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Christian Counseling Program Article on Rediscovery of Faith

Good article for Christian Counselors.

We sometimes need to rediscover our faith and spirituality.

Sometimes we must rediscovery our faith.  Please review our Christian Counseling Program

Sometimes we must rediscovery our faith. Please review our Christian Counseling Program

Please also review our Christian Counseling Program

The article, Thinking Anew: Rediscovering Christian faith, by Gordon Linney states

“In 1998 the author Anne Rice announced she had rediscovered her Christian faith. Twelve years later, however, she said she was ceasing to be a Christian “in the name of Christ”. She said: “In the name of Christ I refuse to be anti-gay, anti-feminist, anti-artificial birth control, anti-science, anti-life.” For her the term Christian had been compromised and no longer signified an authentic follower of Jesus Christ.

Some will dismiss her views, seeing her as a disaffected outsider who never really belonged. But when similar views are expressed from within the church, albeit in less extreme language, they cannot be dismissed so easily. In a talk given last year Fr Richard Rohr, an American Franciscan widely respected for his spirituality and learning, questioned to what extent the values of Jesus Christ mattered to Christians in their everyday lives; how real was he for them.

Gospel values

In a comment on the US presidential election he suggested gospel values had little influence on the outcome: “As we saw in the recent US election Christians overall showed little prophetic or compassionate presence. Most Christians have not been taught how to plug in to the mind of Christ, thus they often reflect the common mind of power, greed and war instead. The dualistic mind reads reality in simple binaries, good and bad, right and wrong, and thinks itself smart because it chooses one side.

“This is getting us nowhere. We need the mind of mystics to offer any kind of alternative, contemplative or non-dual consciousness. We need practice-based religion that teaches us how to connect with the intellect in ways that actually change us from our finite perspectives. We must rediscover what St Francis called the marrow of the gospel. It is time to rebuild from the bottom up.”

Fr Rohr is suggesting that Christians need to rediscover what it means to follow Jesus Christ in today’s world. John Macquarrie in Paths in Spiritualitysuggests what this means: “We are summoned to a new level of identification. We are summoned to be disciples, and so to a discipline. A disciple is a learner and his discipline is the training whereby he learns. To learn the way of the cross is the hardest thing of all, and the training by which we are to advance in this learning is provided for us by the discipline of prayer and worship. Those who disparage prayer and worship and imagine that without these one can achieve some kind of instant Christianity do not know what they are talking about. They understand neither the weakness of our humanity nor the depth of the richness of the spiritual maturity into which Christ is calling us.”

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