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Respond to the following quote: "...people who can be grateful can be healthy and people who cannot be grateful cannot be health."
- The full quote is "worships redemptive is that people who can be grateful can be healthy and people who cannot be grateful cannot be health."
- The purpose of worship is to enhance spiritual wholeness, emotional health and creative, holy life, while expressing gratitude to God.
- If you are not grateful for what you have, you will continue to look for more/better which is unhealthy.
What are the psychological implications of worship? Or, what happens to a person as he/she worships God?
- The purpose is to enhance spiritual wholeness, emotional health, and creative, holy life, while expressing gratitude to God.
- Growth of insight, anxiety reduction, relief from guilt, joy in God's peace and comfort in christian fellowship.
Review some of the research findings relating religiousness to health.
- Religiously committed people tend to report greater subjective well-being and life satisfaction.
- Intrinsic (devout) religious people tend to experience less anxiety, they also tend to be more free of worry and neurotic guilt.
- Religiously committed people tend to be less depressed.
- Intrinsic religious commitment is positively associated with empathy and altruism.
- As a group, religiously committed people tend to live longer, and to respond better once they have been diagnosed with an illness.
3 possible reasons for the direct relationship between religiousness and health.
- Superemperical healing energy activated by religion, that is, in effect, a divine blessing on the human bioenergenic system.
- Having a transcendent spiritual experience changes people from the "inside out", this alters peoples worldviews, changes their identity, heals shame, reorients values, etc.
- Religious beliefs may promote healthy lifestyle behaviors.
Review P. Scott Richard's comments regaurding spiritual influences in psychotherapy.
- Think about how spiritual influences might be used as a resource in treatment to facilitate healing and change.
- Relaxing treatments seem to work better when people draw on their deepest religious and spiritual convictions.
Something to reflect on from the article by Richard
- From a christian perspective, how would having a relationship with God be healthful, unhealthy?
- From a psychological perspective, how could knowing God make you healthier?
Something to reflect on from Johnson and Malony
The authors suggest that Christian conversion is "...a change from one faith to another" how do u react to this?
Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic value. Which makes more sense to you?
- Intrinsic Value:
- -wonderfully made
- -Given gifts and talents
- - Image bearers
- -Fuction in the body of Christ
- - Reflect the glory of God
- -Value/worth is in the eyes of God
Do you believe that the psychological process of conversion is the same across belief systems? In other words, when someone converts to Christianity, Buddhism, or Islam is the psychological experience the same (from the human side of things)?
- I put..yes, except when talking about to Christianity cause the Holy Spirit is involved, other than that its just like making all important desisions.
Model of conversion
Growing Awareness---> point of realization----> Consideration----> point of encounter---> Incorporation
In what ways can sexual intimacy within marriage lead a husband and wife toward God?
-sexual desire mirrors our retless desire for God
-entering into sexual intimacy is like joining God in creation
- -It reminds us that sex alone is incomplete, but
- is similar to the jooy and fulfilling sense that we get when we are one with God and one with each other
Argue that God smiles when a husband and wife make love
God created man and woman to enjoy sex, and to enjoy sex together.
God not only loves His creation, but He loves when His children grow closer together and closer to Him
In what ways can sexual desire and intimacy grow Christian character withint marriage?
marriage procides a context that encourages spiritual growth by moving us to value character, virtue, and godliness over and against an idealized physical form.
married sexuality helps us spiritually by shaping the priorities of what we hold in high esteem
In what ways would Christian character contribute to great love-making within a marriage?
First, it helps with divorce when we understand Paul saying that once youre divorced you can never have sex again without committed adultery
Second, it gives us a reason to give ourselves as a gift to each other, even when we do not see ourselves as valuable because God sees us as valuable
Third, Christians don't need to be ashamed or feel guilty about sex. its a gift from God which when used properly not only fosters a relationship with each other but also with God
Argue that knowing God leads to a deeper understanding of self
1. Our being is rooted in the purpose of God
2. We are endowed with marvelous giufts from the hand of a great and beneficient creator
- 3. We are not what we ought to be (humility and
- understanding). God is perfect
- 4. Accordinf to the gospel, we are made
- partakers of the life and righteousnes
What might be some indications that self-affirmation has become self-worship (or idolatry)?
Attributing victories to self ability (taking the glory)
Finding fulfillment in self
How does glory connect to true Self-esteem?
- -Our happiness and esteem flow directly our of the Glory
- of God
- -It is in His esteem that we find esteem so that while God's
- glory is primary, it is not contrary to the well being, happiness, and glory of
- His children
- -God recieves glory in our well being
- Believing that obeying a moral
- code will earn you God's love and approval
- We don't have to trust as
- much because it is a "black and white" system
- Gives us more personal
(Mary poppins measuring tape)
What are four ways in which Psychology might assume religious qualities?
- 1. It heals
- 2. Self psycholofy gives
- something to worship
- 3. Counseling has similarities to confession
- 4. Self-fulfillment as salvation
From a human perspective, what are the functions of religion?
- -Moral Code (Strict life patterns)
- -Survival Mechanism
- -Coping method
- -Brings healing
In what ways can psychology be contradictory to Christianity?
- - relative morals
- -self fulfillment as self
- -humans as naturally good
- -psychological systems as
- salvation (if its doesnt work, just change the system!)