Monday, March 4, 2019

Christians And Self-Worth

"There are all kinds of strange doctrine, myths, and speculations in counseling. Sigmund Freud's doctrines of the Id, Ego, and Super-ego are very strange. Alfred Adler's speculative theory of "striving for superiority," Carl Rogers' "ideal self," and Christian psychologist Larry Crabb's theory of the "hollow core" are unusual, to say the least." (p. 3)

"Christian psychologist Larry Crabb comments as to whether the Bible is a sufficient guide to counseling by saying Biblical explanations are "simplistic" and "a commitment to biblical sufficiency has sometimes resulted in shallow explanations...."1 In spite of what the Bible says about itself, Larry Crabb insists that the Bible is not a comprehensive guide to counseling people with problems. Crabb writes, "The Bible deals with spiritual matters." (p. 7)

"According to Crabb, Sigmund Freud had a great deal to contribute to God's Word in the understanding of people and their problems.3 Such counselors also allege to help Christians who are anxious, fearful, confused, or depressed, by filling in the gaps left in the Bible concerning the "child within." (p. 8)

"After all, Crabb correctly observes, "If the Bible really is sufficient to address a counselor's concerns, then there would be no need for psychologists, just better prepared pastors." (p. 8)

"...when sin is called sickness or low self-esteem, sanctification is hindered. There is no need for repentance. Believers are duped into thinking they are sick and need recovery or have a negative self-image which needs to be fixed. This explanation removes culpability and guilt. It's not your fault that you are sick." (p. 12)

"Freud was very aggressive and always on the attack against Christianity. Freud believed, if science was to flourish, the credibility of Christianity must be destroyed." (p. 18)

"People do not hate themselves. People hate their circumstances and their behaviors that led to those circumstances. Self-love is universal....If Archie truly hated himself he would not want things to be better for himself, but worse. If you hate someone you don't want good things to happen to them, but evil things." (p. 26)

"John MacArthur wrote, "Our culture has declared war on guilt...No one, after all, is supposed to feel guilty. Guilt is no conductive to dignity and self-esteem. Society encourages sin, but it will not tolerate the guilt sin produces." (p. 31)

"The solution for sin is not self-esteem. To be content with good feelings abut oneself is to be blinded to the truth." (p. 42)

"Self-love is universal. People do not hate themselves. People hate the mess, confusion, and disorder they have made their lives as a result of sinful responses to problems and people. The consequence is that they feel guilty. Man does not sin in a vacuum. In our psychologized world, guilt-feeling bad about oneself-is reinterpreted as low self-esteem." (p. 43)

"The Bible is a counseling textbook. All counseling issues are theological issues because all life is lived before God." (p. 83)

"Jesus never commanded His followers to love themselves, esteem themselves, accept themselves, believe in themselves, develop a healthy self image, or nurture feelings of significance and worth.' (p. 84)

"C.S. Lewis wrote: "...the more pride one had, the more one disliked pride in others. In fact, if you want to find out how proud you are the easiest way to ask yourself, "How much do I dislike it when other people snub me, or refuse to take any notice of me,...or patronise me, or show off?" The point is that each person's pride is in competition with every one else's pride....Pride is essentially competitive.5" (p. 85)

David M. Tyler, Self-Esteem: Are We Really Better Than We Think?

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