Adam and Eve forfeited God’s perfect human creation by giving in to Satan’s temptations. The second set of emotions that bothers us is the anger-hostility-hated syndrome, since basically we are afraid. Today, as never before, people are interested in psychology and what it has to say to mankind. This answers the problem of the personal disposition of a person's life, which gives to the Christian the Pattern for the normal Christian life. Each individual is just one of billions of other people. This bothers the Christian as well as the non-Christian. Genetically Modified Organisms: Beyond the Limits of Care? As regards the Incarnation, the idea of Godâs descent into human nature is a true mythologem. In this way one may lose control over part of his personality and the solution is worse than the problem itself; or, 2) another way to solve the problem is to make one trait an organizing principle and then subordinating all other traits to it. More than half of Americans say religion is âvery importantâ to them, and more than 90 percent profess a belief in a higher power. In the disposition of life, the Christian is accepted in the beloved---a child and heir. and that he must become "free" to act as he will. To develop maturity in the normal Christian life is to form stronger bonds from each trait and relate it all to the center, Christ. The pattern is placed on the cloth and then the cloth is cut according to the patter, then the cloth is sewn together which becomes the dress. No, God does not evaluate His children in that fashion, for He evaluates us on the horizontal plain. What we can experience empirically as underlying this image is the individuation process, which gives us clear intimations of a greater âManâ than our ego. Because we have been accepted by God into His family, and our lives are molded by His Word and the Holy Spirit who indwells us, it helps us with the problem of the disposition of life; how one disposes of the time and talent that he has in life. In a similar fashion, psychology can provide the tools used by God to penetrate more efficiently, and dissolve the defensive shell that people use to insulate themselves from Biblical truths, and from their fellowmen. Yes, they were well cared for and they were fed, and the nurses looked after them; but they died because they lacked affection and love, because every human being needs this. The most authoritative textbook on the subject of human behavior is the Bible. Eric Johnson gives a helpful reminder about our work as Christians when he says, “Psychology, then, in the Christian framework, is not an independent activity that operates apart from God; it is dependent upon God’s mercy to illuminate human understanding and reveal things about human nature through human reflection, research, and creative insight.”1 May our reflection, research, and insight lead us to a greater knowledge of God. A pattern is a series of tissue papers that are cut in certain ways to give dimensions. It also answers the problem of Personal Security. What does this look like in psychology today? The reader is encouraged to have people who…, Embodied, felt worship is the core of the church. Just as he was at one time all out as an employee of the Roman government, now he was all out ---his whole life was dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ. It is easy to see how he could have had a great amount of guilt feelings, or a sense of depression or sadness at what he had done. ), and the desire to know the future and the things of the non-physical world. The third set of emotions that we are plagued with is that of the depression-guilt-psychic pain syndrome. Why should we live like the people of the world? What does Paul say as to this?---the key is found in verse 5, "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus." For the Christian, problems arise in the area of faith and belief. Another example of a biological inquiry would be dementia and its direct impact on the person with dementia as well as the impact on family members and caregivers. In today's existential and pragmatic world, man is conditioned to become absolutely "free" of all restraints or bonds, that heredity and/or environment may inhibit him. Theology and Scripture, on the other hand, present the truth about God, man, sin, grace, heaven, hell, salvation, angels, demons, miracles, the Messiah and the immortality of man's soul. Iâm going through an interesting time- the thing is I do believe in God and Jesus and what The Lord has done. Therefore, because of this we have fears, anxieties, and apprehensions, as to what is coming. To release himself from this so-called bondage, the idea is to suggest that his will loosen (or maybe harden) his conscience so that he will not be anxious in that which he does. God created humans to think, act, and feel and to be in relationship with other humans. The primary object of the science of psychology is human nature and how it is expressed in thoughts, actions, and feelings. Good psychology is not the same as good theology. Wherever God has placed His child that is his responsibility. However, God has revealed that which is normal for His children, and the understanding of that normalcy is found in His Word. (Batavia, IL: Christian Association for Psychological Studies, 2007) 45. man exists as an individual in a purposeless world, and that he must oppose the hostile environment by the exercise of his free will) and pragmatism (i.e. The Bible is to the Christian what the automobile manufacturer's handbook is to the car. The Apostle Paul never tells us what to do---which is found in chapter1---but he follows it very quickly with how to do it in chapter 2. David Powlison Sometimes people will spend their lives pursuing a goal and then find in the end that it was not worth-while. Since God created us with "psyche" or a "sense," He certainly ought to know best how a person should operate in life. The God complex is a psychological illusion, and is exactly what the name suggestsâa personality flaw in human beings, especially those with great power, who perceive themselves to be omniscient and omnipotent, and treat others as mere mortals. Hence, the need for day-by-day Bible study and prayer, committal of that day into God's hand, and asking for God's grace for each day, that one may walk in the path of God's righteousness. Biblical counseling seeks to minister the love of the true and living God, a love that deals with sin and produces obedience. This answers the problem of identification with the resultant proper organization. We have been accepted by Almighty God. Chapter 2 answers the second emotional need to be fulfilled and that is Acceptance. God loves us sacrificially, yet He created us to serve Him. It was just what I needed today. But the problem here is this tends to be an end in itself, and the individual's ultimate fulfillment is limited by human nature. This gives the Christian confidence, just as a growing child gains confidence in judgment as his parents increase his allowance to make the judgments. Mark Christians is Professor of Psychology at Dordt University. Death is inevitable, and when and how death enters into our experience largely determines the emotional impact. There are three reasons for which the Bible was written. When this happens disillusionment may set in at a time when the personality is least able to cope with it. It dissolves the hard protective coating around the germ so that the white corpuscles are able to kill the germ. The fourth set of emotions that bothers us is what may be termed as destructive egotism. Required fields are marked *. The third emotion that needs to be fulfilled is that of Appreciation. Our perception of the stressor as being a threat or a challenge begins the process. The needs for self-esteem, love and acceptance, and significance tend to dominate. The study of psychology as a scientific field poses problems for the Christian, yet when integrated with the psychological principles as demonstrated in God's Word, it offers the opportunity of opining new insights regarding Christian experiences and understanding of the Biblical truths. Then the psychologist tells him, "I'll see you nest week" and the person thinks the psychologist has done a lot for him. Yet in a paradoxical way, because we are human beings, we are caught up many times with the very same problems that the world faces. In order to overcome the emotions that plague a person and fulfill the emotions that one needs, God has provided the answer in the book of Philippians. For this, one doesn't need to go to the psychologist---it's found very simply in I John 1:9, "If we confess our sins He's faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." By the principles of God's Word there is renewed vitality through emphasizing the meaning of a person's relationship with God which deepens that experience. Because we all need it. The inspiration for this post is the fear of death experienced by many Christians. Ever since John the apocalyptist experienced for the first time (perhaps unconsciously) that conflict into which Christianity inevitably leads, mankind has groaned under this burden: God wanted to become man, and still wants to. See: Genesis 1:26-27, 2:15-20. However, when God forgives He also forgets, and one doesn't have to worry about the failures of yesterday when he ahs confessed them before God. God does not measure these abilities. That is probably why John experienced inâ¦ Loss is a common theme and experience in human development and living before the face of God. The second emotion that needs to be fulfilled is that of acceptance---of who one is, and each individual's unique character. God, who is our Creator, has created our psyche or our senses, and by and large we are conditioned by those senses. The more this happens the greater the potential for increased tension and eventually a blow-up of some sort. Another area that gets much attention in psychology is racial diversity and awareness. Much of the problem in today's Christian society is a super-imposition of do's and don't's on Christian individuals that may or may not have a foundation on the Word of God. To a degree the world may be different, and the problems to us may not be as great or dramatic, and not have as much of a traumatic effect upon us as they do on various people in the world---but basically, we all have the same common nature, and all have the same common problems. And finally, we make a decision to positively respond to the stressor or choose to avoid the stressor. In concluding this section, it may be suggested there are five ways by which each Christian may live a more satisfying personal life, as well as be a better steward of the grace of God. Reflect upon what Paul said for a moment. Each of these paradigms is based on a distinct view of human nature that often excludes God and his sovereignty. This encourages one to break away from tradition and old patterns in order to find a better and more fulfilling experience in life. Because of this, God has given to mankind these understandings in His Word, and though throughout the Bible there are expressions that minister to one's senses, there is one book, that of Philippians, that has as its objective to combine spiritual health with mental health for the Christian. Then in verse 20 he notes, "For our manner of life is in heaven from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ." America is a deeply spiritual country. Psychology is unable to discern the nature of God or the magnitude of man's immortal soul. Theology is concerned with how we should talk about God, and to God, especially in times of trial and pain. This is a cover up, and thus we exhibit our fears which come out through anger, hostility, and hatred. The first is the fear-anxiety-apprehension syndrome. God turned him around and Saul became converted, and because of this became the Apostle Paul, now ministering the Word of God in behalf of the Lord Jesus Christ, whom he loved and whom he served. De Groat's book is a reminder to be honest in our own self-evaluation. Psychology continues to explore the complexity of human nature. "Shock" therapy, many times, drives the problems deeper into the unconscious and keeps them there. Live for today; God will take care of your need for tomorrow, and if you have confessed your sins He's faithful and just to forgive you of your sins, and don�t worry about what's past; live for today. For example, losing your 3-year-old child to leukemia is a much different experience than having your 85-year-old grandma die of cancer. The ego then becomes more insensitive and the individual less anxious. This shows the simple trust of the Christian in Christ as an organizing principle in life. Psychology is about the need for transcendence. If as human beings we could be rid of these, there would be plenty of beds in all hospitals today. Christ, the Lord of psychology. We live in an amoral world that is hostile to the individual. To free himself of this control it is often suggested that he should go about and "live it up." Other psychological areas to explore could be the emotional response to trauma and loss. Now the Apostle Paul was ministering the Word of God to them. There are four sets of emotions common to all---whether we accept by faith the principles in God's Word or reject them---that plague us, and unless we get relief from them they will ultimately destroy us. This is the way that God wants us to live. Mankind lives in a day and age which is fraught with many fears and problems, and to a certain degree, as Christians, we have become insulated from these fears and problems. The issue of dementia cuts across the biological, psychological, and social realms. Even though modern psychology often does not and will not acknowledge our sinful state, psychology has been busy studying human nature through the lens of positivism and naturalism. Persons who are depressed often feel distant from God or even feel judged by God for their depressive symptoms. This then is the message of Philippians, which gives to us what God considers the normal Christian life. One may ask from a psychological point of view: what is normal? It then calls for a constant and consistent application to daily living of the integration of the traits of life to the center, which is Christ. The key to this problem of identification is in Philippians 1:21, "For to me to live is Christ and to dies is gain." Only God knows what is normal, and there has been only one normal person that ever appeared on the face of the earth, and that was the Lord Jesus Christ. But, when one looks at these three aspects quantitatively, in the Bible, the first two ways---that is of sin and salvation---take up very little of the Bible. Along with this are the ver-increasing problems of the mind, social relations in a complex world today, mental and moral break-downs, the increase of the occult (e.g. He was the incarnation of God Himself in human manifestation. This causes depression, anxieties, and fears which may result in guilt feelings, and there are many negative reactions and reinforcers that constantly pick up speed, so that the person gets caught up in the frustrations of the world from which there seemingly is no escape. 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