God as Healer: A Closer Look at Biblical Images of Inner Healing with Guiding Questions for Counselors

Monroe, Philip G.; Schwab, George M.
June 2009
Journal of Psychology & Christianity;Summer2009, Vol. 28 Issue 2, p121
Academic Journal
The Christian community almost never speaks with one voice about any one tenet of the faith. Yet there are tenets that the majority of Christ followers assert. One of these fundamental beliefs is that God heals and restores broken people. Doctors may perform extraordinary procedures which save lives or bring relief, but few Christians will hesitate to thank God for the physical or emotional healing. Similarly, Christian therapists acknowledge that God provides the ultimate power to heal clients. However, many divergent models of healing exist and the Christian psychologist may not feel adequately trained to discern which models best reflect historic Christian doctrine and biblical interpretation. This article seeks to avoid atomistic use of bible passages or superficial use of the text by building on an alternative foundation-a thorough Biblically based, theological review of the Bible's overarching message of healing-for clinicians as they develop their own understanding how God heals broken people.


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