‘God has revealed himself to me within the textbooks’

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“To the man who has a heart of a philosopher and a head of a scientist, Psychology truly is the fascinating marriage of both houses. Having studied it for the last three years, God has revealed himself to me within the textbooks.

It might surprise you that I can reconcile God to philosophy and science – the founding fathers of psychology seem to have set out to make this a subject born of Atheism or naturalism at least. The denial of the supernatural is so strong that in one lecture we were asked to recite a mocking vow of the ‘Apostles creed’, swearing that there is no God and material is our master. What the lecturer failed to acknowledge is how our Lord is the God of psychology and the mastermind behind the invention of human behaviour itself and all its orchestrations.

Despite the founding fathers of the discipline failing to recognise God overtly, covertly their findings scream for a creator and saviour. The increasingly common neurotic episode of existential crisis is blatantly rooted in despair of a lack of meaning. The human being craves a meaning or else suffering becomes a joke. The modern psycho-health literature is now declaring what the biblical books said many moons ago: that God designed us to live in community and fellowship with each other, and that God designed us to worship him or else we will worship something less than him, which seems to be the root of most psychological suffering.

Writing my dissertation on last words of death row inmates, I find that when a man is dragged out of his cell in rattling chains, it is not a plea to sex he makes, nor is it a plea to his good works or happy memories. It is a plea to Jesus Christ. Yes, religion is a coping mechanism, but does this strip from it the authenticity of its truth claims? Read the gospel, study the gospel, and come to your own conclusion, not one decided for you by lecturers.”

  • Vinny Singh, Third Year, Psychology

 

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