Friday, April 12, 2013

Suicide Leads To Discussion On Psychology

This is the problem I had addressed on Facebook: that the empty, powerless philosophy of psychology, which Scripture tells us we must reject because it doesn't have Truth to help people deal truly with their minds, emotions, and spirits, along with the empty, deadly "gospel" of Rick Warren. Some were a bit upset by my timing. Apparently 6 days is a good amount of time by some,  to discuss psychology and suicide  and the false notion of mental "illness"  which many are calling on Christians to to accept that which God rejects.

This is the heart of the problem.

Psychology is at its root is anti-Christ, anti-Bible, anti-God, anti-sin, pro-Self, pro-humanistic secularism. The two cannot be integrated. Ever.

Read this helpful article on why this is so.

I also discuss more in detail about the problem with psychology here.

"Rebekah Lyons, a blogger and wife of the popular pastor Gabe Lyons, wrote this week that “anxiety and panic are my nemesis” and urged Christians not to link mental illness with spiritual weakness." ~ Washington Post


The problem with that is two fold: first Lyons is starting from personal experience rather than biblical doctrinal truth, and secondly, she's bought into the fallacy of calling something having to do with thoughts and the heart, as an "illness". If its presented as an illness, one can go to a doctor for a cure and that means medicine will end the sickness. However that's wrong thinking. There is no such thing as a "mental" illness; thoughts don't get sick, they aren't ill. A brain, a literal heart, a kidney can become ill, diseased, and those can be determined by objective, qualitative medical tests. Not so with "mental illness". Psychologists are merely trained to subjectively interpret symptoms and put them into a category in the Diagnostic Manual of mental disorders and see which ones best fit their client. Its all subjective, and the category picked will vary from psychologist to psychologist, also depending on their theory of psychology (there are over 400 types to choose from).

Lyon is incorrect when trying to urge Christians to not link "mental illness" with spiritual weakness.

Here's what the Bible says about these things:


Psa 94:19  When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my
soul

Luke 10:40  But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, "Lord, do
you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me." 41  But the Lord answered
her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42  but one thing is
necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her." 

Php 4:6  Be anxious for nothing, ...

This is a command for us to not be anxious. Clearly anxious thoughts are sin against God's 
command.

Instead God tells us what we are to do:

Php 4:6  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 

And the result of obeying the above commands:


7  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and
your minds in Christ Jesus

What else are we to be doing to know the peace of God? Instead of worrying, panicking, being
anxious--all of which are SIN--what are we to do? God tells us:

Php 4: 8  Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorablewhatever is right,
whatever is purewhatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if
anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 



That's another command: we are commanded to dwell or think on these things. God deals very clearly with the heart, mind, and thoughts of people. These are spiritual issues.

Mat 6:27  "And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 

Mat 6:33  "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34  "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. 



Psa 56:3  When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
Psa 56:4  In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?

Psa 112:6  For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. 
Psa 112:7  He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD. 
Psa 112:8  His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries. 



Mat 13:22  "And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

Scripture is fully and solely sufficient to deal with our hearts and minds. It really is living and active. It really does sanctify us (make us Christ-like). It really does make us competent and equipped for HIS work and His glory by His power.



2Ti 3:16  All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17  that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Heb 4:12  For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.13  And no creature is hidden from His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. 

Psa 119:24  Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors.


Psa 1:1  Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 
2  but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night
3  He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 





Elsewhere I have dealt with this issue: here and here.

John MacArthur rightly states in relation to Colossians 2 dealing with philosophies:"Philosophy is empty deceitIt is an empty lie. It is a delusion because it sounds good, it attracts the mind, it seduces the mind, it has certain properties of rationality, but it has no spiritual value at all. Why? Because verse 8 says it is according to the tradition of men. It’s human. If you want to know divine truth, if you want to know supernatural truth, don’t go to a human source. It’s that simple. Because all you’re going to get out of a human source is human wisdom. And human wisdom does not transcend time and space. It is just inadequate human thinking and, 1 Corinthians 2:14 says, the natural man understands not the things of God. How can he know them? They’re spiritual. They’re not in his dimensions." 

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