Emotions: To Trust or Not to Trust?

Emotions. Can we trust them or not trust them? That seems to be a relevant question today where we are becoming more in touch with the world of our emotions, particularly through the rise of mental health awareness.

I know what Christians have typically taught regarding this question. You cannot trust your emotions. They are too fickle, too much of the flesh, of the soul. We need to be spirit-people. Things of that nature. And these are statements I have encountered myself.

But here’s the problem, one from the very start: The use of the word trust found within the statement, “You cannot trust your feelings.”

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The Problem with Nouthetic (or “Biblical”) Counseling

Mental health awareness has been on the rise for some years now. And such was exacerbated even more due to the Covid pandemic. With that, counseling, or therapy, has been a growing field of expertise to serve those with life challenges and larger mental health issues.

To begin, what’s the difference between counseling and therapy?

Counseling is about working on issues in more of the short-term, whereas therapy focuses on the long-term addressing of deeper issues (and mental health disorders) that may be affecting the client.

Still, regardless of whether we call it counseling or therapy, there is another term that needs to have light shed upon it: nouthetic counseling. This is sometimes referred to as biblical counseling. As the title of this post suggests, I believe there is a problem with this kind of counseling.

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