CHRISTIANS ARE BEING BRAINWASHED INTO SECULAR THINKING
Thanks to all of you who wrote to me regarding my "Christianity versus Psychology" article. We had some lively discussions didn't we? I really appreciate the thoughts and questions sent my way. Many totally agreed with my article, but I also heard from those who thought that psychology is absolutely compatible with the Bible because the Bible is our only real psychology book. Then I heard from those who said that when they counsel people they mostly use the Bible but a little of man's wisdom from the secular world is OK. After all, they say, all truth is God's truth no matter whose lips it comes through. Who's right and how do we know? Our first step is to define the term. What is psychology?
I don't know who coined the phrase "whoever defines the term wins the debate" but I don't believe there is any truer statement. Christians are losing in many arenas because we have allowed the secularists to define the terms. As we allowed our institutions, including academia, to be taken over by those who abhor Christianity, we have even lost control of the English language. Whoever "defines the term" is using either a Christian or a secular worldview in creating that definition.
Next to the Bible the dictionary is the most important book in your home. Your dictionary will be the deciding factor in whether you are using a Christian or secular worldview in defining your system of values. I use Noah Webster's 1828 "Dictionary of the English Language" whenever possible. This was back when Noah Webster was still alive. He learned 26 different languages in order to create his authoritative dictionary. Webster's 1828 defines psychology as "the doctrine of the nature and properties of the soul". From this definition you would believe that the people who say that the Bible and psychology are compatible would be correct. After all, who could know the nature and properties of our soul better than our Creator? Who else could cure its sickness?
But unfortunately we have allowed the anti-Christians to define the term psychology. It is now dangerous to mix that term with biblical Christianity because it is confusing Christians into thinking that following the teachings of Freud and Jung are OK. As I pointed out in my last article, their teachings are far from the Word of God. When I look at Webster's "New World College Dictionary" (and boy is it a new world) it defines psychology as "the science dealing with the mind and with the mental and emotional processes." While the "new world" people would like us to believe that psychology is a science, it is very damaging that people have been brainwashed into this anti-Christian definition. Even medicine isn't a science because each and every person is different and you never know for sure how he or she might react to medication or a surgical procedure, etc. But at least it comes a little closer than psychology. If someone breaks a leg, the doctor can take an x-ray and knows for sure what he is dealing with. Then he says to himself, " I have treated a lot of broken legs and I know what to do." He has something objective and observable. If something is really built on science, we can continue to build on that old foundation as we continue to learn new things, but we don't have theories that continually change like in psychology.
In psychology everything is subjective. Someone says they are anxious, depressed, etc. Based on a bunch of subjective, qualitative answers the therapist forms a theory. Treatment is based on the gut-feel of the therapist, not on anything scientific. So when we stray from biblical principles we are taking serious chances. Based on nothing but the newest man-made theories many of these people end up being referred for drug treatment. These drugs have terrible side effects for which the public is not sufficiently warned. Lisa and Ryan Bazler in their great book "Psychology Debunked" quoted a very disturbing statistic. They stated that according to a report put out by "The Journal of the American Medical Association" that prescription drugs might be the fourth leading cause of death in hospitalized patients - right behind heart disease, cancer and stroke. This report said "We are more likely to die from a medication than from most diseases." Looks like the secular definition of psychology as a science has been a boon to the drug companies. I guess the big money behind pharmaceuticals is more important than people.
This "new world" psychology also creates the anti-biblical victim mentality that permeates our society. Someone else is really at fault because I was abused. My disease made me do it - alcoholism, anxiety disorder, depression, etc. People can even get away with murder in the name of needing mental help. The truth is that God will hold each of us as individuals accountable for our actions. He will not accept our making excuses or blaming others.
Some say that we can work outside the Bible as long as we are discerning. We can take truth wherever we find it because all truth, no matter whose lips it comes through, comes from God. But doesn't the Bible tell us that Satan will come as an "angel of light"? When Satan speaks truth does it come from God? Most evil lies are mixed with much truth. How else are these evil doers going to get unsuspecting people to follow them? Look at rat poison. It's 99% good food, but that other 1% is deadly. The "new world" psychology was invented by enemies of Christ. I don't think much more needs to be said.
Most of the confusion in today's world is because of conflicting worldviews. Christians and seculars don't even speak the same language. Marriage to a Christian has a totally different meaning than to many in the secular realm. Among many other things, Webster's 1828 dictionary defines marriage as being "instituted by God Himself, between a man and a woman until death do they part". The Webster's New World College Dictionary describes marriage as " a relation between spouses", "any close or intimate union". Obviously the "new world" people think any short-term relationship will do and it doesn't have to be between a man and a woman.
While Christians silently stand by, the Ten Commandments are being outlawed in this country. Look up the definition of law in Webster's 1828 dictionary. While the definition of law goes on for a column and a half, it says in part, " The laws which enjoin the duties of piety and morality, are prescribed by God and found in the Scriptures". The battle for the Ten Commandments is not a First Amendment issue, it is about destroying the entire foundation for our justice system. Webster's New World defines law as "all the rules of conduct established by the authority, legislation, or custom of a given community." Notice that law doesn't have to be moral in the secular definition. A whim by any dictator will do. Do you see how these people have changed our thinking? Webster would be devastated at what is being done in his name.
Seculars are changing the way we think by changing our language. Look up and compare the definitions of the words truth, spirit, and education and see how our language has been changed from having a Christian worldview to a secular one. Many Christians have lost, or maybe never had, a Christian worldview because they may have accepted secular terms without realizing it.
Christians are losing the cultural war because they are allowing the secularists to define the terms. Most Christians even send their children to secular schools where they are fed the secularist language for a minimum of 35 hours per week. They come home and probably get fed the same stuff. Do you realize how often your children are asked from a very young age to use a dictionary for their homework? What dictionary are they using - one with a Christian worldview or a secular one? Is your dictionary reinforcing and verifying your Christian values or conflicting with them?
Let's stop being unwittingly brainwashed into a secular view of the world by accepting definitions created by secular humanists. It is time to put on the armor of God, America and we can't do that without a Christian worldview. We can't win a battle unless we know our side as well as their's. We need to know the truth in order to expose the lie.
© 2004 Debbie O'Hara - All Rights Reserved
Debbie O'Hara is a homemaker, wife and mother of eight children. During her business career she held a position in management in the aerospace industry in Southern California. She left the business world to become a full time mother. She is an avid reader, and did the necessary research to provide a comprehensive homeschool curriculum for her children. This led her to closely examine the political direction our country has been following. Debbie and her children are now active in the political process both locally and nationally. Debbie is a contributing writer to www.NewsWithViews.com. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
"The battle for the Ten Commandments is not a First Amendment issue, it is about destroying the entire foundation for our justice system."
"Christians are losing in many arenas because we have allowed the secularists to define the terms."