The Bible Answers Short Questions From Our Readers
Plain Truth Staff
For years I have gone to a psychiatrist, but have received no help. Besides this, my money is almost gone. To whom can I go for help?
In only very recent years the psychiatric profession has gained great influence in society and is considered the authority and the only hope for many major national problems. Though psychiatry claims to be able to solve many of man's problems and to bring him happiness, the paradox is that in numerous cases, psychiatry has not been able to render any help, even after years of work. Much more than one half of all released mental patients must later return to the hospital and are never permanently cured. All one needs to do is look at how psychiatry works to discover why it is not successful in these cases. Psychiatry works on the principle that fears, frustrations and worries are derived from some type of complex which has been developed in the past. The psychiatrist attempts to help the patient to "understand" the problem and then to readjust his outlook. Supposedly, it will not bother him from then on. But here is the catch! Simply changing your outlook on the problem does not solve the problem itself! What then, is the answer? Notice first the basic difference between psychiatry and God's way. Psychiatry seeks to change your "outlook" and to have you hide your guilt from yourself. God says to repent of sin which is the transgression of His law (I John 3:4). Psychiatrists do not even know what sin is! To repent means not only to feel sorry for past sins, but to admit your past to God and to change your way of living — to begin living according to the law of God. Mental problems can only be solved by stopping what is causing the problem — sin — not by leaving the problem — sin — there and only changing one's outlook on sin! The real solution has been available to man for centuries. Many people have read it, but the problem is that almost no one has been willing to try it. How does one receive a sound mind? The answer is found in II Timothy 1:7. "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a SOUND MIND." Spiritual soundmindedness is not something that any psychiatrist can give. It is a supernatural gift from God through the Holy Spirit. And how do we receive such a needed gift? "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit' (Acts 2:38). Read the article on baptism in this issue and see for yourself what soundmindedness is! The results of "changing one's Outlook" are only too evident in this God-defying world about us today. Crime, broken homes and insanity itself are increasing as never before. On the other hand, notice the result of God's solution of changing and receiving the Holy Spirit — power, love, sound minded ness. These are direct promises to you! "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law" (Galatians 5:22-23).