Kohls Seventy years ago, an all-Christian bomber crew dropped a plutonium bomb over Nagasaki City, Japan, instantly vaporizing, incinerating or otherwise annihilating tens of thousands of innocent civilians, including a disproportionately large number of Japanese Christians. At the time of the Nagasaki bombing following the first use of a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima just three days earlier the United States was regarded as the most Christian nation in the world. In a cruel irony, prior to the bomb exploding nearly directly over the Urakami Cathedral at
Parts Three and Four in this series will comprehensively examine and critique psychotherapy. This article defines the Bible Counseling movement, reviews its common criticisms of psychology, summarizes its foundations, commends its many positive contributions, and notes some of its inadequacies.
Jesus promised, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" Matt. Frequently this approach is referred to as "biblical counseling" in distinction from "psychological counseling.
For them, "true spirituality has nothing to do with psychology 1 Cor.
Hobart Mowrer, Thomas S. Dawes, and Paul C. These criticisms will be reviewed in the third installment of this series. Its teachers are nothing less than false prophets. They fill people with false hope and lead them into false peace. Psychoquackery becomes psychoheresy when it is combined with Christian verbiage.
Psychotherapy and its philosophical and practical implications and influence could very well be intrinsic to the great seduction in preparation for the antichrist.
They are at least as vociferous in their denunciations of "Christian psychology" as they are of "secular psychology. Then what is meant by this term? What is so-called Christian psychology? It is simply one form or another of secular psychology developed by godless humanists hostile to the Bible and now dressed up in Christian language Psychotherapy is, in fact, a rival religion that cannot be integrated with Christianity.
Having nothing of value to offer to anyone, much less Christians, it is both deceptive and destructive. For example, the spiritually based problem of depression may also be accompanied by a metabolic problem that can physically enhance the depression. Some need hospitalization for disabling symptoms.
Suicidal people may need to be restrained by police. Any personal problem that is not physiological in nature is spiritual, and must be addressed biblically.
They also promote an alternative way of helping hurting people, most commonly referred to as "biblical counseling" as distinct from psychology. The BCM includes four foundational premises. The first maintains that every principle for personal fulfillment is contained in the Bible.
When BCM advocates declare that the Bible is the source for counseling principles, they generally make this an absolute, complete, and exclusivistic statement. Although BCM proponents sometimes distinguish among emotional, mental, and spiritual problems,13 most also assume that anything that is not physically based must be spiritually based: The psyche or soul and all of its concerns are spiritual matters.
To the prospective client whose goal is to overcome fear of the dark, the biblical counselor preaches that Jesus is the "Light" John 1: This element of the BCM is closely related to the second, that personal problems are spiritual problems.
The Bobgans summarize this: His confidence is in the truth set forth in the Bible, the way of salvation and sanctification, which includes forgiveness, new life, walking in the Spirit, putting off the old man and putting on the new The direct goals are not conscientious work habits, consistent parenting, harmonious marriages, stress-free habits, or personal joy.
As a consequence, salvation and sanctification will produce good employees, parents, spouses, and individuals.
McMahon clearly states, "As a Christian, true spirituality is a product only of our submission and obedience by His grace to His Word. Many psychology advocates, including many Christian therapists, recognize these principles as well and apply them against what they consider to be invalid psychological principles.
First, the BCM recognizes that value-neutral or value-free counseling is impossible. For example, a therapist, instead of telling a client, "Adultery is wrong," might instead ask the client, "Are the benefits you perceive from your adultery excitement, positive emotions, sexual indulgence, and hope for future well-being worth you risking the negative consequences of your adultery exposure to sexually transmitted diseases, incurring the anger of your spouse, conflicting emotions, etc.
They assume the value that all values are equal in value. This, of course, is completely contrary to the biblical principle that "there is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death" Prov.
Second, the BCM recognizes the ambiguity in the claim that "psychology is science.Conscience is a cognitive process that elicits emotion and rational associations based on an individual's moral philosophy or value system.
Conscience stands in contrast to elicited emotion or thought due to associations based on immediate sensory perceptions and . These promote useless speculations rather than God’s redemptive plan that operates by faith.
5 But the aim of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith. 6 Some have strayed from these and turned away to empty discussion (1 Timothy ). Although ones conscience can only develop through moral teachings and sometimes even experience, we must strive to look beyond temptation and wants so that we can achieve a state of life without sin.
In the future I plan to repent on my sins and take full responsibility for my wrongdoing. It is mnemotechnical formula.
IV I have spoken of three Stoic techniques of the self: letters to friends and disclosure of self; examination of self and conscience, including a review of what was done, of what should have been done, and comparison of the two.
Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium 16, November 21, “But the plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place among whom are the Muslims: these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on .
Reference the various scripture study helps of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including a Bible dictionary and topical index.