As Christians living in a psychologized or therapeutic culture we must begin to at least ask ourselves how we are to approach and interpret psychological diagnoses and their corresponding labels. We need to understand what these labels are telling us and what they are not telling us, what we can learn from them and what we should avoid in them.
In the absence of instruction to guide us, the average church member is either so cold to psychology that they deem it all bunk and so refuse heed any of it, or on the other hand are so warmed by it that they soak it in with little to no questions asked. I’m advocating a middle ground that is willing to admit that psychology makes some very keen observations about people and why they tick, and yet I’m very cautious and suspicious when their conclusions conflict with or down play Scripture.
If we are too hot towards everything we learn in psychology we become mystified by how accurate they are in describing us, down to the reasons why we wear certain colors. Psychology is definitely into the minor dirty details of life, and as such, really give off a vibe that they know you, and so you can trust them to have the answers. Secular psychologist give the appearance that they hold all the cards in their arena and are on the cutting edge of answers the Bible and your pastor don’t and cannot address. What this can look like on the ground is if someone is struggling with a diagnosis of Bi-Polar and comes to the church and because psychology is taken at face value, the person it deemed to need clinical and possibly professional medical care.
Written By: John Leonardcontinue to source article at examiner.com