You must have heard someone saying that psychology is too much of a worldly subject and Christians should not run to psychologists or secular counsellors to help them in problem-solving. It could even be your belief. They say it is a sign you are lacking in faith and betraying your trust in God. I understand where these humans are coming from with their arguments even though I do not agree with them. Some theories and techniques in psychology are may not agree with the word of God but that does not make all of them ungodly. If hypnosis, which is in the psychoanalytic school of thought, is ungodly, that does not mean all techniques in the psychoanalytic .school are ungodly.
One may claim that we are facing these problems because of sin and that is true. It is not something I will disagree with. The fall of man did not only cause there to be physical, spiritual and environmental death but also psychological death. Hence, when Jesus died on the cross, he restored and healed the human race physically, spiritually, and psychologically.
We will always claim sin is the cause of our problems but even in John 9 , Jesus said the woman was born blind not because of his sin or the sin of his parents but for the glory of God to be seen. That is what psychology does when used rightly- it gives God glory. That is what most psychologists – they give God glory.
It is like saying we should not go to school because not everything that is taught is in the Bible or about the Bible. It is like saying evangelism is the only noble career because we are serving God with our lives. This is the same reason why there is a big divide between the sacred and the secular. With all these claims, I have a few questions – can’t there be ministers in the marketplace? Who will minister in the marketplace if we all minister in the Church? If we are all ministers in the church alone, how will we fulfil the great commission in Mathew 28:16-20? How will we reach Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth if we insist on residing in Jerusalem only?
We are fully equipped with the Gospel to deal with our problems as evidentially true to 2 Timothy 3:16. All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking and training in righteousness. Therefore psychology (and all education) is not a replacement for the Bible and it’s teachings but a complement to the word.
If Jesus is the wonderful counsellor Isaiah 9:6, the Holy Spirit is a comforter and we are created in God’s image then we can work like he did. Jesus being the wonderful counsellor was there before all time and was the first of all. He was there before Sigmund Freud, Ivan Pavlov or Carl Rogers. He is the founding father of the psychology world – Sigmund Freud aside. We can do as he did even in our calling as psychologists in reference to 2 Peter 1:3 . God granted us everything pertaining to life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by glory and virtue.
A psychologist can work effectively in Christ if they are deeply rooted in the word doing what God desires of them. Be led by Christ who was not only the first but the holiest. Our problems have a spiritual dimension but we must get the courage to confront psychological problems and take responsibility. An effective psychologist is one who displays the fruit of the spirit and lives according to the word.
To the brethren do not fear going to the psychologist with the claim that you are betraying God. You are not betraying, you are seeking help from those whom he chooses as psychologists. We are here to serve you.
Oh… and before I forget being a believer is a strength during therapy. We encourage clients to use their faith as a means to their healing. It is easier for us to deal with clients who believe in God and his word as we can use the Bible to give them encouragement and allow them to see God through the therapy.