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Who’s at fault for atheistic psychology?

Its easy to get into an us vs. them attitude in life. It the Christians against the schemes of the world.

I teach Christians interested in learning biblically authentic ways to help others work through emotional and relationship problems. As we study psychological techniques, many of my students rail against the secularism, the individualism, and the lack of a biblical anthropology found in mainstream psychology. And they are right to do so. But as a result of our critique of psychology, we often end up being zenophobics. We begin to think that those secularists have created our problems. “They” turned from God and developed atheistic, human-centered, evolutionary theories that explain the world apart from God.

What I find most interesting is that the “they” we often refer to is really “us.” Throughout the course of history, God-fearing, faithful, men and women have made decisions that seemed right in their own eyes but had far-reaching, negative results. Start at the beginning of time. Adam and Eve choose their own power over dependency on God. Abram chooses Hagar to fulfill God’s promises but creates the beginnings of the conflict between Jews and Arabs.
Lot’s daughters choose to have children with their drunken father and so start the races of the Moabites and the Ammonites—two enemies of God’s people. In modern history, Rene Descartes (a believer in God) chooses to disbelieve everything he cannot prove. The founding director of the
Worcester State Hospital believes that the soul cannot be diseased and so doesn’t believe that the 6 hours of daily Christian education offered in his hospital plays any part of the positive results the patients had. As a result, the hospital stopped the good work of healing minds through the Gospel.

My point: people of faith are usually behind the foolish choices we’ve made. We, not they, have done what was right in our own eyes and so have conceived social dynamics that have later created misery upon misery. So, lets stop whining about how society is going to hell in a handbasket and realize our own active and passive choices have lead to much of our present day problems.


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