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Carl Jung: Psychologist or Sorceror? [Excerpts]

By Marsha West

Psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung changed the way we think about the human psyche. For those who have never heard of him, he was the foremost pioneer of dream analysis, which is the process of assigning meaning to dreams. In many ancient traditions dreams were considered to be messages from the gods.

Jung’s research asserts the concept of an impersonal or “collective unconscious” (a type of library containing everything ever known) present in each person’s unconscious. The inspiration came to Jung from contacting the spirit realm. Jung claimed that his spirit guide, Philemon…was a source of information that gave him crucial insights….Jung placed a "scientific" footing under occult phenomenaa and mystical experience. Jung was deeply involved in the occult and did his doctoral thesis on parapsychology. He also was interested in Catholic mysticism and conducted seminars on the teachings of Ignatius Loyola.”

The lie detector test and the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) are also based on Jung’s theories. MBTI is a personality and psychological test to see what makes people tick.

Carl Jung was a “spiritual thinker” who offered Western culture a way back to religion that places no shame on being human. Spiritual teacher, codependency therapist and author, Robert Burney, agrees with Jung: “We are not sinful, shameful human creatures who have to somehow earn Spirituality. We are Spiritual Beings having a human experience."

If Burney’s assertion is correct, and the human race isn’t sinful, then the Bible is nothing more than myths and fables -- and Jesus was a nut job for declaring He was the Son of God who came into the world to die for the sins of all mankind. Jesus clearly taught that we are sinners, with a capital S, and “fall short of the glory of God.” Sin was the reason Jesus went to the cross. His death was payment for mankind’s sin debt. Thus He threw open the gates of heaven, and all who believe in Him will be reconciled to God. If it’s true that we are merely “Spiritual Beings having a human experience” as Burney claims, the Son of God would have had no reason to leave His throne in heaven and come to Earth. Which is Burney’s whole point! If we’re not sinners, we have no need of a Savior!

[TBC: We have addressed Jung in past newsletter articles as well as in Dave and T.A.’s book Psychology and the Church: Critical Questions, Crucial Answers.]