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The Question is “Should a Christian see a psychologist or psychiatrist?” Each one of us have been given a free will to choose who to take our problems to. I do not believe any true disciple of Christ should consider taking their emotional and psychological problems to a “professional psychologist or psychiatrist” who is trained with the philosophies of Men. Shouldn’t we be taking such problems to our Saviour and Redeemer iEsou christou (His name given in Greek Mt 1:1)? He stood up in the synagogue and read that He had a PhD ministry: of Preaching, Healing broken hearts and Deliverance from demons within the word Salvation. (Lk 4:18-19 KJV). The Greek word “sozo,” salvation embraces these three things. So naturally, the New Covenant is full of descriptions of His ministry on earth e.g. “Now iEsou went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sicknesses and all kinds of disease among the people. Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they bought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon- possessed, epileptics, and paralytics and He healed them. And great multitude followed Him – from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and beyond the Jordan.” (Mt 4:23-25). The description of the “demon-possessed” is incorrect – it should be translated “those with demons in them.” His name iEsou means “He will save His people from their sins” (Mt 1:21). His people are the 12 Tribes of Yshral (Israel) plus those Gentiles (not of Yshral) the “branches of the wild olive tree” who are grafted into the olive tree (Ro chapter 11 particularly vs16-17). Salvation from sins includes His ministry of healing and casting out of demons from the bodies of His followers. After His resurrection the ministry was passed onto His disciples (Mk 16:14-20) in the power of the Holy Spirit (Ac 1:8, 2:1-4, 37-41) as Salem Markus Purba has pointed out to us. It is the spirit of unbelief which will lead a person to seek help from someone other than iEsou. He rebuked his own disciples from their unbelief in Him (Mk 16:14). Are we any different from them? Will we accept His rebuking and chastising as His sons and daughters? (Heb 12:7-13). “IEsou christou is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Heb 13: 8) He’ll never let you down. Lawrence NZ
Being a Christian means that he/she is a believer and follower of Jesus Christ; as Jesus said:"And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover" (Mark 16: 17-18). So, a Christian should not see a psychologist or psychiatrist, but Jesus alone (Mathew 11: 28).
I have had to have mental health professionals in my life from 1981 to 2011. I have met all kinds of professionals in those years, good and bad. I was and am a born again Christian when I ended up in the hospital on a mental ward with a total break down. Was bipolar and on medications until Nov. 11, 2011. I felt Jesus was healing me and I went cold turkey off all the medications because doctors said I had to be on the medications the rest of my life and would not taper me off. The Lord brought me completely though with prayer and the help from my church. I even went through the death of my husband of 46 years without going back to medications for 5 years now. God let me go through many things I didn't like to be compassionate, stable, and dependent on Him alone. I'm glad these professionals are there when they are needed. It taught me not to judge anyone's heart because you are not walking in their shoes. The Lord was with me all the way through all the trials, and I'm very thankful. He is our deliverer, and it has been a real and enriching journey to turn everything over to Him. There is help available for you if and when you need it. I'm so glad I got to know me without the control of drugs, but they were there when I had to have them to help my husband and family to help take care of me. God is good all the time. I don't blame Him for what I had to learn. I got to know Father God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit because of everything I went through.
The true principles of psychology are found in the Holy Scriptures. Man knows not his own value. He acts according to his unconverted temperament of character because he does not look unto Jesus, the Author, and Finisher of his faith. He who comes to Jesus, he who believes in Him and makes Him his Example, realizes the meaning of the words “To them gave He power to become the sons of God.”... Those who pass through the experience of true conversion will realize, with keenness of perception, their responsibility to God to work out their own salvation with fear and trembling, their responsibility to make complete their recovery from the leprosy of sin. Such an experience will lead them humbly and trustfully to place their dependence upon God Psalm 73:24 With Your counsel, You will guide me, And afterward receive me to glory. Psalm 16:7 I will bless the LORD who has counseled me; Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night. Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Psalm 119:24 Your testimonies also are my delight; They are my counselors. Isaiah 9:6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us, And the government will rest on His shoulders, And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor...... Jeremiah 32:19 Great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, giving to everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds; Psalm 33:11 The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation to generation. Proverbs 19:21 Many plans are in a man's heart, But the counsel of the LORD will stand. Ephesians 1:11 also, we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, Proverbs 8:14 "Counsel is mine and sound wisdom; I am understanding, power is mine. Psalm 107:11 Because they had rebelled against the words of God And spurned the counsel of the Most High. Psalm 106:13 They quickly forgot His works; They did not wait for His counsel, Isaiah 30:2 Who proceed down to Egypt Without consulting Me... Proverbs 1:25 And you neglected all my counsel And did not want my reproof; Proverbs 1:30 "They would not accept my counsel, and They spurned all my reproof.
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