Hopeless and Helpless or Responsible?

We Can Believe Psychology's hopeless, helpless answers for sin or God's Word

He claimed his addiction to pornography was inevitable because of childhood abuse.

His frequent anger was a natural response to the insensitivity of others.

His bad relationship with his children was due to the fact that his own father had been a poor example.

When he offended his coworkers, it was simply a sign of his poor self-esteem.

A multitude of modern counselors offer these kinds of excuses for sin. It might seem easier to blame our problems on circumstances or other people, but it's also miserably hopeless.

It means others shape our character and we're simply victims.

God tells us something very different: whatever challenges and mistreatment we encounter in life, we can choose (in God's strength) to become functioning, caring, responsible adults (Romans 8:28; Ephesians 3:20).(1)

For the Christian, it's never about circumstances. It's always about choices.

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
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(1) Joseph is a Biblical example of someone terribly mistreated who fulfilled great purposes for the Lord. I encourage you to read Pondering the Example of Joseph.
Some other examples of mistreated people who became wonderful Christian examples:
A Modern Day Joseph: James Bain
George Washington Carver: He Overcame Evil
The Forgiveness of a Mistreated Slave
Their Love Destroyed His Hatred
Against the Odds: Mary Slessor

We Can Believe Psychology's hopeless, helpless answers for sin or God's Word


3 comments:

  1. Oh, I absolutely love this sentance: "For the Christian, it's never about circumstances. It's always about choices." Yes yes yes! It is time to take responsibility!
    Great Post
    God bless
    Tracy

    ps: I'm adding this to my list of favourites

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  2. Hi Gail, I just discovered your blog. I love it so much. Yes, as Christians we make choices ... not excuses. Now I will follow your blog, just as soon as I figure out how to do that :-)

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    1. Hi Josephine,
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