Did Anybody Do Anything Wrong? (User Poll)
I’m going to present two scenarios to you, and I would like to put to a vote which of the two scenarios should cost the counselor his job. After I get some discussion, I’ll give you my take on the matter (in a future blog post):
Scenario #1: An atheist patient goes to a Christian counselor, suffering from depression. The atheist wants to sincerely figure out why he’s so down all of the time. They give equal time to family and job pressures, but in each session the Christian asserts that the atheist is particularly vulnerable to a spiritual attack because he doesn’t believe in demons. The Christian continually reassures the atheist that he is praying for him, and urges him to come to church every Sunday, over and against the atheist’s protest that he doesn’t believe as the counselor believes. The Christian continues to insist that the only way his patient will get better is by faith in Jesus.
Scenario #2: A Christian patient goes to an atheist counselor, suffering from depression. The Christian confides in the counselor that he feels it is a spiritual attack from Satan, and requests prayer in addition to counseling services. The atheist ridicules the patient for believing patent nonsense and tells the patient that prayer has never helped anyone because God is an imaginary friend for adults. Satan is just as imaginary. Throughout all of their sessions, the atheist continually rags on the Christian for belief in sky fairies and recommends he grow up and deal with reality and the real issues behind the depression instead of punting it off on make-believe monsters. Otherwise, contends the atheist, the depression will just get worse.
Additional comments and thoughts are welcome below.