Hate is a strong word. The only time it’s ok to hate is when we hate what God hates. Even then, we must not RESPOND in hate but in love. That’s the hard part. (Rom. 12:17-21)
People often say, “God hates divorce” and I agree. We should hate it, too. Divorce is terrible and our God of love hates it because it devastates families.
God hates evil. We should hate it, too, and not allow it in our own lives.
In fact, Proverbs 6:16 states: “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, 19 a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.“
God hates “haughty eyes” or the pride in our prideful looks, tongues that tell lies, hands that shed innocent blood (abortion?), a heart that plans to do evil deeds, feet that run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and a person who brings division among brothers in Christ. We must hate these things, too.
But that doesn’t mean we overcome them with evil. Instead, we overcome all of them with good. We’ve got to be loving toward others and overcome their evil with good. It’s the same for psychology. We must overcome it with good.
By “good,” I mean that we must seek to do our part in the body of Christ to reach lost souls, to reconcile marriages, to disciple others, and to lead people to Christ. That’s what we must be about and how we overcome our hate of psychology with the love of God.
I want you to know that I am PRO-Christ more than I am ANTI-psychology. I just hate lies that lead people away from knowing our transformational God (John 17:3; Rom. 12:1-2).
Furthermore, we know that the fathers of psychology Freud, Wundt, Maslow, Adler, Jung, and Skinner were NOT about the kingdom of God and were not going to point people to pray, read their Bibles, ask the Holy Spirit to open their eyes and empower them to obey God, go to church, submit to spiritual leadership, evangelize lost souls, and fellowship with other believers. The theories of these men OPPOSED the very Word of God!
So I ask you, does God hate psychology when it opposes His Holy Word and promotes self-centeredness and evil rather than obedience to Him?
I know this is strong but I want to encourage you to think through these issues. I recommend you read Ed Bulkley’s book, Why Christians Can’t Trust Psychology, or David Tyler’s book, God’s Funeral, to learn more about the deceptions of psychology and its theories so that you can identify the myths of psychology that oppose God’s Word.
-Mark (praying that you’ll read these posts with understanding and the perspective of God while giving me grace – I am NOT preaching myself for I am a redeemed sinner but I am preaching Christ in all of this!)
– The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Pr 6:16-19). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.