Is going to a psychologist a sin-God forbid?

“Psychology is just sinful human beings sinfully thinking about sinful human beings.”

” Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 15:12 KVJ).

When one looks at this statement in its entirety it leads an individual to immediately presuppose that the statement is correct.  However, within the scope of all truth and all knowledge coming from the source of all truth and knowledge, God, the statement is an error and cannot be applied in a generalized manner to the subject, or practice,  of psychology(“Week 2: 1 Worldview Questions and Answers[PowerPoint Slides],” 2015, Slide 7).  According to Gaeblin (1968), Christ is truth . . . all knowledge is embodied in the truth of God’s word and who He is . . .and rests upon that Christian worldview (p. 19).

After the fall humanity was thinking and reasoning sinfully. ” Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 15:12 KVJ). Paul iterated that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23 NIV).  When an individual accepts Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior that state of sinfulness is no longer applied to them. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (I Peter 2:9 KVJ).

A psychologist who integrates The Academy [the school of science] with Jerusalem [faith and theology] cannot be considered an individual who is, “… just [a] sinful human being. . . . sinfully thinking about sinful human beings” (Entwhistle, 2010, p. 12).  They are using their human abilities given to them by God, to better the lives of people who may be sinful or not depending on their relationship with the Lord (“Week 2: 1 Worldview Questions and Answers [PowerPoint Slides],” 2015, Slide 7).

This statement can only be answered based on the individual’s viewpoint of psychology and its use within their worldview.  Hawkins (2015) declared that God is already at work in the heart of an individual who approaches a psychologist for the resolution of their problem (Kollar, 2011 as cited by Hawkins, 2015, Phase 1). When the true integration of psychology, theology, and spirituality occurs, ” God is in the midst to bless both the psychologist and the person seeking their services.  Therefore, the statement that a psychologist is “… just [a]sinful human being. . . . sinfully thinking about sinful human beings”  becomes null and void (Entwhistle, 2010, p. 12; Moitinho, 2015).

The Theology of Who Heals Us

As human beings,  we will never see ourselves as God sees us. Paul tell us to, “Purge out, therefore, the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, [then he continues the discourse by stating]  as ye are unleavened [or sinless]. [How did that happen?] For even Christ, our Passover is sacrificed for us”; [when Christ became our sacrificial lamb His substitutionary death made us a new lump] “(I Corinthians 5:7).  He sanctified us with His blood.   What does sanctification mean to us? It was used in the Old Testament on Yum Kippur when the goat was killed to cleanse the people of their sins ( Leviticus 16:30 KVJ).  However, does this apply to us? After all, Christ fulfilled that purpose when he became our atonement on the cross.  The veil was rent in two when Christ died (Matthew 27:50-51). This event is significant because, above all, the destruction of the veil at the moment of Jesus’ death dramatically symbolized that His sacrifice, the shedding of His own blood, was a sufficient atonement for sins. It also signified that now the way into the Holy of Holies was open for all peoples, for all time, both Jew and Gentile  (“Veil Rent in Two”, 2015).

There can be only one atonement for sin. That atonement was Christ. As such, when we accepted Him as our personal Savior we became sinless.  Yes, we can and do sin in thought and deed, but we are no longer separated from Him and are in oppositional defiance of Him. 

What does sanctification even mean?

According to Strong’s definition of sanctification, “Cognate:  hagiasmós (a masculine noun derived from  /hágios, “holy”) – sanctification (the process of advancing in holiness); use of the believer being progressively transformed by the Lord into His likeness (similarity of nature” (Strong, 2014, Sanctification).  Note it speaks to the process of advancing in holiness. It does not speak to the state of being sinful and moving towards holiness.

Jesus prayed that His father would, “ Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:7 KJV).  As we grow in our understanding of who our Heavenly Father is, our love, faith, and reverence for Him grows and so does our relationship with Him.  Sanctification is speaking about our spiritual growth more than our state of sinfulness.  No act on our part can change us from being sinful to becoming sinless.  Christ did that once and for all.

How does this all mesh with going to a Christian psychologist?

A Christian combatant [ a Christian who believes that going to a psychologist is a sin] would end this argument by stating that is why a psychology cannot meet the emotional needs of a Christian, but the integration of the science of psychology, with a Christian worldview, does meet the transformed Christian at their point of need and helps them as they grow through the sanctification process to become more Christ-like and emotionally healthy (Entwhistle, 2010).  The knowledge that God placed in the discipline of psychology provides a God-powered Christian psychologist with the tools that they need to help that Christian, who is being sanctified, to do so holistically.

Sometimes our psychological problems stem from chemical imbalances, and sometimes they stem from sin or weakening faith. Being served by a Christian psychologist will empower a Christian to identify which or these challenges caused the emotional imbalance. Then the spiritual and emotional healing process can begin. Remember friends that we are forgiven and we are considered flawless by God as long as we ask Him for forgiveness when we sin, and use the persons whom He has placed in our lives to help us heal and grow.

 

References

Entwistle, D. N. (2010). Integrative approaches to psychology and Christianity: An introduction to worldview    issues, philosophical foundations, and models of integration (2nd ed.) [Kindle Edition].

Gaebelein, F. E. (1968). The pattern of God’s truth: Problems of integration in Christian education. Colorado Springs, CO: Oxford University Press.

Hawkins, R. (2015). Week 5: Finding additional information that helps for session one phase one [html]. Lecture presented at Introduction to pastoral counseling, Liberty University. Retrieved from Blackboard:https://learn.liberty.edu

Moitinho, E. (2015). Week 1: 3 Philosophical underpinnings of integrative counseling[Video file]. Lecture, Liberty University Integration of Psychology and Theology. Retrieved from Blackboard.Liberty.edu

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