Where do we look for the true principles of psychology? Why not the scriptures? The concepts there are actually true, while those from the philosophies of men may or may not be. I use the term “philosophies of men” to mean the ideas of the great thinkers of our time and times past. They may be great thinkers. But many of their ideas may be wrong. On the other hand, the ideas put forth in the scriptures (“ideas”) are actually true and accurate. While I enjoy reading and listening to the thoughts of thoughtful men and women over the ages as well as from our time, they are actually full of errors. They may not have intentionally erred or misled, they just didn’t know, and unfortunately many of them kind of acted like they knew, and act like they know. And many take their word for truth, because they don’t know, either. Some is true and some is false, and you need to reference a higher knowledge to tell the difference.
It’s been driving me a little crazy that people don’t try harder for accuracy in the principles they espouse. If you don’t know you don’t know. But as I’ve said, God gives liberally to them that ask (James actually said that) and we can seek and knock and ask and the Lord will open to us (the Lord actually said that).
I don’t want to give the impression that I think I’m perfect with regards to accuracy. I’m sure I’m mistaken about many things. But I try to be honest about what I know and what I don’t know. I try, at least. And I feel like it helps a lot.
So my point is just that we can look to the scriptures and the word of God for psychological principles. True ones. I believe they’re in there, if we’ll look. I’m going to keep looking.
I suppose some might think asking God is for spiritual knowledge, not temporal or whatever. But that’s not true. You can ask God for whatever knowledge you want. My testimony is that He’s very liberal with that.
And I guess that brings us to how God can give us knowledge. So first of all, all the knowledge we have is really from Him, whether it be about spiritual things or the workings of mechanics or electronics or chemistry or psychology or anything else. It’s all from Him. So how do we get our knowledge? I’m not sure, it’s a great question and I’ve been thinking about it.
But you’ve obtained knowledge, you’ve been doing it all your life. What does it feel like when you get knowledge? It’s light. You can feel it. You can taste it. It tastes sweet. It feels right. It enlightens you. Your mind expands, and you can thus tell it’s right.
I’ve had God communicate to me truths that I didn’t know before that weren’t revealed by anybody else, and you can, too. How does He do that? I don’t exactly know. How do we gain knowledge when somebody besides God reveals it to us? I have a feeling its really the same. But I don’t know how that is, exactly. When somebody else tells us something or shows us something, we have their words or images or tactile information or whatever other light we perceive at the time, but really the light comes from God. I’m just saying he can communicate intelligence to us in the absence of any sensory information, which I’m calling light, directly to our minds. Or He can do it while we’re viewing something or hearing something. All the same, really. Is it not so, surely?