PSYCHOTHERAPY SCIENTIFIC AND RELIGIOUS

A Broad Perspective on Mental Healing

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Synopsis of Chapter III
Part i . The tradition that Jesus was a healer who did not use medicine or drugs is represented in the authentic healing stories in the Gospels. The simple use of the term miracle has been misunderstood. It has only a subordinate place in Jesus1 Messianic Mission.
The healing narratives are of two kinds : general and particular-The latter, studied critically and in the light of 'modernpsychotherapy', give an insight into Jesus1 therapeutic activities. His method was precise and direct, owing to His power of discrimination and He did not regard disease as necessarily the result of sin, but He relieved the patient of the sense of sin, e.g. the paralytic. Probably He did not share the common belief about demon possession. He was sure of His treatment. Faith was essential although He never mentioned the word until the cure was completed. He also resolved the ' transference ' between Himself and the patient, encouraging self-dependence.
Part 2. A synoptic view of the life of Jesus is inevitable. He was essentially interested in the relationship between God and man. In His treatment of sin He was both tolerant and stern : never morbid. To Him man's wholeness rather than his illness reveals the glory of God and diseases are cast out by the ' Finger of God \ an Egyptian symbolic expression.
Jesus1 unique personality is considered by projection into a contemporary1 s point of view and as estimated by modern thinkers as well as by Himself. A conception which commends itself as well to emancipated psychologists as to liberal theologians is Cyril of Alexandrians henosis doctrine a true Gestalt /
Theologians conceive of Jesus as the revealer of God. He Himself revealed to the world what man in the fulness of his power can become.
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