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The Message of Psychology Contrasted with the Bible
How does the message of Psychology contrast with the Bible? How is Psychology a competing Worldview?
In this episode of the Biblical Counseling Podcast, Pastor Jeff Christianson shows us how Psychology contrasts with the Bible. Psychology could be described as a pseudoscience or a philosophy that is diametrically opposed to the Bible. The theory of evolution, a foundational truth in Psychology, essentially sees the nature of man as a mere body. The false teaching of Psychology should be warned about and those who are good ministers of Jesus Christ will warn the sheep (1 Tim. 4:1, 1 Tim. 4:6). Calling out false teaching is not about trying to start a fight, but about trying to point people to Jesus and His Word. Biblical Counseling is about equipping the saints for the work of the ministry, people who are hungry for the Word, for the truth.
In this podcast Pastor Jeff helps us understand a key difference between Psychology and Biblical Counseling. Psychologists have said that the answer to man’s problems is within them and that the job of the therapist is to help them bring it out. The Bible tells us something very different, “I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in a man who walks to direct his steps” (Jeremiah 10:23). “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? “I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” (Jeremiah 17:9-10). Looking inside of us for the answer is not what we should be doing. We need to look to Christ and His Word.
Additionally, many people today in the Church try to live by their own sense mixed with Pop-psychology. People look to themselves and to highly educated Psychologists for the answer to their problems. The Bible tells us instead to trust in the LORD (Jeremiah 17:5-8). “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” (Proverbs 14:12). We must acknowledge the nature of man and the sinfulness that exists in our hearts. We are dependent on God who can sanctify our hearts and conform us into the image of Christ.
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