Christian psychology and Christian counseling may appear contradictory at first. They take into account various perspectives of counseling to include biblical principles and modern psychology or the so-called secular psychology. Humanistic psychology believers have stated that mankind is the highest standard of all morality and truth. They, therefore, reject faith, the bible, and the supernatural. Christian psychology is man’s way of understanding and repairing their spiritual side synonymously with their real world issue. If we stayed true to the real meaning of psychology, for example in Greek, the word psyche means the study of man’s soul. It is only ...view middle of the document...
Secular psychology teaches that humans are good, and the answers lie within them. God’s word on the other hand, paints a very different perception of man’s condition. Humans are not good; according to Ephesians (2:1) man is dead in his trespasses and sins, his unregenerate heart is deceitful and beyond all cures (Jeremiah 17:9). As a counselor who understands the principle that man is made in the image of God, I will take a different approach. I will help the client in a two-fold process, rather than seek answers to the problems within his own mind, I will help him to confront sin so as to obtain wisdom from above (James 3:17). I will duly apply God’s word and teachings to the situations.
Psychotherapy is based on needs, for instance, the need for self-esteem; acceptance, love, and significance are prominent. If these needs are realized, it is thought that individuals will be kind, moral and happy. If they are not met, individuals will be hateful, miserable and immoral. By using the bible’s teachings, I will be able to show how God exists in every one of us to my clients since we are all made in his own image. Only following these teachings can we create a good relationship with him and also seek godliness (Schaeffer, 1982). Psychotherapy cannot make a selfish man unselfish, but the bible teaches that God’s obedient servant will be satisfied with his joyful, unselfish giving (2 Corinthians 9:7)
Christian psychology enables us to understand that human nature is flawed due to Adam and Eve’s decision to go against God In the incident at the Garden of Eden. That particular event destroyed the image of God and upset the harmony of his being. Understanding this...