Posted by: Tony | February 11, 2007

Evolution and Psychology: What’s the Connection?

What’s wrong with psychology? Isn’t it a useful tool that God has given us to deal with our needs and problems? How is it linked to evolution? Psychotherapy and its underlying psychologies are rampant in our society and have stormed into our church as a substitute for the Scriptures. In some areas it has done this subtly and has gone unnoticed by many Christians, in fact many Christians have actually embraced this atheistic philosophy as a ‘god-send’. In truth it is a destructive force likened to and based on evolutionary beliefs.

Is evolution inherently wrong? No. It is wrong because it contradicts the Bible. If the Bible told us that God used evolution, then evolution would be good and right. But the Bible states that God created in 6 days. Therefore evolution is an outside, unbiblical philosophy.

Modern day psychology’s foundations are grounded in evolution, atheism and humanism. The majority of the founders of psychology were atheists and all were influenced by Charles Darwin. Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Carl Rogers, Alfred Adler, Eric Fromm, B.F. Skinner and Abraham Maslow are the founding fathers of 20th century psychology. They were all humanists (except for Jung who was an occultist), denying the Creator God and following in the footsteps of Darwin, they looked to man as the measure of all things.

The humanistic psychology these godless men came up with is essentially based on Darwinian evolution. The philosophy goes like this: Since evolution has proven there is no God, then Man himself becomes the center of the universe. Since there is no absolute authority, Man becomes the measure of all things. Since Genesis has been proven to be false, Man is not inherently sinful, rather man is inherently good. Since Man is the pinnacle of evolution, Man has a right to be proud of who he innately is. Since Man is the measure of all things, then man has innate value, worth and dignity.

All of us living in the 21st century have been psychologized in one way or another. Humanistic psychology has infiltrated our culture to the extent that many beliefs we have are based on it rather than the Bible. The very word psychology means “the study of the soul”, which is exactly the subject matter the Bible deals with. Thus we are forced to either take man’s wisdom concerning the soul found in modern psychology or God’s wisdom found in the Bible. They are mutually exclusive philosophies, just as creation and evolution are. Psychotherapy is not true science, just as the evolutionary theory is not true science. Both are belief systems about mankind and the nature of God.

This form of wisdom from man has not only influenced our secular world with thoughts of man being born with a clean slate, the self being all important, etc. But far more alarming is that the Christian church has fully embraced this godless philosophy. It is startling to see the church fall headlong into this kind of vanity, particularly when even the secular world is starting to back off of psychology as the cure all. The secular world is starting to see that self-esteem is merely a philosophy and it doesn’t even work well at all. At the same time, the church is delving more and more into this humanist philosophy. Because Christian leaders have forced psychological theories into the Bible and proclaim them as biblical, they have a harder time giving up these vain theories than even the secularists.

So called “Christian psychology” doesn’t really exist. What we call Christian psychology is actually humanistic psychology wrapped up with Christian lingo. This only goes to show that this area of psychology or psychotherapy is really a philosophy. In fact, at a recent conference a group of Christian psychologists came to the conclusion that there is no discernable difference between secular psychotherapy and what passes as “Christian psychology”.

The problem is manifold because Christian leaders try to “fit” psychology into the Bible just like they try to fit millions of years into the Bible. When they do this, they are practicing a pure form of isogesis, that is taking outside ideas and “finding” them in the Bible. Christian leaders and lay-people should be practicing exegesis, or the practice of letting the Scripture tell us what it wants to say.

Psychology has become the new authority to which the church bows before. Christian leaders pander to psychological teachings because they say “it works”. This form of pragmatism or doing whatever “works” without regard to the Bible is rampant in the church. To many Christian leaders, being pragmatic is of higher value than being Biblical. The right question is not “Does it work?” the true question is “What does the Scripture say?”

Just as many pastors look to the experts in fields of science in regards to the age of the earth, many look to the psychological experts for answers of soul-care, rather than the Bible. Many would claim to believe the Bible to be inerrant, but practically speaking, they do not believe it is sufficient. Thus our expert oriented society has caused many Christians to put their trust in man’s wisdom rather than God’s word. When they try to mix psychology and the Bible, guess which one gets modified.

Much of humanistic psychology is in the church in the form of self-esteem, self-worth or self-image. These humanists tell us that man’s problem is not sin, rather it is that he has too low a view of himself. Therefore the solution is not Christ, rather it is gaining a higher view of ourselves or recognizing our self-worth and value and dignity.

In fact, the gospel is totally distorted to fit this psychological paradigm. The Bible teaches a grace based gospel. Historically, Satan has used a works-based gospel to lead people the wrong way. Today we see the devil using a worth-based gospel to lead people astray. The gospel in many psychological churches is that “Man was WORTH the death of God’s Son.” That it is because of man’s inherent value, worth and dignity, God gave His only begotten Son for us. But the gospel of grace has been nullified, for if we were worth the death of God’s Son, then it is no longer of grace. Rather God is a shrewd businessman and has transacted a purchase that benefits Him rather than us. The Bible teaches that man was not worth the death of God’s Son, but God loved us in spite of our unworthiness. God loved us anyway, not because we were lovable, but because He is love. Our salvation rests on His character not ours.

Some results from this psychologized gospel is that many churches are taking surveys of what a community wants, then taking this list and calling these desires “needs”, they build church programs to fill those “needs”. When reading Christian psychology literature, you will notice they exchange the meaning of the words needs and desires. Thus we have a need for high self-esteem, we have a need for significance, but we have a desire to know God. According to the Bible, we have a desire for significance and high self-esteem, it is called pride. Yet our one true need is relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ. Church programs are focused on elevating people’s self-image rather than elevating the name of Jesus Christ. Jesus becomes a cosmic Santa Claus meeting all our so-called needs rather than the Creator of the universe who came to die for our sins out of His great love for us.

We have all been psychologized to one extent or another. For example, atheistic psychologists do not believe in God, yet they are confronted with the reality of human guilt. Thus they prescribe that people forgive themselves, when they feel guilty for something. Now the Bible never commands us to forgive ourselves. God commands us to forgive others and to accept God’s forgiveness for our sins as Christians. It is not so incredible, then for Christian psychologists to also preach this unbiblical idea of self-forgiveness, even though they ascent to a God. What is alarming is that one prominent Christian psychologist has taken it a step further and actually recommends that in certain circumstances, Christians need to forgive God. The Bible tells us that God forgives us of our sins when we become Christians, and we need to accept that forgiveness. To claim that we should ever forgive God is just indicative of how humanistic so-called Christian psychology is.

By the way, this same leading Christian psychologist has stated publicly, “I believe in the big bang.” As well as “If the sun was created on day four, could days one through three really have been ordinary days. I don’t know.” Once you unlock the door in Genesis, by not believing God at His word, you are open to integrating any of man’s wisdom into the Bible. Amalgamation, the idea of mixing man’s wisdom with God’s wisdom is not Scriptural, both in regards to evolution and psychology.

The antidote to this infection of psychology is getting back to the Bible, particularly Genesis. It is only when we go back to Genesis do we see that man in innately sinful. When we look to Genesis we see there is a God who created us and therefore owns us. God has revealed himself to us through His perfect word which is sufficient for all of godliness and life. Back in Genesis, God promised a Savior to save us from our sins. When we go back to Genesis, we get the biblical perspective, that is, a high view of God in His holiness and a low view of man in his sinfulness.

As Christians, we also need to be so infused with the truth of God’s word that when we see theories or philosophies contrary to the Bible such as millions of years or psychology, we can discern them and speak out against them. A simple phrase can help us tremendously when we come across something we think might not be true is: “What does the Scripture say?” Be noble-minded as the Bereans and search the Scriptures to see if these things be true.

The main point in what has been said is this: we need to base all our thinking on the Bible, and then put on our biblical eyeglasses to view our world and ourselves. We need to beware of taking man’s wisdom and fitting it into the Bible. Rather we should humble ourselves and trust God and the sufficiency of His word for all areas in our lives.

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Responses

  1. Who wrote the bible?

  2. God Wrote the Bible through men by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Just as you don’t say a pen wrote a letter a person did, God used the men like he would have a pen.

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