Christian Psychology

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Within the Christian community there is a wide variety of opinions concerning and validating psychology. The word psychology is defined as the scientific study of behavior and mental process (King, 2010). The root word psych means “mind” or some might say “soul,” and if you look at it in that perspective psychology could be seen as religious in nature and involves the study of the soul. However, because psychology is scientific study is does not mean to make any religious statements about the human soul, but instead it refers to a non-tangible personal trait of human beings. Christians on the other hand could take the word ‘soul’ and break it down into how does the soul communicate, experience emotion, reason and interact on a personal level with God. In Matthew 22:37 it says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” Christians look at the whole physical person and not the personal traits of humans. Our faith as Christians can make us better psychologist because Christians look towards the word of God for guidance and wisdom. Christians can take God’s word for truth, they do not need to observe, formulate a hypothesis, test theory, draw conclusion and then evaluate how the earth was created. The bible says God created the universe, it is by faith that Christians believe God spoke and it was good. Christians do not need to follow the steps of the scientific method to believe, it is by faith itself that proves that what is unseen is real. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Christians do not want to overshadow the cross with psychological terminology which can contaminate the Word of God. Christians are led by the Holy Spirit and seek the bible that contains the only pure truth of God. As a Christian I feel that my knowledge and understanding of God’s word could have a...
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