God is the ultimate source of authority over us. His truth is what we should follow as a guideline to our lives. Johnson (2007) states, “While scripture has a special authority, it is not the only or absolute authority, only God is (p. 171).” Also, Packer (1995) states that Christianity is a revealed religion so we should know God’s Word to know Him. I am still figuring out if the
Bible should be taken more literally or metaphorically. If I were to interpret the bible literally, it would lead me to believe that homosexuality is a sin and should not be condoned. If I were to take the bible metaphorically, I would be accepting of homosexuality. At this point in my life I have not studied that bible enough to use it as a guideline for my life. So far I have thought about the agreement of homosexuality and marriages and have come to the conclusion that I support it, not because of what the bible says, but because I don’t think two people should be told if they are married or not. Whether the bible is interpreted literally, or metaphorically, it is ultimately the fundamental source of truth. Our actions should follow what the bible states we should do and how we should live.
The bible being the ultimate truth impacts me as a social worker. I believe that God wants me to be a social worker and I am called to help people, therefore I am pursuing a career in social work. God has changed what I thought was the right path for me so many times, and he continues to change it. For example, my plan was to study nursing for four years and play basketball in college. His plan was for me to study social work for three years, not play basketball, and move to New York to pursue a master’s degree. I believe that God has given us free will but He...
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...and past wrongs may also lead to them having insight on how their sins have affected other as well as why certain relationships they have are the way they are. It if from that point of increased insight and confession that clients will be able to start thinking about forgiveness. This forgiveness does not only apply to those they have hurt, but also forgiveness of themselves. I am a strong believer in forgiveness and confession, so I would challenge my clients to engage in both of these activities if they are prepared for it. I think that it is important to distinguish between forgiveness and reconciliation between the two parties involved. The idea of reconciliation should not be the reason why clients hold back on forgiveness. This is a distinction that has helped me in my own journey of forgiveness so I feel as though it is something I want to pass on to clients.
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