Theology and Counseling

Counseling is a professional relationship between the therapist and the client. During such relationships, sharing of religious information or convictions can only be allowed in as far as the two people in the relationship share, beyond any reasonable doubt, similar religious beliefs, and doctrines. In that case, it is permissible and ethical to use a Biblical context in counseling. However, since counseling can not only be limited to people of your faith and religious discipline, one cannot always be allowed to use contexts from the Bible to counsel another person (Hurding, 1992).

In this case, the ethicality and the leeway to use Biblical stories only extend to people who the therapist has prior knowledge about or who they share faith in the Bible and who have been previously comfortable with the same kind of sharing. This is because even fellow Christians in times of trouble may feel that they need something that relates directly to their life and the normal contemporary situations. Even then, using and sharing a story of how the Gospel has helped the therapist may not be important to the client. This would be similar to personalizing and centering the therapy on the therapist rather than on the client which affects the credibility of the whole process. There are therefore limits to sharing gospel stories and contexts with the client during counseling despite its being permissible (MacDonald, Kellemen & Viars, 2013).

Parts of Change

Among the three parts of change; repentance, trusting and following Christ I find following Christ as the clearest and easiest thing to do as a Christian. This is because of three very important reasons. First, the story of Crist from the Gospel is very articulate and clear. The disciples came to His camp because of the call they were given to follow him and leave everything they were doing. Their call was symbolic of our individual calls as Christians that we should always follow Christ and move with him (Luke 14: 25-35, NIV). Secondly, to follow Christ does not exactly demand that one is pure and free from sins. Even the disciples had mistakes along their lives but continued to follow Him with acknowledgment of their sins and repentance. Thirdly, following Christ is unconditional and the only thing to do is do his will which is very clear from the Gospel, love God and love one another.

The hardest part of change, however, is repentance. Sometimes as Christians we wrongly justify our actions as we see them or as they assist us to benefit in our today life. However, we forget that what is wrong is wrong even with any material benefit. But since we are living in a materialistic world, we cannot acknowledge our sins and do true repentance. We, therefore, tend to revolve around the same place with sins overburdening our lives. Repentance demands that we shed off our ego and move towards a point where we realize that only the grace of God can assist us. For us as human beings, this is one pf the most difficult things to do.

Helping Someone with Addiction or Anxiety

Someone with an addiction problem is said to be overtly obsessed with a wrong behavior to the extent of the behavior being part of their life. To understand and help such a person we need to understand that although everything God created was good, and for the use of humankind, not everything was to be used on humankind. In addition, if using anything causes someone to sin, neglect his or her responsibilities or even clouds one’s judgment, then taking the substance is wrong and sinful(Proverbs 21: 1, NIV). We can help the person with an addiction problem to first understand that their problem does not keep them too far from God’s graces. They have a chance to change, repent and trust in God. This way they gain the much-needed assurance and can share more about their problem. As a result, they can shed off their ego and come back to themselves for healing process to continue (Hurding, 1992).

with an anxiety problem can also be counseled by their faith in God. Using the Biblical contexts of the stories of people life Abraham, Hannah, and the Israelites we can effectively convince the person of the benefit of trusting in God. God has the power to get one out of challenging situations, and all fears must be cast away by the realization that God knows us better than we think. When we are in need, he better recognizes it and has the best answers even better than we may comprehend. Also, Christ tells us to avoid being troubled and trust in the providence of God in our lives (John 14: 1, NIV).

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