NAB Acts 10:34-35 “God shows no partiality. Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him.”
NKJ Job 11:7 “Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty?
Mental health is dealt with both in the Bible based Christianity and Psychology. Both viewpoints suggest ideas and concepts, which define and explain mental health phenomena. They also suggest practical methods of healing and help for people, who suffer emotional traumas, mental anguish and mental disturbance. There are a lot of mutual prejudices against each other. For example, a number of Psychologists consider Christianity impotent to render real help. This is not true. Many believers resist Psychology and deem it to be something like Extra-Sensory Perception or other satanic practices1. This is not true either, and you will be given a chance to be persuaded about it today.
Once a student of mine from Practical Psychology College who works as a School Psychologist related how the mother of her pupil, being an active believing Christian, refused to allow her son to attend a counseling session. The mother’s argument was, “You are a psychic (ESP).”
The goal of this presentation is to examine concepts and methods of achieving mental health and healing, suggested by Biblical Christianity and Psychology; to discover objective facts about common areas and differences between them; to define the source of those ideas and methods, to unveil popular misunderstandings.
Practical methods of mental healing are proposed by many branches of Psychology, in particular; Person-Centered Therapy2, Psychodynamic Therapy3, Cognitive Psychology, T-groups, Encounter groups, Gestalt Therapy4, etc.
There is a technology of healing of mind in the teaching and activity of Jesus Christ.5 and are described in the Bible. A psychiatrist once said, “With many of my patients I just take the Bible in hand and read to them Christ’s words. It is the best Psychotherapy”.
So let us compare Biblical teaching (Christianity based on the Bible) and Psychological approaches to mental healing, stated by the Bible and by the key Psychologists.http://noelrt.com/ - - In order to get to the home page please either click on the Header "Help from above" or on this text
- Jones S. L., Butman R. E. (1991). Modern psychotherapies; a comprehensive Christian appraisal. Downers Grove, Illinois, Inter Varsity Press [-]
- Rogers, C. (1961). On Becoming a Person. Boston, Houghton Mifflin. [-]
- Smith D. (1990) “Psychodynamic Therapy: the Freudian approach”. Individual Therapy. Open University Press, pp. 18-38. [-]
- Polster, E. and Poslter, M.(1973). Gestalt Therapy Integrated. New York: Brunner Mazel. [-]
- Menj A. Christian teaching about Personality. Lecture at Moscow University. March, 1989 [-]