psychology, self help and morbid introspection

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there has been a lot of opinions circulating regarding why this world is so sick. Our political arena is drenched in confusion, doctors and specialists pontificate as to why and how things are so bad – with a dizzying variety of solutions being offered, authors make millions in throwing their opinions into the fray…and all the while people do not seem to be getting the answers they need, they are often, in fact, not getting better. This world is undeniably sick. I don’t want to use this post to track back to the fall of man (although that would be a worthwhile thread to follow). Rather – I would like to calmly consider the three terms in the title of this post (after all – a person could spend a long time defining sick). The father of modern psychoanalysis is Sigmund Freud. Freud was a proponent of cocaine, he was hyper sexual and he was a pagan. Many schools of psychology have spun off of Freud, to the point where there are so many views and specialists a depressed person could be hard pressed to find 2 doctors that agree on a diagnosis or a treatment. Self help groups have been birthed out of psychology as a means to offer support to others with similar struggles and ailments (Alcohol Anonymous, Pornography Anonymous, etc). Morbid introspection (in this context) is any kind of topic based flaw study – and can range from being institutionalized in a so called treatment center – to taking a particular behavior and trying to determine “why”we do it (ad nauseam). Now – since this post is longer than I planned already I will try to treat this in the simplest way I can. Most or nearly all of these so called ‘help’ initiatives do not help much, or for long – and can in fact do more harm than good. I submit – that sooner we realize the essence of our problems is surprisingly often rebellion in sin, the sooner we can retrace our path to our area of contention, confess it – plead with our Lord for wisdom and insight (Psalm 139:23-24) and move ever and daily closer to a more intimate walk with God in the form of a personal relationship with Him empowered by the oh so wise prompting of the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13). Our depth in sickness is simply for the most part the fruit of our having abandoned Gods wisdom. The bible truly does proclaim the way to health and prosperity. Simple? Yes. Easy to remedy? No. One of the problems is our church has also become a brood of religious specialists without the power of God in their life, not helping the sick, not calling sin sin, and therefore not healing those who only Christ and a relationship with Him can heal. We are truly going to have a lot to answer for. I am not suggesting doctors, medicine or the opinion of man is completely useless. But I am suggesting most of our trouble comes from man getting our estimate from man, while completely ignoring Gods wisdom, and especially Gods perspective on sin.

4 Responses to “psychology, self help and morbid introspection”

  1. Doug ChristiansonNo Gravatar says:

    Yes! I have such a wonderful time speaking with you Dave, and now I see that I’ll have a great time reading you as well. May God continue to shower on you the grace of His wisdom and grant you the courage and strength to continue on His path.

    Your brother in Christ Jesus,

    Doug

    ((( Looking forward to more of your music! )))

  2. Todd GabrielsonNo Gravatar says:

    Cousin Dave,
    I really like your new website. I am amazed what God is doing in your life through your music and your sincere faith in Jesus Christ. God is speaking to me in many ways through his Word, and through the fellowship with other believers at our church in New Hope. It has been 2 years since our little girl went unexpectantly to heaven. It hasn’t been easy these past couple of years and I am forever greatful for my faith in Christ who has sustained me through these difficult times. Our God is an awesome God, indeed! Our God can carry us when we go through the most painful circumstances in our lives. I simply do not know how we would have coped if we didn’t have Christ in our lives. It is my prayer that others who may be going through similar painful circumstances will turn to Jesus and ask Him to be their cornerstone in their life.

    Todd Gabrielson
    Coon Rapids, Mn 55433

  3. drhillNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Todd ,
    Thank you for visiting! I am glad to hear you have the fellowship and walk you have, that is undoubtedly a big part of Gods plan in our staying healthy. I agree – I have no idea how I would cope today (given my circumstances) without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It seems many of the worlds aims are at distracting us from having a deep meaningful walk with Jesus Christ, even if the distraction is just a noisy “look over there”.

  4. Todd GabrielsonNo Gravatar says:

    I was just reading about that the other day how Satan likes to use distractions in our lives like video games, busy stuff, agenda items of things that need to get done, from keeping us from spending quality time with HIm. Maria’s passing taught me once again that we do not know when our time is up, but when He calls us home we will have no choice but to go home: no more agenda items, no more busy stuff, no more video games. That is why we must live life as though today may be our last. I am grateful that I always made time for my kids, took them on family outings, helped them with building a tree house/ play house, attended field trips. I am grateful that I was able to say no to alot of things that I knew would interfere with my relationship with my family and our faith in Christ. At least, I have no ‘regrets’ of what I wished I had done differently.
    I know that no matter what happens to us in this life we can be assured that God will provide the means to get through those circumstances if we’re walking in Him!