The title is assuredly contradictory. However, one must remember that, according to modern culture, living and thinking paradoxically is perfectly acceptable. Hence, I’ll employ irony to demonstrate the preposterous nature of modern thought.
Imagine, if you can, a person submitting to a psychological evaluation and then posting the results to social media. To clear thinking individuals who are not surprised by the ridiculousness of contemporary human activity, this will not amaze them.
That being said, I hope to astonish the unflappable among us.
I’ve been forwarded a link to a Facebook post in which a local “minister” has done what I described a few lines ago. According to this fellow, the psych-eval shows that he has a propensity to be “humble”. I do not kid the reader.
Common sense dictates that the individual’s examination produced a wrong diagnosis. It’s plainly evident that the person in question is one of the most arrogant, haughty, hubristic, conceited, smug, self-enthralled and melodramatic individuals on planet earth. (Think I could have used more synonyms?)
Only a person who is so blinded by his own pride could publish something of the sort without expecting the very act to expose him as the self-indulgent fellow he is. Furthermore, the evaluation and the results prove incontrovertibly that psychology is nothing more than pseudo-science.
With this result alone, Freud ought to be dunced alongside rabble-rousing charlatans like Tolstoy, Marx, Hegel and Voltaire.
Having said all this, what makes this situation all the more troubling is his acknowledgement of being a Christian. Obviously this follower of Christ seems not to have read the following commands Jesus gave concerning humility:
“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29)
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)
“And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:12)
I’ll quote Paul and James for good measure:
“For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3)
“…Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble’…Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” (James 4:6, 10)
This incident is a microcosm of a serious problem with many modern Christians: they’ve fooled themselves and others into thinking that they are closely following the Biblical precepts, when, in fact, they are not. It’s false front.
An important side note: I’ve just been handed my own psych-eval. The results are personally upsetting. According to the evaluation, I’ve been diagnosed with Too-Shy-To-Give-His-Opinion-On-Anything Syndrome. Oh well, I guess I’ll share the diagnosis on Facebook and link to this post as proof.