Well, here is how that happened. A little over one hundred years ago two non-Christians named Freud and Jung came up with some distinctly anti-Christian ideas that theorized that humans were missing some essentials that were needed in order to cope with life. They proceeded to come up with humanistic and atheistic answers to successful living. These answers were named 'psychology.'
This was all a part of Satan's grand plan as a prelude to the great deceptions designed to deceive and bring down the church in the end times, which we are now in. And, of course, the church fell for it ... hook, line and sinker (to coin a truth, because it will sink us).
People are always eager to hear the seductive siren song of Satan whispering that he has what we need, that the modern world offers new solutions, also known as heresies. One of the first proponents who danced it into the church was Norman Vincent Peale. With visions of new answers, he announced on television that it is no longer necessary to be born again, that we each have our own way to God, that all ways are legitimate, and that in fact he had "found eternal peace in a Shinto shrine...God is everywhere."
That was only one of the many heresies Peale introduced in his guise as a Christian minister. Psychology was unknown in the church before Norman Vincent Peale. He called it "Operation Trojan Horse in the Church," if you can believe that audacity, and this was on his web site:
"In 1937, Peale established a clinic with Freudian psychiatrist Dr. Smiley Blanton in the basement of the Marble Collegiate Church. The clinic was described as having 'a theoretical base that was Jungian, with a strong evidence of neo- and post-Freudianism.'
It subsequently grew to an operation with more than 20 psychiatric doctors and psychologically-trained "ministers," and in 1951 became known as the American Foundation for Religion and Psychiatry. In 1972, it merged with the Academy of Religion and Mental Health to form the Institutes of Religion and Health. Indeed, Peale pioneered the merger of theology and psychology which became known as Christian Psychology.
Peale said, 'through prayer you...make use of the great factor within yourself, the deep subconscious mind...the kingdom of God within you...Positive thinking is just another term for faith."
It is a matter of record that the entire Christian church opposed "Christian psychology" for nearly half a century. Peale and his disciples worked under the delusion that psychology was a "science" and could enhance theology(!). There were dozens who helped him in his persuasion efforts, not the least among them being Billy Graham, who repeatedly praised Peale and endorsed his writings. Eventually, these massive propaganda efforts had their effect, and the rest is history.
Proof of the satanic inspiration is obvious, being similar to many such attempts in history to marry God's Word with atheism and the occult, as so often noted in the Bible. In serious discussions with "Christian psychologists" they admit they really can't find a justification for mixing this devil's brew. Dave Hunt says:
"Here is what two leading Christian psychologists had to say in a paper delivered at a convention of Christian psychologists:
We are often asked if we are "Christian psychologists" and find it difficult to answer since we don't know what the question implies. We are Christians who are psychologists, but at the present time there is no acceptable Christian psychology that is markedly different from non-Christian psychology."
So why do they legitimize this impossible partnership? The only obvious answer is that those who are involved in this field obviously benefit personally from a relationship with, and the business resulting from, the Christian church. This is dangerous territory. "Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God." James 4:4.
So what about the rest of us sheep?
Well, the same scripture applies to us. How in the world could a 'scientific' discipline, invented by atheists and deliberately marketed to the church by a heretic and his contacts, possibly provide anything desirable to a Christian? There is no logical answer to this question, other than, "It could provide nothing whatever of value and would, in fact, inherently interfere with our relationship with Christ."
This is the kind of story of satanic deception which can - and must - be revealed to all who will learn.
The Bible has given us every single thing we need for the best possible life on earth. It is all- sufficient. In every way. For a good reminder of the kind of lives that have triumphed over every trial and test read Hebrews 11. We are called to live by faith over every trial and circumstance of life.
We have the Counselor of counselors...Jesus Christ. God's Word stands alone in all of history in providing us with the wisdom, counsel and guidance necessary to overcome any obstacle this world can hand us. God and his Word have been proven to be more than sufficient for thousands of years.
Build your life on the solid Rock. Skip the foundations of sand.