Carl Jung, born 1875 and died in 1961, may have more to do with the cultural direction we see today then one might realize. His influence and thinking has touched “not only psychiatry but also philosophy, anthropology, archaeology, literature, and religious studies” according to Wikipedia and is even seen today in “twelve-step programs, video games, novels, movies and educational materials used” according to Dr. Peter Jones. An early disciple of Freud, he parted ways and began a version of psychological wholeness that would find a basis in the spiritual realm. Unlike Freud, who believed religion was mythical and went so far as seeing it as a sickness in need of a cure, Jung saw “classical religion” (ancient pagan and mythological religion), as the vehicle to explain and solve human behavior and this healing would come through psychology and the wisdom found in cultures. This view led Jung to claim to claim that “we are on the threshold of a new spiritual epoch” and that he was developing “the worlds final, unitary religion”. The true nature of his quest can be scene in the this quote…
“I imagine a far finer and more comprehensive task for (psychoanalysis)…I think we must give it more time to influence people from many centers, to revivify among intellectuals a feeling for symbol and myth, ever so gently to transform Christ back into the soothsaying god of the vine, which He was, and in this way absorb those ecstatic instinctual forces of Christianity for the one purpose of making the cult and the sacred myth what they once were—a drunken feast of joy where man regained his ethos and holiness of an animal. That was the beauty and purpose of classical religion” (Richard Noll, Aryan Christ ,54)
Jung’s goal did not merely revolved around scientific theories or psychological personality types. Jung sought to free the culture from its Christian worldview by supplanting it with pagan spirituality. Mankind needed to return to his animal roots and nature. This is why many see Jung as the father of the New Age movement.
Jung, who traveled to India, was influenced by Indian guru Vivekanda and his teaching of the divine self within. Here the logic of the west was asked to give way to eastern thinking that could join opposites like good and evil without any contradiction. Some contemporaries of today like to say it this way…”a great truth is both true and false at the same time”(total nonsense perpetuated by todays gnostic intellectuals). Jung hid his true motives in scientific language, which was quickly embraced by the secular humanist and his spiritual explanation opened the door for Christian’s acceptance. (It has been said that the Episcopal Church in the US has more or less become a branch of Jungian psychology, theologically and liturgically…Thus the confusion over the ordination of homosexual Bishops).
What Richard Noll discovered in Jung’s writings was
“The 20th century mask (of scientific research) was constructed deliberately and somewhat deceptively by Jung to make his own magical, polytheist, pagan world view more palatable to a secularized world conditioned to respect only those ideas that seem to have a scientific air to them” (Noll, 125)
Jung’s family background is a sorted one for sure. His father was a Lutheran pastor whose belief was purely outward in appearance. His mother was a medium who was visited by spirits late at night. His maternal grandfather was an occultist and his grandmother a seer. Jung came to reject Christ in his youth and shortly after began his inward journey. Jung eventually filled the spiritual void with the occult and began communicating with a spirit guide named Philemon. Philemon was a “pagan” old man with the horns of the bull and the wings of a bird. Over time Philemon began to address Jung as “Christ”. This began his many paranormal experiences that led to his spirit guide introducing him to Abraxas, the devil god of Gnosticism. (Jung, Red Book, 205)
His writings and appeal soon found a home in the intellectual communities along with the wealthy families such as the Rockefellers, the McCormicks and the Mellons quickly supported his emerging worldview. Female members of these families were the early patients of Jung therapy that helped bring him worldwide notoriety
Understanding and healing of the self would be found by this journey within where all the gods reside. With the Biblical God now seen as mythical, mankind no longer had to feel guilt or shame. The west, mired in secular humanism, embraced its new savior, Carl Jung. Dr. Peter Jones say it this way “Jung provided both a spiritual and therapeutic mechanism for the individual’s subconscious to be liberated from the ethical demands of holy living and the pain of guilt….sin could be dismissed.”
Wholeness would be found in feeding your desires rather than abstaining. Jung stated it this way…”nothing matters but the completion of the self”. The birth of the sixties embraced this worldview as seen in the slogan “if it feels good, just do it”.
Jung’s worldview is alive and well in our culture. The more the culture feeds its desires the more enslaved it becomes. Freedom from God is actually a move into bondage over time. Today, the freedom to view what one may wish is enslaving men and women into the world of sexual sin. The sixties told us that “free love would save the world” but all it’s done is subjugate much of the world into unwholesome relationships, out of wedlock children, abortion, sexual confusion, disease and empty people in search of genuine love.
The God Jung rejected offers a much different way. True joy and wholeness is not found in the self (inward) but in God (outward). We’re not called to go inside but to go outside ourselves and to look for God the giver of life…your creator! His plan is much different than Jung’s pagan thinking. He says…”you want to be my disciple, deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24) Freedom is found in restraint because it keeps us from bondage.
Do not take lightly the biblical warnings the Holy Spirit left us. Failure to take them seriously can have eternal repercussions. Deception is rampant and Jung unfortunately did not heed this warning….1 Corinthians 6:9-13 (NASB)9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor [a]effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord 12 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.
Don’t be deceived and don’t let anything God forbids master you and you will enjoy sound mental health and you will be free!