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What’s in a name? part 1

September 15, 2014

Here’s a huge principle we need to understand: the power to label is the power to control. Back in the beginning, Adam was given the original jurisdiction of naming all the animals in the garden of Eden. Why? Because he was to exercise dominion and authority over those things he had named. (Genesis 1:26-28, 2:19) Things are much the same way today.

We see this when someone has a baby. The parents, who have authority over the child, pick its name. Others do this when they get a new pet or a sweet new car! Guys, you know what I’m talking about! The point is we associate the authority we have over something with also the right to name it. The power to name or label something is the power to direct it. Naming something can be a great blessing as in naming our children or favorite pet. It reflects our God given propensity to exercise loving authority over those things God has entrusted to us. But there can also be a negative aspect of being able to control people and society thru labels.

In Nazi Germany, many people were put to death at the hands of those in the medical field because certain people didn’t meet the Nazi’s definition or label of what was ‘human’. North Korea currently labels those who disagree with the government’s absolute control as ‘trouble-makers’ in need of ‘reeducation’ at their death camps.

What about today? Is there any labeling we need to be aware of? The DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) is psychology and psychiatry’s ‘bible’. Various fears, behavior, emotional issues, etc are listed in the DSM book that the mental professionals use to label people. The problem is in several areas. All of the labeled issues in the DSM are voted on by a panel whether to write up a new disorder label or not. ( No biological medicals tests are performed to determine the biological presence of the new labels that are written into the DSM. This in itself should be enough reason to make us cautious at the onset of their labeling of us!

What’s more frightening is that issues that used to be considered as mental illnesses have now been voted out of the DSM revised versions as no longer mental illnesses. Case in point is the issue of homosexuality. In the DSM I and II, homosexuality was listed as a “sociopathic personality disturbance.” ( But no longer. It is now mainstream and accepted even by those in the mental health industry as, well, ‘mentally healthy.’ Further, there’s a new issue that is seeking to be treated as normal and it will frighten and disgust you what group is now lobbying to get their ‘sociopathic personality disorder’ removed from future DSM editions. What is it? And how does all this relate to us? Read next week to see.

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