Religion as a social construct is far from perfect. Ideals always point towards a higher standard morally, as well as socially, but many individuals corrupt the creed and message to fit their own agenda. This has been throughout the history of the world as in the name of faith, millions have been murdered or executed.
No religion is immune to this but does this make religion something that humanity must shed itself from? Is religion truly the “opiate of the people”. Faith that is directed towards the common good and focuses on the message of its founder are able to make great and good change. Even from a secular view, religion provides great things to social norms, laws of conduct and cultural beauty.
Unfortunately, many individuals have suffered at the hands of religious people. Sexual abuse or financial scandal have turned many against religion. Individuals need to always see the message and fight for reform itself within a particular creed. However, many have also experienced trauma and may need to help heal themselves. Church reform itself can help by eliminating corruption and compensating but sometimes deep spiritual counseling is needed for a soul again to open to spirituality and faith.
Christian Counselors can help individuals work through spiritual and religious corruption. They can help individuals again find faith and in particular Christ. Christ Himself stands as an example of the purity of faith and religion and stood against the corruption of the time. 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 certification in Christian Counseling.
Please review the video below on helping individuals through Church corruption