Archive for March 4th, 2007

On February 27th, 2007 Los Angeles Times’s California section front page had a story about self-esteem. Titled, “Gen Y’s ego trip takes a nasty turn,” the article’s first paragraph notes, “All the effort to boost children’s self-esteem may have backfired and produced a generation of college students who are more narcissistic than their Gen X predecessors, according to a new study led by a San Diego State University psychologist.” (Generation Y is any person born after 1977 and before 1994 whereas Generation X is any person born between 1965 and 1975)

Though most likely the study conclusions are debatable to the non-Christian (requiring further study, or restudied due to flawed methodology), to the Christian the LA Times article only confirms the foolishness of human wisdom when attempting to understand the world and man outside of Christ. Any insights into the mind or behavior will always be flawed without first using the bible as the source of all knowledge and truth. For the word says:

“For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”

1 Cor 3:19-20

Thus, any attempt to use psychology in combating depression, anorexia, or screening out astronauts “conducive” to murderous rage from jealously will always be flawed at the outset. The Christian must never succumb to the demands of neutrality, because doing so causes the Christian to lose true insight to the mind and behavior of man.

True knowledge will always begin with faith in Christ (Col 2:3, Prov 2:6), because God is the only being in heaven or on earth that would have such insight into His creation’s mind.

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