Prov. 1:5, 7, 20-23 says, "A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, "How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you."
Today, as we continue our study on a Christian 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. We will immediately see the flaws in Secular humanist/Marxist psychology; mainly because they deny the supernatural - and by definition, psychology is the study of the soul. In all reality, is an atheist psychologist equipped to help a person – seeing he doesn't even believe man is a three part being (1Thess 5:23), consisting of a spirit, soul, and body? If your a Christian, then the Biblical answer is “No”. You cannot rightly address the issues of a man without knowing what a man is. Could I be a good mechanic, if I denied the existence of critical parts of the car?
I will spare you the lengthy words and definitions for Humanist/Marxist psychology, and just give the basics of what they believe. While there are some differences between them, they both agree on this: 1. Man is inherently good. 2. Society is mostly to blame for man doing evil things. This is where they disagree: Sec. Humanist believe that an individual can achieve mental health by getting in touch with his “real self”; or by becoming “self actualized”. Marxist 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 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”.
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 these things. They are unbiblical, anti-God ways of thinking. Anyone who names the Name of Christ, (and in my opinion, anyone with common sense) should know that man is not inherently good. Why laws, police, courts, judges, jails, and prisons? Why locks, bolts, bars, chains, guns, combinations, and vaults? Why rapes, incest, thefts, beatings, murders, adultery, drunkenness, drug abuse, lying, dishonor, unthankfulness, unfaithfulness, and unholiness? Why? Why? Why!
Here's 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). I could go on, but it's obvious man is not good. He needs a savior. 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 said 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 pharmaceutical ,“personality in a pill” drug habit, and get right with God. When you get in touch with your “true self”, you don't find out how good you are; You find out you're a sinful, lost person who desperately needs a savior.
Many Secular Humanist/Marxist psychologist think Christianity is a mental illness, when in actuality, it's the only true and drug free deliverance from it. Do you want real mental health? Then follow these steps: Acknowledge and confess your sin, and turn from it (repent). 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 understand that there are truly organic mental problems that are not the result of sinful living, true guilt, or denial. I hope you understand that that is not the issue I am dealing with in this article. That is an entirely different subject.
God knows man, because He created man. God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, made man – spirit, soul, and body. The Bible is the text book on man, and I believe the sum of biblical psychology can be seen in this verse, “Who the Son (Jesus) makes free, is free indeed.” Until next time, rejoice in he Lord!