Thursday, August 12, 2010

The first principle of Biblical interpretation is the life and teachings of Jesus. If as Christians we want to get the clearest idea of how Jesus expects his followers to live, then we look at how Jesus, the founder of Christianity, lived and related to others.
It's also through the life and teachings of Jesus that we get the most accurate picture of who God is, and what he expects from, not just those who believe in him/her, but from all people.
The best place to find the information we need to follow Jesus is in those books of the Bible that are reports of how he lived, that is the first four books of the New Testament; Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
And the most complete and concise expression of Christian beliefs in found in the Sermon on the Mount.

"The term recovery, however is somewhat problematic when applied to trauma survivors. In one sense, it is quite appropriate, for recovery connotes health. In another sense, however,
it is inapprorate, for it suggests a return to one's previous condition, to where one began. Trauma survivors return to a state of health: they do not, however, go back to where they began."

from Shattered Assumptions: Towards a New Psychology of Trauma by Ronnie Janoff-Bulman, Pub. 1992 byt The Free Press, New York, NY, page 169.