Sufficiency Of Scripture Essay

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SUFFICIENCY OF SCRIPTURE PAPERbyVickey SingletonSubmitted in partial fulfillment of requirementsfor BIB311: Theological Basis of Biblical CounselingThe Master's College Santa Clarita, CaliforniaOctober 4, 2012IntroductionIs Scripture sufficient? Unless more information is provided, this question is rather vague. To adequately answer one must first know the full implications of what is being asked. The term "sufficient" is defined by Webster's New Encyclopedic Dictionary as:1: enough to meet the needs of a situation or a proposed end...sufficient suggests a fairly exact meeting of a need; enough is less exact or less formal than sufficient; adequate may imply barely meeting a requirement or a moderate standard.The next term that needs to be defined is "Scripture." For purposes of this paper and question, Scripture refers to the Bible which contains the Old and New Testaments. When contemporary scholars and others are discussing the sufficiency of Scripture, it is generally agreed that the Bible is to what they are referring. So, based on the above information, the question could be rephrased this way: "Is the Bible sufficient to meet the needs of a situation or a proposed end?" The main area where this paper will evaluate Scripture's sufficiency is it sufficient to meet the needs of a counselee who is seeking counseling regarding a problem or issue in his or her life.Let's look at this question in light of what could be a very believable scenario about a woman who seeks counsel about dealing with her anxiety. The case study presented below will draw on information found in a book written by a Christian counselor.The Details of the Case StudyAmelia is a 50 year old woman whose husband passed away about a year ago. She and her husband were actively involved in church and were and are Christians. She dealt well initially with her husband's death, but of late has been experiencing ever increasing times of panic or anxiety. These occur mostly when she is faced with unusual expenses and she begins to worry that she will not have the funds to pay them. She says that she has not had this problem in the past and that it was not an issue until a few months ago.Amelia was uncertain about where to turn for help with her problem so at the recommendation of an acquaintance she started going to a Christian psychologist for counseling. After asking some questions Amelia was told by her counselor, Mary, that Mary would be considered an integrationist in terms of biblical counseling. Mary is of the opinion "that psychology can be of great help to the Christian counselor. She agrees that her counseling "must be committed to the inspiration and authority of the Bible, both as the standard against which all psychology must be tested and as the written Word of God with which all valid counseling must agree." Amelia was comforted by Mary's seeming commitment to the Bible. Mary suggested that "fear and anxiety are God-created emotions." Mary believes that because this is...

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