|you have put off the old man
with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is
renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
"Look to Abraham your
father, And to Sarah who bore you; For I called him alone, And blessed him and increased
Joseph Jastrow, "The Reconstruction of Psychology," in The
I am a new man in Christ
I am a son of the Patriarch Abraham
God is Giving Me
Ripe; perfected by time or natural growth; as a man of mature age. We apply it to a
young man who has arrived to the age when he is supposed to be competent to manage his own
concerns; to a young woman who is fit to be married; and to elderly men who have much
Webster's 1st ed., 1828
- [M]an was created as a mature being, not a child. This is a fact of central importance.
Humanistic psychology looks backward to a primitive past in order to explain man, whereas
Biblical psychology looks neither to the child nor to a primitive past to explain man, but
to a mature creation, Adam, and to God's purpose in man's creation. According to Jastrow,
- What we may accept is the principle that the child is an authentic embodiment of the
earliest, racially oldest, most persistent, truest to nature, depository of natural
- If man in his origin is a product of a long evolutionary past, man is then best
understood in terms of the animal, the savage, and the child. However, since man was in
his origin a mature creation, his psychology is best understood in terms of that fact.
Man's sins and shortcomings represent not a lingering primitivism or a reversion to
childhood but rather a deliberate revolt against maturity and the requirements of
maturity. By ascribing to man, as humanistic psychologies do, a basic substratum of
primitivism and racial childishness, this revolt against maturity is given an ideological
justification; the studied and developed immaturity of man is encouraged and justified. If
man is reminded rather that he was created in Adam into maturity and responsibility, his
self-justification is shattered. It has become commonplace for persons seeking counselling
to discuss, not their problem, but their childhood, their parents, and their environment
in order to "explain" their present "situation," that is, their
failure. The fact of a mature creation is one of the basic and most important facts of a
Biblical psychology. It is a fact of incalculable importance.
R.J. Rushdoony, "Creationism and Psychology," Revolt Against Maturity,
||I am a mature person. I have put away childish things, but am
mature enough to be unafraid of exhibiting a child-like faith. Consequently, I admit my
relative immaturity and am continually seeking greater maturity. I am being perfected and
am reaching the stature of the fullness of Christ. Others around me are benefited and
encouraged to see a model of maturity in me.
I am an adult.
I am becoming more and more mature.
My family sees me becoming more and more full-grown.
My parents are proud of my growth.
My maturity is an asset to my community.
I am not afraid to be growing older and more mature in a culture escapes responsibility
and worships youth.
My desire to be perfect pleases God.
I am committed to becoming more and more mature.
I show respect for the aged, and honor maturity.
The passing of time makes me a seasoned man of God.
People around me can depend on me to be a pillar, solid and sound.
The Spirit empowers me to benefit from experience.
I often think about how I can develop a life message from my experiences which will
benefit those without my maturity.
I appreciate age.
My spirit reverberates with maturity.
My conscience knows the importance of time-honored values.
I am at home with my elders.
Being a Patriarch is a real passion with me.
As the Spirit moves me from childishness to maturity these words resonate in my being:
- of age
Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also
justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
-- Romans 8:30
Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
-- Psalm 119:11