Scripture and Proper Training and Interpretation of the Sacred Word

Scripture is God’s written word.  The Bible provides a deposit of faith and a foundation for God’s communication with His people.  It relates the story of humanity’s fall, God’s love, humanity’s redemption and the future.  It provides guides, commands and stories.  Some books are separated by hundreds of years and relate to different audiences.  Some stories are historical, others are parables, while still even others present poetry and prophecy.  While humans wrote it, it is nevertheless a guided work by the Holy Spirit with the intention of brining humanity closer to God.

However, when misinterpreted, misused, it can bring pain and suffering to the world.  Individuals can use the words of the Bible to misguide, misdirect and lead others astray.  When Scripture is not properly interpreted and presented to the believing community, it can lead many towards the road of heresy.  While some can take individual inspiration from the Word of God, it is important to understand the nature of Scripture and its purpose.

Scripture contains truth but that truth must be properly understood through interpretation and training. Misuse of it can lead many astray behind the teachings of false prophets


Scripture can be a great resource in Christian Counseling, but Christian Counselors, pastors, ministers and priests must be well versed in Scripture and its essence to properly guide and preach it to others.

The article, “3 tips to help you read the Bible well” by Chris Goswami looks closer at understanding Scripture from avoiding a few basic mistakes.  He lists how others have used past books no longer relevant to the  message of Christ as justification for physical violence, as well as understanding that while Scripture is written by God alone, certain books have certain audiences and certain messages for particular times.  These messages cannot be taken out of context, unless one looks to go astray.  He states,

“Paul sometimes offers an instruction that made sense in that day but may no longer apply to us. This one is tough. It’s really hard to distinguish between cultural norms and eternal truths, and churches have disagreed and split on these topics. They include the lengthy debates churches had first on divorce, then the role of women, and now sexuality.”

“3 tips to help you read the Bible well”. Chris Goswami. 24 October 2022. Premier Christianity.

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As pointed out Scripture can be confusing.  It teaches one common objective and eternal law, but it can be misinterpreted, misquoted and put out of context for different people and different times.  It is because of this many individuals can misused Scripture and utilize it for propaganda.  This was seen throughout the history of the Church and even today, as extremist groups use the Sacred Word to promote hate and division.

Literary and Textual Criticisms of the Bible are Important

While personal interpretation is a freedom for many believers, one should never assume such vanity and pride but look to those better trained in Scripture and those who represent orthodox teachings on the faith.  Scripture represents the bed rock of the faith and is the primary deposit of the faith. Sometimes, with some review and understanding of the teaching of Jesus, one can clearly see when Scripture is being misused.

It is important to realize that various literary criticisms of Scripture are utilized to better understand the human element of its authorship.  These literary criticisms can help others better understand the human author, his or her intent, and his or her audience.  These types of themes then can be understood within their historical context.  This is not to assume morality changes within history but it does help individuals understand the social norms and history of the time and how the words relate to the time and audience.

It is also extremely important to understand what type of book in Scripture one is reading.  While it is true, Scripture is a collection of divinely inspired authored texts by one divine author, it is also true that the books span thousands of years, and deal with a variety of situations.  Obviously the books before Christ and the books after Christ have a different message in human redemption history.  Many books have different purposes as well.  Some books may be poetic or moral, while others historical, or others relating to prophecy.  Understanding the various natures of the books help one also understand what type of literature one is reading and how to properly digest the words.

Those who hold to literal quotes also should be very careful.  Scripture, as it is handed down, is in itself a miracle.  For it to have maintained such integrity is inspiring but if one considers that the printing press did not exist until the 15th Century, then one can see the numerous copies upon copies that were handed down. In fact, no original of any book exists to this day.  Hence, one relies upon the copying abilities of the ancients in replicating the Sacred Word of God, as well as their abilities to collect and put together and edit books.

In addition, beyond even the element of copying, is translating.  Scripture has been translated from Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek to Latin and to numerous romance languages.  With so many translations, some words can lose power.  It is hence important to understand the message of a verse, but to also understand certain elements of it can be lost.  This type of textual criticism and history of the text itself can lead to many resounding discoveries about original intentions of the various books.

When interpreting, it is important to understand that the words we have come from this long and arduous process.  Still even so, the words themselves must be studied within context.  How was the particular word understood then, how is it different now, or how was it applied throughout the entirety of not just the book but the collection of the books themselves.  Understanding precedence of the use of the word and its utilization is key to applying or not applying to today.

Discernment and personal prayer are key in understanding Scripture.  While one must keep one’s interpretation in line with the authority and tradition of the faith, discernment as a process helps guide the believer to avoid false pretenses and ideas about one’s understanding of Scripture.


Receiving the Bible as we have it today is a miracle in itself even beyond its Divine Inspiration.  While it’s primary source and authorship is from the Holy Spirit and tells a certain story and communication between God and humanity, it still nonetheless is a collection of communications through human hands.  Through this, interpretation and translation can be difficult.

While Scripture is a beautiful gift that presents to humanity the story and love of God through Jesus Christ, it can equally be misused by individuals with their own intentions.  This is why Christians must not only know Scripture, but also know its history, its meaning and interpretation.  Listening to good Church leaders is a key way to avoid the pitfalls of false prophets who can misuse the Bible.

Please also review AIHCP’s Christian Counseling Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Christian Counseling.   Christian Counselors can play a pivotal role in properly utilizing Scripture and helping others interpret it properly.  The Bible can be an immense tool in helping others live good lives according to the will of God.

Additional Resources

“What is textual criticism?”.  Access here

“Hermeneutics: The Eight Rules of Biblical Interpretation”. Apologetics Index. Access here

“Interpreting Scripture’s divine element”. ADAM RASMUSSEN · APRIL 27, 2021. Unpacking Dei Verbum.  Access here

“Interpreting Scripture: A General Introduction”. Jason S. DeRouchie.  The Gospel Coalition.  Access here

“Divino Afflante Spiritu”. Pope Pius XII. 1943. Access here

Counseling through the Rosary

It is a great error within Christianity to limit the graces and meditations of the Rosary to only Catholicism.  While other denominations may be swayed away due to false prejudices against Catholicism or a fear of fictitious Marian worship, the reality is the Rosary is a Biblical prayer that looks to bring individuals closer to Christ.  Through the meditations of the rosary and its powerful prayers, individuals can walk the life of Christ.

What the life of Christ teaches humanity is about love of God and neighbor.  Through the sacred mysteries of the Rosary, one is introduced to the life of Christ, from His birth to His death and to His Resurrection.  The life teaches humanity of the pilgrim journey on Earth and the ultimate union with God in heaven.  It teaches humanity the difficulties of life and the remedies for those difficulties.  In this way, the Rosary is a map of the life of Christ through Mary and a guide to life’s issues.  By utilizing Christ and His mother as examples, Christians can learn how to carry their own crosses in this world.

It is critical hence to understand that the Rosary is a Biblical prayer.  Many non Catholics may be astonished to hear this, but the reality is most of the mysteries of the Rosary are based upon Scripture itself.  In all, there are Four categories of mysteries.  The Joyful, the Illuminous, the Sorrowful and the Glorious.  The original three mysteries date back to St Dominic in the 13th Century.  Tradition states, he received instructions upon the mysteries in a vision from the Blessed Mother.   The Illuminous mysteries were later added recently by Pope John Paul the II.

The mysteries themselves are primarily scripturally based.  During the recitation of each set of mysteries, Christians are told to meditate upon the story and relate it to their own life. We will first look at the Joyful Mysteries.

Joyful Mysteries

The Annunciation: Gabriel announces to Mary the conception of Jesus Christ


The First Joyful Mystery is the Annunciation.  (Luke 1: 26-38; John 1:14).  This mystery teaches one the humility of Mary and how one can emulate that humility as well as complete obedience to the will of God as Mary accepted the Incarnation of Christ within her womb.

The Second Joyful Mystery is the Vistitation. (Luke 1:39-56).  This mystery teaches love and compassion of neighbor.  Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth and the babe in Elizabeth’s womb lept at the coming of Christ in Mary.

The Third Joyful Mystery is the Nativity. (Luke 2: 6-20; Matthew 1:18-25).  This mystery teaches poverty.  Our Lord came into this world poor and taught the value of poverty and simplicity.  It also teaches one of the extreme love of Christ for the world to become human.

The Fourth Joyful Mystery is the Presentation into the Temple.  (Luke 2:22-39).  This mystery teaches how Joseph and Mary kept obedience to the Old Law and presented Christ in the Temple as Jewish custom commanded.

The Fifth Joyful Mystery is the Finding of Jesus in the Temple. (Luke 2:41-51)  This mystery teaches the wisdom of Jesus and also the joy in finding Jesus.  Joseph and Mary were terrified losing Jesus and frantically returned to Jerusalem to find Him.

Illuminous Mysteries

The Baptism of Christ


The First Illuminous Mystery is the Baptism of Jesus. (Matthew 3:11-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3: 15-22; John 1:26-34).  This mystery teaches the importance of Baptism and also the manifestation of the Trinity. Jesus again shows obedience to His Father in Heaven.

The Second Illuminous Mystery is the Wedding Feast at Cana. (John 2: 1-12)  This mystery shows Mary’s faith in Jesus and also her maternal care to go to Jesus when we are in need.

The Third Illuminous Mystery is the Proclamation of the Kingdom.  (Mark 1:14-15; Matthew 5:1-16; Matthew 6:33;  Matthew 7:21).  This mystery teaches the conversion of heart.  In it one may reflect on the wisdom of Christ and His many proclamations to the crowds that stood before Him.

The Fourth Illuminous Mystery is the Transfiguration.  (Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9: 2-10; Luke 9:28-36).  This mystery shows the manifestation of Christ as God, as both Moses and Abraham bow before Him.  Peter, James and John witnessed this extraordinary event.

The Fifth Illuminous Mystery is the Last Supper. (Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 22-25; Luke 22:14-20; John 6:33-59).  This mystery presents the institution of the Eucharist and the importance of Christian worship through the celebration of the Eucharist.

The Sorrowful Mysteries

The Agony in the Garden


The First Sorrowful Mystery is the Agony in the Garden. (Matthew 26:26-46; Mark 14:32-42;  Luke 22:39-46.)  This mystery teaches the pain of sin and Christ’s offering of His will to the Father even till death.  Christ accepts suffering and death for humanity.

The Second Sorrowful Mystery is the Scourging of the Pillar. (Matthew 27:26; Mark 15: 15; Luke 23:16-23; John 19:1).  This mystery reveals the suffering of Christ as He was cruelly whipped.  It teaches us the sting of sin as it whipped our Precious Lord.  The self denial of Christ to permit this, His love of humanity are all on display

The Third Sorrowful Mystery is the Crowning of Thorns. (Matthew 27:29-30; Mark 15:16; John 19:2-3).  This mystery displays the mockery of Christ and how He patiently endured it for our sins. It shows Christ’s moral courage and love of one’s enemies.

The Fourth Sorrowful  Mystery is the Carrying of the Cross. ( Luke 23:26-32; Matthew 27:31-32; Mark 15:21).  This mystery shows the moral fortitude of Christ to carry the sin of the world.  It teaches Christ’s patience and love for humanity.  Christ serves as an example for ourselves to carry our own crosses.

The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery is the Crucifixion. (Luke 23:33-46; Mark 15:22-39; Matthew 27:33-54; John 19:17-37).  This mystery shows the full pain of sin and the sacrifice of Christ for us on the cross.  It shows God’s mercy and the terrible price for sin.

The Glorious Mysteries

The Resurrection of Christ


The First Glorious Mystery is the Resurrection.  (Mathew 28: 1-10).  Mark 16: 1-18; Luke 24: 1-49; John 20:1-29).  This mystery displays Christ’s victory over sin and His divinity.  It teaches that Christ conquered death through death and the value of suffering.  It teaches that all who die with Christ will rise with Him.  It displays the faith rewarded.

The Second Glorious Mystery is the Ascension. (Mark 16: 19-20; Luke 24:50-51; Acts 1:6-11.  This mystery illustrates Christ’s ascension into Heaven.  It teaches us the necessity of hope for our future reunion with Christ.

The Third Glorious Mystery is the Decent of the Holy Spirit Upon the Apostles and Our Lady.  (Acts 2:1-41).  This mystery shows the love and sanctification of the Holy Spirit.  Through Christ’s death, the Holy Spirit gives Christians the grace and gifts to serve the Church on earth.

The Fourth Glorious Mystery is the Assumption.  This mystery is not found in Scripture but in tradition but it does allude to ultimate gift all Christians will receive on the day of the General Resurrection

The Fifth Glorious Mystery is the Coronation.  This mystery is not found in Scripture but alluded to in Revelation.  It shows Mary receiving her rightful place next to her Son in Heaven.

Prayers within the Rosary

Most of the prayers within the Rosary are also biblical.  Within the decades, each begin with an Our Father and ten Hail Mary prayers.  The Our Father came to humanity directly from Christ Himself as found in the Gospels and the words of the Hail Mary are a compilation of the words of the Angel Gabriel and Elizabeth found in the Gospels.  The other prayers are early prayers found within the Christian community.


While the Rosary was not prayed in the time of the Bible, it does evolve from the Bible as a meditation upon the Life of Christ


From these mysteries and prayers, one can see that the Rosary is primarily a Scriptural prayer.  It can be utilized by both Catholic and non Catholic alike without any deviation from each other’s faith.  Aside from the final two Marian Mysteries found in the Glorious Mysteries, there is no room for theological debate.  The mysteries teach about the life of Christ and how one can follow the example of Christ in their own life.  It is due to this that the Rosary is an excellent source of meditation for counseling.

Individuals can find many moral stories to emulate in their own daily struggles.  Whether it is accepting suffering, the will of God, or carrying one’s cross, one can view the mysteries and find examples of how to properly behave within a Christian life.  The Rosary guides one through the good times and bad times of life and again shows the promise of a glorious life in Heaven with Christ.  These meditations can instill hope for individuals who have very little in this life.

In addition, according to Catholic tradition, it serves as powerful prayer for world peace, as depicted by Our Lady of Fatima in 1917, when she asked the three children to pray the Rosary daily for the conversion of sinners and peace in the world.

I hope this serves not as a call to one denomination of Christianity over the other but a call to viewing the Rosary as a universal prayer for all Christians to utilize in their spiritual life.  While it may not be found as a form of prayer directly accounted for in Scripture, it does not necessarily mean it does not evolve from Scripture.

When the Rosary can become less productive in spiritual life is when merely recites the words without true meditation.  Christ warns against repetitious prayer without thought.  There is far more value in intimate prayer.  If one has difficulty with focus, then merely say one decade.

Many fears of non Catholics regarding the Rosary is the fictitious idea that is promotes Marian worship which is false.  The other fear is that one is praying for another to intercede.  Christ alone stands before the Father as High Priest, however, the prayers in the Rosary while Biblical, also invoke others to pray for humanity, such as Mary, the Archangel Michael, etc.  The reality is the prayer of the Rosary asks Mary and the saints to take our petitions, that we pray directly, and also ask for them to take as well, to Christ.  Christ is the High Priest and the Rosary in no way teaches that there are alternate routes.  Many of the prayers are directly to Christ or focus directly on Christ’s life.

Some Christians may find this acceptable and others may never.  Different traditions value different types of prayer.  This is merely a look at the Rosary as a possible spirituality for some and for others in counseling.  It is far from non Christian and can be utilized but it will vary from Christian to Christian.

Please also review AIHCP’s Christian Counseling Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification as a Christian Counselor.

Additional Resources

“MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY IN THE BIBLE”. Peggy Bowes.  May 11, 2011.Prayer / Spiritual Life. Access here

“The History of the Rosary”. Sister Mary Peter.  July 26th, 2008. Access here

“The rosary: common myths and facts”. Edie Heipel. Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Oct 1, 2022. Catholic News Agency. Access here

“The Story of Fatima”. The World Apostolate of Fatima.  Access here


Abraham as an Example of Obedience and Trust

One of the most obedient servants of God was Abraham.  As the father of nations, Abraham was held to a high standard, but God tested him.  God tested his utter obedience to the very thought of sacrificing his own son, Isaac.   While, in modern times, the whole idea of giving one’s son as a sacrifice may seem odd, this showed Abraham’s utter devotion to God.  His obedience was complete.  He did not expect answers or demand an explanation, but he obeyed God.

Of course, the image of Abraham sacrificing his son, was in fact, a pre-cursor to what God the Father Himself would offer, His only Son.  God never expects more than one can give but does He does expect trust and obedience.  From that trust and obedience, Abraham was rewarded but so was humanity.  It was God who would offer His Son as the most perfect sacrifice.  In this way, Isaac becomes a pre-figurement of Jesus Christ while Abraham becomes an example of a perfectly obedient servant.

The article, “5 Lessons We Can Learn from Abraham” by Matthew Poyer looks at the obedience of Abraham.  In his article, he points out how Abraham is obedient even till this most horrible and terrifying command.   Abraham understands the depth of sacrifice, obeys and shows important qualities in fulfilling God’s will and command. Poyer illustrates 5 lessons we can learn from Abraham in his unwavering faith and obedience to God.  The article states,

“Is there anything in your life that is a little too precious? Could you be making an idol out of something that God merely intended to be a gift in your life? Only you really know. But understand, God is always at work, molding and shaping us for His purposes. This sometimes comes by sacrifice…by testing and by trusting. When that happens, let Abraham’s example be a blueprint for your obedience. And let the Lord’s faithful sovereignty encourage you unto completion.”

“5 Lessons We Can Learn from Abraham”. Matthew Poyer.  Crosswalk.  March 2nd, 2016.

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Abraham is an example of trust and obedience to God even until the ultimate sacrifice



Abraham is a figure in the Hebrew Bible who is considered by many to be the first patriarch of the Jewish people. He is also an important figure in Christianity and Islam, and is revered as a prophet in both faiths. Abraham is said to have been born in Ur of the Chaldees, and to have lived most of his life in the land of Canaan. He is known for his faithfulness to God, and for his willingness to sacrifice everything for His sake.

Abraham’s Obedience and Trust in God

The obedience of Abraham is a fascinating topic of discussion among religious scholars. On the one hand, some argue that Abraham’s obedience to God was a key factor in his being considered a righteous man. On the other hand, others argue that Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his own son Isaac demonstrates a level of fanaticism that should not be condoned. Regardless of which interpretation one subscribes to, there is no doubt that the obedience of Abraham is a significant event in religious history.  The trust of Abraham is a common theme in religious texts. It refers to Abraham’s willingness to put his faith in God, even when it goes against his own logic or desires. This act of trust is often seen as the cornerstone of Abraham’s relationship with God, and is used as an example for believers to follow.

Abraham’s Sacrifice

The story of Abraham’s sacrifice is found in the book of Genesis, chapters 22-24. In this story, Abraham is asked by God to sacrifice his son, Isaac. Abraham does as he is asked, but at the last moment, an angel of God intervenes and tells Abraham to stop. The angel tells Abraham that because he was willing to sacrifice his son, Abraham’s obedience has been counted as righteousness.  The Old Testament figure of Isaac can be seen as a prefiguration of Christ. In Genesis, Isaac is born to Abraham and Sarah in their old age, just as Christ is born to Mary and Joseph in their old age. Isaac is also nearly sacrificed by his father Abraham, just as Christ is sacrificed on the cross. These parallels show that Isaac is a figure who points to the coming of Christ.

Christians learn from Abraham because he was the father of faith. He is someone who believed in God and followed His commands even when it was difficult. Abraham is an example of what it means to have faith and to be obedient. Christians can learn from his story how to have a strong relationship with God and how to live out their faith.


In conclusion, Abraham’s obedience and trust led him to be greatly blessed by God. His faithfulness was rewarded with material possessions, a great reputation, and a legacy that continues to this day. Abraham’s example shows us that if we are obedient and trust in God, we will be richly blessed as well.  God never expected a human sacrifice, but wanted to test Abraham.  Instead, we learn that God always wishes give more than He ever takes.  Instead of Isaac being sacrificed, God gave humanity His only Son, Jesu Christ.  Jesus would be the perfect sacrifice.

Christian Counselors can utilize the story of Abraham to better teach others about obedience and faith in God’s design and not to question God but to simply obey, trust and believe.  God has what is best for one.

Please also review AIHCP’s Christian Counseling Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Christian Counseling.

Additional Resources

“Abraham – Walking in Faith”.  Susan Curry. August 28th, 2009. Access here

“Abraham’s Sacrifice According to Christianity and Islam”. Bilal Atkinson. The Review of Religions. July 9th, 2022.  Access here

“ABRAHAM’S SACRIFICE OF ISAAC EXPLAINED”. Admin. Salvation by Grace Through Faith.  April 12th, 2019. Access here

“The Ram’s Substitutionary Atonement for Isaac”. Scott LaPierre. April 16th, 2020.  Access here

Christian Society and Errors of Communism

Christian Ideal of Society

Ever since the Fall of humanity through Adam, a temporal realm came into existence.  This temporal realm created a vacuum for a temporal society.  Humanity came together to form a bond and collectively came together to form the first societies.   Christianity looks for a balance within this temporal society of the collective and individual good driven through charity and justice; Moral laws that bind humanity together in love but also fairness.  When this becomes imbalanced through hate, greed and theft, a rift appears in society and violence erupts.  Christian Counseling can help individuals to be better grateful for what they possess and how to better share the benefits.

Christian Society is based on justice and charity. Please also review AIHCP’s Christian Counseling Certification

Christianity does not promise a perfect material world in this temporal realm.  There is no utopia on earth but only in the next world.  Hence Christianity and its social ideals look for the best possible scenario within society that promotes freedom, liberty, and dignity to the human person through charity and justice.   The social virtue of justice driven by charity is the key to peace and prosperity.   When justice is denied, then violence emerges.

Understanding the importance of justice to the social order, Christianity believes that the state exists to serve the individual.  It exists to permit the individual in all his or her excellence to bear fruit for the common good.  The state exists to nurture the talents of society, protecting rights and promoting a common unity that it enhances through individual excellence.  The state furthermore, promotes a liberty among the people to express themselves to God unhindered.  It does not look to place one altar over another, but stands as a safeguard protecting the beliefs of all involved.

While a Christian state most excellently captures the moral laws of God, one has seen in past centuries, a corruption due to a misguided zeal to maintain a pure society.   This has led to religious persecution and a denial of the individual to develop within his or her own will.  While the state should look to protect the common good from individuals who pursue corruption, it is important to carefully balance the need of the many versus the need of the few.  Hence the question, when does one’s personal views become so public as to disrupt the public foundation of the society?  How should such diverse views be censored or debated?  How can the person’s inherent rights still be protected?  The best recent example of this would be gay marriage as an individual expression that is counter to the traditional norm of societal marriage between a man and woman.

So, the first purpose of this blog was to clearly point out the important ideals of a Christian society, while albeit within a pluralistic society, certain key foundations should exist that balance the individual and the collective through charity and justice.   The state protects the integrity of the whole but also protects the expression of the individual.


The social philosophers, Hobbes and Locke, pointed out that the moment individuals came together to form society, they entered into the social contract.  With that social contract, individuals became dependent upon each other, working together, sharing common needs and goals.  Within that contract, individuals gave up many individual rights to permit the function of society.   This meant individuals while using their talents for a wage and living, also contributed and shared with the overall community.

Capitalism rewards hard work and preserves personal property but like all systems if misused can become a system of corruption and greed.


Each individual, according to biblical principles, would earn according to his or her work.   With work, came personal property and excess funds for others.  Some would earn more than others based upon talent.  Naturally, this would lead to economic imbalances.  Some in society would excel more than others and hence become more prominent within the society.   As the industrial age emerged in Europe, the imbalance between the have’s and have not’s grew considerably.   Vast amounts of wealth and power were consolidated within the hands of steel barons.

Without Christian principles of charity and justice at play, many so called Christians sought wealth above justice and fairness.  Without the constraint of the virtue of justice, the imbalance became even greater.  The worker became victim to unjust wages, horrible working conditions, and long exhausting hours.  There was little care for the worker as a person with dignity nor the worker’s family.  While the worker became a mere cog in the wheel, the barons became excessively wealthy and with the excessive wealth, became politically more powerful.  This led to oppression.

Hence capitalism while adhering to the natural right of property and earning, like all temporal systems can become corrupted without Christian or even basic moral virtue.   Unhindered Capitalism can become a poison to society.  When monopolies occur and when individuals become more powerful than the masses, an imbalance can occur that can lead to social unrest.  Pope Leo XIII, in his encyclical “Rerum Novarum” or “New Things” looked deeply at the issues of unmonitored capitalism and how it could be a corruptive agent against society.

During the late 19th Century, Leo saw the corruption within factories and the mistreatment of the worker.  He identified the need of balance within the state to protect the individual worker from the collective demands of the industry.  Again, he looked to balance the needs of the many and the need of the few, or in some cases, one, who owned the factory.  He reminded everyone that justice demands that the worker utilize his talents and time to benefit the employer, but the employer in turn, must compensate the worker fairly.  Of course, the employer will  have more wealth than the worker.  This is the nature of capitalism.  Some have more than others based upon talents or ambition or authority, but all receive a just amount for their particular talent and place.  An equal dignity is given to everyone in the process of their role and application of it.

When capitalism is devoid of state regulation and moral virtue, but instead driven by atheistic materialism and greed, then capitalism can become an economic system that can be enslave the worker.


Communism was an adverse reaction to the abuses of capitalism.  Karl Marx, the founder of Socialist Doctrine, expounded in his Communist Manifesto, the need for a new social system.  The idea of communism preached a utopia for the disenfranchised.  It became quickly attractive to the poor and poverty stricken and it pointed out the many abuses of capitalism.  Marx offered a social utopia where everyone shared their talents and no one had more or less but all equally benefited.

Marx taught that society was evolving towards a a classless world where everyone was equal.  Authority, power, and wealth would have no meaning in this new world.  Since ages ago, the master and slave, lord and serf, and now baron and worker were all phases of domination of one class over the other but merely adapting to new titles.  Through conflict and revolution, Marx believed a new society would give birth to a communal society void of private property.  Instead of the state existing to serve the person, the person would exist to serve the state, but through this service, all would retain equality.

Of course, within this philosophy was a materialist belief that this world can be perfect.  Communism was atheistic in belief and denied God.  It saw religion as an “opiate of the people”. Marx saw the church, its moral laws and structures as ways of control, no better than the steel barons.   The belief in a world that was not materialist or temporal was way to keep individuals occupied, while others accumulated power and wealth.

Communism promises equality for all but in reality leads to human slavery to the state.


Using the abuses of the state, industries and church as a rallying cry, he utilized envy and resentment as a tool to instill in the workers a revolution.  King, Tsar, Pope, or employer became seen as oppressor.  With a purely materialistic mindset, this philosophy would spread across Europe and the world, infecting millions into the communist cause.   With its implementation in Russia in bloody revolution in 1917, communism would find its home base and spread its errors throughout the world.

Within communism, personal property was stripped of individuals.  The individual became property of the state and creating a perfect utopia.  Personal choice, personal belief or any religious ideas that were contrary to the envisioned goal of the state became counter productive and eliminated.  This led to massive persecutions of anyone who did not fit the proposed social outline.  Ultimately, the failed experiment of communism could not sustain itself.

The basic tenets of human nature look at work and reward.  If one works harder or has greater ideas, then they reap the award, but when this type of innovation is not rewarded, but equally distributed, then the drive for personal gain is prevented.   In Russia alone, many were forced to a new servitude on state farms where those who worked harder were given the same as those who did not.

Soon, a new slavery emerged, where the illusion of communism became evident.   A top the communist party, sat the new barons and kings, under the guise of directors for the common good.  This exposure was illustrated in Orwell’s “Animal Farm” where the animals on the farm are made to believe their hard toil is for the common good, while the communist pigs engorge themselves upon the work of the other animals.

In essence, Communism strips the human being of all personal dignity under the false direction of a greater common good that ultimately falls upon itself because it refuses to reward creativity and hard work.  Coupled with its materialist and atheistic tenets, it leads to a system more oppressive than unregulated capitalism.  This is exactly what Pope Leo XIII had warned.  He warned everyone of the pitfall of both systems but the overtly more dangerous outcomes of a communist regime.  His words proved to be prophetic under the rules of Lenin and Stalin and subsequent communist leaders throughout the world.

Christian Response

After the words of Leo, came the words of Pope Pius XI in his encyclical “Divini Redemptoris” on Atheistic Communism in 1937..   In it, Pius reiterated the errors of communism made by his predecessor regarding communism.  He pointed out that the right to private property and accumulation of wealth is within the dignity of the human person and that the state exists to help the individual progress.   He listed the numerous errors that are also found in a materialistic society that promises only material things in a fallen world.   Pius reminded everyone that no utopia promised by the communists can exist in a fallen world.  He pointed out instead that humanity can only attempt to make the most just society on earth by emulating Christ, moral virtue but especially charity and justice.

Pope Leo XIII explained the balance of a Christian society between Communism and Capitalism and both their own inherent errors


Pius called for a regulated capitalism where a balance existed between the needs of the many and the needs of the individual.  He reminded workers and employers of the reciprocal justice that they owed each other.  He called for those within Christian ministry to preach the Gospel to the workers and re-Christianize the world.  He called for ministers equipped to battle the lies of the communists and to preach what true justice demands.

Pius reminded the State itself, its grave importance in maintaining a harmony between the individual and the collective.  He supported regulations that promoted fair and just working wages, conditions and hours.   Through charity and justice, he felt the world could present a more Christian society that granted a more sound balance and economic system.

Despite the pleads, a more secular world was deceived by communism.  After the Second World War, Stalin masterfully played the West and divided the world between free capitalistic societies and enslaved communist societies.  Russia continued to spread its errors through the aftermath of World War II leading to the decades long Cold War which on numerous occasions brought the world to the verge of nuclear annihilation.

Communism would spread to Latin America, South East Asia and China.  To this day, China remains an oppressor to freedom, with the re-emergence of Russia, not as a communist state, but nonetheless a authoritarian state with communist DNA still flowing through its leader, Putin.

Christians must respond as Pius and Leo pointed out with social action that promotes justice and charity in society at all of its levels.  Society within Christian teaching is first and foremost at its cellular level within the family.  The family is the key to society.  A family that follows Christ and His laws is able to give to society a gift of charity and justice. Springing forth from the family, these virtues can boost the work place and secular venues in a shared vision of mutual gain.

Also of great importance is prayer.  Prayer for a better society that reflects the Natural Law and laws of Christ is something that a Christian should remember everyday.  In Catholicism, Our Lady of Fatima in 1917 warned the world of communism and the errors Russia would spread.  She pleaded with the world to find repentance with God and to prayer the Rosary.

There is no perfect society in this fallen world, but we can try to make it as best as we can despite our own inherent weaknesses and sin.  It is through a society based on Natural Law and Christ that can give humanity its best chance.  This society will look to balance the needs of the one and collective but also look to serve the individual instead of repressing the him or her.  This society must base itself on charity and justice.  Without these two social virtues, no system or society can thrive.

Christian Counseling Perspectives

As Christian Counselors it is important to remind the distraught or financially strained that God has a plan.  One cannot be tempted in business to take illegal shortcuts or use other human beings as a means to an end.  Individuals who are suffering financially should look for guidance in the poverty of Christ as a way of simplicity.  Christ Himself worked an honest day work as a carpenter with His father St. Joseph to serve as an example of what it means to work and share one’s talents.  In Christ, there was no envy of others who made more money, but always charity and respect with justice to all.

Communism looks to stoke jealousy in the poor and to lead them to a far more dangerous path that strips one of property and earnings, while unregulated capitalism uses the human person as a means to an end.   Christian Counselors need to guide the disenfranchised down the middle road and to always work hard, be fair and keep faith in Christ in all financial troubles.

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Other Resources

Divini Redemptoris. Pius XII. Papal Encyclicals Online. 1937.   Access here

Animal Farm. George Orwell. Book Analysis.  Access here

Communist Manifesto. Karl Marx.  1848.  Access here

Rerum Novarum.Pope Leo XIII.  Vatican Content.  1891.  Access here



Christian Counseling Certification Video on Counseling the Divorced and Re-married

Christianity condemns the idea of divorce.  It is contrary to the sacred vow between a man and a woman.  Christ teaches of this sacred nature of marriage and discourages those who look upon married people with even impurity in the heart.

With these strong condemnations against divorce, the Church has looked to protect the sanctity of marriage but in a broken world divorce still happens.  In some Christian communities, re-marriage is even permitted.  So how does one counsel others going through divorce or considering remarriage?  How even more so, do counselors help those within Catholic and Orthodox traditions find a place as a divorced person within the community?

The video below reviews Church teachings and difference of opinions within various groups of Christianity and how those who are experiencing divorce need special pastoral care.  Please also review AIHCP’s Christian Counseling Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Christian Counseling.


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Christian Counseling Certification Blog on The Resurrection and Faith

The foundation rock of the Christian faith is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Without the Resurrection, the Christian faith is no more than a philosophy of how to live life.  The Resurrection definitively places Christ as God and makes His ministry more than mere philosophy but a redemptive act.  Christ’s crucifixion and sacrifice means nothing without the Resurrection.  As the apostle wrote, as one dies with Christ, one will also rise with Christ. Christ’s Resurrection validates the sacrifice of the cross and glorifies Him as both man and God.  It is hence a critical belief central to Christianity and without it there can be no Christianity.  Please also review AIHCP’s Christian Counseling Certification

Faith and the accounts of the witnesses form the foundation for this central dogma.  Unlike St Thomas who was given empirical verification, believers must rely merely on the words of witnesses found in Scripture.  Faith is belief in something that cannot be verified.  As Christians, we will never physically see evidence of Christ’s Resurrection, but Christians can place hope in their placed faith that the accounts are true.

While faith teaches us that Jesus did rise from the dead historically, it is still an event that does not have empirical proof and is a historical fact based on faith alone. Please also review AIHCP’s Christian Counseling Certification


Those who witnessed and wrote the stories related to the Resurrection, found in Gospels, all relate to both a Resurrection of Christ.  Those who bore witness also suffered horrible martyrdom for their witness.  This gives credibility to their accounts.  Individuals do not tend to give their lives for a falsehood or a lie.   The first generation of Christians who witnessed Christ live among them for forty days gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives in account for this truth.

Still, later generations lived by word of mouth and faith.   Christ told St Thomas, “Blessed are those who have not seen yet still believe” in regards to His Resurrection.  Hence faith and this divine promise is all modern Christians have.  A faith in an account handed down two thousand years ago.   This is the crux of faith.  Faith believes in what it cannot witness.  Faith accepts mystery.  Faith accepts miracles that contradict the law of nature.

For many years, unbelievers assaulted the Gospel account.  They questioned if the apostles were delusional, or if the Romans had actually really crucified Jesus properly, but as time proceeded, enemies of the faith began to question the account itself as something not historical.  The account was seen as something mythical or something to help one understand the nature of spiritual life and rebirth in God’s grace.  This watering down of the message was popular in Modernist circles that looked to demytholize Scripture and attempt to interpret it as not a historical account.   The Resurrection, according to the Modernist, could no longer be seen as historical but mythical with a deeper meaning for humanity.

Within this endeavor, the Modernists looked to weaken the historical accuracy of the account and within the Gospel of Mark claim that the Resurrection narrative was added to the account later after the original had been written.  This suggested that the idea of Resurrection was something the Christians added to the story years after Christ’s death.  This pure speculation fueled the Modernist attack on Scripture itself.

Whether one chooses to believe or not Jesus resurrected is one’s own decision but the attempt to divorce the Resurrection from Christianity, or to claim that the Resurrection was a mythical concept to the early Christians, or that they purposely lied about the account is a very large assumption.  In essence, if one chooses to be Christian, one carries the dogmas that come with it.  One cannot choose to cherry pick the numerous dogmas of the faith as if it is a buffet to pick and deny.   The Resurrection is an article of faith.  It cannot be proven empirically.  It is mystery and goes well beyond the laws of nature.  It is something who believes in Jesus Christ must accept if one wishes to bear the name Christian.

The noise of those who doubt can challenge one’s intellect.  It can even at times cause doubt.  It is natural to question.  This is the true crux of faith in a fallen world.  It is accepting the unexplainable and still choosing to accept it.   One can theologically come to the conclusion of the necessity of the Resurrection, but faith itself pushes one beyond reason.  Faith pushes one to accept it as historical fact.

Many individuals have faith though in supernatural things.  Other faiths hold true to ideas that are also beyond reason but Christians deny.  The point is there will always be debates between religions, or debates between secularists and religious, but one holds to faith regardless.  This is a human phenomenon and not something to be denounced as illogical or foolish.  Logic and philosophy can only go so far.  To understand the deeper mysteries, empirical tools become mute.  It is then up to the soul to firmly attach to an idea, such as the Resurrection, as something that occurred and was important to human history.

As Christians we choose to believe Jesus rose. Please also review AIHCP’s Christian Counseling Certification


I do not mean to put all beliefs, simply because of faith, to be on par with Jesus’s Resurrection.  As a Christian, the Resurrection is not myth or fairy tale but a true historical act.  The only point is faith is something that pushes the intellect to the side and allows the soul to immerse itself in something beyond the material world and accept it with spiritual eyes.  In faith, we choose to dismiss the arguments of others and hold true.  This is the virtue of hope.  A hope that what we believe will one day be seen.

The words of Christ again echo importantly, “Blessed are those who still believe, yet not seen”

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For further sources and reading

Here is a short essay and particular verses pertaining to the Resurrection in the Four Gospels.  “What Are the Resurrection Narratives and Why Do They Matter?” by Aaron Massey.  Click here7

“Proofs of the Resurrection” by Jack Zavada.  Click here

The heretical work, “Jesus Christ and Mythology” by Rudolf Bultmann.  Only read this if interested in understanding those who hope to undermine the faith not as a source of faith.  Click here


Christian Counseling Training Video on Theistic Evolution

An interesting debate within Christianity is if evolution has a place within the creation process of God.  Was creation ex nihil or was it through a process designed by God.  Creationism or Theistic evolution presents an interesting debate that looks at how Christians interpret Scripture literally and allegorically as well as the role of science and faith.   The video below looks at the debate more in depth.

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Christian Counseling Certification Blog on the Crisis of Doubt in Faith

One of the most encouraging lines in Scripture assures that blessed are those who have not seen yet still believe.  This response from Our Lord to St Thomas who refused to believe Christ had risen unless he saw the wounds of the cross and put his hand in the side of the Lord assured that those who still believe but without proof receive great blessings.  With those great blessings those come great trials and tribulations.   Some may even wish to have seen, like the apostles who witnessed Christ’s miracles, resurrection and ascension.  With that belief came a even far greater obligation to the faith but those who have not seen but do not demand face their own trials of faith.  Christian Counselors can help many through their faith questions and desolations and fears. Please aslo review AIHCP’s Christian Counseling Certification


Unlike the empirical verification St Thomas received, believers today are left without verification.  The faith is based on the stories of others found in Scripture.  Faith is based upon the accounts of others and seen within Christian theology as a gift of the Holy Spirit which is fueled by grace.  Faith is a voluntary choice to believe something that is beyond verification or seen.  It is companioned in this world with the virtue of hope in that which is promised will come to pass.

Desolation of the soul is a painful time when the soul cannot feel God within . Please also review AIHCP’s Christian Counseling Certification


Still in many instances, challenges to faith and hope in what faith promises can envelop the most devout Christian.  This period of desolation or testing can be the most terrifying moment for a Christian.  Indeed St Teresa Avila speaks of desolation of faith.   She promises that these desolations can make the soul become more dependent upon God and test, like Job, the soul’s commitment to God.  Christian Counseling can also help those through desolation and despair.

Imperfect World of Design due to Sin 

These desolations occur for a variety of reasons.   For some it may because of a loss or death of a loved one.  For others it may because a prayer was not answered.  Others may call out why this world is so cruel and how a good God can permit the evils of this world.  Others may find desolation due to the corrupt behavior of those who represent the Church or hold position of authority within the Church.   Why is such evil permitted.

When humanity chooses sin over God, bad things occur.  The human condition is a result of sin of the first parents.  This brought these sufferings to the world.  Yet, Christ, permitted Himself to serve as a suffering servant and example to His creation.  God Himself, permitted Himself to suffer as Job, to not only redeem but to also teach.

Yet, where is God in nature.  One can see examples of beauty in creation.  One can see examples of Heaven in love in this broken world, but in this world, one still sees the reality of predation and prey, creation and destruction and unending cycles that design the universe.   One could truly say God may have done better.  Any pet owner would never put another pet with something that could harm the other pet.  Yet one sees in nature since the epoch of time, creature devour creature for mere survival.  The explosion of a star for the creation of others.  Science and its observation shows a clear design but definitely a messy one.   Many can question God, why such things occur.  Prior to the discovery of the universe’s origins, St Augustine truly believed that the lion laid with the lamb.  Evolution shows a different tale, where certain evolved tactics and designs within one creature makes one the predator and the other prey.   While a neutral action in nature, why would this be permitted?  How can a good God watch the lion devour the lamb?   To question God over what is right or wrong or natural and evil may be a daring thing, but it is a rational thing.  Faith may question such things, but it also concedes to the soul’s own ignorance.  It realizes questions of evil, whether moral, or merely predation and destruction in nature, are questions that one day will be discovered in the next life.   Not even science has all the answers.  The worship of science over faith has caused a generation of atheists.  One cannot be like St Thomas and demand verification to a Divine Being.  Yet at the same time, one’s cry, if God is our Father, should receive something?  Shouldn’t it?

Existential Cry 

The existential cry to find God sometimes also goes unanswered.   For many, the feelings of presence of God, which are only within oneself are not enough.  One may begin to doubt the voice of God and confuse it with their own inner dialogue.  Discernment, a long time process, may become loss in this type of desolation.  One becomes no longer able to distinguish the inner voice of God with one’s own voice.   In turn, instead of questioning one cannot hear God, they demand that God come to them.  Many suffer desolation in solitude or lack of God’s touch in their life.

There are many Christian Counseling ways to discuss these pains but until one questions itself, one cannot truly feel the lost of identity and relationship with God until one feels the desolation itself.

How can a good God not come to one?  “What have I done wrong?”  Many may blame oneself, or blame one’s prayer, or see prayer as more contract as covenant.  Like a child, the soul expects what it feels is best instead of what God wills.  The will must comply to the Divine Will.  It must not question self but instead conform self to the Divine.  Like Christ did in the garden, one must be willing to put self to the side.

Still, does not a father come to his child in his or her deepest need?  Why does not the Lord come to one?  Does not a parent run to the child at night who screams from a nightmare?  Where is God in this way?  Why cannot He comfort?

These type of serious feelings can cause deep tension within the soul.  The soul and its intellect tends to question.  It begins to search for answers.  These wanderings are in themselves not bad.  For one should question all forms of reality.  God has given one a mind to question things and one should question but when questions dominate faith it can become toxic.   In this type of desolation, the soul experiences a far deeper existential crisis.  It becomes more like Thomas.  It seeks verification and answers to questions that cannot be answered in this world.

The soul may begin to question Christianity, it may even question Theism.  It may entertain thoughts of Existentialism and seek to fulfill its needs through its own cries.   “Why cannot my Lord come to me, and command me and tell me what to do?”    This is a haunting statement.   As history has shown, God can through dreams, angels, and even Divine intervention, slice through the walls of reality, but rarely is this seen in everyday life.   Instead, one is left with clues and discernment and guidance.   I think, many of us, would prefer a more divine proclamation rather than think, analyze and sometimes doubt, but for whatever reason, if our faith exists, we must let go of the intellect and the “whys” and commit to what faith demands.   No route in this world, even the explanation of the universe, will ever be truly known.  As children, we must accept the reality of doubt, lack of answers, and fear, and hold onto what has been handed down and with faith companioned by hope, choose to believe and allow grace to heal.

The atheist existentialist will challenge one to let go of the comfortable feeling that someone is out there and to embrace oneself and make one’s own road, but those words are eerily similar to the temptations of the serpent.  When God’s presence is not felt, it is for a reason to become stronger or a call of focus on ourselves to be better.  It is not a call to look for other answers.

Faith During Desolation

During desolation, faith can be strengthened or weakened but a seed of faith grown in solid ground can never die.  One’s faith will find itself again in certain feelings, senses, or places.  It will find itself in family and identify, and most importantly it will mourn God’s absence.

More saintly may find existential terror in prayer life only, while others may stop prayer temporarily.  They may stay away from God because it hurts the soul to talk to him.  They desire what heaven offers while on earth.  They do not understand the love that would consume them and distract them from their earthly mission.  So some may take a time out.  Others may become spiritually slothful and maybe, to Satan’s delight, partake in secular plans.  Faith, however, that is secure is always secure.  The soul will find its way back to God that has the virtue of faith.  Little things will bring it back through prayers of others.

The examples of the martyrs, saints and Christ Himself, detail to one the difficult road of desolation during faith but on how to put aside doubt and one’s own will but to give to God.

In this dark time, one can turn to Scripture, the writings of the saints and a Christian Counselor or a Spiritual Mentor or Advisor.  Sometimes, these same familiar comforts may not immediately answer questions, but they can become a bedrock to prevent farther fall from faith.  One in faith can then in prayer call upon God not to leave oneself even though one is in doubt.

One must also be careful of the insidious trap of the evil one.  While desolation can bring one closer to God by understanding how much the soul needs God, it can also be a device when used in temptation to tear the soul away from God.  Satan can challenge one’s  notions of God and through this doubt make one question God’s love and kindness.  This can lead to anger towards God or misconceptions about God’s love.  This attempted wedge by Satan between the soul and God can lead to further alienation.  One must always remain vigilante in the role the demons play in weakening faith and how they look to accomplish it for a particular person.

Faith of Thomas or Job

Will our faith be of Job or demand verification like Thomas? Please also review AIHCP’s Christian Counseling Certification


We must choose to either demand verification in our faith or be more like Job.  Is Job’s faith an affront to reason?  If we continue to question, we are being human.  I do not think questioning and trying to understand certain things are wrong, but when it becomes an obsession and weakens prayer life and faith, then it can become an issue.  These doubts can turn a desolation.

Job’s faith is one of obedience, patience and discernment.  It understands the inner workings of God in this fallen world and the pain of loss.  It is a faith that is unshakable, but even Job asked why.  It is important if one has a good relationship with God to be able to ask why.  While God is the most terrifying and powerful Deity, He has told us, He is also a Father in love with His children to the point of giving everything up.  With that knowledge, we know we can ask why.  We know we can become upset.  We know we can cry out.

St Augustine tells one to believe so that one may understand.  This may seem backwards, but it opens one to God with meekness and honesty.  It puts confidence in God and believes that all will be answered.   St Augustine Himself could never comprehend the mystery of the Trinity but never allowed intellectual hubris to prevent his faith from failing.

The faith of Job is what is needed in a fallen world.  St Thomas was given a rare gift, but was admonished-and still while the apostles had faith, they had already seen.  Through that sight, their allegiance to Christ demanded far more.  Job’s faith is a more perfect faith.  A faith not based on sight but belief.   No belief will ever make total sense.  No belief will ever be empirically proven or disproven.   No belief will be placed over other beliefs in this world.

Faith, however, in Christ, will be rewarded for those who offer to conform their will to God.   That is the power of faith, to quiet the intellect, to accept without proof and proceed in hope.  As Peter sunk when he took his eyes off Jesus, we must keep our eyes on God, so that we do not sink in the ocean of the temporal world.

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Recommended Readings

St Teresa of Avila and the Interior Castle.

Explore the Faith–Article on Interior Castle Click here

St Ignatius Loyola on Discernment.   His 14 Rules for Discernment.  Click here

Christian Today.  “If God is good, why is the world evil?” by John Lemmon


Christian Counseling Certification Blog on Counseling Styles of Christ

Christian Counseling has many approaches and styles to help individuals.  One way is to look to Scripture and find the styles Jesus used to talk to others.  Jesus used multiple approaches when talking and discussing issues with individuals.  Please also review AIHCP’s Christian Counseling Certification

Christ entering into dialogue with others through a variety of styles. Please also review AIHCP’s Christian Counseling Certification


The article, “How Might Jesus Do Counseling?” by Josh Squires looks into Scripture to find different styles Christ used to counsel and speak to others.  He states,

“The four elements of this framework are commendation, comfort, conviction, and challenge. Before I explain each below, first let me give a caveat: this is not a formula for counseling. Though I will present these components in an order — the order that occurs in my own counseling most frequently — there’s no strict progression. Each conversation may have a different combination of these four elements — or may, in fact, focus on only one or two of the four. These four elements are not so much a pattern or a formula as a multifaceted perspective by which to view the counseling task.”

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Christian Counseling Certification Blog on Marriage Counseling

Marriage is difficult for many couples but when things get difficult it is important for couples to remember their vow.  So many look to let go instead of trying to fix something.  Marriage counseling can be beneficial for many couples.  Christian couples should take advantage of pastoral and Christian counseling for married couples as well.  Please also review AIHCP’s Christian Counseling Certification

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The article, “7 Reasons to Seek Marriage Counseling” by Donna White takes a closer look when a couple should consider marriage counseling.  She states,

“When couples become more like roommates than a married couple, this may indicate a need for counseling. This does not mean if the couple isn’t doing everything together they are in trouble. If there is a lack of communication, conversation and intimacy or any other elements the couple feels are important and they feel they just “co-exist,” this may be an indication that a skilled clinician can help sort out what is missing and how to get it back.”

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