Describe the supporting or refuting evidence for the claim’s validity.Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, PhD, RN, serves as editor of JCN and with Nurses Christian Fellowship USA.


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Journal of Christian Nursing
Issue: Volume 27(2), April/June 2010, p 63
Copyright: Copyright © 2010 InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Publication Type: [Department: Editorial] DOI: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e3181d685b3
ISSN: 0743-2550
Accession: 00005217-201004000-00001
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Radical Claim?
Schoonover-Shoffner, Kathy PhD, RN
Author Information
Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, PhD, RN, serves as editor of JCN and with Nurses Christian Fellowship USA. She lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband and teens, works as a staff nurse, and is active in church and Bible study.
The continuing education (CE) feature in this issue of JCN, “Mind, Medications, & Mental Disorders: A Spiritual Approach” (pp. 76-83), makes a revolutionary claim–that the Bible is adequate to treat the root causes of mental disorders that are not otherwise physiologically caused. The idea that spirituality impacts mental health or that mental illness could have spiritual underpinnings is widely accepted. What seems radical is the idea that the Bible contains the information and principles that can treat and even cure mental disorders. Why would Christians, including myself and the author, Dr. Valerie Oji, think this?
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The basic premise underlying this thinking is that the Bible is God’s Word, meaning the book we hold in our hands and study today is literally information, thoughts, principles, and guidelines for life–straight from God. Although humans were the channels through which the Bible came to us, Scripture explains the writing was literally a “breathing out” of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17). God’s words are powerful; his words spoke heaven and earth into being (Genesis 1); his power formed man from mere dirt and breathed life into him (Genesis 2:7). A second premise that naturally follows is belief that the Bible is true (valid), and reliable (internally and externally consistent). If the Bible is God’s Word, then the words are powerful and life changing (Hebrews 4:12).
The Bible itself claims to be God’s Word, but this alone does not prove it to be true. There are many other reasons to believe the Bible is God’s Word. For example, the Bible has unparalleled unanimity. Despite the fact that it is a collection of 66 parts or books written over 1500 years (approximately 1450 BC to 90 AD) by over 40 different people from myriad walks of life, from beginning to end the Bible is completely unified. The history, doctrine, ethics, and principles consistently hang together. Imagine just two or three people writing about a topic or event over a period of 5 years and maintaining accuracy and consistency. Then think about 40 people writing over 1500 years and yet telling the same story and message (without computers, Internet, newspapers, or telephones!). Is it possible there was one unseen Author directing it all? Christians would say yes!
The Bible also has uncommon accuracy. Archaeological findings substantiate the reliability of biblical facts, along with numerous ancient documents (plaques, tablets, the Dead Sea Scrolls, writings of Josephus, etc.). Furthermore, the preservation of the Bible through the centuries, despite great opposition and translation into hundreds of languages and multiple versions, is nothing short of mind-blowing. Amazingly, translations today are consistent with copies of Scripture from antiquity.



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