Psychology. Where did it originate.

There are 3 parts to the human, the ‘Pneuma’ (πνεῦμα – spirit), the ‘Soma’ (σῶμα – body) and the ‘Psuche/Psyche’ (ψυχή -soul).
The reason for this is to let you know the dangers of psychology and how it isn’t biblical.Sigmund_Freud_Late
Psychology tells you that only you have the power to change yourself (in effect, making yourself a god). Psychology is all based in/on the mind or the ‘psuche/psyche’.
The Bible tells you differently though, that it’s through God’s word and God the Holy Spirit who changes you.
It seems to be a 3 pronged change, in all three areas mentioned above, which are in the verses below. (There could be more, but I don’t have time to look for t
hem all right now.)

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalms 51:10
{This appears to show that God renews the spirit.}

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
{This appears to show renewal of the mind/body. I have noticed with myself, that the more I walk with the Lord, the more I realise that I have lived a very unhealthy life and I want to change that and start being healthy.}

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2
{This appears to be the renewal of the mind.}

Here’s another one which shows that it’s God the Holy Ghost who renews, not ourselves.
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” Titus 3:5

It is my belief, according to these verses, and the information in the following post, that Christians should not consult psychologists/psychiatrists because they are not based on God doing the work in us.

“Psychology.
As soon as psychology is mentioned in connection with paganism, the battle flags go up. This is because modern psychology enjoys the status of a science and is so well-integrated into our culture.
Consider for a moment all of the departments of a school district that are based on one practice of psychology or another — behavioral training for teachers, IQ testing, personality tests, counseling, and dozens more. And when you realize that sociology is simply psychology applied to groups of people, you can double that number. Now think of all the people in the police department, starting with the officers themselves, who are taught and expected to use psychological training. Then think of the justice system, employment and unemployment offices, welfare programs, children’s services, public relations departments — and those are only government applications.
Psychology is fed to us daily via the TV and radio. There are even counselors with phone-in advice shows. Talk shows would be a wasteland without psychologists to air their latest pet theories.
First, however, we must look at the source of this science. The two great founders of psychology were Freud and Jung–a drug addict and an occultist, respectively. Freud’s addiction to cocaine is well known. less known is that Jung wrote many of his theories under the influence of a “spirit guide,” which he never recognized as a demon but labeled a “collective archetype.”
The leaders of the psych world that followed were hardly better. Maslow, Rogers, and Fromm all eventually “made the trip East” and ended up involved in occultism. These three popularized the now-dominant theory in both New Age and psychological thinking that a high self-esteem is the solution to all psychological problems. They claimed that people suffer from low self-esteem and are driven to “act out” bad behavior to fulfill their unmet “needs.”
One researcher, David Meyers, tested the theory that people’s self-esteem tends to be low and came to the following conclusions:
(1)  We are more likely to accept credit than to admit failure.
(2)  Almost all people see themselves as better than average.
(3)  Not only do we take credit for what we may not be entitled to (#1), we also deny responsibility for what we have done wrong.
(4)  We consistently overestimate our beliefs and judgments.
(5)  We more readily perceive, remember, and communicate pleasant information than unpleasant information.
(6)  We overestimate how desirable we would act in certain situations, i.e., giving blood, helping the homeless.

Just for the sake of comparison, we present the following chart. It shows the difference between psychology and New Age pagan teaching is often only one letter of the alphabet.

NEW AGE: Thou art GOD. You must realize that you are GOD. When you know you are GOD, then you will be GOD. In the proper environment, your inner self will naturally lead you to be GOD.
PSYCHOLOGY: Thou art GOOD. You must realize that you are GOOD. When you know you are GOOD, then you will be GOOD. In the proper environment, your inner self will naturally lead you to be GOOD.
*Please note. I had to change the layout as WordPress wouldn’t let me edit it without mucking up the layout of the whole post. It still won’t stick to the layout I have done. I hope it is still legible enough to understand. :/

Psychologist’s hostility toward the doctrines of fallen man and sin have resulted in pronouncements that such “misbeliefs” are the cause of psychological problems. Many members of the psychological community consider belief in these doctrines a sickness in itself. In Russia they are treated that way. Pesky Christians get slammed into mental hospitals. Here in the West, psychologists often try to educate the client away from the very presupposition of right and wrong by nondirective, nonjudgmental “treatments” a la Carl Rogers and others.
Most other postulates of popular psychology are distinctly anti-Christian. B.F. Skinner, for instance, says that man is so rigidly molded by his environment that he has no free will. Man deserves neither praise nor punishment for any of his works.
Others, like the New Thought people, say that everything that happens to you is a matter of free choice — poverty, illness, death. This is remarkably like the Hindu doctrine of karma.
Thanks to popular psychology, the doctrine of fallen man has been replaced by the quest for self-esteem; creation by “guided” evolution; salvation by repentance and the blood of Christ has been co-opted by the search for personal fulfillment through a wholistic life; solid godly counsel by flimsy psychological “treatments.”
True science looks at things you can weigh and measure and depends on experiments that can be repeated. But mental phenomena are either measurable nor repeatable! Has anyone ever managed to put a neurosis in a box and weigh it on a scale? Have you ever seen a paranoia complex under glass in a museum?
One of the best proofs that modern psychology has moved out of the realm of science and into the realm of religion is the fact that people continue to believe in it although study after study has shown it doesn’t work. People who get advice and support from their friends consistently do better than people who spend $50-$100 an hour or even more for the privilege of talking to a degreed counselor.
A number of books — both Christian and secular — have categorically demonstrated the monumental and continuous failure of psychology. Failure on the level that if it were a drug seeking Food and Drug Administration approval, it would be permanently banned. Yet it still maintains the cloak of a science.
One former psychologist and psychology professor told me (Paul) that while there are over a hundred different “modalities” for psychological treatment, there were really only two basic ideas: (1) Live with your guilt, and (2) Blame it on somebody else. A look through the multitude of books on the subject will confirm this simple truth. The fundamental failing here is that both approaches deny the availability of forgiveness by  God through Jesus Christ. There is no hope. A fatal failure, indeed!
Psychology has even displaced Scripture as an authority in some churches. We have seen Christian leaders literally roll their eyes in disgust when a believer has, using Scripture, challenged faulty psychological concepts being touted by pagan psychologists. But it is through psychology that hypnosis, guided imagery, self-esteem (pride) teachings, pagan visualization techniques, and even past-life regression have entered the church.
Such foolishness could be the result of willful sin … or of ignorance. Christians today know very little about paganism. Or, to be more accurate, we know only the sanitized version recently adopted by the media and public educators. It is easy to persuade those who know nothing about the ancient empires that the New Age is new, or that certain ancient pagan techniques are the latest scientific advance.
We did not write this book to condemn, but to help. As you scramble through the ruins of ancient Egypt or the ancient Aztec empire, you will see the origin of modern New Age thinking in all its forms. You will also learn how to escape the fate of those who embraced in int he past, and what the church can do about it in the present. We hope to persuade you that the old-fashioned gospel still has enough oomph to conquer paganism, and that pagan innovations are not only unnecessary, but hazardous to your health.”

This is taken from chapter one in a book called Ancient Empires of the New Age, by Paul DeParrie and Mary Pride. Published by Crossway Books in 1989.
**I sought permission from the publisher and they said:
“Thank you for contacting us with your request to use material from Ancient Empires of the New Age by Paul DeParrie and Mary Pride on your blog.
As you may know, the book has gone out of print, so Crossway no longer holds the rights to this book. The rights have returned to the authors, so official permission would need to come from one of them. Unfortunately, we don’t have any up-to-date contact information.
However, so long a you are careful to cite the authors, book, title, and publication information when you quote from the book on your blog post, you’re probably well within copyright laws.”

If you know the authors of this book, I would love to get their permission to keep this post up, so please send them my way if you know them. Thank you.
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3 thoughts on “Psychology. Where did it originate.

  1. Wow, Tara! This is really true…I studied it all, and have seen the devastation over the years in the ways Christians process differently unless they remain in the Word! Wondering about asking you to guest post this. It will rile some up… Hmmm…

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