Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy the Same as Biblical Mind/Heart Renewal?

Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy the Same as Biblical Mind/Heart Renewal? (Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:1-10) 

My short answer is, “Absolutely not.”

I’ll develop my longer answer in a moment.

In the last three days, I’ve shared three posts on depression, medicine, and counseling: here, here, and here.

These have been part of my interactions with my friend, David Murray.

In one of David’s posts, he stated regarding cognitive-behavioral therapy that:

“It’s actually one of the ways way the Bible describes and portrays how we work as well (Psalm 42; 73, 77; Proverbs 23:7; Romans 12:12; Philippians 4:8-9). If CBT is guilty of anything, it’s of unwittingly plagiarizing the Bible’s insights!”

Now, David doesn’t specifically mention Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:22-24; or Colossians 3:1-10). (I’m not sure if his reference to Romans 12:12 was meant to be Romans 12:2?)

However, many Christians who equate CBT with the Bible’s thinking on mind/heart renewal, attempt to link CBT with the three major passages where Paul discusses the biblical concept of putting off and putting on a whole way of life—Romans 12;1-2; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:1-10.

Let’s think about that attempted linkage.

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