I’m sure this is 80% too much coffee, but what I’m being taught in my counseling classes seems so humanistic… I am including some quotes from one of the guys (major counseling expert and big Christian author) we are required to read in my classes.
Is straight scripture in every “pep talk” too much for people to handle? Are the following phrases the milk that people have to start with before they can take meat? I need feedback! Am I way off? I don’t want to be too harsh a judge, but is this what “Biblical” counselors use in their sessions? Where’s the Bible?
You can’t determine your physical emotional response, but when you have the faith attitude, you can rise above your feelings. You cannot stop feelings, but you can keep your feelings from stopping you.
You can’t determine your circumstances, but when you have the right attitude you get the best out of circumstances and rise above your circumstances.
Jesus asked the blind men, “‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘According to your faith will it be done to you'” (Matt 9:28-29, NIV). In this biblical example, the external power of Jesus was made effective by the blind men’s choice to believe. In other words, the Lord chose to bring about physical healing through the channel of their mind, which chose to believe. (This is a Biblical example from my book. Is this the way it should be interpreted and communicated to counselees?)
The greatest cause of so-called mental illness is a distorted concept of God and ourselves.I really don’t want to attack this author, I just need to know the truth about the lines between this type of counseling and Biblical counseling, which is what I want to pursue.