Well-known clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson told graduates that “the truth of Jesus might be more true than anything else” and encouraged them to have faith.
Countercultural Commencement Address Of Agnostic Psychologist
At Hillsdale College in Michigan, Dr. Jordan Peterson shared a remarkable message to the graduates during his countercultural commencement address.
The author described the season after graduation as being at the “crossroads.” He told them it is when one has to “make a decision.”
“You go one direction or another,” Jordan stressed. Then he warned about meeting the devil at this point of life because one would likely have to face their conscience.
“When you come to a place in your life where you have to make a choice … you aim up or down,” the 59-year-old explained. “And there is always an agent of temptation at every choice point, enticing you to aim down.”
Dr. Jordan Peterson Describes Sin
Moreover, the clinical psychologist referred to the Scripture in describing sin. Jordan defined it as “missing the mark.” He also expounded the word “sin” in Hebrew, “khata,” translated as “to fail” or “to miss the goal.” And the author stressed it is a huge factor affecting people at the crossroads.
Further, Jordan warned about the pride of life, which he considered one of the biggest obstacles people have to face. He then made an example of Lucifer’s “spirit of intellect” that made him challenge God, eventually leading to his downfall.
“It’s a symbol of prideful intellect,” he pointed out. “And it is the prideful intellect that raises itself up against what is most properly placed at the highest place — which is what God is.”
Pursue What Is Right
Then he urged the graduates to turn away from pride and arrogance and pursue “what is right and good.”
Further, he explained, “By practicing any good in any rigorous sense, and making the proper sacrifices in that direction, you simultaneously learn to approach the good that is the sum or the essence of all those proximal goods. The essential insistence in Christianity is that the good that unites all those goods is the same good that’s reflected in the image of Christ, which is an image of acceptance of the suffering of life, and the necessity of serving the lowest as the highest calling.”
Jordan then remarked that the truth of Jesus “might be … more true than anything else.”
He also urged them not to neglect to have faith because it is very significant to a person’s life. Although people would call it “a form of weakness,” the psychologist certainly believes that “faith is a form of courage.”
The author also added that faith could be very helpful in life’s darkest and most challenging moments.
Reference | Faithwire