Right and wrong have lost their meaning because, according to modern psychology, none of us is responsible for anything we do. We are all victims, driven to do whatever we do by the traumas we suffered as children, traumas which have created hidden motives and urges buried in the unconscious and are thus unknown to us and beyond our control. Many of today’s parents, convinced of such lies, will not discipline their children for fear of damaging their psyches. As Gross points out:
“Before Freud, no educated adult could find a plausible reason to avoid responsibility for his actions. It was left to psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychology to create a blameless…man. It is not done by covering up his faults, but by tracing them back to his childhood, when he was morally innocent…. Freud once explained this blamelessness to a patient ashamed of his cowardliness. ‘I pointed out to him that he ought logically to consider himself as in no way responsible for any of these traits in his character…these reprehensible impulses…were only derivatives of his infantile character surviving in his unconscious; and…moral responsibility could not be applied to children.’
“It is the perpetual-child theory. Not only neurosis, but unhappiness or inability to find love or friendship have been lifted from our adult shoulders and thrust back onto the sagging breasts of mother…. Unhappily married forty-five-year-olds may not seek the answer in their own selfishness or immaturity…. ‘My mother (or father) did such and such…’ is the litany of the Psychological Society.”
Sin has been redefined as sickness and the list of “mental illnesses” grows almost daily. Instead of being held accountable and called upon to repent, the sinner is given “therapy.” Everything from disobedience to murder is excused as some syndrome or addiction. Adulterers are now “sex addicts” whose insurance covers lengthy “treatment” as secular and even “Christian” psychiatric hospitals.
The explosion of youth’s rebellion, crime, and immorality has coincided with the exponential growth of psychology since the early 1950s. There was a 43-percent increase in the number of Americans in the 10-19 age bracket who were committed to psychiatric hospitals from 1980 to 1987, while the number of private psychiatric beds per 100,000 persons more than doubled in the five years from 1983 to 1988. What a growth industry! Psychology has been rightly called the only profession that “creates the diseases which it claims to cure.”
The firm discipline which children need and the Bible commands (Proverbs:13:24, 22:15; Hebrews:12:6; etc.) is now called “child abuse” and children have been taken by government agencies from Christian parents who lovingly applied the corrective rod. What was once disciplined as laziness, disinterest, stubbornness, or rebellion is now excused as a mental “disorder.” The number of children diagnosed as having “learning disabilities” nearly tripled from 1977 to 1992! Children are placed on Ritalin after they and their parents have been convinced by some therapist of their abnormality—a stigma (and excuse) which will likely be with them for life. In spite of its addictive nature, the lack of evidence of its helpfulness, and the many incidents of violence and suicide brought on by withdrawal from it, Ritalin is being given to about a million American children.