God as Divine Therapist?

From CNN:

Dean says more American teenagers are embracing what she calls “moralistic therapeutic deism.” Translation: It’s a watered-down faith that portrays God as a “divine therapist” whose chief goal is to boost people’s self-esteem.

Check out the article and let me know what you think. Are parents watering down Christianity for the sake of their children’s self-esteem, or is it a natural progression of Christianity as people come to understand God better?

Comment below to share your thoughts!

3 thoughts on “God as Divine Therapist?

  1. Haven’t read the article but first thoughts.

    God’s number one purpose is to make you like Him. (Man in our image). We humans are not like God in many ways and God is not interested in keeping us that way. Those parts of us that are not like God will go away in one way or another. This might involve crucifixion of some kind. So, God has no interest in making the parts of us not like Him “feel better”. Those things are considered dross, as Paul would put it.

    God is not something that we add to our lives to make them better. We add ourselves to God’s life because that is the only place that life is found. As Peter said, “Where would we go, you have the words of life”.

    This idea of Divine Therapist suggests that I can drag God wherever I want to go and he’ll make it ok. But what if God is interested in going somewhere else? If we choose to go our own way regardless, God will not be there and it will not be a happy thing. Consider the Prodigal Son.

    Those are my thoughts. I may read the article later.



    1. I didn’t have time to read much of the article, but the interesting/terrible part is the implication that parents are to blame for leading their children into this sort of Christianity.

      And given how the whole parent-child thing works, particularly in the context of the Church, I think Dean’s allegation bears some consideration.


      1. Talk to my Mom sometime, or Joel, the pastor of FBC in Willow. They might agree with the statement parents are to blame. My mom is in the process of rewriting the children’s curriculum because the curriculum they were using had nothing to say about Jesus. It was all a bunch of moral lessons meant to teach kids how to be good but nothing to say about Jesus.


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