It will help you to know some presuppositions I will use as trail markers to stay on the main path of my paradigm.
1. The intent of blog posts on Reactive Attachment Disorder is to build a biblical understanding of what is called Reactive Attachment Disorder so that parents, counselors, siblings, and perhaps those diagnosed or behaving according to the RAD model may find biblical solutions and be encouraged in fidelity to God’s Word by rightly handling it and making it the authoritative instruction practical living and relationships.
2. God’s Word is true, sufficient, authoritative, and relevant counsel for resolving our personal and interpersonal problems. Second Timothy 3:15-17 says,
“…that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (NASB).
This teaches that Scripture is able to lead a person to salvation and to equip a follower of Christ thoroughly for every good work. Therefore, the person who heeds Scripture will become effective at trusting and obeying God, by which he will grow in godliness and in love for God and others. (See also Pss. 19:7-11 and 119.) Love for God and others are the two greatest commandments, and so God has provided all of the instruction that we need for achieving His goals for us (Matt. 22:37-39).
This does not mean that the Bible claims to provide comprehensive information on topics outside the scope of its intent, e.g., the solar system. However, whatever it does say about the solar system is absolutely true.
This does not mean that we set aside the minds that God has given us by which we observe evidence, think logically through issues, and draw conclusions guided by applying biblical commands and principles to the evidence. After all, it is by diligent application of right reasoning that we study the Bible itself to understand it (2 Tim. 2:15).
It does mean that no “expert” on human behavior comes even close to the Bible in authority on truth and how to live. It means that the Bible tells us everything that is true and necessary for how to deal with our emotions and desires, for how to think, speak, and behave, and for promoting right and loving relations with others. Something sourced outside the Bible may be helpful, but if it is not sourced in the Bible, it is not necessary.
3. A biblical view of people’s problems does not necessitate a view that all problems are caused directly by a person’s sins. It is true that because of the fall of Adam, sin underlies all problems; there would not be sickness in the world if it were not for the curse. Some problems are the painful consequences of a person’s sins. It is true that some people suffer through no fault of their own. The Bible speaks effectually to offer the hope of solutions in both cases.
4. I may use the term “psychologies” because there are now more than 350 different ones. There is no single psychology.
5. The psychologies are manmade theories. The Bible’s solutions are from God Himself. Their categories, conclusions, theories keep changing. The Bible remains faithfully, reliably the same. Therefore, blog discussions will not promote the theories of the psychologies. Rather, any manmade theory will be tested by the inerrant, true standard of Scripture. Ideas will be reinterpreted according to biblical principles.
6. Researchers, clinicians, and therapists in the psychologies seek to help people and ease suffering. Their observations are often perceptive and can be helpful. I want to listen to those observations. It is their conclusions, etiologies, theories, and essential solutions that are unbiblical and often not helpful. We can gather information about an individual and, no matter how men categorize him, find God’s solutions in the Bible.
7. As for labels, terms like “RAD,” “unattached,” and “character disordered,” are inaccurate and misleading. I will use labels that I can biblically justify. “Fearful” and “angry” are biblical terms. “Alienated,” “antisocial,” and “dissociated” are English terms for which I can find a biblical equivalent. Rather than “RAD,” I may say “child labeled RAD,” which identifies how it is commonly viewed without agreeing to the label.