The Christian faith is a monotheistic religion, which is the belief in an infinite, single, all-powerful God (1 Timothy 1:17, Revelation 19:6). As a Christian, I believe that God “consists of three persons, Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,” which is known as the Trinity (Morris & Clark, 1995). They are one, but they each have a different role. Jesus, “the Son of God, is fully God and man” (Morris & Clark, 1995). He was born of a virgin born, lived a sinless life, and died on the cross paying the penalty for all humankind’s sin. The function of the Holy Spirit is to guide, direct, convict, and empower us with unique gifts to do the work of God. The Holy Spirit also baptizes and seals believers.
Christians also believe that God spoke the universe into existence and that He sustains it by His grace (Hebrews 11:3, Genesis 1:1, Psalm 33:9). Scripture describes God as omniscient (Psalm 147:5), omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-12), and omnibenevolent (Psalm 145:17, John 3:16). As Christians, we take comfort in knowing that He is unchanging (Malachi 3:6), incomparable (2 Samuel 7:22), and sovereign (Daniel 4:17-25). We serve a God who is perfect, holy, righteous, merciful, gracious, and that His love for humanity is everlasting (Psalm 18:30, Deuteronomy 32:4, Jeremiah 31:3).
The Nature of Evil in the World
The reason we see evil, such as murder, hatred, rape, and other horrific crimes, is because of the sin in our heart, "For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander" (Matthew 15:19, Berean Study Bible). God, out of His great love, has given free will to everyone. We all have a choice to obey God 's commandments and do good, or serve Satan and do evil.
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...counseling may solve some surface issues, but the Holy Spirit can only fix the deeper problems.
Since "our worldview determines our actions, not just our belief"(Ostrander, 2012, p. 19), my faith will most certainly influence the counsel I give because it will determine my advice and response to clients. However, I will never force my point of view on anyone. My goal is to become a culturally component counselor. I will love each person as Christ commands, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, age, or disability. Love knows no boundaries. I will counsel from the heart.
In summary, I will close with my favorite quote that sums up my desire to counsel:
If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; if I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain, or help one fainting robin unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain. (Dickinson, 1926, p. 126)
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