Psychology is Biblical

Ok. I have been thinking about how many times I have heard people say (in more ways than one) how Psychology is unbiblical, unChristian, and that it should not be studied by believers. And in my head the only thing I can think is that the people who are saying these things are judging me for choosing to study Psychology as a Christian. I understand and have learned the ideas of Freud, but he is only one of hundreds of Psychologists who have made contributions to the field. So I’m going to break it down for the people who think Psychology is unbiblical and unChristian, and why it should be studied by believers.

Psychology: the science or study of the mind and behaviour

At its root, Psychology is the study of why people do the things they do. Isn’t that what God wants from us? To figure out where we’re going wrong, and change it? How are we supposed to repent if we don’t know what we’re doing wrong? Looking at yourself and asking God to show you what needs to be fixed is the difference between a person free from the bonds of sin and a person who is still in chains.

Science: [the] study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation

Psychology is a science. But we know that. What I think people don’t understand is that science is Biblical. I don’t mean that evolution or the Big Bang Theory is Biblical. I mean the study of the natural world is Biblical. And if the study of the natural world is Biblical, I’m guessing that the study of the people in the natural world is also Biblical.

Anyone who thinks about their own thoughts and behaviours is studying their Psychology (which can also be defined as: the way a person or group thinks). So if we are going with the logic that Psychology is unbiblical, then studying your own thoughts and behaviour is unbiblical.

One of my professors likes to read us a Scripture passage that connects with the topic we are studying that day. She links so many passages to Psychology (in the correct context) that I can’t accept the idea that Psychology is unbiblical.

Sure, Psychologists may have come up with some crazy ideas, but we can’t just throw out Psychology because of a few mistakes along the way. Without Psychology, people with disorders and disabilities might not get the treatment they need to function in this crazy world

Proverbs has many verses about fools who do not listen to wise counsel. In Proverbs 11:14 it says, “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety” (ESV). Isaiah 9:6 says, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (ESV). Counselors, therapists, and psychologists are following in Jesus’ example, and that is helping those who need it the most.

If you think about Psychology like you think about other jobs Christians have, it’s a ministry. Helping people is not a sin, and that is my goal after I graduate with my degree in Psychology. We can either choose to bring light into the darkness, or we can sit back and watch someone else do it.


5 Simple Truths I Have Learned from my Mom

Moms are amazing. They have the hardest job in the world, and they don’t even get a manual or training on how to be a mom. They learn as they go. And one thing I have learned from watching my mom is that they don’t stop. Their job doesn’t go from 9-5 and then they get to go home. They don’t even get weekends off. You could say the same about dads, but the moms are usually the ones who are at home cleaning up messy faces and dirty hands (not to mention the piles of laundry that go along with the messy faces and dirty hands).

What’s my reason for saying all of this? I suppose it’s because I have learned so much from my mom, whether it’s from the things she does or what she says. I thought I might share 5 simple truths that I have learned from my mom:

1. You should care about what other people think of you – even if you only care a little bit. People watch you every day. And for me, I have two younger siblings who watched me while we were growing up. I consider myself the guinea pig of the family because I’m the oldest and my siblings watch what I do (sometimes I also call myself the lab rat, but my mom doesn’t like that one too much). Not caring about what other people think of you might be ok for a while, but if you plan on getting a job, you should probably care about what your future boss thinks of you.

2. Fake it till you make it – I know this is cliché, but my mom has said this to me so many times. “But Mom, I don’t feel like being nice.” “Fake it till you make it.” Just because I don’t feel like being nice doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be nice. And this one simple truth helped me get through high school and now college.

3. It’s ok to not be ok – Fake it till you make it is applicable to a lot of situations, but when you’re really not feeling it… it’s ok to not be ok. My mom has shown me that not being ok is actually perfectly fine. In fact, it’s probably better to not be ok all the time because it eventually makes you stronger.

4. Be nice to mean people – This one is tough. My mom likes to use Proverbs 25:21-22 which says, “If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you” (ESV). I think my favourite part of this verse is the very last part “and the Lord will reward you.” It’s true. My mom has had to tell me, my sister, and my brother that being nice to mean people will bless you and you will feel better for doing it.

5. Look presentable – This one might just be my mom’s British side coming out. She puts make up on to go to the grocery store or Wal Mart, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I do it, too. Looking presentable just makes you feel so much better, too.

And there you have it. Some simple, but valuable, truths.