The Relationship BetweenTheology & Therapy As A Path To Wisdom: A Focus On Healing By: Chelsea kresge

There are many advantages due to all the revolutionary technology we have access to everywhere in our daily lives. Technology, in a way, can provide a sense of creativity and power in a person. Throughout the years we have experienced significant changes in technology in regards to communication, medicine, therapy, and how we interact throughout our everyday lives. “Science and technology are wonderful products of a God-given human creativity” (Francis, P, 2015 p. 75). Technology can provide people with the opportunity to overcome many limitations in their life, both medically and socially (Francis, P, 2015).

With all this information and technology at one’s finger tips, it makes decisions more difficult for one to understand their purpose and meaning in the world. Let alone gaining a better understanding of the signs being given throughout everyday life. Often times, people do not want to be bothered with the little things. People want to achieve fulfillment and be the best they can be in anything they do. It seems often times people battle with themselves to find their own personal fulfillment, which can affect ones overall mental status and well- being. This can ultimately cause one to have difficulty finding hobbies, and other activities they could get fulfillment out of because they do not fully understand themselves or what they want.


The end goal of a therapist is to help heal the client through self- discovery ultimately helping them find purpose and meaning to their life.
However, this does not come easy. Trust must be built and even then it can take time to fully open up to a therapist.Through this period one can go through hermeneutic of suspicion, which is a motive of self-protectionOr go through a sense of master suspicion where one has to go through deep discussion and thought to come to trust
It can be difficult for a therapist to get a client to fully open up or go through a form of metanoia, which is to repent or have a new mind


This movie is about a Janitor who is a genius when it comes to mathematics, but ultimately needs help from a psychologist to help him find direction throughout his life.

This video is a good representation of how when things get hard thats when the real healing starts to begin.

When a person breaks down their walls, they can fully understand their feelings and emotions, and learn how they can best cope and begin to discover themselves and what they want their purpose to be.


Music therapy is “the specialized use of music by a credentialed professional who develops individualized treatment and supportive interventions for people of all ages and ability levels to address their social, communication, emotional, physical, cognitive, sensory, and spiritual needs” (Certification board for music therapists, 2013). Music therapy can engage people in regards to their personal life story by comparing it to songs. At times even, the beat can help a person come to terms with the many emotions they are going through. Music can be seen as storytelling and can help one compare their hardships to something and know that they are not alone, and that other people have had similar experiences.


Art or art therapy can provide a positive transition in a person’s life when it comes to discovering themselves, as well as better understanding the world around them. Art therapy is a therapeutic skill, which can be used to help people discover their own beliefs through art and self-expression. This can be considered a way in which one can think creatively and critically at the same time. Art can become an affirmation for one’s own collective values and beliefs, and help them broaden their understanding and meaning of the world.

Through different forms of therapy one can gain a sense of wisdom ultimately learning where they have been and where they want to go.

According to Fiddes, wisdom is a term among several one of them being discernment and understanding in addition to judgement and resourcefulness. It is a therapist’s job to understand and empathize with what a client is going through and how they can best empower their client. A therapist is extremely resourceful and can help a client brainstorm ideas to help cope with their issues. “Wisdom is at home in the mind of one who has understanding but it is not known in the heart of fools” (Prov. 14:33). Wisdom can be seen as an approach gained through experiences and the ability to steer through life, which is also known as hakam (Fiddes, 2013).

Wisdom “is to be of central importance in my discussion, continually transgressing the distinctions between subject and object, and in itself expressing the immersion of the self into the world” (Fiddes, 2013, p. 147). This can be compared to the signs that we see in our everyday lives. Those who see and try to gain a better understanding of the world around them can be seen as wise. For some client’s spirituality and God being a significant part of their life, they want to follow his path and better understand the signs he is giving them and discover how they can best follow in their footsteps.

Throughout Marjane’s experience, one can see the importance of belief, spirituality, and the significant impact that God can have on a person’s life. In Parables in Pop Culture, it was stated that one can argue the relationships between doubt and belief, and how a believer is always threatened by uncertainty. However, belief can ultimately mean truth, and uncertainty can express different forms of communication. This can ultimately teach a person the importance in believing in something or someone, and help them stand up for what they believe in. If a person strays away from the path they’re walking, they can always work to move back to where they are trying to get to.

A parable is a simile (or metaphor) extended into a narrative for the sake of transformation, which can be seen as a form of indirect communication. One often uses divine providence which is a plan and gives you a guide to your own life; this can also be seen as God’s plan. “Jesus tells parables in the midst of rejection by of rejection by hearers as his own counterjection of those hearers” (Crossan, 2012, p. 24). Parables are meant to teach people how one should and should not act (Crossan, 2012).

Therapy can be extremely beneficial when it comes to healing and helping one gain wisdom. One can even compare therapy to parables because Jesus told stories in order to help people learn and grow, and that is ultimately what therapists want to do. They are trained to be adept to listening to stories and try to interpret and understand what the client are trying to say

According to Fiddes “Another person will, especially, always remain mysterious; even when opening himself or herself to another, a depth of personal identity will remain, a mystery which goes on calling for empathy and engagement of the whole person” (p.287)


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