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

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