Thursday, July 26, 2012

Personality Type and Sin

Where to begin on this one?  I've wanted to write this post for a while, but I am beginning to think it needs to be more of a discussion than a single post.  Here's a start.

Have you ever done the Myers-Briggs personality test, or something like it?  For me reading the description of my personality type was uncanny.  While I found it helpful for understanding myself better and gaining insight into how others perceive my behavior (apparently people of my type are frequently misunderstood!), the more negative aspects of the description raised some questions for me.

How do I separate 'who I was made to be' and my sinful nature?  The answer is probably that I can't - not now at least and certainly not on my own.  (As a side note: isn't it beautiful that Christ loves us and died for us even when our disgusting sin is such a part of who we are?  He doesn't separate us from our sin and love the lovely part; he loves all of us) 

Partly because the two cannot be fully separated, I am concerned that too much focus on personality types could lead to self-justification of sin.

For example, one description states that someone of my personality type "may have little interest in other people's thoughts or feelings".  This tendency doesn't sound very righteous to me - doesn't Christ call us to love one another, and doesn't that involve being interested in other people's thoughts and feelings?  Not only that, but this could easily lead to other sins.  And if I walk all over somebody, and then justify it by saying "oops!  I guess that was just my personality type not to realize that I was hurting them," I have still sinned.

What do you think?  Is the Myers-Briggs test helpful?  Do you think it can be misused to justify sin?

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Apologist’s Evening Prayer

The Apologist’s Evening Prayer

Justin Taylor posted this poem/prayer by C.S. Lewis on his blog, and I thought I'd share it too.  Christ alone can free us from our own thoughts and pride.