Christian Counseling Chooses Life
Christian Counseling sessions should always promote the choice of life over death in every aspect of human interaction. While there are exceptions when one can take life-albeit lacking the malice intent that the Fifth Commandment forbids such as self defense, one can still see
many elements in this society of death where the choice of killing is malicious. The idea of taking another’s life due to jealousy or evil intent traces itself back to the very origins of man when Cain slew Abel. The below Encyclical is an extensive look at modern society and killing. While it is extensive, it can prove to be a valuable resource for Christian Counselors. Some parts are uniquely Catholic, but Protestants still should find great value in most of the encyclical’s general views against the modern day culture of death.
The Gosepl of Life by Pope John Paul II
The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus’ message. Lovingly received day after day by the Church, it is to be preached with dauntless fidelity as “good news” to the people of every age and culture.
At the dawn of salvation, it is the Birth of a Child which is proclaimed as joyful news: “I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord” (Lk 2:10-11). The source of this “great joy” is the Birth of the Saviour; but Christmas also reveals the full meaning of every human birth, and the joy which accompanies the Birth of the Messiah is thus seen to be the foundation and fulfilment of joy at every child born into the world (cf. Jn 16:21).
When he presents the heart of his redemptive mission, Jesus says: “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (Jn 10:10). In truth, he is referring to that “new” and “eternal” life which consists in communion with the Father, to which every person is freely called in the Son by the power of the Sanctifying Spirit. It is precisely in this “life” that all the aspects and stages of human life achieve their full significance.
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In counseling, many of these points can be useful when helping the elderly or a confused young mother on whether to choose life or death.
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