This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Explaining My (Blogger) Tortured Metamorphis on Same Sex
asking all the right questions.
To begin, I have lived through a lot of the history of my field of psychology. (My psychoanalyst was psychoanalyzed by one of Sigmund Freud’s closest colleagues.) At first, treatments were primitive, but in the mid-sixties, drugs began to raise hopes.
Drug treatment led to the realization we were dealing with something organic–an actual organic disorder of the brain.
That realization led us to the next stage. If the disorder is organic, what right do we have stigmatizing brain disordered people or locking them in prison-like psychiatric wards? That realization led me to become an advocate for those with brain disorders. I served and sometimes headed local, state and national advocate organizations. These groups are credited in bringing about major changes in the treatment system as well as reducing the stigma which was causing so much damage.
Anyway, it was then easy to make another step to those people who are attracted to their same sex. It is not difficult for me to believe that somewhere along the line from conception on, some epigenetic events changed the software in their brain. With my history, it was easy for me to ask myself what I was doing in the group that stigmatizes someone with an organic difference? Now, I am uncoupling myself.
Now as to the next problem. What about the Bible? That problem was easy for me to solve. If you are regular readers, you know that I keep saying Bible believers should never have gotten in the moralizing business in the first place. The Bible is the revelation of God’s dealing with the banished elohims. The Old Testament is about trying to keep one chosen tribe out of the hands of the fallen elohims. The New Testament is about rescuing people from the elohims. Moralists make the Bible impossible to understand. I have already disconnected myself from the moralists.
The next question then is why did I write so much about the Kentucky Clerk? Well, here again HM helped by pointing out that Christianity is no longer the accepted social contract that holds our culture together. Mrs. Davis is among those who don’t understand this. So they will be setting themselves up for persecution by the self-righteous who see themselves as victims and its payback time.
Persecution against Christians and Jews is always frightening because it has behind it a supernatural malevolency. There is Jesus’ warning "the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God."
So Christians like Mrs. Davis who don’t know what has happened, will set themselves up for persecution. HM even said they will deserve it. So Christians will need to try to protect one another, even when we wish others would recognize the times and lower their profiles.
Posted by Blogger at 9:56 PM