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According to opinion surveys, clients in psy-           Here, Jesus apparently allows God to show what
chosomatic clinics wish the therapy to bring            is needed in this situation – and this is not what
changes in the following areas of life most of all:     presents itself immediately to everyone’s eyes.
1.	 Self-confidence, self-efficacy                      God’s aims can thus be something other than
2.	 Anxieties                                           what the client names and what the therapist
3.	 Experience of self-worth and dealing with           perceives as obvious. It is therefore worthwhile
                                                        to enquire about God’s aims for a client or for a
    illness                                             therapy process.
4.	 Difficulty in finding recreation and relaxa-        The ways of recognising such aims can be very
                                                        varied: impressions in prayer or the wishes of
    tion                                                the client’s heart, “works prepared beforehand”
5.	 Loneliness and contact disorders                    in the life of the client, Bible words which be-
                                                        come the “rhema”, impulses received by a su-
And God’s aims … ?                                      pervisor or spiritual leader, inspiring books and
The evangelist Mark records (Mk. 2,3-12):               much more. God wants to lead us and speak to
“Some men came, bringing to him a lame man,             us, and “whoever belongs to God hears God’s
carried by four of them. Since they could not get       words.” (Joh. 8,47)
him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made            The dangers of this procedure become clear at
an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging           once: passivity, so that no more aims are deve-
through it and then lowered the mat the man             loped or battled through by oneself; listening to
was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said       God can be put in the place of the necessary ne-
to the lame man,                                        gotiating of aims between client and therapist.
                                                        But the opportunity offered by this procedure
“My son, your sins are forgiven.”                       is that previously unthought of aims can come
Now some teachers of the law were sitting there,        into one’s mind. Encouragement for healing can
thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow           be received for healing in further important
talk like that? He is blaspheming! Who can for-         areas of life: if I can believe that God desires
give sins but God alone?”                               these aims, I can also believe that He stands be-
Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this          hind them with His power.
was what they were thinking in their hearts, and        Aims of Healing in the Bible
he said to them, “Why are you thinking these            “Psychotherapy” can be found neither as a word
things? Which is easier: to say to this lame man,       not as an express thought in the Bible. Yet an
‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take      important aim of God with man and a sign of
your mat and walk’? But I want you to know              the approaching Kingdom of God with Jesus is
that the Son of Man has authority on earth to           that people become whole. Here healing is un-
forgive sins.” So he said to the man,                   derstood holistically and comprehends bodily,
“I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”        mental and spiritual changes. The aims of this
He got up, took his mat and walked out in full          healing include e.g.:
view of them all. This amazed everyone and              Strengthening, stabilising, supporting (e.g. 1
they praised God, saying, “We have never seen           Kings 19,4f; Luke 9,13)
anything like this!”                                    Release from symptoms and normalisation (e.g.
The striking feature of this story is this: not a       Mk.2,11; Mk.5,15)
single word from the lame man or his friends            Release from guilt and feelings of guilt (e.g.
has come down to us, nothing regarding exact-           Mk.2,5; 1.Joh.3,19f.)
ly what they expected from Jesus. The only ob-          Recognising the truth, being set free (e.g.
vious thing is the problem of lameness and the          2.Tim.2,24-26)
request to Jesus for help.                              New behaviour, love and good works (e.g. Joh.
When Jesus sees their faith, he names a surpri-         8,11b; 1 Tim. 1,5)
sing aim: forgiveness of sins. Only in a second         Becoming like the image of God, like Christ,
step does he heal the obvious symptoms.

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