PSYCHOTHERAPY SCIENTIFIC AND RELIGIOUS

A Broad Perspective on Mental Healing

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Il6          PSYCHOTHERAPY: SCIENTIFIC AND RELIGIOUS chap.
God which attributed to Him a petty spitefulness of this kind was quite alien to the thought of Jesus, Who taught that the nature of God is entirely good, and that His will is that people should be happy and well. Indeed, if Jesus had conceived of God in those terms would He, regarding Himself as the Divine Emissary, have acted clean contrary to the will of His Father by expelling devils who were in occupation by Divine permission ? Had Jesus dealt with these mental cases as He is reported in the Gospels to have done, His action can best be explained by the suggestion that He concurred in the fixed ideas of His patients for therapeutic reasons. There are, I am told, certain Rabbis who still do the same to-day. This, however, raises the moral problem of why, if this were Jesus' attitude, He did not afterwards proclaim the fact ?
When John the Baptist sent two of his disciples to Jesus to ascertain whether He was the Coming One Who was to execute judgment, Jesus, though falsifying John's expectations in some respects, expounded the purpose of His ministry. John looked for the destruction of the morally corrupt : Jesus affirmed that His business was not the extermination of such people, but the restoration of their moral integrity. In effect, He answered John by saying that His mission was not the kind that was anticipated, ' They that are whole need not the physician, but they that are sick \ Replying in poetic language, Jesus expressed Himself in terms reminiscent of the great promises of Isaiah. He said to the messengers, ' Go and tell John the things which you do hear and see : the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised ' (the original word can equally as well be translated, 'the dying'), 'and the poor have the good tidings preached to them' (Matt, xi, 4-5 ; Luke