be “mental illness”. In other words, it is Christianity and Capitalism that generate mental illness in human beings.
Now, once again, we should expect the lost world to believe these things. However, what we should not expect is for those that call themselves Christians to believe them.
– They are unbiblical, and
– They are anti-God’s ways of thinking.
Anyone who names the Name of Christ should know that man is not inherently good. If man were inherently good:
– Why laws?
– Why police?
– Why courts?
– Why judges?
– Why jails and prisons?
– Why locks, bolts, bars, chains, guns, combinations, & vaults?
– Why rapes, incest, thefts, beatings, murders, adultery, drunkenness, drug abuse, lying, dishonor, ungratefulness, unfaithfulness, and ungodliness?
– Why? Why? Why?
Here is why:
– There is none righteous, no, not one.
– All have sinned and come short of God’s glory.
– The heart is deceitful and desperately wicked.
– Man is abominable and filthy and drinks iniquity like water. Unsaved men are children of wrath, dead in trespasses and sin (Rom 3:10, 23; Jer 17:9, Job 15:16, Eph 2:1-3).
We could go on and on, but it is obvious man is not good. He needs a Saviour.
As we have seen, atheistic psychology would blame society for this problem. The Bible teaches personal accountability and responsibility.
- We must confess we are sinners.
- We must confess we are guilty before a perfect and holy God.
They are not just unwarranted “guilt feelings”. There is a feeling of guilt because there is true guilt that needs to be admitted.
- When we submit to God’s Word and authority, we will become better individuals and thereby affect our society for the better.
- We are to affect society – not blame it for our sinfulness. Jesus asks us to be salt and light in this dark world, not conform to it. This takes individual choice. Choose life or death, blessing, or cursing.
I believe much of what is called mental illness nowadays is just sinful people trying to make excuses for themselves to live sinfully.
I believe a lot of people need to get off their pharmaceuticals, “personality in a pill” drug habit, and get right with God.
When you get in touch with your “true self”, you do not find out how good you are; you rather find out you are a sinful, lost person who desperately needs a Saviour.
Many Secular Humanist/Marxist psychologist think Christianity is a mental illness when in reality, it is the only true and drug-free deliverance from it.
Do you want real mental health? Then follow these steps:
1. Acknowledge & confess your sin, and turn from it (repent).
2. Receive forgiveness through faith alone in the shed blood of Jesus Christ,
– Be obedient to God’s Word, and allow the Holy Spirit to do His sanctifying work in your life.
As a repentant Christian, you must know and comprehend that God loves you and accepts you, even when you fail. His Spirit abides in you. You are His temple. This motivates our hearts to love and serve Him, but also gives us confidence and assurance when we come short of His perfection in our daily lives. We are always accepted by God in the Beloved (Jesus). He who sanctifies (Jesus), and those who are sanctified (Christians), are all of one Spirit. He will never leave us nor forsake us. All of these promises are yes and amen for the believer.
I do not see any truly organic mental problems that are not as a result of sinful living, true guilt, or denial.
God knows man because He created man. God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, made man spirit, soul, & body.
The Bible is the textbook on man, and I believe the sum of biblical psychology can be seen in this verse, “Who the Son (Jesus) sets free, is free indeed,” (John 8: 32).
Christian psychology hinges on Christ who sets man free from mental illness. Accept Him today.
Look out for part 7 of this exposé.
By Rev. Dr. Daniel Sopuru (email@example.com)
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