Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
Read the information Cloud, H., & Townsend, J. (2001). How people grow: What the Bible reveals about personal growth. Zondervan. (pp. 135-137; 206-234) that you requested from OCLS.
- Navigate to the threaded discussion below and respond to the following.
- Based on your reading of the material, explain why grief is one of the most important processes in life?
Describe good pain versus bad pain and explain the difference.
- Describe the Bible’s model for facing pain and sin. Describe how it is different from our natural tendencies. How might the Bible’s way be better in the long run?
Explain how grief is not the problem but the cure to our pain. Give an example of how you have seen this to be true.
- Identify and briefly describe a client or case you are familiar with or person you know who has pain or losses that he or she needs to grieve but is using other means to avoid the process. What is the person doing? How is avoidance of the grief affecting his or her life and relationships? What barriers do you see that are keeping the person from facing the grief (thoughts, beliefs, ongoing trauma, etc.)
- Based on what you have learned about grief in this course, describe the strategy you would take in helping this person to face grief. What steps would you take? How would you consider issues or culture or diversity in your strategy? Be specific in describing your approach, plan and timeline.
- Submit your initial post by the fourth day of the workshop.
- Read and respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings, as well as all instructor follow-up questions directed to you, by the end of the workshop.
- In your responses to peers, address the following:
- Apply your research findings to the forms your peers uploaded to the discussion board and discuss how they compare with best practices.
- Review your classmates’ forms and comment on them (e.g., what is included, what is not, how well they integrate the most important components of many or most intervention plans, etc.).
- DISCUSSION 2:
- Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
Read the devotional content below.
- Navigate to the threaded discussion and respond to the following prompts
- Discuss your thoughts to the devotional reading above. What new or different insights or perspectives does it give you regarding how Christians or other people of faith respond to moral issues?
Look up the word “sacred” in a dictionary and include a definition in your post. Give your additional thoughts about what you think sacredness is and means.
For one of the issues identified in this week’s devotional (human life, marriage, sexuality, race, etc.), discuss how the idea of sacredness applies to this area. Give examples of how it should be approached, based on its sacredness. Discuss how this approach may be different from the way it is currently approached in popular culture.
How is the idea of viewing certain things as sacred the same or different from your current view? How does the idea of sacredness effect your view of ethics in general?
- Your initial post is due by the end of the fourth day of the workshop.
- Read and respond to at least one of your classmates’ postings, as well as follow-up instructor questions directed to you, by the end of the workshop.
- Background Information
Many Christian positions on a variety of issues are viewed as intolerant by the broader culture such as Christian views on abortion, divorce, euthanasia, and sexual behavior outside of marriage, gay marriage, sexual identity issues, pornography, and others. As a result, some Christians are not only called intolerant but even bigots, or labeled as “phobic” of particular lifestyles or religions. So why do Christians take the ethical stand that they do on some of these issues, especially in light of cultural pressure and even laws that are being passed to the contrary? Is it to be morally superior, obstinate, or old fashioned? Isn’t Christianity supposed to be the religion of love and grace? Doesn’t that mean Christians should be more tolerant of these issues and not less?
- From a biblical point of view, the main reason Christians take these positions is actually based on their core beliefs about how God created people and how their value, purpose, and identity are grounded in that design. In the book of Genesis, the Bible says that people have been made in the image of God. People reflect aspects of who God is. Gender, sexuality, freedom to choose, and the power of authority over creation are all mentioned in Genesis as key aspects of our purpose and who we were made to be. All of these areas reflect ways in which we were made to be like God and to show His good design. They represent who God is (who He is in His very nature) and are therefore sacred things. Sacred things cannot and should not be changed as they are fundamental and integral to our well-being and who God made us to be. They are woven into the fabric of life; they are foundational. Sacred things are things to be protected, cherished and held in highest honor. They are sacred for a reason and violating them harms their goodness, beauty, value and purpose. Human life is sacred from the moment it begins to the moment it ends. Being made in God’s image as male and female is sacred. Sexuality and its expression of oneness is sacred. The value of people is sacred. Human freedom to choose is sacred. From a Christian worldview, to violate sacred things is to say that we know better than God does. It is to violate the very basics of who we are and how God made us to be. Christians take certain positions to affirm that how God created things is good and essential to our well-being and the well-being of others because they are integral with his loving design. To protect what is sacred is to protect its value.
- Christians also take these positions because they believe that the Bible tells them what is true. Discussions of tolerance often do not address the role of truth in the conversation. As we have seen, truth by its very definition is exclusive. Truth means that one set of facts or claims represents reality and another does not. All religions, political arguments, and even science make claims of truth, and as such are all declaring that one version of reality in a particular area is true. Anyone claiming the truth on a subject can therefore rightly be seen as being intolerant of another claim. It should not mean however, that the person telling the truth is disrespectful or hateful. We can debate issues and ideas in a civil manner as we all seek after truth. Christians in particular should show love and grace even while standing firmly to uphold what is sacred and true when needed.
- God, thank you for making us like You. Thank you that You created everything and called it good. Help me to understand more and more the goodness of Your design and the blessings it brings. Grant me wisdom and grace in sharing the good news of Your truth with others when You ask me to. In Jesus’ name, Amen.