Monday, December 1, 2008

Dangers of Psychology, part 2

Psychology leads to quite a depressing resolution, because psychologists do not have answers for change! If you have what they consider a mental disorder or depression you are given drugs and told you that you must live with your problem. Drugs never solve the problem. They can cover it up for a while, but never solve it. The only hope for change is through Jesus Christ. This is why biblical counseling can be so freeing!

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?
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Comparatively, what should a biblical answer look like and a typical pychologist's answer to a problem?
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.

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