In the early twentieth century, Sigmund Freud, and others, developed the foundational concepts of psychoanalytical theory. As scientists, they did not develop their theories from a creationist viewpoint, but from an evolutionary one. The concept of evolution is based on natural selection. It essentially states that through the trials of natural development, persons and things develop in relationship to their environment. Mankind is literally the product of a response to the conditions surrounding us, including our emotional development. The idea behind psychoanalytical theory is that we are the product of our environment, and if something is wrong, we need to correct the problem. The problem is never the person being analyzed, as they are often the victims of other people and circumstances. This theory comes from a natural viewpoint, and is consistent with what the Bible tells us happens when a person responds from a natural response. To rise to a higher level of understanding, we must see it in light of God’s plans for mankind!
In the Bible, God created mankind and gave them specific instructions concerning their lives. When man disobeyed God, and was confronted by Him, they responded in a natural way. They passed the blame; Adam blamed his wife, Eve, and Eve blamed the serpent, who beguiled her. God dealt with the serpent by passing judgment upon him, but this did not release Adam and Eve from their culpability. The Bible teaches us that our problem is not what happens to us, but how we respond to what happens to us! This places the responsibility on us. God does not do this to declare us guilty, but rather He desires that we understand our need to be the overseers of our lives. God calls us to be victors, not victims. We can see Jesus’ affirmation of this concept in the New Testament.
In Matthew 18, Jesus put a child on His lap and declared that this is how we must enter the Kingdom of God: we must become as the child. He also declares that whoever offends, or causes harm to the child, will be judged by God. He goes on to state, “Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!” We must understand that God did not create a world without offenses. He promises to bring judgment upon the offenders, but also wants us to understand that we need to know how to deal with the inevitable fact: offense will come. He wants us to learn how to deal with life from a position of strength in Him.
Time to Walk as the Overcomer!
One of the reasons that it is important to know how the Bible outlines this scenario is to understand how we can be an overcomer in this life. Another reason is that, just like other scientific theories, many people accept them as fact. I have witnessed many Christians who have tried to apply biblical concepts to psychoanalytical theory. The problem is, we make the theory our foundation, rather than the Word of God. The Bible teaches that we are chosen of God “before the foundation of the world.” We did not just happen; we are the product of the handiwork of God in our mother’s womb. Psalms 139 proclaims that our days were fashioned for us before we were even born. So how can we justify our experiences if bad things happened to us?
The Bible is clear: God does not initiate every experience of our lives. The Lord had to give choice to mankind so we could choose for ourselves how we would live. However, through human choice, God oversees our lives and is able to redeem the human experience—to make good come from deliberate, harmful intent. When we look back at our lives, we need to look for the hand of God, not the evil that was intended to shipwreck us. We cannot see ourselves as victims of our experiences; we must see the power God exercised to make us who we are. The most important observation should be how God used the human experience to bring us to Him, and how He prepares us for our eternal purpose in Him. For me, that has always changed my perception of myself, and my circumstances. The grace of God is the favor that He has placed upon us to make us part of His eternal purpose. How amazing is God’s grace to us!
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10