Saturday, December 27, 2008
Here are a few pictures of the mess we ran in to...
Please pray that we won't run into any more issues, and that this will be fixed quickly!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Here's what we did:
played games (after eating)
Doesn't that sound like the perfect Christmas party? ;)
It really was a lot of fun!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Snowman pictures are coming in the next post!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
"Christian psychologists offer a gospel that won't make people feel bad about themselves or offend them by exposing their wickedness and worthlessness (Romans 3:12). Their gospel is all sympathy and little judgment, all love and no wrath, a gospel with a cross that slightly frowns and gently chides us into the kingdom. Their gospel never radically offends us or angers us with its crucified Lord nor warns of God's impending wrath upon impenitent sinners (Luke 13;1-5)."
"Many Christians, deeply influenced by psychology, are dangerously close to believing that man's 'victimized past' is more responsible for his sinful behavior and his estranged relation with God than in his wicked heart."
"[Christian psychology] emphasizes man-as-victim rather than man-as-sinner. Such a view radically challenges the biblical doctrines of man's absolute culpability before the cross, the supremacy of the Holy Spirit in the believer's sanctification, and most importantly the sufficiency and authority of Scripture for the believer."
Sunday, December 7, 2008
"Researchers studying aging generally agree [does this mean some don't believe we die?] that there is an inevitable process of biological aging than eventually would cause death even in the absence of disease. Evidence for this view is that there appears to be a maximum length of life for humans. There is no record living beyond 110 years or so [this person hasn't read the Bible].... One theory, the wear and tear theory, suggests the human body, like a machine, eventually wears out from normal use."*emphases mine
My brother, mom, and I laughed when we read this. But it is actually quite sad what you have to come up with when you leave God out of the picture, or that they have to do all this research to figure out that all humans die...
God talks about the wisdom of the world in 1 Corinthians 3:19: "the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight" Psychologists and their theories are considered "wise" and "right", but God does not consider them so.
Do you see why we need to be *so* careful about what and who we believe, so we aren't taken captive by any philosophy that sounds good? For Colossians 2:8 says "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."
THIS is why it is vitally important to understand what and why you believe, and know how to discern what is right and wrong. God's Word should be our standard for everything.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Biblical meditation differs from the meditation psychologists recommend. Biblical meditation has to do with contemplating, studying, and memorizing God’s Word, while secular meditation has to do with thinking nothing. In secular meditation you often repeat the same word until you get into a state where you are not thinking of anything. This becomes very dangerous because you are said to be getting “in touch” with yourself, but in reality you are opening the door to demons speaking to you! Hearing voices (delusions) can also be hearing demons. Romans 12:9 states “Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.” And likewise, Romans 16:19 “be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil”. Therefore, we are instructed to avoid any evil. 1 Peter 5:8-9 also informs us that “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith”.
Hypnosis, another method used by some psychologists, is a state of “suggestibility”. You are still awake, but have been lured into a state where you are easily influenced by the suggestions of the hypnotizer. Hypnosis simply leads to role playing and fantasy. Why is it dangerous? Because you are not actively controlling what you do. You are so “zoned out” that you take suggestions and do whatever the hypnotizer tells you. This is a dangerous place for a Christian, because God commands us to, "take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ". If we are not controlling our minds, how can we take thoughts captive?
Question: Why am I depressed, bitter, angry?
Psychologist’s answer: You were perhaps abused as a child, or maybe you were not fed properly as a baby
Biblical answer: SIN
Why is it wrong for Christian counselors to use parts of Psychology—the parts that sound pretty good?
One reason is because the basis is evolution. Psychologists do not boldly declare that their theories are based upon the presuppositions of evolution, but the underlying ideas of all their answers clearly reveal an evolutionary base. The human nature presented in psychology is also in direct opposition to Christianity. Psychology and biblical counseling should bring about completely different answers, so psychology has no place in Christian counseling. Using techniques, suggestions, or ideas from psychology for biblical counseling is asserting the Bible to be insufficient. 2 Peter 2:1-2 “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.”
Before we took the Psychology CLEP, I knew nothing about the subject. Now I am glad to understand what and why Psychologists believe what they do. As a side note though, my mom went over the stuff with us, and we discussed it. That greatly helped us to determine what was wrong with the different theories, and compare them to the Bible. You must approach things like this with caution.
On another note, Psychology was not a difficult CLEP test, and both my brother and I passed
Intro to Psychology
Intro to Educational Psychology
Human Growth and Development
If you're looking for semi-easy CLEPs, these all have a lot of overlap. I could not have passed the latter two without Intro to Psych first.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Also, as a re-print from last Thanksgiving, I'm pasting George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation below.
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their Joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanks-giving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the greatest degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executived and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.George Washington
October 3, 1789
Friday, November 21, 2008
Psychology is usually defined as the study of mental processes and behavior. In other words, Psychologists desire to answer the age-old question: “Why do people do what they do?” The problem with their answers begins with their starting point. Depending on the type of psychology you observe, you may believe that men are simply animals, basically good, or that “good” is dependent on what the society deems appropriate. So I cannot suggest that all psychologists believe that man is basically good. However, they have similar conclusions—punishment is bad, rewarding is good. To keep from further confusing you, here are definitions of the basic psychological beliefs:
Structuralism— focused merely on the structure of the mind
Functionalism— focused on the function – environmental influences, experience is adaptive
Psychoanalysis— Sigmund Freud is the founder. Believed in unconscious mental processes and how childhood development affects your current problems. Developed the superego (conscience), ego (middle guy, trying to please both your conscience and the id), and id (bad guy).
Behaviorism— centralized how the environment changes you, uses classical conditioning to change your responses
Humanistic— self-centered, people are basically good, choice and individuality are important
Cognitive— placed importance on thinking processes, change your thinking to change your actions
Because psychologists do not believe the Bible, sin is absent, and everything you do “wrong” has to be explained as something else. Freud explained that things considered right were simply the expectations of the society, and not necessarily good. You should do what feels good to you (pleasure principle) and let your id (the bad guy) go and have fun. Murder may not be wrong therefore, and could be excused by stating that the person was abused as a child, or has a mental disorder. Yes, it may sound ridiculous, but this is what many psychologists believe, and it leads to numerous problems in society!
To be continued....
Saturday, November 15, 2008
My brother and sister and I watched Come What May last night, and we absolutely loved it! It is a must see!!
RIGHT NOW, for a very short time (I believe today is the last day, but I'm not positive), Come What May is available for viewing on Godtube - the whole movie! So go here and watch it while it's still there! It's in 5 sections or so. You can also watch the trailer here.
This is a well done movie by homeschoolers and students at Patrick Henry college. The film group is Advent Film Group. There are a lot of great things in this movie. I still wouldn't recommend this for younger children, not because of language or violence or stuff like that, but because the court issue centers around the Roe vs. Wade case, is over the heads of youngsters and discusses abortion. Nothing is inappropriate in my opinion though!
If you watch it, please tell me what you think of it!!