Thursday, September 29, 2016
Christianity, however, claims we are not basically good, but self-centered and rebellious. Though there still remains in us some remnant of the moral standards which were put in us originally. But God has made the provision through Jesus Christ to forgive and change us. But this change only takes place in those who come to God and is a process that takes place slowly, over time. Also, God's standard does not always correspond to what is commonly understood as normal, which comes from a humanistic standard of morality. Therefore, we are all not normal. We are all a mixture of good and bad and are not where we should be. And it cannot be changed if we do not trust God, and even then, we are all people still in process and there is no shortcut to get there.
Therefore, we certainly need to look for ways to help those with debilitating psychological problems (whether the source of these is biochemical or confused thought or some mixture of both). And psychology is a legitimate discipline in so far as it seeks to answer these questions (though I believe it is still in its infancy). But we should beware of being constrained by an artificial standard of normality. Such a standard, which requires immediate, total obedience, can become a legalistic taskmaster. Rather, we should turn to God, who forgives sins and offers the power to overcome them. For humanism does not eliminate legalism; it only eliminates the God who can forgive and heal it.