This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.
Friday, June 24, 2016
What You Believe About the Violence Martters
I published a thread giving my explanation of the violence against us. The Violence I had hoped others would weigh in on their own. No one did. So I will now continue the discussion.
Psychological scientists approach their understanding with "If" - "Then" statements. In other words "If" you have a certain explanation "then" your explanation informs you what to do. Specifically for now I am talking about explaining the violence being unleashed against us and what to do about it:
"If" you believe the people in the Middle East are violent against us because we put our boots on their ground, "then" you will back out, apologize and perhaps give reparations. Or, "If" you believe they are reacting because they feel threatened by us, "then" you will convince them they are wrong. They will calm down and love us.
These two explanations above seem to be informing the Obama administration and most liberals.
"If" you believe that "radical Islam" is simply an aberration, "then" you have to figure a way to destroy them without collateral damage stirring up the wrath of the others. This seems to be John McCain and Lindsey Graham’s belief system.
But "if" you start with St. Paul "For our struggle is not against human opponents, but against rulers, authorities, cosmic powers in the darkness around us, and evil spiritual forces in the heavenly realm" (Eph 6:12), "then" you have to shift your focus from the physical to the spiritual. "Then" "The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. (2 Cor 10:4)"–ideology vs. ideology.
And as Christians, we believe we get divine power through prayer. We see this approach for example in Franklin Graham.Graham He has not been afraid to identify the source of what innerves the spiritual powers attacking us."Then" he is going to the capitol buildings of every state. He then mobilizes prayer warriors to pray. Historically, we have seen that if a critical mass prays, Yahweh will intervene.
Meanwhile, I repeat, the other explanations and solutions, to me, are pathetic milktoasts.
Posted by Blogger at 10:37 AM