Ezra Taft Benson said “The world worships the learning of man. They trust in the arm of flesh. To them, men’s reasoning is greater than God’s revelations. The precepts of man have gone so far in subverting our educational system that in many cases a higher degree today, in the so-called social sciences, can be tantamount to a major investment in error. Very few men build firmly enough on the rock of revelation to go through this kind of an indoctrination and come out untainted. Unfortunately, of those who succumb, some use their higher degree to get teaching positions even in our Church educational system, where they spread the falsehoods they have been taught. President Joseph F. Smith was right when he said that false educational ideas would be one of the three threats to the Church within (Gospel Doctrine, pp. 312-13).”
I stand 100% by President Benson’s statement. It fits my experience perfectly. Those who invest their time in psychological learning have a horribly difficult time ever finding their way back out of it. They just can’t stop thinking they have the inside story, the scientific fact-of-the matter.
You give a man a degree in that field and the philosophies of men not only mingle with the scriptures in their lives, they never seem to get over judging the scriptures and gospel truth by the philosophies of men, rather than judging the philosophies of men and their learning by the scriptures.
There was a great hero in the bible named Gideon. Gideon was called to do a work for God by an angel that was sitting under his oak tree. Nevertheless, Gideon made a grave mistake. Gideon collected a lot of gold from his battles, requesting part of what his 300 soldiers took. In the scriptures we read:
Judges 8:27 And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even in Ophrah; and all Israel went thither a whoring after it; which thing became a snare unto Gideon, and to his house.
That is precisely what psychology and psychiatry become in the homes of those who are afflicted with such learning. It becomes a snare to themselves and to their descendants.
It binds them down in ignorance, while they themselves feel like they are knowing and informed.
Look, there are some things that are known only by the light of Christ or by Holy Ghost. One of those is the true character and nature of mankind. When you try and poke and prod and extract something meaningful without the Holy Ghost, all you are going to get a is a hot mess. You are going to end up deceived. And you won’t get it right until you discard the whole mess as a horrible mistake, consider yourself a fool, fully repent of leaving God out of the questions you should have gone to no other source for, and determine to go solely to God to gain answers to questions that tread on sacred ground.
Psychology is the religion of atheism. It attempts to resolve the “right thing” to do in all sorts of crucial day to day matters, including in parenting, in the home, in marriage, in caring for the poor, without seeking those answers from God. It addresses sacred matters like the intimacy between men and women without care or concern for God’s commandments. That means it toys about with the sin next to murder and yet it thinks it can give you truth. It addresses fundamentally sacred and religious questions without seeking its answers from God. It takes the most sacred of relationships and tries to understand how to approach them using only the philosophies of men. Only by the light of Christ or the Holy Ghost can we gain answers to questions about such sacred matters as how to properly build a marriage or family.
Psychology gives the devil an inroad to the destruction of the family. Those who teach doctrine about human relationships and anything that bears on family relationships are treading sacred ground. Treading that ground without God as our guide opens the door to the adversary, and he won’t turn down a golden opportunity like that.
Psychology also seems to be the religion of manipulation.
Pscyhology and psychiatry provide the clergy and priesthood for the church of the devil to really gain a stranglehold in society. It would be perfectly fair to say that is a self-evident truth, for surely it is. But it plays out in constantly that way in real world politics these days. Questions that were once addressed by turning to religious truth are now answered by turning to psychology. The question of gay marriage? Who cares what religious nuts say, now we have psychology! Professor so-and-so did study X and we found out that boys aren’t even boys and girls aren’t even girls and you can marry whatever gender you want without consequence according to the study by professor Y. Or so the modern practice goes.
Seriously – pscyhology now reigns supreme in our lawmaking in precisely the place religion once stood. It has become a tyrant as no legislature wants to oppose a bill that is supported by some psychological study or other, even if the bill goes against conscience or basic human decency. This is how horribly wicked legislation becomes law these day – by fools in the legislature sweating out how stupid they will look if they vote against something that calls itself a science.
Psychology is the religion of atheism and those who practice it serve as the clergy. And you can’t do that without paying a horrible spiritual cost. You can’t be spending your life adoring and preaching and believing what is nothing better than pure deception and not have it cripple your ability for the Holy Ghost to show you the truth of all things.