Christianity and Psychology Integrated

1641 WordsJan 29, 20187 Pages
Christianity and psychology have always seemed to have nothing in common with one another; even to the point that people think they are completely separate and hostile entities. I believe that they can be used to bolster one another and can be used together to edify the body of believers. Pastors and other spiritual leaders use psychology every day when counseling the body of believers. This is a normal occurrence and should be supported by the psychological and Christian communities. Psychology and the Early Church In the early church, Paul urged the new Christian’s to love one another, to support each other, and to stand together. This is a loose form of psychology. Paul was encouraging the first Christian’s to form a familial bond with one another, often referring to each other as “brothers” and “sisters”. He gives the early brethren ways to grieve with each other stating that “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him…Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:14, 18) This was an early form of grief support and gave Christian’s a support system in each other, even in the face of worldly death. Psychology and Martin Luther Martin Luther used psychology to motivate believers to make a change in the world and to stand with him against papal authority. “Luther’s writings show an implicit grasp of the integral nature of cognitive and affective factors in human motivation” (Preston
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