The article I chose is part two on the discussion of a movement called the “Biblical Counseling movement” (BCM). In the article, the writer summarizes that the positive and negative sides of the BCM. The BCM only uses the Bible to counsel people and does not encourage the use of science when counseling people. The writer lays out the foundations of the BCM and then describes why it is not good to “divorce science from the faith”. The writer explains this reasoning by breaking it up into four sections. The first section is how BCM fails to recognize “natural theology” and “general revelation” as a way God can speak to us and through us by using those revelations. Through those revelations we learn about ourselves, our relationships, nature, human conscious, and history. The second reasoning of why the BCM approach is not the best is because “wrongly assumes that the Bible is the sole source of all values and prescriptions, when in reality God is, and the Bible is one of the ways God communicates the values and prescriptions He has ordained for human behavior”. The writers describes the third section as by presenting a “false restrictive and dichotomized view of science and faith, and, consequently, of human nature and of the parameters of psychology as science”. The writer describes that it actually limits “Gods supremacy” because God’s truth extends beyond the material and immaterial and that it is never safe to separate science from faith because humans are both “spiritual” and “physical”. The fourth section is on how it is not wise to limit Godly wisdom to the Bible alone.
One of the many things I learned was just exactly how the immaterial and material work together. I like how the writer combines and knits the spiritual and physical together by saying: “The Christian should understand that humans are not essentially physical nor essentially spiritual, but instead are both physical and spiritual, the two natures creatively knit together in one rational person created in the image of God” after reading that quote I feel like I have a better understanding of the theology of the “spiritual” and “physical” parts of humans. I further understood the importance of being able to realize general revelation in these areas: “through reason, the material universe, social history, and conscience” and just how powerful Gods revelation is to the human and the conseling process.